United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA Celebrates 100th Birthday with Veteran
September 21, 2010

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Bay Pines, FL – Harry Carothers celebrated his 100th birthday on September 10th with his son and the staff at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.  Harry is a WWII Veteran who served in the Army Infantry from 1942 to 1945.  He is currently a patient at Bay Pines and attends a day treatment program there designed to keep Vets active and engaged in life.  When asked about the past 100 years, he told Wallace Hopkins, Director at Bay Pines, that the key to his longevity is looking both ways before crossing the street and the importance of "living" life.  Harry is quite active, in addition to coming to Bay Pines, he goes to the YMCA's Silver Sneakers Club each week for swimming and aerobic exercise.  Harry lives at an independent living facility Largo, FL.

The Day Treatment program at Bay Pines was designed to help Veterans increase their opportunities for socialization with other Vets who have similar interests and thereby increase their quality of life and decrease isolation.  The program can accept up to 60 Veterans and operates 5 days a week.  The program uses a wellness model with a goal of ensuring that the participants choose their activities versus staff choosing for them.  For more information, visit: http://www.baypines.va.gov/services/geroPsychCare.asp 

Pictured Left to Right:  Harry Carothers, Sr. and son Harry Carothers, Jr.
Pictured Left to Right: Harry Carothers, Sr. and son Harry Carothers, Jr.