Tennis Player and War Veteran Keeps Fit with Exercise and Gardening
Andrew Garber is an 86-year-old dialysis patient who lives in Hobart, Indiana. Last year his diabetes led to kidney failure, and for the last 10 months he has been receiving in-center hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Hobart.
When he turned 40, Andrew realized he needed more exercise and started playing tennis several times a week. Before long, he was talented enough to play on the Midwest senior circuit, and was eventually ranked second in the 55-and-over age division. Andrew played the game until he was 82, and also mentored numerous players along the way. To stay fit now, he goes to a health club three days a week, where he works out for about one hour on the treadmill and exercise machines.
“Regular exercise is very uplifting and energizing, and being active has given me a new life,” says Andrew. “I feel better and I don’t have many limitations.”
Andrew served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After returning home he attended Loyola University in Chicago and earned a degree in business. Putting his business skills to the test, he opened a store with his brother in Lake Station, Ind. and later started his own real estate and insurance agency, which he managed for 40 years.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys fishing and hunting, and attending tennis matches and college ball games. When he’s at home, Andrew likes to work in the yard. He also shares his knowledge of gardening and other hobbies with the patients and staff at his clinic