Kathy Sheridan: Let the over-70s have a walk

A designated time each day would help those struggling in mandatory confinement

The psychological and physical benefits of a short walk outdoors should not be denied to older, vulnerable people. Photograph: iStock

The psychological and physical benefits of a short walk outdoors should not be denied to older, vulnerable people. Photograph: iStock

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the dangers of pigeonholing. It was a gentle warning that the phrase “elderly with underlying conditions” was in danger of migrating to the land of euphemisms such as “collateral damage”. A label that started life as a kind of reassurance to the lucky ones outside it was becoming a soulless catch-all for an amorphous blob.

We know that every millennial is not a no-platforming snowflake and that every 74 year old is not a grumpy old bigot. We know that there are 70-somethings who head countries and businesses, rear grandchildren, run marathons, swim the Forty Foot daily and travel across warzones to research their novels.

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