With the continued interruption of our lives with the coronavirus and the various machinations of our government, I've become aware that my future financial stability may be at risk. Social Security, that source of funds that many (actually most, I believe) older Americans rely upon for food, shelter and monthly bills seems to be teetering on the edge of disruption. While I have another small pension, loss of SS would be a major blow to me. This brings into focus a greater need for other means of survival not relying on dollars to pave the way.
Living in South Carolina, and having spent many years in Florida, I see many retirees with who are sitting back enjoying their boats and country club memberships. However, there are more of us who are unable to retire due to not having those large retirement funds backing us up. Enter the topic of this thread... Where is permaculture for the elderly?
We need to continue expanding the thought to not only being about permaculture, but also about health care, recreation and other aspects of daily life...but, I look further into the future as to where we as mankind are going and what we may do to continue living with and supporting our Earth Mother, so that She may continue providing us a safe and secure environment. I have my own personal dreams and desires as to what I would like to have, but looking at mankind, overall, what can we do, where can we go, to provide something more for the future? If you haven't read about the Biosphere projects, take some time and do some net research and reading. I feel that something along these lines, though not nearly as intense as this project was, may be something upon which we can build for the future.
I'm looking toward building a series of geodesic dome greenhouses (but not in South Carolina) within which I can grow and maintain a permaculture environment, an ecosystem of sorts that would be able to provide food and shelter to a number of people. Greenhouses, if properly managed, will allow a year round food source. While it requires labor to manage, it doesn't require the physical stress needed to farm or run large gardens. Food can be grown in the ground or in raised beds, or a combination of both. Fruit trees can be grown inside taller domes. I would hope also that the quality of the air inside these domes could be managed to provide a healthier environment. (Air quality was one problem in Biosphere II. Biosphere was however a closed system and didn't allow for outside air exchange.) I may be older than many people, but I have not given up on continuing to grow and learn or to provide something useful for future generations.