Earlier this month, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine began accepting SilverSneakers, a fitness program available through certain health insurers that offers eligible seniors in the community a YMCA membership.
Staying active is vital, especially as one ages.
“Through this program, we are able to offer even more seniors the resources they need to stay active and live healthy, independent lives,” said Sharon Crosby, Vice President of Membership and Programming at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “Eligible seniors can work out in our fitness centers, join in hundreds of group exercise classes, some of which are specifically designed to meet the health needs of seniors, enjoy educational and social programs, connect with others, and much more.
“We are committed to serving all in our community, and this program is one more way that we can do that.”
There are more than 14.5 million people eligible for the SilverSneakers benefit through Medicare Advantage health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers, and group retiree plans.
“Research points to the significant health benefits of regular exercise for older adults,” said Margie Wojciechowski, Senior Public Relations Manager for SilverSneakers. “In addition to helping members stay physically healthy and achieve their fitness goals, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize and meet new friends.”
Per the SilverSneakers Annual Participation Survey, the program underscores the significant link between fitness and socialization, with nearly 60 percent of members participating in classes with a friend, demonstrating the value of complete emotional and physical well-being to older adults.
“That’s what makes the Y the perfect place for SilverSneakers participants,” said Crosby. “At the Y, they will find friends and the support they need to stay active. Not only will they have access to hundreds of group exercise classes, heated swimming pools, and extensive exercise equipment, they will have a Y Coach who will help them set goals and connect them to activities and events.”
To determine if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, contact your health plan provider. To enroll, eligible seniors can bring their Tivity Health ID card and photo ID to any YMCA of Greater Brandywine location.