Cycling for the elderly 倫敦老年人 “並肩騎車” 服務

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Cycling for the elderly 倫敦老年人 “並肩騎車” 服務

學習要點

有關 “old age 晚年” 的詞彙

邊看邊答

According to studies, what does loneliness lead to among elderly people in London?

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73-year-old Jane is one of the million pensioners who live alone in the capital. But now she’s got a great excuse to get out of the house. The Ride Side by Side scheme involves this specially adapted part-electric, part-pedal bike, a driver and an hour and a half for anyone over 60 in North Kensington to get their shopping or just go for a ride and have a chat.

七十三歲的珍是獨自生活在英國首都倫敦的百萬退休老人中的一員。但現在,她找到了可以出門走一走的好藉口。一個叫作 “並肩騎車” 的項目為所有超過六十歲的北肯辛頓區居民提供一個半小時的用車服務,老人們可以坐上一輛經特殊改造的半電氣、半腳踏式自行車,由一位司機載著去買東西,或只是騎車兜兜風、聊聊天。

Jane Southwell, local resident
It gives me a great high because it gives me exercise, a bit of fresh air and it cheers me up.

珍·紹斯韋爾 當地居民
“這能讓我情緒高漲,因為我可以趁機活動身體,出門透透氣,它還能讓我高興起來。”

What is it that you like about it?

你喜歡這項服務的哪一點呢?

Jane Southwell, local resident
I’m doing something rather than sitting on my sofa contemplating life.

珍·紹斯韋爾 當地居民
“我能有點事兒幹,而不是坐在自家沙發上默默思考人生。”

In fact, 30% of over 65s in London live alone with studies showing loneliness leads to higher rates of ill health and disability, but with the option to pedal there’s another major benefit.

事實上,在倫敦的六十五歲以上人群中,有30%的人獨自生活,相關研究顯示,孤獨感會導致更高的患病率和殘疾率,但出門騎車這一選擇還有另外一個重要的好處。

David Dansky, cycle instructor
People are getting exercise so they’re less reliant on the NHS, less reliant on carers and care services ‘cos they get an opportunity to go out and chat to someone.

大衛·丹斯基 自行車教練
“老年人開始鍛鍊身體,這樣他們就不那麼依賴國家醫療服務體系,減少對護理員和看護服務機構的依賴,因為他們有機會出門和別人聊天。”

It’s one more time around the block – booked in again for next week.

珍已經預訂下週再騎車繞著這個街區轉一轉。

詞彙

pensioners 退休老人,領養老金的人

contemplating life 沉思人生

loneliness 孤獨感

disability 殘疾

carers 看護員

你知道嗎?

According to the World Health Organisation, the average life expectancy at birth for the global population in 2016 was 72 years.

據世界衛生組織(WHO)發布的報告稱,2016年全球人口的平均預期壽命是72歲。

問題答案

Loneliness leads to higher rates of ill health and disability.

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