In a story from the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia:
Tom Faulk can’t keep track of the details anymore. He doesn’t remember how long he was in the Air Force, when he got married or if he’s taken his morning medicine.
But put a game of dominoes in front of the 83-year-old, and his focus becomes clear. He shuts out everything but counting “pips,” or points on the domino tiles.
The Stafford County man will play for eight to 10 hours at a stretch.
He doesn’t stop to eat, and he’s not interested in television, reading or going to gatherings for seniors.
If he’s not playing, he’s sleeping.
Faulk’s family speculates that the mental stimulation provided by his domino playing may have helped to keep him and his wife, Mary, who both suffer from dementia, out of nursing homes. Tom’s favorite game is All Fives (AKA “Five Up” or “Muggins”).
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