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Medicare and the SilverSneakers Program

Medicare and SilverSneakers Program

What is SilverSneakers?

SilverSneakers is a free fitness program that helps millions of seniors set fitness goals and keep in shape all year round. To be eligible for the SilverSneakers program, you must be 65 years of age, and must be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan. With more than 14,000 locations around the country, there are plenty of fitness centers from which to choose. Most centers include weights, treadmills, pools, and fitness classes with certified instructors.

How Do I Know if I’m Eligible?

Original Medicare does not cover fitness programs or gym memberships. However, if you have Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan, you will most likely be eligible for the SilverSneakers program. To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, simply go online to SilverSneakers.com and submit your information. After you find a location, take your 16-digit SilverSneakers number to any of the participating locations for instant access to equipment and fitness classes.

What Happens if I Do Not Live Near Any Participating Fitness Centers?

Most plans offer the SilverSneakers Steps. The Steps program will give you the opportunity to choose one of their four kits. The kits include: general fitness, walking, strength and yoga. You can use the kits at home or when you travel. For instance, if you sign up for the Steps Strength Kit, you will receive the following items:

  • A medium resistance exercise band
  • A resistance band over-the-door attachment
  • A SilverSneakers Steps Quick Start Guide – an informational handbook that helps you get motivated, teaches you how to use the equipment and helps you track progress

What is Included?

  • Access to all fitness equipment (weights, treadmills, ellipticals etc.)
  • Exercise classes for all different types of fitness levels (SilverSneakers Classic, SilverSneakers Circuit, SilverSneakers Cardiofit, FLEX Classes – click here for more classes).
  • Tennis Courts, pools and walking trails
  • 14,000+ fitness and community locations throughout the United States (you are able to enroll in multiple locations)
  • Social events throughout the SilverSneakers community
  • Online resources with fitness and nutrition tips