What keeps old men young?

November 2010, Warren Matthews


I guess there are endless answers to that, and they are all opinions. I am referring to 'answers' that fall outside the scope of lifestyle, diet and exercise, and of course supplementation.
Why do I raise it?

I guess there are endless answers to that, and they are all opinions. I am referring to 'answers' that fall outside the scope of lifestyle, diet and exercise, and of course supplementation.
Why do I raise it?

The other night I attended a function put on by the Thai/New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. If their monthly functions happen to coincide when I am in town I usually attend.
Anyway, there was a new member there this time and I got to talk to him. I could see that he was older than me and as often happens, the topic got around to age and health. He was from Holland and had lived in Thailand for 22 years. I asked him how old he was and he asked me to guess. I figured he would be in his late 60’s, maybe early 70’s.

He was actually 81.

He guessed that my age was in the early 50’s so I was quite happy that he was 10 years out.
He still works full time as a consultant. He then volunteered that his secret for keeping young was that he had a 5 year old child. I suggested that this was not my idea of keeping young. I have three grandchildren which are delightful, but it is good to be able to give them back after having them for a while. But, it seems to be working for him.

He was fortunate that his child is good and healthy…but, it is a risk for men fathering children at that age as the chances of a child been born with a defect goes up significantly. I think that if I had the inclination to have another child at that age I would do what a friend of mine did in Bangkok (even though he is still within the safe age for fathering a child). He adopted a little girl of 4 years of age who was a friend of his daughter of 10 years who as one of her hobbies helped teach little kids English in the toughest slums in Bangkok.

She has turned out to be a smart young girl and already fluent in English.

This little girl's parents were both dead and her Aunty who was looking after her had a lung disease and only a few months to live. The little girl would then have had no one and she would have been alone in a house the size of an average western living/dining room with 10 adults.

Now she has a real chance in life and no doubt as she grows up she will do things to help others who have been less fortunate…and hence the ripple effect of a good deed.

If you ever have an inclination to want to help little kids like this then make contact with Father Joe who has done some remarkable work in the slums of Bangkok. You can read many reports about his work by going on to Google and entering Father Joe Bangkok.


  • “Hi Warren Matthews, This indeed is one way of keeping young though what the old man in Thailand suggested is a bit dicey. However, I have another way of looking at it. As we grow older we need to have friends who are at least 10 to 20 or even 30 years old and I am sure there are many of them. I do have many such friends where I live that is India, Bangalore and Mysore. As I am already 55, the moment I meet these friends they all tell me I am still very young. And with younger colleagues in the office, I interact well and as a result, some of them can’t wait to see their hair growing greyer.”

    Niranjan Nikam - December 03 2010

  • “I think you have to stay fit and eat right, have a few cocktails everyday and hang around younger people. It’s nice to have friends your age but the younger people keep you on your toes. I ran a bar and bowling center for 25 years, where I have getting older but my crowd was staying the same age. This kept me young at heart and to keep up with them, kept me young too. At forty five I could dance the pants off most of the young people, men that is, LOL………….but I think age is a mindset. Try to stay within yourself, like a pitcher in the major leagues. Don’t go overboard and everything in moderation. You be surprised the good results you can get back in return. I worked out three/four times a week for two hours, handle four to five drinks a day, maybe gave myself a break on Sunday. These drinks are in a row, scattered over a day’s time. Dress nice, be humble and be generous. You give a lot makes your heart happy, and you will get it back fourfold. Don’t sweat the small stuff, don’t worry about things are out of your control. You can make life your Rose Garden. but luck plays a large part in the equation. ”

    Mitch Alepoudakis - December 03 2010

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