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Published on April 15, 2013

99-year-old stays enthusiastic about cardiac rehab

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Contact:  Jon Tooley, 762-2336 or community_relations@uhs.org

April 15, 2013

 

 

99-year-old stays enthusiastic about cardiac rehab

 

 

Maurice Sweitzer may be almost a century old, but his age hasn't slowed him down when it comes to cardiac rehab. Mr. Sweitzer, who turned 99 in March, has been coming to UHS Binghamton General Hospital for cardiac rehabilitation twice a week for the past 10 years, following triple-bypass surgery in 2003. He attributes his long life to a reasonable diet, staying mentally active and sticking with the kind of supervised exercise available at UHS.

Born in 1914 in
Glenburn, Pa., north of Scranton, Mr. Sweitzer attended high school in nearby Factoryville before coming to Binghamton for an industrial job during the Great Depression. He remembers words of wisdom his old boss gave him: “Pay attention to the guy sweeping the streets. He may tell you something you don’t know.”

A healthy intellectual curiosity has been one of Mr. Sweitzer's secrets to longevity and good health. During a 43-year career in manufacturing, he became an expert, through apprenticeship and self-teaching, in reading blueprints and operating drop-forging equipment. He created prototypes for tanks and battleships used by the
U.S. military in World War II. He recalls:  “I spent two weeks making a die for a battleship. They made only 13, but each part went into a different battleship.  They needed those 13 pieces, period, so I worked night and day.”

In retirement, Mr. Sweitzer has kept up a healthy, active lifestyle. He has traveled to 52 countries and every
U.S. state, taken up photography, joined a German club and water-skied into his seventies.

He has two children, a son who earned a Ph.D. and works for NASA, and a daughter who served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and retired as a major.

Today Mr. Sweitzer keeps up a healthful diet featuring lots of fruits and vegetables, no soda pop and no fast food. He also credits his UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation specialists with helping him stay active. “Everyone is great here,” he says,” It’s more organized than working out on your own.”

 


UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around
New York’s Southern Tier.

 


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