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At pension age, provide the elderly with a special card, a warm hat and a sturdy hanglider. On Thursdays or Wednesdays organise charter buses to take them down to the seaside for instruction and let them free to glide about. In time, once they get the hang* of it, this can be their preferred mode of
transport. Special super soft landing pads will need to be constructed in the car parks of bingo halls and other places of interest, to prevent broken hips and soiling.
Fly the Friendly Grey Skies (for non-athletic seniors)
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) provides discount airfare programs to members. [jurist, Oct 16 2004]
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||Still too great a risk of broken wrists and legs, I think - the elderly can be very fragile. But I'm not clear how or why fhang-gliding counts as a novel idea just because you're inflicting it on the elderly.
||Hangliders will help them to get around - wind permitting, and will provide entertainment.
||There's no real infliction in this idea. Use of hanglider is optional - the training part and equipment is provided at pension age. Danger wise, the landing and take off would be the biggest problem - but the general concept of filling the skies with older people to soar about all day to only come down for cups of tea would be kind of nice. Incapacitated people would have free movement if they had co-ordination enough to steer their hanglider, and I think with practice they would be looping the loop in the sky as opposed to having to be wheeled about on the ground.
||Perhaps AARP could put your title to better use. [link]