Susan Baer

“Dominos saved my life.”

 That statement, made to me recently by an older gentleman, certainly caught my attention.   You wouldn’t normally think of dominos as life-saving, but as “Larry” explained to me, having an activity that forces you to use your mind and think can have a big impact on your health and well-being. 

He had suffered a stroke and lost the ability to speak, but at the insistence of friends at the senior center he was then attending, he began playing dominos every day.  His speech gradually came back, a fact that he attributes to having to plan his moves, which he believes helped to rebuild pathways in his brain that had been damaged.  

“Larry” is one of our regular visitors at the Weatherford Senior Center and can always be found engrossed in a serious game of dominos.  And his speech is great – all because of dominos!

A study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that it doesn’t really matter what activities seniors engage in, as long as they do something to keep their minds occupied. So whether your passion is crossword puzzles, card games, bingo or anything else, the key is to just keep on doing it.  Even better, share your passion with other people! If you can teach a craft, card game, board game or whatever, we’d love to hear from you. Call 817-596-4640 to help others learn a new activity and stay healthy!

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Susan Baer is the Executive Director of the Parker County Committee on Aging.