Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm personally interested in aging in place here on the land, and have no intention of selling and moving at any time. My husband and I are middle-aged, reasonably active but with some health problems that might get worse with age - mostly achey pains. I'm trying to think ahead to when we're older and even creakier, and want to try to work toward a design which will accommodate limited mobility. What permaculture design ideas should I keep in mind and begin to implement which would be most helpful to aging in place? Rather than ask for specific design advice about our place at the beginning of this topic, I'd like to keep the ideas general and widely applicable at first. Maybe later in the thread I can ask for specific advice about my own design?
Tracy Wandling wrote:But don't think I take this subject lightly, because of my previous post! I am inherently silly, and find that even the most serious topics are a lot easier to handle with a little humor thrown in.
Another thing I was thinking about was growing medicinals. I know not everyone 'believes' in them, and some find the topic a little bit 'woo woo' (love that description), but really, there are lots of plants that are proven to be very helpful to our health. So, I will definitely be growing medicinals in my gardens. It certainly can't hurt, and it might just be a life-saver one day.
Off to research medicinals that grow in my area . . .
Tyler Ludens wrote:I'll need to acquire a family somehow...
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
I love your thought process.
Herbalism has only been practiced for around 50 thousand years and documented for 10 thousand years.
It would not have survived if it didn't work most of the time.
I am one of these for my people, do not ask what my position is in my nation for that is never spoken.
If one ask for help, they receive it, there is no "fee" or charge of money.
The mind, spirit and body are so connected that one can not separate any one portion and expect a real and complete cure.
I like this thought;
"When you feel the world closing in around you and nothing you know of seems to help the situation, come, sit in the earth mother's lap, let her nurture you through your contact with her skin, drink in her spirit with your eyes, smell her perfumes and listen to her children's voices in the night.
In the morning feel her warm love wash over you and bathe in the light of the sun, soon you will know you are healed." Luta ceta
Sunny Baba wrote:... So.... if you own your own property.... and you need help maintaining your home place... gardens, orchard, animals etc... why not start sharing this Now, with some young people who don't have the means to own their own land... it is simply sharing what you have with others of LIKE MIND, LIKE HEART and LIKE INTERESTS, ( such as gardening and permaculture, homesteading, being self-sufficient, living simply on the land, etc.).....
I think that if we care for others, and give to them, and share with them what we have.... in other words ..Love them up, as if they were our own... then it all comes back full circle.... when we are in need of help.....
Of course this requires a lot of Faith and Trust.... and DISCERNMENT in picking your 'land partners....' We just built another (8 so far) complete Homestead from bare ground up... these past 3 years... on someone else's land.... and now... because of the Harsh growing season, (90days)..... and lots of summer hail storms... we are thinking of moving to a more gentle climate... hoping to find folks to share their land with us.
Of course if you have a lot of extra money.. as you got older .. you could hire someone to care for your place (maintenance), cut your fire wood, and garden for you.... But if you don't have the $$$ .. then share and teach, and help each other out...... that is what we are counting on........
Giselle Burningham wrote:Put in ramps now!
Giselle Burningham wrote:We used plastic wood and concrete footings! It sounds terrible, but looks exactly the same! And lasts for ever..
we too thought of the same issues. Safety comes first!