The Reading / Listening - Dog-walking - Level 5

It seems common sense that walking a dog is good for older people. Dogs provide a healthy excuse to go for a walk and get some exercise. However, research shows that dog-walking can have downsides for seniors. A report published in an American medical journal says more and more seniors are getting injured because of dog-walking. From 2004 to 2017, researchers found over 32,000 cases of over-65s suffering fractures attributed to walking their dog. Some injuries were serious and needed the senior to have emergency surgery.



Researchers advised the elderly of possible dangers to walking a dog. They said: "For older adults - especially those...with decreased bone mineral density - the risks associated with walking leashed dogs merit consideration." They said just one injury could cause a deadly hip fracture, lifelong complications, or the loss of independence. The lead researcher blamed a "small person/big dog" scenario for many accidents. He said a dog is sometimes mismatched with its owner's strength to handle it. An elderly dog owner said: "Old people need dogs. We need our soul mates."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog-walking - Level 4 or  Dog-walking - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/health/dog-walking-may-be-hazardous-to-seniors-health-study-suggests
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/06/health/dog-walking-injuries-study/index.html
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306110620.htm


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. common
  2. get some
  3. dog-walking can have downsides
  4. medical
  5. more seniors
  6. 32,000 cases of over-
  7. Some injuries were
  8. have emergency
  1. 65s suffering
  2. journal
  3. surgery
  4. exercise
  5. serious
  6. sense
  7. for seniors
  8. are getting injured

Paragraph 2

  1. decreased bone mineral
  2. cause a deadly hip
  3. lifelong
  4. the loss
  5. a "small person/big dog"
  6. mismatched with its owner's
  7. An elderly
  8. We need our soul
  1. scenario
  2. dog owner
  3. density
  4. mates
  5. complications
  6. of independence
  7. fracture
  8. strength

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It seems (1) ___________________ walking a dog is good for older people. Dogs provide a healthy (2) ___________________ for a walk and get some exercise. However, research shows that dog-walking can have downsides for seniors. A (3) ___________________ an American medical journal says more and more seniors are (4) ___________________ of dog-walking. From 2004 to 2017, researchers (5) ___________________ cases of over-65s suffering fractures attributed to walking their dog. Some injuries were serious and needed the (6) ___________________ emergency surgery.

Researchers (7) ___________________ of possible dangers to walking a dog. They said: "For older adults - especially those...with decreased (8) ___________________ - the risks associated with walking leashed dogs merit consideration." They said just one injury could (9) ___________________ hip fracture, lifelong complications, or the loss of independence. The lead researcher (10) ___________________ person/big dog" scenario for many accidents. He said a dog (11) ___________________ with its owner's strength to handle it. An elderly dog owner said: "Old people need dogs. We need (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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sheddogsmeritconsideration."Theysaidjustoneinjurycouldcauseade
adlyhipfracture,lifelongcomplications,orthelossofindependence.Th
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dents.Hesaidadogissometimesmismatchedwithitsowner'sstrengtht
ohandleit.Anelderlydogownersaid:"Oldpeopleneeddogs.Weneedou
rsoulmates."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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