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RETIREMENT / OLD AGE

La RETRAITE / La VIEILLESSE

 

Articles / Facts Pictures
Cartoons Poems
Conversation Questions Songs
Lesson plans Videos
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(Updated on 18/08/2016)

 


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Cliparts and Photos :


Preston Place is a senior retirement community 
for the active and independent senior wanting to reside in Plano, Texas
.
(spectrumprop.com)

 

 


 


 

Elderly patient


 




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Vocabulary :

  • 45 Synonyms for “Old” and “Old-Fashioned”
    "Our culture’s attitude toward age is reflected in the often-pejorative meanings of words synonymous with old and old-fashioned, though some are neutral or even reverent. Here are forty-five words that refer to people, places, and things that are, or are considered, old or old-fashioned. (Unrelated senses are also listed.)"

    (dailywritingtips.com)

 

Listening :

  •  ** Liz : New technologies and old people (1) **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 - par  Liz (London, England) - 15 avril 2012
    Liz explains why she thinks new technologies could be useful for old people, computers for example.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2399
  • ** Liz : New technologies and old people (2) **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 - par  Liz (London, England) - 15 avril 2012
    She thinks that a good idea would be to have a computer in all retirement homes since old people are capable of learning things.
    It could be some computers adapted to special needs for example.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2400

  • ** Liz : New technologies and old people (3) **
    Langue : Anglais, niveau : B1 - par  Liz (London, England) - 15 avril 2012
    Mobile phones could also be useful for old people, if they weren't so small. Adapted phones would be good.
    http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?article2401

 

Conversation Questions :

 

Articles / Facts :

  • Old people are rich :
    they have silver in their hair,
    gold in their teeth,
    stones in their kidneys,
    steel in their knees,

    lead in their feet,
    iron in their knuckles,
    sugar in their blood,
    and gas in their stomach.

 

  • Retirees ahead 
    The US community that revolutionised retirement. The original playground for America's elderly.
    "It's the perfect beginning to the end of your life."

    (BBC)

 

  • Pensioner used 136 modes of transport in a year
    "Edwin Shackleton, 82, has travelled in a six-wheeled amphibious vehicle, crashed over waves in a lifeboat and cruised in a gypsy caravan as he found 136 ways to make a journey.
    The adrenaline junkie has sailed in a catamaran, lifeboat and sand yacht and flown in a microlight, executive jet and glider.
    He also hitched rides on a bin lorry, fire engine, police car and T-55 tank - before reaching his target of 100 in July by flying in a hot air balloon."
    See The list of 136 modes of transport taken by Mr Shackleton.

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • World's oldest person dies at 115
    "A Portuguese woman who held the title of oldest living person for just five weeks has died at the age of 115"...
    She "never "fell ill, nor took any medication". ..
    "She started working in agriculture at the age of 12 and never went to school. She could not read or write."

    (BBC)

  • Internet use 'good for the brain'
    "For middle-aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests."

 

 

Lesson plans :

  • Dotty - a lesson
    "This EFL lesson is designed around a moving short film by Brett and Mick , and the themes of texting and elderly people.
    Students discuss texting, write instructions, predict how a short film ends, read a film review and write a film review for homework."

    Time: 90 minutes
    Topic: Texting, technology and old people
    Language: Vocabulary related to texting
    Materials: Short film and film review

    (film-english.com)

  • Law says visit old relatives or pay a fine (December 31, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "China has passed a new law that says people must visit their older relatives.
    This means older parents or grandparents can sue their kids and grandkids for not visiting them."

    (breakingnewsenglish.com)

 

Poems :

 

Songs :

  • When I'm 64 by The Clemmer (YouTube) / The Beatles
    - the lyrics :
    "When I get older losing my hair
    Many years from now
    Will you still be sending me a valentine..."

 

  • Father and Son by Cat Stevens :
    "You're still young...
    Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy."
  • Forever Young by Alphaville :
    "forever young, i want to be forever young
    do you really want to live forever, forever and ever...
    sooner or later they all will be gone
    why don't they stay young
    it's so hard to get old without a cause
    i don't want to perish like a fading horse
    youth is like diamonds in the sun..."

 

Cartoons :

Videos :

  • MAKEOVER - Tropfest Australia 22 2013 Second Prize (TSI "CHANGE") - (YouTube)
    "Horrie, an aging widower, decides it's time to start dating again, so he gives himself an extreme makeover.
    The most disturbing part is the homemade facelift, but once you get past that, it's a delightful story.
    The short film Makeover by Don Percy won second prize at Tropfest 2013."
    (Neatorama)

 

  • What is Aging?
    "Why do we grow old? Integrative Biologist Joao Pedro de Magalhaes explains what aging is and how we can extend our lifespan."
    (YouTube)

 

  • 'Computer games keep me mentally active' - 21 January 2013
    "It is predicted that by the end of this year, female gamers will outnumber men for the first time.
    However computer games are also increasingly being seen as a way for older people to keep mentally active.
    Bryony Mackenzie reports."
    (BBC)

  • An old woman needs some oil (commercial)
    " A grandma gets in a supermarket Caltex. She is making a lot of noise with her trolley.
    The shop assistant, who is very caring, offers her some oil for her to stop the noise… but you realise that it is something else…"

    (YouTube