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discussion in English: Age: Youth & Old Age
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|Age: Youth & Old Age
Are young people generally more selfish than
their parents and grandparents?
Does age make you more aware of and
caring for others?
Should adults try to teach young people
lessons, such as the dangers of drinking too
much, taking drugs or catch the AIDS virus,
or should they leave them alone to find out
about these things themselves?
What are the advantages and
disadvantages of both approaches?
What do you think is the best age to be?
Most countries give young people rights as
they reach a certain age. For example,
British people can legally make love or
fight for their country at the age of 16;
they can drink, vote and drive a car when
they are 18.
Do you think that any of the age limits
Some people think you should give something
to society before you have the right to join
Should young people have to do some form
of military or community service by law?
Should people of between 50 and 55 be forced
to retire from their jobs in order to make
way for younger workers?
If people are still able to (and want to)
work, should they have to retire when the
reach a certain age?
In most countries the legal retirement age
for men is five years older than for women,
even though women live longer than men on
Why do you think this is?
Is this fair, or should it be changed?
Are there many things that the old can teach
the young or are they hopelessly out of
touch by the time they reach a certain age?
What things were you taught by your
older family members?
How have they been useful to you in your
In most countries, compulsory education is
targeted at five to sixteen year olds.
Would it be better to offer it to
pensioners who want to learn rather than
young people who prefer not to be in
school? Explain your opinion.
In Russia, China and many other countries,
there is a tradition of choosing leaders who
are quite advanced in years.
Do you think that older people make
better leaders? Explain your opinion.
One of Britain's best-ever leaders was
William Pitt, who became Prime Minister when
he was 24 and remained in power for 18
Could this ever happen in your country?
Many elderly people have disabilities which
limit their mobility.
Do buses, shops and public buildings in
your country provide easy access for the
disabled or are your towns and cities
designed mainly for the young and
able-bodied? Why is this?
Should the elderly be expected to pay for
residential care out of their own savings or
should appropriate accommodation and nursing
be provided by the tax payer? Explain your
Some people say that men age better than
women, and remain attractive longer. Do you
agree? Explain your opinion.
Some people say that men never grow up, they
just get bigger. Do you agree? Explain your
Some people say that young women are usually
two to three years more mature than young
men. Do you agree? Explain your opinion.
In most countries women live an average of
five to six years longer than men. Why do
you think this is?
In some countries having children is
considered a way of "investing in the
future", and young people are expected to
give money to their parents when they get a
job, and then to care for them when they
What are the good points and what are
the bad points about this system?
Many countries are facing the problem of an
"aging population", i.e. there will soon be
more old people than young people.
What problems will this cause?
What can be done to prepare for them?
What do you think is the ideal age for each
of these stages of your life: (Explain your
What age do you want to live to?
How do you feel about your parents growing
If your parents could no longer care for
themselves, would you let them live with you
or put them in a nursing home?
Are you afraid of getting old?
What is your ideal old age to live to?
Do you prefer to live in the retirement home
or live with young people?
Should parents continue to finance their
children after the children are 18?
Where do you wish to live when you are old?
Where do you see yourself when you are 70
Should older people spend their money on
themselves, or save it for their children to
have after they die?
Where do you wish to live when you are old?
What advice would you give to an older
person who wants to feel young?
Some people say that youth is a state of
mind, do you agree?
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