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"pull through" = recover from an illness

"Grandma had a serious accident in her car, but the doctors think that she's going to pull through."

"run in the family" = to be common in the family

"The doctors said that this disorder might run in the family."

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Assisted Living
For People with Alzheimer's Disease
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficultassisted living and memory careconversationman - woman03:44

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
[ Note from Randall: My mother passed away on January 22, 2017, about a week after I finished this recording, and in memory of her, I invite visitors to learn about her life by doing this listening activity. ]

Randall's mother has Alzheimer's disease, and his family is trying to do the best they can to provide for her comfort. Such health conditions affect many senior citizens in our communities. What special care centers are there in your hometown in your country that provide special care for these individuals? In what cases do families care for the elderly? Under want conditions are special care centers needed?

HELPFUL TIP: Caring for the elderly is one of the greatest rewards of living.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What did Randall's parents do in Honduras years ago?
A. They helped construct a home for children.
B. They taught English in local public schools.
C. They worked with the government to help the poor.

2. For Randall, one of the most difficult aspects of his mom's Alzheimer's disease?
A. He isn't able to care for her at home.
B. His mother falls a lot and often gets hurt.
C. He can't have conversations with his mom.

3. Who usually helps his mom with her meals?
A. the nurse
B. his father
C. other family

4. Randall's mother likes to __________ at the care center.
A. watch TV shows
B. play simple games
C. talk with other residents

5. In such difficult circumstances, Randall suggests ______________.
A. giving money to help the needy
B. reading more to understand others
C. showing kindness in word and deed

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Describe your relationship with a family member or friend who has suffered from the effects of age. What were the first signs of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease? How did the family deal with the situation, financially, physically, and emotionally?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions about Alzheimer's Disease:

  1. What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?
  2. What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?
  3. What are the causes of Alzheimer's disease?
  4. What tests are used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease?
  5. Why is it important to detect Alzheimer's as early as possible?
  6. What are the stages of Alzheimer's?
  7. Are there genetic risk factors for the disease?
  8. What is the average age of people who have Alzheimer's?
  9. Do men or women have a higher chance of developing the disease?
  10. How can the disease be treated?
  11. What advice should family members be given to help them deal with the family members with Alzheimer's?
  12. What is the life expectancy of someone with Alzheimer's?
  13. Is there anything you can do to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's?
Randall's mother, Juanita Davis.
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