The Reading / Listening - Health Service - Level 5

Hospitals in the UK are helping people who suffer from dementia by undergoing a "vintage makeover". This is to make dementia patients feel relaxed and to trigger memories about the past. The makeover includes creating old-style cafes with a 1950s look; a movie theatre where patients can watch 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 adaptations" could help patients to cope with stress by relaxing in familiar places that could bring back happy memories.



Dementia is a term for conditions that involve a decline in memory, language ability, problem-solving and other thinking skills. It greatly affects a person's ability to do everyday activities. The World Health Organization estimates there are 46.8 million people worldwide with dementia. Someone develops it every three seconds. The NHS believes its makeovers will help dementia patients. It said: "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. helping people who suffer
  2. trigger memories
  3. old-style cafes with a
  4. black and white films
  5. a 1950s-themed
  6. help patients to cope
  7. relaxing in familiar
  8. bring back happy
  1. with stress
  2. from yesteryear
  3. memories
  4. about the past
  5. places
  6. from dementia
  7. "memory room"
  8. 1950s look

Paragraph 2

  1. a decline in
  2. It greatly affects a person's
  3. 46.8 million people worldwide
  4. Someone develops it
  5. The NHS believes its makeovers
  6. help patients adjust better to
  7. lessen the likelihood
  8. reduce their reliance
  1. with dementia
  2. of falls
  3. will help
  4. on medicine
  5. ability
  6. every three seconds
  7. memory
  8. their surroundings

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hospitals in the UK (1) ___________________ who suffer from dementia by undergoing a "vintage makeover". This (2) ___________________ dementia patients feel relaxed and to trigger memories about the past. The makeover includes creating old-style cafes with (3) ___________________; a movie theatre where patients can watch black and white (4) ___________________; and a 1950s-themed (5) ___________________ of 1950s furniture. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) said the "dementia-friendly adaptations" could help patients to cope with stress by relaxing (6) ___________________ that could bring back happy memories.

Dementia is a (7) ___________________ that involve a decline in memory, language ability, problem-solving and (8) ___________________. It greatly affects a person's ability to do everyday activities. The World Health Organization (9) ___________________ 46.8 million people worldwide with dementia. Someone (10) ___________________ three seconds. The NHS believes its makeovers will help dementia patients. It said: "Having a dementia-friendly (11) ___________________ may help patients adjust better to their surroundings, lessen the likelihood of falls and reduce their (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HospitalsintheUKarehelpingpeoplewhosufferfromdementiahaveund
ergonea"vintagemakeover".Thisistomakedementiapatientsfeelrela
xedandtotriggermemoriesaboutthepast.Themakeoverincludescreat
ingold-stylecafeswitha1950slook;amovietheatrewherepatientscan
watchblackandwhitefilmsfromyesteryear;anda1950s-themed"me
moryroom"fullof1950sfurniture.TheUK'sNationalHealthService(NH
S)saidthe"dementia-friendlyadaptations"couldhelppatientstocop
ewithstressbyrelaxinginfamiliarplacesthatcouldbringbackhappyme
mories.Dementiaisatermforconditionsthatinvolveadeclineinmemor
y,languageability,problem-solvingandotherthinkingskills.Itgreatlya
ffectsaperson'sabilitytodoeverydayactivities.TheWorldHealthOrgan
izationestimatesthereare46.8millionpeopleworldwidewithdementia
.Someonedevelopsiteverythreeseconds.TheNHSbelievesitsmakeov
erswillhelpdementiapatients.Itsaid:"Havingadementia-friendlypla
cetostaymayhelppatientsadjustbettertotheirsurroundings,lessenth
elikelihoodoffallsandreducetheirrelianceonmedicine."

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

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