DEBATE GOES ON
In response to the July debate, “Are smartphones
having a negative impact on our relationships?”
NO I think it’s actually enhanced my relationship.
Before, I was limited to speci;c times to talk to my
spouse, and now we have texts spanning all day.
—Joe Stage, from facebook.com/Costco
YES I can’t believe how many times we go to a
restaurant and see people, sometimes entire
families, sitting there on their phones when they
could be communicating with each other.
—Sheila Wright Bosanko, from facebook.com/Costco
Don’t stop moving
In the article titled “Decades of ;tness” [June
;;;;], Mr. Moore says that in one’s ;;s “the mode
of physical activity becomes less important than
the amount of activity. You may not need to go to
the gym to work out.”
This is an unacceptable discount to the need
for older adults to continue strength, balance,
agility and cardiovascular activity o;ered via a
gym. Gym activities designed for older adults have
direct implications for management and control
of weight, diabetes, pulmonary strength and
cardiovascular conditioning. The socialization
and stimulation of a gym setting provide incentive
for continued activity while avoiding “minimal
The SilverSneakers program promoted by
health care providers and used by many seniors
to get them into a gym is clearly not on his radar.
What is accomplished in gym activity allows older
adults to do other activities that, without the gym,
would not be possible.
It is my hope that you will encourage those ;;
and older to consider gym membership as a matter of healthful longevity.
—Robert I. Mathis, Columbus, Ohio
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