When I first heard about this program, I was skeptical. Free health club membership for seniors 65 years and older? Tis true! A free gym membership through Medicare. If you are a Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplemental or participate in a group retiree plan, most insurance providers participate in SilverSneakers and provide the wonderful benefit of free membership to a local health club.
What Is The SilverSneakers Fitness Membership?
Silver Sneakers is a program which promotes health and fitness for older adults beginning at age 65. The program is offered through a partnership between Healthways and insurance providers with the emphasis on long term health and fitness.
Silver Sneakers provides a free basic membership in a local participating healthclub and should you already belong privately to the healthclub, you can park your current membership and enroll in the free Silver Sneakers program.
Does Medicare Cover SilverSneakers?
According to Healthways, over 65 major health insurance plans participate in the Silver Sneakers program at over 13,000 partner locations throughout the United States.
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- AARP Medicare Supplemental
- United Healthcare
Use the convenient locator to check which health insurance companies in your state participate in Silver Sneakers.
I was impressed with the selection of healthclubs available in my area including: Curves, Family YMCA’s, LA Fitness, municipal fitness facilities and Anytime Fitness.Visit the Healthways website to check if your health plan includes Silver Sneakers.
How Do I Sign Up For Medicare SilverSneakers?
It is very easy and very quick to begin the enrollment process. Locate your health insurance identification card, and navigate to the Healthways enrollment page.
Healthways, who provides access to the Silver Sneakers program, asks for the following information to check if you qualify: First and Last Name, email address, Date Of Birth and Zip Code. If you qualify for Silver Sneakers then find the preferred health club facility and enroll at the facility for membership.
While the Silver Sneakers program covers basic membership, there may also be the added perk of access to classes geared toward the older adult. Specialty classes such as Cardiofit, Yoga, Splash, Boom Muscle and Stability are a few of the niche classes for participating members and clubs.
Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplemental SilverSneakers ?
Enjoy this perk for those 65 years of age and older! Maybe a fitness membership is already apart of the fitness plan; don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a fitness membership you may already pay for but could be obtainedfor free through a Medicare Advantage, Supplemental Insurance or a group retiree plan.
Each year the program offers an increased variety of classes and programs for the 65+ member. Most of the local fitness clubs in my urban area offer the SilverSneakers program.