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Something's up with the furnace and it's gotten a little chilly in the house right now so granny hasn't stopped complaining all day. You'd think she was living at the North Pole with Santa Claus in her swimsuit. So I can tell you for certain, if anything bad happens in the near future to put the power out long term, I'm in for an ear full.
I too am of the opinion I won't last very long. But I also know I have to try. In my 70 years I have seen a lot, done a lot
and learned so much it would take another 70 years to write it all down. I feel i have to survive for the sake of the younger
people who will need someone to teach them what isn't being taught anymore, and the younger people aren't interested in
I know this is an older topic pardon the pun but I just wanted to throw in my two cents. Old maybe be a state of body for many but I think its state of mind that keeps you younger and more active. Mine and my husbands parents are all still alive 70s, 80s and even one in his 90s that still gardens, they run circles around us most days. They were never afraid of hard work nor are they now and are an unbelievable source of knowledge. Now I'm no spring chicken and medically not where I wish I was but I too have experience and common sense. We may not be able to run and do the things we once could be you bet your bottom dollar we could teach you how and walk you through the steps if needed. I realize by elderly you meant those that cant care for themselves, children and some disabled type people of which I am one.
I think you are born with a strong survival instinct or you are not, I've seen disabled vets do some darn amazing things. My parents start their when I die stuff every now and then but I wouldn't doubt their abilities in a shtf situation and they know a heck of a lot more then I do about how to do it without modern gadgets. As for those that cant take care of themselves, you prep for them like anyone else and do the best you can, its all you can do in hard times, that and have faith. This very reason is why I came here, I refuse to be tossed aside and I will never give up or give in without a fight. I have so much to learn still but I'd like to hope I have some to teach as well. After all even the best laid plans can fail and thats when adaption and experience shine, our elders have that in bulk.
Let me brag on my wife, for all you folks who think old age is a prison.
Recently, after a hiatus of several years, she started riding her horse again.
They are quite the bonded pair, so I don't worry about the wife getting thrown.
By the way, she will soon be 72, the horse is 20, but when she and the horse become one it is magic.
A couple things that I prepped are dual purpose I bought a wheelchair and a walker at an auction mainly for medical purposes in case somebody got hurt or whatever after the sh*t hits the fan but also for an elderly person purpose. The cost was practically nothing but the downside is that they take up room.
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I have two walkers and a light weight compact foldable walker/ wheel chair combo that is left over from my parents.
They came in handy during our total knee replacements (wife 2, me 1).
They are out in the barn loft.
When we laid out the raised beds for the vegetable garden we took extra care to be sure a wheel chair would fit between and around them.
Just planning ahead.
I'm way late coming into this conversation... but... here is my 2 cents.
For the last 2.5 yrs I've worked at a retirement home. Not my 1st choice of employment, but the only place that would hire me at the time. I'm a floor tech. For nine months last year I was able to be a part of a program, where I was in charge of Thursday Trivia. I loved it and so did they. I saw first hand how folks can be 85 or older and still open their mind to answer trivia questions. Of course some days were better than others, but it was a joyful surprise to witness this when it happened.
That being said, most of the people where I work won't last 30 days after an event. I'd guess 10 days without their meds and their bodies will start to shut down. My folks are are 77 and 72, both thought I was off my rocker when I told them about prepping. Several years later, they think differently. But, they both said they will just walk out into the street and die. (look into the mushroom cloud, stand in front of a tank or flip off the russian para trooper landing in their back yard) They don't want anything to do with eating cold beans or shooting looters who are wanting their last can of beans.
I do feel there will be some elderly who stick around longer than you might think. They have already survived some rough things in life and know how to get through it. May of them will have some good advice for anyone willing to listen. What would be good is if you could get them to start writing stuff down now, that would be helpful in various scenarios.
In fact, I think the next big reality show will be a group of 25-35 dip shits vs a group of 55-65 laborers. Now that's one I might actually watch!