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Published on October 18, 2012

Age Is No Boundary For Rehab Patient

Marvin Lefler

Marvin Lefler, 90, was diagnosed with difficulty walking and lower extremity weakness, when he became a patient at Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation at Adams Farm. After achieving his goals, Lefler still returns to exercise and enjoy the relationship with the staff.

Outpatient Rehabilitation at Adams Farm offers an independent fitness program that encourages former patients to come in and exercise comfortably with staff they already know.

“This intimate atmosphere allows participants to be more involved than at a larger gym, which can be intimidating and make older participants feel out of place,” says Michael Albright, Physical Therapist and Team Supervisor.

Last year, Lefler’s wife of 67 years died and he has continued to come and exercise at the facility.  Both his daughter and caregiver believe he comes to the facility to interact in a fun and safe environment.

“Someone asked me why I keep going to exercise?” Lefler says.  “I keep going to keep going.  It keeps me moving, and I feel better.”

Lefler has participated in several of the staff-coordinated social events, including the facility’s Final Four Week, where he decorated his walker and hat to represent his team, the Carolina Tar Heels.

Lefler brings in a wonderful spirit and a positive attitude to his exercise sessions, Albright says. “He always has a big smile. When he comes in and when he leaves, he will stop by the door and lift both hands and wave to say ‘I’m here’ and ‘I’m leaving.” Albright says.

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