By no stretch of the imagination am I a spring chicken, I am in my seventies and generally in good health. Now I have been prepping for many years, close to fifty. Years ago, I was much more physically fit and thought that bugging out on foot was the way to go. Today I have had to temper a lot of my plans as I have gotten older and wiser. I have become strong believer in the old saying that old age and treachery can overcome youth and skill. Don’t underestimate older preppers.
Sure, we have different problems and many of us are not as mobile as we once were. But we have knowledge that is invaluable. I was raised by parents that survived the depression and WW2. They had a different perspective on many things. They taught us how to reuse things and make do. We won’t go into withdrawals when cell phones and computers are no longer available. We survived in a very different world, we were not protected and coddled like so much of the youth of today.
Now I have had some people ask why I still prep, wouldn’t it just be easier to die, if things get really bad. Well I am not prepared to throw in the towel just yet. I enjoy life and want to see what will happen. But more importantly I want to be around to help my family. Being older, I have resources that they don’t have, which I plan to share with them.
So what is the solution for older preppers?
- Know your limitations, I don’t hear as well as I used too. My eyesight is still pretty good and my mobility is good. However, I have walking sticks, crutches and walker in my storage. The one dollar reading glasses from the Dollar store are handy.
- Most older people are on some kind of medication, so stock up if at all possible. Study alternative medicines and see if you have other options.
- Keep yourself in the best possible shape. Sometimes just losing weight and getting in shape will let you eliminate medications.
- Choose weapons for self-defense wisely. A friend of mine recently had to downsize the caliber of the firearm that they kept for self-defense because of arthritis. With a small caliber, their accuracy and ability to use the weapon improved greatly.
- If you have a bug out or get home bag, make sure that is not too heavy and meets your needs. Trying to carry too much can be a big mistake.
- Share your knowledge with others, work to train your families. Don’t let your knowledge die with you. Teach people the old ways of cooking, without package goods.
Here are some links that may help you.
- Protecting Your Vision and the Need for Glasses
- Family and Friends, Why We Need Them
- How much should your backpack weigh?
- Using Man Powered Vehicles can Make it Easier to Bug Out
- Wheelbarrows and Other Wheeled Carriers:
Remember the old saying that old age and treachery can overcome youth and skill and use your head. Let people underestimate older preppers, on occasion you may want to appear weak, the element of surprise is always good. Just don’t give up.