Some people think getting old is entirely bad. However, others think that life of the elderly in modern world is much easier than in the past. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
For some people, ageing is an unreservedly grim process. To other people, growing old is much easier now than it was in the past. This essay will discuss both views and offer my own opinion on the subject.
It is an indubitable truth that getting older means one’s physical health will begin to fail. Common conditions in old age include hearing loss, cataracts and osteoarthritis. Mental health is also affected: elderly people are liable to experience dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, as people age, they are apt to suffer from several conditions concurrently. Moreover, in an increasingly technology-based world, the elderly may find it difficult to use automation and computerised systems. Conversely, it is this same technology that can help the ageing population to live longer. Advancements in science have created safer and efficient medication, lower-risk surgeries and overall better health-care. Standards of living have improved dramatically, and deaths by infections have reduced drastically since the discovery of penicillin in 1928.
In my opinion, ageing is a privilege. A longer life brings with it many opportunities, such as the chance to pursue new and interesting activities, further education, or a new career. In the past, life expectancy was dramatically lower. More people engaged in manual labour, causing significant harm to their bodies and minds. Because of this, many had very few years of retirement, if any, before dying. Modern-day retirees have more time and technological resources to contribute to their communities and spend quality time with family. There are also the personal benefits of getting older: emotional stability, increased self-esteem and confidence and life-long friendships.
There is no denying that getting older is difficult, both mentally and physically. However, ageing is a part of life to be enjoyed and celebrated.
- unreservedly adv. 完全地
- grim adj. 残酷的
- indubitable adj. 不容质疑的 同义词：undoubtedly
- cataracts n. 白内障 （医学专业名词）
- osteoarthritis n. 关节炎 （医学专业名词）
- Alzheimer’s disease n. 阿尔茨海默症 （医学专业名词）
- dementia n. 痴呆症 （医学专业名词）
- automation n. 自动化
- computerised system 计算机化系统
- penicillin n. 盘尼西林 （医学专业名词）
- privilege n. 特权
- life expectancy 平均寿命
- manual labour 体力劳动
- retiree n. 退休的人
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