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People think middle age is around the age of 50. This is when we grow 'old'. A new study says middle age starts at 60 or older. The biggest reason is we are living longer. We are healthier, eat better, exercise more and we have nicer lifestyles. Life expectancies have increased. People who are 50 are not old. They are not even middle aged.



Britain's National Health Service (NHS) said the study is not 100 per cent true. There are things that can make us die younger. There may be new diseases and infections. Drugs may no longer work. There are also more people with diabetes and obesity. The NHS said we should eat healthy food and exercise to live longer.

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Sources
  • http://www.today.com/health/60-really-new-50-scientists-say-t15411
  • http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/04April/Pages/60-the-new-40-claims-media.aspx
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/16/60-is-the-new-middle-age_n_7079006.html


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

This is when we

a.

lifestyles

2.

middle age starts at 60

b.

grow 'old'

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The biggest reason is we

c.

are not old

4.

exercise

d.

increased

5.

we have nicer

e.

or older

6.

Life expectancies have

f.

even middle aged

7.

People who are 50

g.

are living longer

8.

They are not

h.

more



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Britain's National

a.

work

2.

the study is not

b.

us die younger

3.

things that can make

c.

eat healthy food

4.

There may be new

d.

100 per cent true

5.

Drugs may no longer

e.

diabetes

6.

more people with

f.

Health Service (NHS)

7.

The NHS said we should

g.

longer

8.

exercise to live

h.

diseases

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People think middle age (1) ___________________ of 50. This is when we grow 'old'. A (2) ___________________ middle age starts at 60 or older. The (3) ___________________ we are living longer. We are healthier, (4) ___________________ more and we have (5) ___________________. Life expectancies have increased. People who (6) ___________________. They are not even middle aged.

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) (7) ___________________ not 100 per cent true. There (8) ___________________ can make us die younger. There (9) ___________________ and infections. Drugs (10) ___________________. There are also more people (11) ___________________ obesity. The NHS said we should eat healthy food (12) ___________________ live longer.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Peoplethinkmiddleageisaroundtheageof50.Thisiswhenwegrow'old'.
Anewstudysaysmiddleagestartsat60orolder.Thebiggestreasoniswe
arelivinglonger.Wearehealthier,eatbetter,exercisemoreandwehave
nicerlifestyles.Lifeexpectancieshaveincreased.Peoplewhoare50are
notold.Theyarenotevenmiddleaged.Britain'sNationalHealthService(
NHS)saidthestudyisnot100percenttrue.Therearethingsthatcanmak
eusdieyounger.Theremaybenewdiseasesandinfections.Drugsmayn
olongerwork.Therearealsomorepeoplewithdiabetesandobesity.The
NHSsaidweshouldeathealthyfoodandexercisetolivelonger.

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WRITING

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