Survival Tips for the Elderly


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 youth 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.

Do you have any additional ideas to add to this? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Igor

    Basic medicine, basic hygiene, basic food preparation, basic sheltering – these are ALL essential skills “when the balloon goes up”.

  • bontai Joe

    There are lots of things us old folks can do to make survival easier and better. Get a map of your area and mark out escape routes using ONLY back roads, avoiding expressways, interstates, etc that immediately get bogged down. I personally know of 7 different bridges I can use to cross the Delaware River to get home from my job in NJ. Us old timers who are still in the same area we grew up in know the area better than most folks. We also tend to have the tools, the gear and experience from years of hunting and camping and fishing trips to make a survival situation easier. I’m partially disabled with COPD so I’m no good at hiking overland more than 100 yards without stopping to catch my breath, but I’ll put my diminished abilities up against a lot of today’s 20 somethings that can’t do ANYTHING without their smart phone, including tell the time. And I don’t need to go to the store to buy the latest and greatest survival gear, I have a closet full of tried and true stuff that has and will do the job nicely. What some folks call their “bug-out” bag, I call my hunting back pack that I started with over 40 years ago, There have been a few additions and deletions over the years, but the core gear is pretty much what I started with. My only serious upgrade to my equipment over the years is flashlights. Flashlights have jumped up drastically in brightness and battery life in the past 5 years. That would be the one thing I’d recommend to upgrade if your gear is the age of mine. It was hard for me to retire my old MagLite, but my new light is brighter, lighter and lasts longer. Oh and get a light that straps to your head or hat. They have improved from novelty items to being serious lights. Wonderfully useful to have a light that goes where you look and leaves both hands free.

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