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Youth and Old Age

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are young people generally more selfish than their parents and grandparents?
  2. Does age make you more aware of and caring for others?
  3. Should adults try to teach young people lessons, such as the dangers of drinking too much, taking drugs , or should they leave them alone to find out about these things themselves?
  4. Most countries give young people rights as they reach a certain age. For example, British people can legally make love or fight for their country at the age of 16; they can drink, vote and drive a car when they are 18.
  5. Should people of between 50 and 55 be forced to retire from their jobs in order to make way for younger workers?
  6. In most countries the legal retirement age for men is five years older than for women, even though women live longer than men on average.Why do you think this is?Is this fair, or should it be changed?
  7. Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of touch by the time they reach a certain age?
  8. What things were you taught by your older family members?
  9. Would it be better to offer it to pensioners who want to learn rather than young people who prefer not to be in school? Explain your opinion.
  10. In Russia, China and many other countries, there is a tradition of choosing leaders who are quite advanced in years.Do you think that older people make better leaders? Explain your opinion.
  11. Should the elderly be expected to pay for residential care out of their own savings or should appropriate accommodation and nursing be provided by the tax payer? Explain your opinion.
  12. Some people say that men age better than women, and remain attractive longer. Do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  13. Some people say that men never grow up, they just get bigger. Do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  14. Some people say that young women are usually two to three years more mature than young men. Do you agree? Explain your opinion.
  15. In most countries women live an average of five to six years longer than men. Why do you think this is?

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