Monday, March 4, 2019

Changes in Survival & Preparedness as you Grow Older

Not a cool flashy video but a relevant one for many of you out there.
 I feel this one went well.

How preparedness and survival changes as we grow older. Not as fast any more, not as strong, how some things change regarding self defense. What supplies you want to stock up.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you can think of others ways in which preparedness changes as you grow older.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now that I'm older, just turned 61, this video was for me. Thank you for bringing up this delicate subject most like to avoid. Though I'm in good health, physically fit, eat right. Ect., I have noticed pronounced changes in the last few years. Namely, eyesight is less focused, slower in moving, get tired more easily and temperament.
Just the way it is! A couple of things besides those mentioned is taking supplements.
Number one is for joint health, which has glucosamine, chondroitin, some brands have additional boosters like vitamin D. It something I've taken for decades, start young, pays dividends later on. Yes, exercise is critical, move around and stretch!
For me, light yoga and minimum walk at least one hour a day (3miles).
A little trot run to speed it up for a hour is better.
I've read we age in spurts, so be prepared for a lot of change in a short time frame. We don't like to face it but when the hair gets sparse on top of the head and your eyelids droop so it affects your eyesight, one is forced to deal with the change. In my case, preparing for the day when I have to get an eyelids lift procedure.
Being without children, I will have to create an extended family. Translation, perhaps again going back to sharing a resident. That means being active maybe in church religious, social clubs ect.
Oh, thumbs up for the recommendation on DOGS...important, yes the are excellent security measure and company.
Lastly, it can really suck getting old, so learn how to keep a smile on your face!
I read amateur runners in a long distance run preformed better when they smiled while doing it!
Attitude works wonders.
Thanks again and looking to reading your next book, Ferfal.

Anonymous said...

My wife nearly killed herself taking care of her mother with dementia. We do not have very good health insurance and it took a few weeks to figure out she didn't have a disease but a shutdown from the stress of taking care of her mother. My wife's weight went down to under 90 pounds and she should never be under 110. A friend of ours recommended Ensure vitamin drink. That saved her. About the only thing she could get down.

So we're in our 60's. The mother is in her 90's. Be very careful with the sentiment that you or the elder person you're caring for would like to stay in their own home rather then a nursing home. From June last year to October 1st I got a crash course in elder/caregiver. In America the caregiver sibling gets to live in the parents home when the parent goes into the nursing home. The nursing home takes nearly all the assets of that parent. The caregiver can live in the home the rest of their life then the nursing will get that home. The parent will be taken care of by Medicaid. There is however ways to protect assets and still get on Medicaid but you have to do that 5 years before the parent goes on Medicaid and into a nursing home. Btw the bill in our case for the nursing home is $11,000 per month. It's reduced to around $4000 a month when Medicaid takes over. Medicaid pays it all. And by law the nursing home has to accept it. Very very complicated stuff home healthcare or nursing home care. The medicaid nursing home care though is the only way to get 100% all the bills payed without dipping in your own pocket if the parent is broke. which was true in our case. However home healthcare nurses do not recommend at all dementia sufferers to stay in their homes for care even 7/24. Better for them and everyone else the patient is in a nursing facility. If you caregive anyway make sure you set up a contract as caregiver 2-5 years before going on medicaid payed nursing home with the parent and primary care doctor or medicaid may give the caregiver a hard time keeping the house. This is all very brief. If anyone has a question just ask here. I learned a lot. Definitely get an elder car law attorney only. Because it is all insanely complicated dealing with nursing homes and medicaid.
It cost us $6000. But that was because a friend of ours is in a top law firm. Probably cost more. If you don't need the house or your parent is broke probably could do it with just the nursing home and medicaid but they are expert at manipulating the family to chip in thousands of dollars. so beware. My wife and I are now preparing ourselves for this ultimate problem now. Medicaid only looks back at your assets for 5 years. Get tight and organized with your kids or trustees for your assets years before hand. Staying in your own home until death is very dangerous. Consult with nurses from home healthcare agency's why that is so. And you'll understand. Our mother has advanced dementia but appears very normal. Not so obvious. But a nurse came to our home immediately because of my wife's breakdown and asked her mom some questions. That nurse got it fast tracked with nursing home medicaid that her mom's condition was a danger to my wife's health. The nurse said our mother does not know anymore what to do in an emergency.

Navig8r said...

For the aging shooter, something that has worked well for me as I move into my 60s is known here in the US as occupational trifocal eyeglasses. Instead of the normal arrangement of near (reading), mid distance, and far from bottom to top, the arrangement is near (bottom), far (middle/main pane) and mid range pane on top. I was able to get my eyecare provider to work with me to have the mid range pane ground to my preferred compromise between being able to see the sights and being able to put the target in focus.

Having the mid range pane on top and making it about a third of the total height of the lens allows me to use a normal shooting position without having to bob my head around to find the sights in the correct pane.

For best achievable accuracy, I find it best to be able to have a clear focus on the sights, especially the front sight. If the target gets a little blurry (within reason), it is still possible to get good hits by centering on the blur. I try to have the mid distance pane ground to the furthest focus that will still allow a clear focus on the sights and accept whatever that gives me for focus on the target.