Old Age and How It Affects Prepping

Old ageOld 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.



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11 Responses to Old Age and How It Affects Prepping

  1. TPSnodgrass says:

    I “just” hit the big 61, and enjoyed my birthday. Now YOU have to write this and “cause” me to re-think our preps and my “legend-in-MY-mind” capabilities for dealing with LOTS of emergencies.
    I don’t think I’m “old”, then again, I know a lot of “older people” and believe that one is as young as one chooses to be….as long as our bodies cooperate with that positive “thinking”.
    More and more, mine isn’t. Thanks Howard, for reminding me I know have to “think” about mortality, which is something I’ve not given a great deal of thought to. If we have to bug out on foot, we are taking our walkers,(to haul our stuff) they are basically three-wheeled “strollers” re-purposed to carry our “heavier” BOBs and water, while the lighter backpacks are on us. The “strollers” are “range strollers, capable of hauling up to 300 lbs of range gear, (firearms stuff) and are tough. Make a dandy “walker/stroller for we “older folk” and I’m an aggressive driver of mine. If we don’t have to walk out, GREAT!(good article Howard!)

  2. ke4sky says:

    I am recently turned 67. I notice a big difference since 60. Most important is being honest with yourself as to your strength, stamina and general conditioning. Slow and steady like the tortise. Pace yourself, set realistic expectations. My planning standard is a 10kg pack for a seven-day outing, setting a modest pace of 10km per day in hilly terrain. Maintaining reliable communication via cell phone or 2-meyer portable ham radio is important. Also good planning and reliable land navigation, not relying on GPS alone, but maintaining map and compass skills. And hike with a buddy!

  3. hal says:

    As an old geezer of 85, I sort of envy these youngsters in their 60’s.
    I have so many things wrong with me that the idea of dashing off to a safe haven is almost laughable. I doubt if I could walk half a mile, but natheless I wish them well!
    The idea of passing information on to your posterity, though, hits the nail on the head with me. I’m collecting as much online tips as I can. I’ll categorize them, print the best and secure them in a three-ring binder to be left in a secure place. Some of my younger acquaintances may regard this as silly, and well it may be,
    but I see it as a worthwhile effort.

  4. Oldalaskan says:

    This article brings up something most of us don’t want to admit, from the moment of birth we are on a journey to old age. I watched my father go from a person who on a bad day could out work me to someone who needed frequent rest breaks or take the chores that were not as strenuous.
    At the age of 40 my eyes almost overnight went to the point of needing eyeglasses to read and see and now my eye doctor says I should consider cataract surgery. As a youth and young adult it was nothing for me to pick up a 100 pound bag of animal feed, put it on my shoulder and carry it to which ever pen it need to go to, last night at Costco picking up a 50 pound bag of ice melt reminded me that my body isn’t as good as it once was. Both knees have arthritis making walking difficult and forget getting on the ground to crawl into a sleeping bag if we had to bug out and hike somewhere.
    While I may be slow to move and need help to pick things up from the ground I have a wealth of knowledge from living before the electronic age. I used to reflect that my parents went from horses, kerosene lighting and outdoor plumbing to watching man walk on the moon and the space shuttle. I also have a wide variety of skills as some would say a jack of all trades but a master of none, well I am a master of a few that any retreat or homestead could use as long as I had a younger set of hands to help me. So you younger folks don’t be so quick to dismiss us older people we have in our minds the encyclopedias you won’t have when the internet is no longer available.

  5. Grampa says:

    What we do have is knowledge and skills that many have forgotten. I try to show my grand kids things but I do things too slow. Kids are used to everything coming with instant results. They have the attitude that we just throw it away and buy a new one. They fail to see the value of repair and save and reuse. They will !!!

  6. JJ Love says:

    I am now pushing 70 I am in pretty good shape, for an old broad. However living ten ft above sea level above the Pacific. I am very
    much a bug out perfectionest. But over the last three years, I have downsized my back packs etc. Just realizing this or that isn’t going to help me if I can’t carry it and I am slowed down and taken over, by whatever I am running from. This in its self is distrubing. I do not want to accept my age and ability. I am now considering selling moving back a few miles, cutting back on gardens, just maybe four hens. As you age you think. Good article. Share your knowledge. You still have a lot to offer. But “you can’t take it with you” takes on a whole new meaning when you get older.

  7. Cyrus D. says:

    I am 72 years old, My wife is handicapped . We can not bug out, So staying put it is. As a prepper I have many skills to survive. But I think about my children an grandchildren. None of them believe that prepping is required, So I now print out all prepping knowledge an required skills to survive. A three ring binder holds every thing from water , food, shelter an many many more lost skills. If I am not around to help with survival, At least the three ring binder will have ALL the necessary information to continue life. I am constantly looking for ” what if problems ” an possible action to solve the problem. What is nice is that I am constantly learning. I will then test the answer to the problem to see if it is worth printing an saving. My family knows of my efforts, But none wish to become involved. I am actively looking for preppers in my zipcode 80104.

  8. Ol' School in Utah says:

    I’ve already told my kids that since I’m post-60 and on daily pharmaceuticals, I may be one of the first to succumb after the SHTF—just a fact of life. When the drugs run out, my countdown clock begins. But if they want to benefit from what I can do to help, try to keep me going for the wealth of knowledge I’ve been cultivating, absorbing and practicing all my life to help them survive. I’ve been a prepper since I was a boy on the farm. I was a damned good Boy Scout and later in the Army in Reconnaissance. I’ve taught them about Bug-Out-Bags; stockpiling water, goods, books and essentials; natural gardening; how to cook over and open fire with scratch goods; to shoot a variety of weapons like a pro; and when to bug out or why shelter in place. However, what’s left between my ears could still fill volumes that I do hope I can keep conveying for their benefit and well-being so long as I keep taking in air and my heart beats… then afterwards, they can go ahead and turn my body into compost.

    • Laurel says:

      Ol’School – I’d be proud as punch if someone taught me all that stuff when I was a kid – and as for trying to pass on information to my kids – and grandkids – well Nanna’s a crazy old broad who is worried about the end of the world! What would she know! So I do my own thing and hope that when the SHTF they come to me and ask for help then! With regards to your medicines try cutting back gradually if its blood pressure medicines – you can work back to one every 3 days without major issues. Or just build up a stock of necessary tablets and work back through them – even expired they are still useable. Keep up the good work!

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