SilverSneakers, in a nutshell, is a fun exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. It is a fitness benefit found in many leading Medicare insurance plans that helps provide guidance as well as convenient group exercise classes to improve general fitness, strength, flexibility, and walking ability for older adults. The program’s social events can also help seniors find new friends who also want to pursue an active lifestyle.
SilverSneakers has over 11,000 locations across the United States. These locations include gyms, wellness centers, and YMCAs. Additionally, each location can also give equipment demonstrations. Once enrolled in SilverSneakers, you have access to and are welcome to use any of these participating facilities. Enrollees receive a list of local participating facilities, including addresses and phone numbers.
It is estimated that approximately 20% of seniors are eligible for the SilverSneakers health benefit. More than 65 leading Medicare Advantage as well as Medigap plans include SilverSneakers as a benefit. The best part is that this is available to you – if you qualify – at no cost! How do you figure that part out? Well, ask us at HealthTN.com or just pick up the phone and call – (615) 541-4257!
SilverSneakers classes normally last from 45 to 60 minutes and are held at least twice a week. These classes are total body conditioning workouts and often involve hand-held weights, elastic tubing for resistance exercises, and small exercise balls. In some classes, a chair may be used by a participant for additional support and balance.
SilverSneakers also offers outdoor, as well as indoor, exercise opportunities. Some locations have yoga on the beach, exercise in a neighborhood park, or other fun outdoor exercise opportunities.
It’s never too late to start exercising. Active lifestyles are important for maintaining health as well as quality of life. Moreover, exercise can benefit older adults mentally as well as physically. Moderate exercise can help alleviate stress and potentially reduce feelings of depression. Additionally, regular exercise may be able to improve mental function. Some studies have found regular exercise contributes to improvements when quickly shifting between tasks as well as planning an activity. Furthermore, doctors recommend weight-bearing, flexibility, and resistance exercise for those who suffer from osteoporosis.
With respect to SilverSneakers, regular participation in the program has been documented to help older adults increase strength, balance, and endurance. We’ve seen a very real benefit for our members when they take the time to embrace even light exercise – being fit really helps older adults retain their independence and improve the enjoyment of their retirement years. Reach out to us to learn more – either by phone at (615) 541-4257 or just click here to get us to help you out!