Bob Gilpatrick was only five when he learned from his mother that children were starving in post-war Japan. It bothered him. A lot.
“I felt so sad and I remember crying. It was the first time I realized some people are disadvantaged.”
That early experience and others contributed to a lifelong quest to devise innovative solutions for some of the world’s thorniest problems—poverty and malnutrition, disease and aging.
It’s a journey that’s led him through a series of professions, from elementary education to social work, health care administration to business development, holistic health therapy to nutrition, culminating in his current position as president and co-founder of Boomers Forever Young.
A team of siblings
There was always enough food in the Gilpatrick household when Bob was growing up in upstate New York, even with a grand total of nine children to feed. But it wasn’t easy to care for such a big family.
The attention given to children in small families gets diluted in larger ones. “Mom was overwhelmed, and Dad, a world renowned plant scientist at Cornell University, provided for the family on a professor’s salary.”
Sports and games were popular in the neighborhood and gave everyone a chance to have fun. Whenever the neighborhood kids weren’t in school, “Our front yard and our street turned into a kickball field or baseball field, and there was a basketball hoop out back,” Bob remembers. “Mom watched from the porch. My happiest times growing up were associated with sports.”
When the family moved to Geneva, New York, a town with a semi-pro baseball team, 11-year-old Bob quickly became obsessed with the game. Dazzled by the exposure to future Hall of Fame athletes living in their neighborhoods, he and his classmates were soon playing serious ball for their school teams—in the same stadium the big guys used. By the time he was 17, Bob was being scouted by the pros and had a dream to play in the major leagues.
A game-changing turn of events
And then, catastrophe struck. A serious car accident mangled the young athlete’s legs. The left one took 9 months and multiple surgeries to heal, and Bob never knew going into the operating room whether he’d still have two legs coming out.
“Everything in my life revolved around playing baseball and basketball,” he says. “At 17, I was one of the best pitchers for my age, and my full intention was to play major league ball. So, it was horrifying to hear the doctors say, ‘We might have to cut your leg off.’”
Bob Gilpatrick has never forgotten that helpless feeling of sudden disability, the shock of shattered expectations, the fear of lifelong limitations. It’s a big reason he’s so passionate now about providing optimal nutrition to help Boomers feel their best and perform at their peak.
Even in his late teens, after recovering from his accident, Bob doubled down on his early desire to help people our society so often devalues—the youngest and oldest, the sick and disabled. At the same time, he shifted his focus from physical to intellectual pursuits.
He worked for 4 years alongside his father and other top plant scientists at the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station. By the time he turned 20, Bob was participating in major plant science research projects—his introduction to the nutritive and healing powers of plants and herbs.
It looked like the professor’s son might follow him into science. But Bob’s undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Oswego was elementary education, health science and psychology.
“I was always interested in helping little children,” he says. “Maybe because I was still thinking about those starving kids in Japan.”
From teaching, Bob transitioned to social work, which introduced him to normalization theory, an approach based on treating marginalized individuals just as you’d treat anyone else.
“The message was that hope was possible and different outcomes depended on how you treated people,” he says. “That became a tipping point for me.”
A new approach to elder care
Bob thought the concept seemed especially promising for the elderly. So, he went back to school, completing an MSW in administration and gerontology at Rutgers University, plus the rigorous requirements to obtain a nursing home administrator’s license.
“I wanted to make as big an impact as I could, and I realized that meant I needed to be the boss,” Bob explains. “So, I went to get the education and training to do that.”
After 5 years working with an innovative mentor, Bob reached his goal of becoming a nursing home CEO at age 32. Along the way, he’d learned more about nutrition and discovered additional holistic healing modalities. To the benefit of his residents, he began combining everything he knew in novel ways to create new solutions.
Perhaps most importantly, remembering the frightening aftermath of his own accident, Bob empathized with older adults who felt sidelined by diminished abilities and opportunities. He made it his mission to help them feel better, valued and cared for. And if ever a diabetic patient had a leg amputated, the facility’s CEO was there beside them in the hospital when they woke up to their new reality.
Combined solutions for Boomers
Eventually, Bob decided to leave senior care and go into business for himself. His track record of entrepreneurial success since then spans the fields of business brokerage and finance, real estate, management and internet marketing.
During a business consulting assignment, Bob met Larry Daudelin, a businessman in St. Petersburg Florida. Larry at the age of 65 was struggling with his health. Bob helped him to create a nutritional regime he knew would help Larry.
Happily, Larry started to lose weight, he tripled his strength at the gym and amazingly he got off all of his 11 medications and canceled 2 surgeries.
Recently, at the age of 71 Larry had a series of tests including blood tests for an application for a life insurance policy. The life insurance company called the agent to thank him. They said, “This is the healthiest person you have ever referred to us and he gets superior preferred status.” They also asked the agent to check the date of birth on the application as it indicated a DOB of 1945. They said, “By all accounts this looks like a man approximately 33 years old.”
Bob and Larry then founded Boomers Forever Young, a holistic health company to provide holistic nutrition along the lines Larry used for his miraculous recovery.
Bob was able to combine his decades of innovative work in food science, health care, and business with his passion to help others enjoy vibrant health.
Thousands of people have now utilized BFY Youth Booster Kit, to de-age, detoxify, and experience robust health.
In 2017, Bob is 61 years young and is just getting started-- deeply grateful for this opportunity to use his experience to positively impact people’s lives all over the world.