Oldest Man Passes Away at 114

May 9, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. pass away (idiom) [pas] [uh-wey] – to die (or to end or stop something)
Example: The man passed away before the cure was found. (to die)
2. in one’s prime (idiom) [in] [wuhns] [prahym] – a time when a person is at his strongest or best
Example: The actress traveled the world in her prime.
3. retirement (n.) [ri-tahyuhr-muhnt]  – the act of giving up or leaving a job permanently
Example: My parents toured around the Asia after their retirement.

4. prolong (v.) [pruh-long] – to make something longer; to extend
Example: Do not prolong your problem by doing nothing.

Read the text below.

The oldest man in the world, Walter Breuning , passed away at age 114.

He died of natural causes in a hospital in Montana, USA.

In his prime, Walter worked as a railway clerk and was married to his wife for 35 years until she passed away in 1957.

He had been living in the same retirement house in Montana for 31 years.

Before he died, Walter had been passionate about ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a kid, he grew up hearing his grandfather tell stories about the killings during the Civil War in the 1860s and even back then, he had already thought war was a terrible thing.

When asked about the secret to his long life, Walter claimed a diet of two meals a day prolonged his life. He advised that it is important to stick to a proper diet to be in good shape.

Walter died without fear of death because he believed dying is part of life. We are all born to die, he said.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why are some old people sent to retirement homes?
·         Do you agree that staying in retirement homes is good for old people? Please explain.

Discussion B

·         Why do most people think older people understand life better than younger ones?
·         Do you think it is possible for younger people to have a better understanding of life than older people? Please explain your answer.

May 9, 2011