updated 1/23/2006 8:48:38 PM ET 2006-01-24T01:48:38

Former President Ford was out of bed, chatting and eating well as he remained in the hospital for a 10th day, a spokeswoman said Monday.

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Ford, 92, was admitted to a hospital near his home in the California desert on Jan. 14. He was initially expected to be released five days later.

“The doctors are assessing him for discharge on a day-to-day basis,” his chief of staff, Penny Circle, said in a statement. “He’s not quite ready for release from the hospital.”

His condition is not life-threatening, she said.

The nation’s oldest living former president was hospitalized briefly last month for routine tests. At the time, he had a bad cold.

Ford had a minor stroke during the 2000 Republican National Convention and was hospitalized after a dizzy spell on a golf course in 2003.

He and his wife, Betty, have lived in Rancho Mirage since leaving the White House in 1977.

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