Title: Aged People Tend to Live Alone
Time limit: 40 minutes
Word limit: 120～150 words
1. Present situation
2. Possible reasons
3. My comment
Aged People Tend to Live Alone
Recent years have seen a tendency that more and more aged people prefer living alone. In the past, aged people would like to live with children and grandchildren while you people would like to show their respect and gratitude to those who brought them up. Aged people nowadays hope their married children would move to other places if possible. Why do aged people tend to live alone?
There are several reasons for this change. For one thing, with the social and economic development, the old traditional idea of keeping several generations under one roof is out of date. Many old people pursue a life of comforts and relaxation after getting retired from work and released from heavy household chores. Some wish to travel around some scenic spots which they have long dreamed of. Some even start to learn a new subject such as painting, a music instrument and so on in order to enrich their lives. Undoubtedly, they no longer like to be chained to the house. For another, guaranteed by social security and medicare, old people, most of whom still feel strong and healthy, do not need to be taken care of. Furthermore, by living alone they may avoid unpleasant quarrels because of the generation gap.
Obviously, the aged people's preference to living alone indicates the improvement of living standard and their new attitude toward life. In my opinion, their choice should be respected, yet living alone doe not mean the refuse help, concern from children or, harmony and happiness brought by their offsprings. I believe they will have a better time if their emotional needs can be satisfactorily met.