Singular "they"

I have just noticed that there is a Wikipedia entry on the use of "they" as a singular pronoun. It is an interesting entry and worth reading. I still can't stand people using "they" as a singular pronoun in writing, but it seems that almost everyone is using it that way in speaking. And it is becoming more acceptable in writing too. In the textbook I am using for my Introduction to Philosophy class, I find the following sentence:

Suppose that someone is a good, kind, nice-tempered person and then has a car accident and spends the last year of their life with a changed personality.

"They" refers to the "someone". What can I say?

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