Old age is the one thing that none of us can escape. Along with old age come the physical problems that to some degree are in all of our futures. We lose our hearing, our joints don’t work the same and our memories get shorter. But at the same time, we have accumulated a large amount of knowledge and hopefully financial resources. Regardless of how hard we struggle eventually old age effects prepping.
So how do we deal with it? Because of my age, this is an immediate concern to me. While I am in good condition for my age, I would find it much harder to bug out on foot, so would my wife. Neither one of us can carry what we once could. We would be slower and need more downtime than young people. There reaches a point that regardless of how much you exercise or eat right your body just gets old.
On the other hand, we have more knowledge, which is one reason that I write this blog. I feel we have a duty to pass along the knowledge that we have accumulated to the younger generations. Many of the old skills are disappearing and there is too much dependence on power tools. The knowledge that we pass along may help save lives in the future. Many of us after a lifetime of work have more financial resources; hopefully we can use these to help the younger members of our family become prepared.
So what should we do? We should lead and guide our families in many different areas. While we cannot make their decisions for them, we should influence them. Now I am not just talking about prepping, but we should also be passing on our morality and our work ethic. These are things that are missing in so many families today.
Hopefully you won’t have to bug out or will be able to go to a prepared location. Either way there are things you can do that will make life easier for you in the future. Just the other day I put better handrails on our front porch, now I need to do the same thing on the rear porch. Going to garage sales I often see walkers and other medical devices that can be of help as you deal with old age. These are normally cheap and you should add them to your preps.
Give some thought to your home. Are all your preps in the basement or on a second story? Will you always be able to get to them? How heavy are your containers, will you always be able to carry that five gallon bucket of honey. Make sure you have the basic medicines on hand that you will need.
But most important of all, without the internet and all the modern communication devices, your knowledge becomes very important. But sure and pass it along, whether it is to your children or somebody you choose to mentor.