The older I get the more I see problems that older preppers face. I know you all plan to be that rare exception that is still walking long distances in your 90’s and not taking any medication. Unfortunately, that does not happen to most of us. Most of us end up facing some type of serious limiting medical problems. Many of us are dependent on medications, have mobility problems or cognitive problems. Even if you are that rare exception, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow.
I recently wrote an article about Some Helpful Tips for Older Preppers. Now today’s list is a bit different it provides information about preppers who are having problems that are more serious and are more limited physically.
So what are the problems that older preppers face?
- Medications, this is a big one. Extra prescription medications are hard to get. I know people who are o medication that keep them alive. Without them they would be dead within a few days. Here are some ideas that may help you stock up on important medications. 15 Over the Counter Medications Preppers need to Stock , So You Need Prescription Medications, More on, So You Need Prescription Medications
- Mobility – While I have not had any mobility problems yet, it seems like many of the people around me are. My wife for instance has arthritis in her feet. She can still walk and accomplish her normal activities, but would have real problems walking for a prolonged distance. Get walkers, crutches, canes, and wheelchairs, now. They are often in garage sales and very cheap.
- Cognitive Challenges – Aging results in normal changes in cognition. Three specific changes occur: reduced processing speed, greater tendency to be distracted and reduced capacity to process and remember new information (working memory). I am seeing this in my father who is in his nineties. You may have to write notes to remind them of things and just in general be more patient.
- Visual Challenges – Many older adults have problems with vision. About 2/3 of adults with vision problems are older than 65. Make sure you keep your eyeglasses up to date and have extra pairs. You have cataracts get them fixed at your first opportunity.
- Hearing Challenges – Hearing loss is common in older adults, affecting 1 in 3 people older than 60 and half of those older than 85. This is a hard one; hearing aids will be useless without batteries. Communicate with hard of hearing people by facing them directly when talking to them. Speak loudly and clearly. I have hearing problems and if someone is not facing me, it is much harder to understand them.
- Bedroom supplies – you may need oversize diapers, rubber sheets and porta potties.
- Over the counter medications – here is a list of 15 Over the Counter Medications Preppers need to Stock. This is a list that everyone should have regardless of your age.
The problems that older preppers face can be quite serious. For instance, what do you do with your parents who are in a nursing home and require 24-hour care? These are decisions that are best made ahead of time. You may even consider asking them what they would want you to do. Remember you can’t stock everything for every contingency, just do the best you can But plan ahead.