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Many of us over-70s are robust in mind and body... we don't need to be wrapped up in cotton wool during coronavirus crisis

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Leisure time: plenty of senior citizens lead active lives in retirement

Leisure time: plenty of senior citizens lead active lives in retirement

Leisure time: plenty of senior citizens lead active lives in retirement

As we gradually move towards easing the lockdown, here's a question: have the over-70s been excessively stereotyped as vulnerable and fragile by their experience of being cocooned?

Cocooned, according to a dictionary definition, is "being protected from everyday life and problems", and plenty of oldsters feel the cocooning policy has had a negative effect on their resilience and collective self-esteem.

Yes, it was evident that older people were medically more vulnerable to catching the coronavirus, so it was wise to shelter from the risk. It became evident that clusters of the virus were running riot in care homes for the elderly. But not all oldies are the same, and many resent the blanket way in which they all have been lumped together.