Survival books, websites, and other resources have long focused on survival tips for the young and able, but what about those no longer gifted with the graces of youth?
Whether it be you, a parent or loved one, or neighbor who’s limited by old age, there are always things you can do to prepare for an emergency. Here are some quick tips:
Plan to Meet up with others
When it comes to an emergency, you need to be ready to move a lot faster than anyone else. Maybe the government has decided you can’t drive anymore (boo), you have a disability or are slow to move, or worst case scenario, you are forgotten.
Make sure you have a plan to get out and get help, and when things start to look bad, make that call while you still can.
Get in shape
I know, I know, it’s not as easy as it sounds, but even stretching and walking daily can do wonders for your endurance, speed, durability, and flexibility. Your goal with your fitness regime should be to keep up with everyone else in a group.
Eating and Drinking Properly
Proper nutrition goes a long way to ensure you stay healthy and strong. It’s important to eat right, especially when you’re older. Eating right will keep your body stronger and boost your immune system.
Learn, Re-Learn, and Remember Skills
An elderly member of a group may not be able to run, hunt, build or search as effectively as their younger counterparts, but one of the benefits of old age is the knowledge you gather over time, especially now.
In modern times, the young have become more and more dependent on automation: GPS systems, the internet, microwavable meals, grocery stores on every block. Some don’t even know how to use a map! Your knowledge of basic household skills, recipes, and good ol’ map reading could go a lot further than endurance ever could. Make sure to bring these qualities with you. It will keep you valuable, and will almost certainly save others.
Stock up and learn about Alternative Medicines
If you have any medical conditions that require treatment, you’ll want to plan for the absence of medicine. Load up on whatever medication you can legally load up on. Keep it in your survival/escape kit, and document exactly how much you brought and how long you can last with it.
Should you have to last longer than you planned for, humanity has survived for a long time on the gifts from Mother Earth. Even with advancements in modern medicine, she still grows a lot that you can work with.
Take note of your conditions and do some personal research into how you can treat these issues with naturally occurring remedies and medicines.