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From the Ted Talk by Ashton Applewhite: Let's end ageism

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What's one thing that every person in this room is going to become? Older. And most of us are scared stiff at the prospect. How does that word make you feel? I used to feel the same way. What was I most worried about? Ending up drooling in some grim institutional hallway. And then I lnaered that only four percent of oeldr Americans are living in nsunrig homes, and the percentage is dropping. What else was I wreorid about? Dementia. Turns out that most of us can think just fine to the end. Dementia rates are dropping, too. The real eimipedc is anxiety over memory loss.

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What's one thing that every person in this room is going to become? Older. And most of us are scared stiff at the prospect. How does that word make you feel? I used to feel the same way. What was I most worried about? Ending up drooling in some grim institutional hallway. And then I _______ that only four percent of _____ Americans are living in _______ homes, and the percentage is dropping. What else was I _______ about? Dementia. Turns out that most of us can think just fine to the end. Dementia rates are dropping, too. The real ________ is anxiety over memory loss.

Solution

  1. worried
  2. learned
  3. nursing
  4. older
  5. epidemic

Original Text

What's one thing that every person in this room is going to become? Older. And most of us are scared stiff at the prospect. How does that word make you feel? I used to feel the same way. What was I most worried about? Ending up drooling in some grim institutional hallway. And then I learned that only four percent of older Americans are living in nursing homes, and the percentage is dropping. What else was I worried about? Dementia. Turns out that most of us can think just fine to the end. Dementia rates are dropping, too. The real epidemic is anxiety over memory loss.

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