SilverSneakers® - Fit for Older Adults!
If you’re an older adult looking for a unique way to get fit, have fun and make friends, you’re in luck because the Meriden YMCA is offering the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program.
SilverSneakers is made available through many Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans. Older adults who are eligible to participate in the award-winning fitness program may qualify for a YMCA membership - at little to no additional cost - through their health care provider.
To find out if you are eligible, contact your health plan’s customer service department or call Healthways at 1-888-423-4632. You can also bring your Healthways SilverSneakers ID card or health plan ID card to the Meriden YMCA and a staff member will be glad to check for you.
You May be Eligible for a Membership and Group Exercise Classes
The Meriden YMCA in Meriden, CT is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the community. By partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, the Meriden YMCA is able to offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults and is available at NO additional COST beyond the monthly premium to eligible Medicare health plan and group retiree members.
“We are very excited to offer this program,” said Carrie Marquardt, the Fitness Director at the Meriden YMCA. “There have been numerous studies showing there are no age restrictions on obtaining cardiovascular fitness and increased muscle strength and stability. The SilverSneakers® Fitness Program was developed to improve the physical and mental health of every participant in a fun safe environment and is a great opportunity for members to socialize and make new friends. “
SilverSneakers members at the Meriden YMCA receive complementary access, which includes amenities such as an indoor pool, sauna, a full array of Precor cardio equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent cycles, stair masters, rowing machines), Cybex Strength Training Equipment, free weights and a wide variety of fitness classes including the signature SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement class. They also can utilize the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center during the summer which includes an outdoor pool, 60 acres of hiking and walking trails, and more.
”The beauty of the group exercise classes is they are multi-level and include total body conditioning by teaching exercises that help participants get through daily tasks much easier such as putting on a seat belt, reaching up onto a shelf, carrying the groceries, or opening a jar,” noted Marquardt.
The Meriden YMCA also offers SilverSneakers Classic, Cardio Circuit and Silver Splash classes.
To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please contact your health plan provider or visit the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street. For more information regarding the SilverSneakers Fitness Program visit www.silversneakers.com or call the Meriden YMCA at 203-235-6386. Joan Goodman is available to help you get started.
SilverSneakers is a registered mark of Healthways, Inc.