Academic English

“Senior Citizens”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult senior citizens man 02:48

Pre-Listening Exercise

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


“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.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Dr. Howard Miller is a professor of _____.

Dr. Howard Miller. Dr. Miller, Professor of Sociology at Washington University, has written numerous articles and books on the issues facing older Americans in our graying society for the past 15 years.

Dr. Miller's grandfather feared ______.

My grandfather spoke of his greatest fear, that of leaving the only home they had known for the past 60 years. Fighting back the tears, he spoke proudly of the fact that he had built their home from the ground up.

Societies tend to value things that are _____.

Furthermore, we often live in societies that value that which is "new" or in vogue.

Dr. Miller wants to find meaningful purpose for _____ in the community.

Finding meaningful roles the elderly can play and should play in our societies.

Post-Listening Exercise

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?