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Elderly father needs more exercise

My 89-year-old dad had a stroke 2 weeks ago and is now in a rehab center receiving physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The main effect of the stroke was agraphia- he lost the ability to read. Speech, comprehension, writing, muscle strength, vision, were not affected. However, even before the stroke his balance had been bad and he suffered some falls. Now, when the PTs try to get him to standing, they note his balance problems and set him back in a wheelchair. He's now been either in bed or in a wheelchair for two weeks, and he and I are desperate to get him back on his feet- we'd be happy with just a walker-because we're afraid if he doesn't get back up on his feet soon, at his age he might never. Are we right to be worried? What do we say to the PTs? They seem to be assuming that because he's 89 with poor balance that getting on his feet again is either not important or too dangerous or both. We don't agree.
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