Anna Douglas was 72 years old when she started writing her newspaper column. She had been a school teacher before she retired, but she needed to keep 1 . She was even willing to work without pay. She then offered her 2 to a business that helped other businesses find jobs for old people. Every day she 3 other old folk like her, by talking with them, she 4 two things. Old people had abilities that were not 5 . But old people also had some 6 . She found a new purpose for herself then.
Through the years, she 7 to write stories about people for national magazines. There was now a new 8 : Old people like herself. She began to write a newspaper column called “Sixty Plus”, which was about 9 old. She writes about the problems of old people, especially their problems with being 10 . Anna Douglas uses her 11 ability to see the truth behind a problem. She understands 12 problems begin. For example, one of her 13 said that his grandchildren 14 the houses as soon as he came to visit. Mrs. Douglas 15 some ways for him to understand his grandchildren.
1. A. free B. rich C. powerful D. busy
2. A. services B. money C. students D. books
3. A. observed B. met C. comforted D. answered
4. A. enjoyed B. followed C. recognized D. demanded
5. A. studied B. agreed C. gave D. used
6. A. mistakes B. problems C. questions D. characters
7. A. had B. ought C. was D. used
8. A. subject B. life C. way D. plan
9. A. getting B. respecting C. employing D. supporting
10. A. unknown B. refused C. misunderstood D. discouraged
11. A. thinking B. working C. reading D. leading
12. A. that B. when C. whether D. why
13. A. visitors B. readers C. listeners D. friends
14. A. got B. entered C. left D. passed
15. A. suggested B. chose C. invented D. imagined
Doctors urge more playtime for children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (儿科) says 16 children really need for health development is more good, old-fashioned playtime.
Many parents load their 17 (child) schedules with get-smart videos, enrichment activities and lots of classes in a drive to help 18 do better. The efforts often begin as early as babyhood. Free play is neglected in the shuffle, a new academy report says.
Numerous studies have shown that free play is very 19 (benefit). It can help children become creative, develop problem-solving skills, relate to others and adjust to school settings, 20 academy report says.
“Perhaps above all, play is something 21 is a cherished part of childhood,” says another report, 22 (prepare) by two academy committees for release Monday 23 the group's annual meeting in Atlanta.
It adds that enrichment tools and organized activities can be helpful, 24 should not 25 (view) as a requirement for creating successful children. They must be balanced with plenty of free playtime.