Tell me about an old person you know.
You should say: what the relationship is between you and him/her how much time you spend with the person
how the old person likes to occupy his/her time and explain why you chose to talk about this person.
·My grandpa: How often do I see him? ·Physical appearance+how old?+health ·His qualities ·His daily routine
·What I learned from him
Let me tell you about my grandpa, who is someone who plays a very important part in my life. He has always been there for me. When I was a young child, he used to look after me, because my parents both had a job and couldn't stay at home to look after me.Since I went to university, I don't get to see him as often as I used to, but I give him a call on a regular basis to check how he is doing.
He's not that tall not so tall) but because he always holds himself very straight, he doesn't look that short. He still has a lot of hair although it turned white on the back of his head. But he's never going to go bald, and that's a good thing. He has many wrinkles on his forehead and around his eyes, but he says it makes him look wiser. He's funny. Last year he turned 75, and we celebrated his birthday with the whole family. We had a banquet, and he was delighted to see the whole family and his old friends around for the whole day.
My grandpa is a very kind person.He smiles a lot, and he always wants to help everybody. Everyone knows he is extremely considerate and thoughtful. He used to be a teacher, so everyone in my hometown knows him. A lot of his former students visit him whenever they go back home. He's well-appreciated by everyone. In addition, my grandpa is very generous and helpful. He likes to cook for the family, and he always surprises us with small gifts or snacks. He's so kind-hearted.
I can't say that his schedule has been busy since he retired, but he seems to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing life. He cooks pretty much every day, and every morning, he gets up early to go grocery shopping and he buys the newspaper on a daily basis.He has a fixed routine and he sticks to it. After lunch, he takes a nap and then goes for a walk. He enjoys reading and a couple of years ago we got him a mobile phone:now he often sends messages to his friends or students.
My grandpa plays an influential role in my life. I definitely learned a lot from him. He showed me how to be a polite and respectful person. He cares about good manners. He also encouraged me when I was in middle school and I found school a bit boring. He doesn't need to talk much to me. When I complain, or say something he doesn't like, he simply gives me a look, and I can see through his eyes if I said something stupid or acted foolishly. He's a strong-minded person, and that is also why people respect him.
1.Is it the responsibility of families to support old people?
Yes,definitely!In China, we don’t send elderly people to nursing homes.Their children ask their parents to come live with them when they get old. It's easier for the family to take care of the parents. In addition, it's part of our responsibility as children: it's like a social custom. We are expected to do this.In my country people who retire don't get a very high pension. Their income is limited so they can't really afford to pay for a nurse to come home every day, or have a maid help them with the housework. On top of this, senior citizens can also help take care of the grandchildren.
2. What part do older people play in family life in your country?
Grandparents are very influential in Chinese family life. First of all, they are well-respected by everyone, because of their age and experience. They are the heads of the family. In addition, they often help take care of their grandkids. These days, both mothers and father usually have a full-time job, so they frequently ask the grandparents to move in with them in order to look after the baby until the child is old enough to go to school. It's very common for grandparents to live with their children in China.
3. What part might older people play in families in the future?
I guess that if people in my country manage to make more money than in the past, they will be able to save more, and they won't need to live with their children when they get old. I hope that when I retire, I will have enough money to enjoy life, to go traveling, to go out and have fun. I think parents might place their children in day-care centers if they can afford it, in order to avoid bothering their elderly parents.So grandparents might have more independence, and less influence on their kids and grandchildren.
4. Compare the ways that young people and old people look at life.
Well, elderly people are usually wiser, and less worried about the future.I guess old people have accumulated(=gained) so much experience throughout their lives that they know what is really important, whereas young people sometimes might not have their priorities(=the most important things) straight. Young people might be a little careless and quick-minded. On the other hand, senior citizens are mature and calm. They never make decisions impulsively (= too quickly). I think it's easier for older people to sound optimistic, while it can be more difficult for the young generations to look at the bright side of things. Young people always want more these days, and this is why they might worry about morrow.
5. What activities do old people take part in where you live?
Most elderly people don't do much in my hometown. They have a fixed routine:they go to the supermarket to buy food, go back home and cook. In the afternoon, they take a nap sleep) and go for a walk. They enjoy reading the newspaper and watching TV However, some of them get together with their neighbors to play cards or mahjong. A lot of older women also exercise in the evening. They meet on the public square, and one teacher shows them how to dance. It's a great chance for them to socialize while keeping fit.
6. Do you think that the age of retirement should be flexible?
Yes, I definitely think so. Some jobs are more difficult than others. People who have a physically tiring job or a stressful position should be able to retire earlier than someone who works in an office. For example, in my opinion, farmers and truck drivers deserve to receive a pension earlier because they have endured (endure = undergo) years of hand work for a low salary. Right now, in China, men can retire at 60 and women when they are 55. Since we have so many people here in China, I strongly believe that everyone should be encouraged to retire around 55. It would give young people more chances to find a job. But of course it would also cost the government more money...