The Reading / Listening - Health Service - Level 4

Hospitals in the UK are helping dementia patients with a "vintage makeover". This involves fitting hospitals with old-style cafes with a 1950s look; a movie theatre with black and white films from yesteryear; and a 1950s-themed "memory room" full of 1950s furniture. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) said the "dementia-friendly" themes could help patients to cope with stress by relaxing in familiar places that bring back happy memories.



Dementia is a term for conditions that involve a decline in memory, language ability, problem-solving and other skills. It affects a person's ability to do everyday things. There are 46.8 million people worldwide with dementia. Someone develops it every three seconds. The NHS believes that: "Having a dementia-friendly place to stay may help patients adjust better to their surroundings, lessen the likelihood of falls and reduce their reliance on medicine."

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Sources
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/nhs-hospitals-get-vintage-makeover-to-help-dementia-patients-a4243011.html
  • https://www.thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/09/21/nhs-hospitals-using-vintage-makeovers-to-help-dementia-patients/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Health_Service_(England)


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. This involves fitting
  2. old-
  3. with a 1950s
  4. black and white films
  5. a 1950s-themed
  6. "dementia-friendly"
  7. cope
  8. places that bring back
  1. with stress
  2. look
  3. "memory room"
  4. happy memories
  5. hospitals
  6. from yesteryear
  7. style cafes
  8. themes

Paragraph 2

  1. a decline
  2. a person's ability to do
  3. 46.8 million people worldwide
  4. Someone develops it every
  5. Having a dementia-friendly
  6. help patients adjust better
  7. lessen the likelihood
  8. reduce their reliance
  1. place to stay
  2. of falls
  3. everyday things
  4. on medicine
  5. in memory
  6. three seconds
  7. with dementia
  8. to their surroundings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hospitals in the UK are helping dementia (1) ___________________ "vintage makeover". This involves fitting hospitals (2) ___________________ with a 1950s look; a movie theatre with black and white (3) ___________________; and a 1950s-themed "memory room" (4) ___________________ furniture. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) said (5) ___________________ could help patients to cope with stress by relaxing in familiar places that bring (6) ___________________.

Dementia is a (7) ___________________ that involve a decline in memory, language ability, problem-solving (8) ___________________. It affects a person's ability to (9) ___________________. There are 46.8 million people worldwide with dementia. Someone (10) ___________________ three seconds. The NHS believes that: "Having a dementia-friendly place to stay may help (11) ___________________ to their surroundings, lessen the likelihood of falls and reduce their (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HospitalsintheUKarehelpingdementiapatientswitha"vintagemakeov
er".Thisinvolvesfittinghospitalswithold-stylecafeswitha1950slook
;amovietheatrewithblackandwhitefilmsfromyesteryear;anda1950s
-themed"memoryroom"fullof1950sfurniture.TheUK'sNationalHeal
thService(NHS)saidthe"dementia-friendly"themescouldhelppatie
ntstocopewithstressbyrelaxinginfamiliarplacesthatbringbackhappy
memories.Dementiaisatermforconditionsthatinvolveadeclineinme
mory,languageability,problem-solvingandotherskills.Itaffectsaper
son'sabilitytodoeverydaythings.Thereare46.8millionpeopleworldwi
dewithdementia.Someonedevelopsiteverythreeseconds.TheNHSbe
lievesthat:"Havingadementia-friendlyplacetostaymayhelppatient
sadjustbettertotheirsurroundings,lessenthelikelihoodoffallsandred
ucetheirrelianceonmedicine."

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.

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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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