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Free Fitness Classes Through SilverSneakers

 

 

If you are over 65 and have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may be eligible for SilverSneakers and take fitness classes at a location near you.

What is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is a nationwide program that funds free fitness classes for seniors over 65. All SilverSneakers classes emphasize gentle fitness and range of movement, and many classes can be performed both standing or seated. These classes are offered at gyms, pools, and other participating locations. Some of the classes offered by SilverSneakers include Classic, which is a basic fitness class; Stretch; Yoga; and CardioFit.

There are also FLEX classes, which can incorporate methods from a wide range of fitness disciplines such as dance, martial arts, and balance training. The Winterville Center is one location that offers FLEX classes, including Stretch and Gentle Nia. Nia is an integrative fitness style that can include dance, martial arts, and other styles of fitness. If you are curious about Nia, this video describes one method of Gentle Nia at the 3:18 minute mark.

How Does Silver Sneakers Work?

Since Medicare Advantage is handled through many different insurance companies, there can be differences in how SilverSneakers is offered to those who have Medicare Advantage plans. Some companies will automatically send you a SilverSneakers card or member number once you have signed up with Medicare Advantage and SilverSneakers has been listed as a benefit. During reenrollment, you may be able to choose a plan that offers SilverSneakers as a benefit.

While not everyone is eligible for the SilverSneakers program through Medicare, it is available to many people who may be unaware of this benefit. SilverSneakers is available through some Medicare Advantage programs, often called Medicare Part C.

What Benefits Can I Expect from SilverSneakers Classes?

Most SilverSneakers classes are designed for seniors and may help improve strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. Some classes, such as Yoga, are designed specifically to improve flexibility and strength, but yoga can have many other benefits, including improved mindfulness, reduced stress, and injury prevention.

Is SilverSneakers Is Available to Me?

There are several ways to find out if you are eligible for the SilverSneakers program. You can contact your Medicare Advantage by phone and ask if SilverSneakers is a benefit available to you. You can also visit the SilverSneakers website and click the “Check Eligibility” button on the top right. There is also a tool on the SilverSneakers website that lists their participating health plans.

Check out our calendar of classes and find a SilverSneakers class that's right for you!


Free Fitness Classes for Seniors Through SilverSneakers

 

 

 

 

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