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James J. Peters VA Medical Center

 

White Plains VA Clinic Hosts Party for 100 Year Ol

Mr. Ralph Levine celebrates his 100th birthday

Mr. Ralph Levine celebrates his 100th birthday

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Staff nurse Carmen Soto from the White Plains Community Based Outpatient Clinic of the JJP Bronx VA, hosted a pot luck party for Mr. Ralph Levine to celebrate the centennial's birthday. Mr. Levine was accompanied by his wife and son. Carmen organizes a potluck for all her vets who reach the 100th milestone. Carmen is assisted by colleagues, Sophia Findlay, M.A., Tammy Steele, M.A., Anthony Go, MD and Vanessa Hiraldo, MD.

When asked the secret to a long life, Mr. Levine responded, "Well, if I knew I would have lived so long, I would have done even more to take care of myself". His son adds, "Well, he worked until he was 94 years old!" Mr. Levine's advice is to listen to your doctors. "If my cholesterol was high, I would cut back on the chocolate!"

In speaking with Mr. Levine, it is clear that a sense of humor goes a long way. He recalls that during his military tour stateside, he was approached for a game of pool. Mr. Levine offered to play with his left-hand and the bets were placed. When Mr. Levine won the pool competition, his opponent thought to inquire, "Hey, are you normally right-handed or left-handed?" At that point, Mr. Levine smiled, with his winnings in hand, and shared that he is actually left-handed!

Seems like hard work, an active lifestyle and a good sense of humor all contribute to longevity.

Mr. Levine expressed immense satisfaction and appreciation for the care he has received at the White Plains Veterans clinic for the last 10 years. With his usual sense of humor, he wraps up the party by asking, "Let me know when it is 10 minutes before finishing, so I can leave before the bill shows up!"

Bravo, Mr. Levine. Thank you for your service and congratulations on making this milestone!

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