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Boards & Bees Workshop with Seniors

*** Due to the privacy of our Seniors and their families, we have edited our photos.

Seniors with Alzheimer's or dementia often enjoy and benefit from creative activities like art that give the opportunity for non-verbal expression. Creative activities also help reduce agitation and boost mood as well as give a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Painting and drawing classes allow those with dementia to express themselves in meaningful ways. Some dementia patients are able to express themselves and evoke memories through art, such as an image of a horse that reminded artist Chiyoko Lee of her childhood pony.

Being able to give these folks an opportunity to enjoy themselves outside of their facility is a humbling experience. Seeing the inquisitiveness on their faces as our educational speaker presented us with bee facts, was a sight to be seen.

Important bee facts:

  1. Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination.1 One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators. Crops that depend on pollination are five times more valuable than those that do not.

  2. Honeybees have a dance move called the ‘waggle dance’. It’s not actually a dance move at all, rather a clever way of communicating between themselves to tell their nestmates where to go to find the best source of food. It took the researchers at Sussex University two years to decode the waggle dance.

  3. In their 4-6 week lifespan, a worker bee will fly the equivalent distance of 3 times the circumference of the Earth.

  4. In order to make a pound of honey, a hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles!!

  5. Honey is the only foodstuff that contains all of the necessary nutrients to sustain life!!!!