Lesson: Youth & Aging

Youth & Aging

Youth & Aging Handout

Life cycle Vocabulary

Preemie (premature birth), Newborn, Infant, Baby, Toddler, Child/Kid, Pre-teen / Tween , Teenager, Adolescent, Adult, Twenty-something, Thirty-something, etc. , Middle aged,  Senior citizen, Elderly, Assisted living, Nursing home, Hospice, grave/tomb/gravestone (epitaph)

Common collocations relating to age

  • Disaffected youth – young people who do not accept society’s values
  • Juvenile delinquent – a criminal who is still legally a minor.
  • Midlife crisis – period of dissatisfaction in the middle of one’s life.
  • Going through a phase – going through a period of difficult behaviour.
  • Feel their age – when someone feels as old as they are


  • The ripe old age of – A very old age.
  • Tender age of – The young age of …
  • Act your age!– Behave more maturely (when someone is acting like a child).
  • Over the hill – Another way of saying that someone is old or past their prime
  • No spring chicken – well past their youth
  • Long in the tooth – A person who is long in the tooth is a bit too old to do something
  • Age before beauty – When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
  • Come of age -When something comes of age it develops completely and reaches maturity. When someone comes of age, they reach adulthood or fulfill their potential.

Youth Questions

  1. What’s your first memory as a child? How old were you and what do you remember?
  2. How would you describe ‘young you’? (e.g. shy, a bully, playful, serious, happy, nerdy, etc.)
  3. What are your strongest memories of youth (good and bad)?
    (Neighborhood? School?  Vacations? Friends? Family? TV Shows? Games? Toys?)
  4. How did you get along with your siblings (or feel about being an only child)?
  5. Which places, smells, and foods remind you of your youth?
  6. Have you ever visited ‘the old neighborhood’? How was it?
  7. What ages were your favorite and least favorite?  Why?
  8. What were the biggest pivots or turning points of your youth?
  9. Did you ‘get in trouble’ much?  What for? How were you punished?
  10. What are the keys to having a happy, successful youth?
  11. If you could speak to ‘young you’, what advice would you give?
  12. How is ‘being young’ now different from when you were young?


Aging Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you feel about birthdays or answering ‘How old are you’?  Why?
  2. How old do you feel? In what ways do you feel ‘old’?  In what ways do you still feel ‘young’?
  3. What concerns you most about aging? What are you looking forward to?
  4. Do you/Will you dye your hair when it turns gray? Why or Why not?
  5. When do you want to ‘retire’?  What will you do after retirement?
    Where do you want to live? How do you want to spend your days?
  6. What are the keys to living a longer, healthier life (physically and mentally), aging gracefully, and enjoying life’s third act?   How many of these are you doing now?
  7. Can you think of people you know who have aged gracefully?  and those who have not?
  8. Some people say that youth is a state of mind, do you agree?
  9. How are attitudes and behaviors related to aging changing (especially in Korea)?
  10. Who’s the oldest person you know? How is their quality of life?
  11. How long do you want to live?
  12. What would you like to be able to say about your life from your deathbed?


You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

George Burns

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

C.S. Lewis

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been.”

Mark Twain

“Youth can not know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

C.S. Lewis

“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

H.L. Mencken

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”

Ellen DeGeneres

“I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.”

Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

“Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.”

Charles M. Schulz

“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”

George Orwell

“In my dreams, I never have an age.”

Madeleine L’Engle

“You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.”

Garrison Keillor, Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

“Age isn’t how old you are but how old you feel.”

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Mark Twain

“Old age ain’t no place for sissies.”

Bette Davis

“Youthfulness is about how you live not when you were born.”

Karl Lagerfeld

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”

Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

“It takes a very long time to become young.”

Pablo Picasso

“If you’re not getting happier as you get older, then you’re f***in’’ up”

Ani DiFranco

“Young men speak about the future because they have no past, and old men speak of the past because they have no future.”

Boyd K. Packer

“You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. And, age is not a competitive issue.”

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“It is a bad idea to live too long. Few carry it off well.”

Charles Frazier, Thirteen Moons

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

Hosea Ballou

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

Jules Renard

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.

Pearl S. Buck

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.

Kurt Cobain

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.

Benjamin Disraeli

“You know you’re old when you’re watching Karate Kid and you realize you’re more attracted to Mr. Miagi than Ralph Macchio.”

Hayley Linfield

“What can ever equal the memory of being young together?”

Michael Stein, In the Age of Love

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Franz Kafka

“Youth is wasted on the young.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.”

Hermann Hesse, Gertrude

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