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UN Warns About Demographic Shift

dateline: 02 October 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • demographic: related to populations
  • estimate: to make an educated guess
  • sanitation: public health conditions, eg. proper sewage and clean water
  • nutrition: food required for good health
  • poverty: the state of being poor

UN Warns About Demographic Shift

A report released by the UN on Day of Older Persons (October 1st) estimates that there will be more than one billion people over the age of 60 by 2022. The UN Population Fund has warned that this number will likely by 2050, presenting major challenges for governments. Increased life expectancy of the world’s population is due to improved healthcare, sanitation, and nutrition. The UN warns that one of the challenges governments will face in the upcoming years will be preventing poverty in the elderly population. In countries like Japan, China, and India, the of young people taking in their aging parents is in decline.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the UN celebrate on October 1st?
  2. According to the UN, how many people over age 60 will be living by 2050?
  3. What is changing in countries like Japan, China, and India?

Discussion Question: Should children be required to look after their aging parents, or is this the government’s responsibility?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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