What is Silver Sneakers?
Silver Sneakers is a health and fitness program for Medicare beneficiaries 65 years or older. Thus, if you are a senior, Medicare Plans may pay for Silver Sneakers. Members of Silver Sneakers have access to thousands of gyms, community centers, and other participating fitness locations across the nation. As a member, you can take classes designed for seniors of all fitness levels led by trained instructors. In addition, you have access to an on-demand video library of classes and workouts.
Furthermore, you can even download the SilverSneakers GO app to get your digital membership card and workouts. The app is free and available on IOS and Android devices. Most important, Silver Sneakers’ community is a place for seniors to find friendly, supportive seniors in person and online.
Why Join Silver Sneakers?
A Silver Sneakers membership can help you stay strong in body, mind, and spirit. Regular physical activity keeps your heart, brain, bones, muscles, and joints healthy. For instance, if you have a chronic condition like arthritis, diabetes, or osteoporosis, safe exercise can help you feel better. Furthermore, staying social in the Silver Sneakers community is vital to your good health.
Silver Sneakers Program
The Silver Sneakers program includes a basic membership at any participating gym. Facilities and amenities vary by location, however, many Medicare Silver Sneaker gyms include the following:
- Cardio equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals
- Strength training equipment, such as weights and strength machines
- Amenities, such as pools and walking tracks
Unlike other senior gym memberships, you can go to all fitness locations in the Silver Sneakers network. You can visit over 17,0000 Medicare Silver Sneaker locations across the United States.
Silver Sneaker program includes many types of exercise classes. You will find a variety of fun exercises classes designed for seniors of all fitness levels. Classes vary by location, but you will often find the following:
- Cardio and strength classes, which often include a chair for support
- Water aerobics classes
- Chair and standing yoga classes
- Tai Chi, boot camp, and many other classes!
The instructors who lead Silver Sneaker classes are friendly and supportive. If you are new to a class, the instructor can help you learn how to do exercises safely. Furthermore, if you have limited mobility, instructors can adapt exercises for your needs.
Do you want to try something different from traditional gyms? You might like to try Silver Sneakers FLEX classes. The Silver Sneakers program offers more than 70 kinds of classes through its FLEX network. You can visit many different locations such as churches, community centers, or recreation centers. Some FLEX classes meet outdoors and many FLEX class sizes are smaller than gym classes.
Where to Find Silver Sneakers Locations and Classes?
You can find a Silver Sneakers locations and classes near you using the locator tool. You can go to any participating location or class you want in the Silver Sneakers network. For example, you can use weights in one location, go swimming at another location, and take a Silver Sneakers or FLEX class at a third location.
Medicare Plans with Silver Sneakers
You can find Silver Sneakers with Medicare Supplement Plans or Medicare Advantage Plans. However, you are less likely to find Silver Sneakers included in a Medicare Supplement Plans. A few of the Medicare insurance companies that may offer you Silver Sneakers Medigap Plans include:
- AARP (now called Renew Active)
- Bankers Life aka Colonial Penn Life Insurance
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
Depending on your location, Medicare plans with Silver Sneakers may be covered by Medicare Supplement Plan F or Plan G. However, more insurance companies offer Silver Sneakers with Medicare Advantage Plans including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Mutual of Ohama
- Well Care
You are more likely to find a Medicare Advantage Plan with Silver Sneakers than a Medicare Supplement Plan.
Silver sneakers enrollment
During Medicare Open Enrollment Period, you can switch to a Medicare Advantage Plan with Silver Sneakers between January 1 and March 31. To switch your Medicare Advantage Plan, you must be in a Medicare Advantage Plan now. Otherwise, you will need to wait until Annual Enrollment October 15 thru December 7. However, if you have Medicare Supplement Plan, you can shop a new Medigap Plan with Silver Sneakers anytime all year long. You can speak with a licensed agent about switching your Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplement Plan at Senior Healthcare Direct 1-855-368-4717. Otherwise, you can click the get quote button below.
Common Questions About silver sneakers
Unfortunately, Original Medicare Part A and Part B does not offer or include Silver Sneakers.
To be eligible for Silver Sneakers you must be 65 years or older. Some people qualify for Medicare because of disability and are younger than 65.
If your Medicare Supplement Plan or Medicare Advantage Plan includes Silver Sneakers, then Medicare pays for Silver Sneakers.