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People think middle age has been around the age of 50. This is when we grow 'old'. A new study from the IIAS says middle age starts at 60, 65, or older. The biggest reason is that we are living longer. We are healthier, eat better, exercise more and we have nicer lifestyles. The IIAS said life expectancies have increased, so people we once called 'old' are not really old. We should think that They are not even middle aged.



The researchers looked at people in 39 European countries. Britain's National Health Service (NHS) warned the study is not 100 per cent true. The researchers did not look at things that could reduce life expectancy. We don't know about the impact of all diseases and infections, or about antibiotic resistance. 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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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

This is when

a.

are middle aged

2.

The biggest reason is that

b.

we grow 'old'

3.

exercise

c.

we are living longer.

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we have nicer

d.

called 'old'

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life expectancies

e.

more

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people we once

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old

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not really

g.

have increased

8.

think that they

h.

lifestyles



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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people in 39

a.

food

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not 100 per cent

b.

resistance

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things that could reduce life

c.

longer

4.

the impact of all diseases and

d.

and obesity

5.

antibiotic

e.

true

6.

people with diabetes

f.

European countries

7.

we should eat healthy

g.

expectancy

8.

exercise to live

h.

infections

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

People think middle age (1) ___________________ the age of 50. This is when we grow 'old'. A (2) ___________________ the IIAS says middle age starts at (3) ___________________. The biggest reason is that we are living longer. We are healthier, eat better, exercise more and we (4) ___________________. The IIAS said life expectancies (5) ___________________, so people we once called 'old' are not really old. We should (6) ___________________ are middle aged.

The researchers (7) ___________________ in 39 European countries. Britain's National Health Service (NHS) warned the study is (8) ___________________. The researchers did not look at things that could (9) ___________________. We don't know about the impact of all diseases (10) ___________________ about antibiotic resistance. There are (11) ___________________ with diabetes and obesity. The NHS said we should eat healthy food and exercise (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Peoplethinkmiddleagehasbeenaroundtheageof50.Thisiswhenwegro
w'old'.AnewstudyfromtheIIASsaysmiddleagestartsat60,65,orolder.
Thebiggestreasonisthatwearelivinglonger.Wearehealthier,eatbette
r,exercisemoreandwehavenicerlifestyles.TheIIASsaidlifeexpectanci
eshaveincreased,sopeopleweoncecalled'old'arenotreallyold.Wesho
uldthinkthattheyaremiddleaged.Theresearcherslookedatpeoplein3
9Europeancountries.Britain'sNationalHealthService(NHS)warnedth
estudyisnot100percenttrue.Theresearchersdidnotlookatthingsthat
couldreducelifeexpectancy.Wedon'tknowabouttheimpactofalldisea
sesandinfections,oraboutantibioticresistance.Therearealsomorepe
oplewithdiabetesandobesity.TheNHSsaidweshouldeathealthyfooda
ndexercisetolivelonger.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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