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"touch and go" = critical situation where something bad might happen

"It was touch and go for a few days after the accident, but I think my grandfather is going to be okay."


"hand to mouth" = with barely enough money to live and buy food

"Some seniors live hand to mouth every month because they lack a steady source of income."

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Our Aging Society
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the greatest issues facing senior citizens in the future in your country?

HELPFUL TIP: Saving money for retirement called one's "nest egg," can be a critical concern. Although all problems can't be avoided, starting to save early can ease the burden later on.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
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1. What is the main topic of this address?
A. the growing crisis of inadequate retirement pensions for the future
B. the problem of providing adequate medical care for the elderly
C. the need to reevaluate our attitudes towards senior citizens

2. What was the speaker's purpose in sharing the story about his grandfather?
A. to highlight the difficulties of finding affordable housing in the future
B. to illustrate the preoccupations of older citizens with growing older
C. to describe the lack of public facilities designed for the elderly

3. Which of the following statements did Dr. Miller NOT mention when speaking of senior citizens' "golden years"?
A. The loss of a person's self-identity is most prevalent in one's advancing years.
B. A person's declining health contributes to a feeling of inadequacy.
C. Self-worth is often tied to one's profession and social standing.

4. What do you think the speaker will talk about in the next part of his address?
A. the contributions the elderly can make in our societies
B. the swelling burden of supporting welfare programs in the future
C. our responsibility of building retirement homes for our graying society

5. Where does this plenary address most likely take place?
A. at a retirement home
B. at a conference center
C. at a hospital


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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

One of the growing concerns around the world is the aging population of seniors and how to care for them in the future. At the same time, many seniors want control over their own futures and want to life comfortably during their golden years. Now, there are a growing number of assisted living centers for seniors in some areas of the world. However, do most people rather live with family in their latter years or take care of themselves in a senior citizen center? How does your culture view the care of the elderly?

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