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[ 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 what conditions are special care centers needed?
“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.“
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
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?
Use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions about Alzheimer’s Disease: