In America, 15% of the population are over the age of 65. This number has been predicted to rise to 25% over the next 40 years. The fact is that we are living longer and that seniors have different needs than the younger generation. When a doomsday situation arises, we need to consider how we can best prepare the seniors in our family for what is to come. These are our parents and grandparents, and we don’t want to leave them behind.
Consider medication needs
If a doomsday situation occurs, how are you going to obtain the medication that your Grandma needs? 25% of the seniors over the age of 65 are taking some form of medication for a chronic condition, according to The Washington Post. This number rises to 46% of the population over the age of 70. This could be anything from arthritis and blood pressure medication, to insulin that is necessary for diabetics. Some medication needs to be stored under special conditions or kept at a certain temperature. Make sure that you stockpile as much medication as you can and have facilities to store it properly. You should also look into alternative treatments and plant based therapies that could help simple conditions, such as taking herbs for indigestion or rheumatism. At least then you can consider growing these herbs in your bunker.
Making modifications in your shelter
If you have a shelter or bunker, then you should consider making modifications to help seniors. You want to make sure that your shelter is accessible and well laid out. If there are steep stairs, then install a bannister, making it easier to use them. It is also advisable to put grab bars near the toilet. Make sure that your shelter is well lit and that the flooring is completely level – seniors are more prone to trips and falls than the younger generation. In your store cupboards, make sure that everything essential is clearly labeled, for instance, you may be storing food in jars – mark the contents on the front of each jar in large lettering. If your senior family members require walking aids or mobility aids, keep spares ready in your shelter, so you aren’t hunting for them in an emergency.
Help your seniors to get fit
In America, 40% of over 65s are obese. This can come with so many difficulties, not just in terms of health conditions, but also results in problems with mobility and joints. If there is a doomsday emergency, you are more likely to survive if you are physically fit. Now is the time to start making sure that the seniors in your family get into shape. Go swimming with them regularly, go for walks, help them shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and make healthy food choices.
If a doomsday situation happens, you don’t want to leave behind the seniors in your family – the people that have cared for you and brought you up. Make sure that they are ready and prepared for an emergency too.
Written by Jennifer Dooley