Silver and Fit is a privately owned fitness program designed for seniors and Medicare eligibles. Even though it operates independently from Medicare, many Medicare Advantage and some Medicare Supplement plans offer a membership as a plan benefit.
The program includes body conditioning classes, strength workouts, and even home fitness kits for those who are unable to get to a gym or other physical location. Members can also receive access to a resource library with videos, articles, and a newsletter all about healthy aging and senior fitness. For additional motivation, Silver & Fit also hosts fun challenges and a rewards program where you can get prizes (like hats and pins) for staying healthy!
You can get Silver & Fit by enrolling in a health plan that covers it! The most common way to do that is through a Medicare Advantage plan. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private companies but are approved by Medicare. They include everything that Medicare covers plus additional benefits like prescription drug coverage, dental and vision coverage, and Medicare fitness programs!
There are over 11,000 Silver and Fit locations throughout the country! There are four main types that you can choose from when you select your membership: Full Coed, Basic Coed, Gender-Specific, and Exercise Centers. These locations can include your local gyms, YMCAs, and wellness centers. To find the Silver and Fit locations closest to you, click here.
If you can’t find a location close to you, you can nominate a fitness center by searching for your location and then scrolling to “Can’t find your fitness center? Let us know.”
A basic coed fitness center allows both men and women. At the basic level, you will have access to equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, weights, etc. but may not have access to the full gym.
A full coed fitness center allows both men and women. At the full level, you will have access to most, if not all, parts of the gym you belong to. This includes group fitness classes like weight loss, yoga, and more.
If you feel more comfortable, you can select a fitness center that only admits women or only admits men
Exercise centers are those fitness centers that include everything from standard gym equipment to lap pools, saunas, and sports centers.
Having a gym membership is only half the battle to getting in shape. With the Connected! Program, you can track your fitness progress and earn rewards for meeting your goals! To participate, you will need a device (such as a Fitbit). Some rewards you can earn include hats and collectible pins.
If you are unable to travel to a fitness center or if you prefer to work out in the privacy of your own home, you may be able to request a Home Fitness Kit. Kits include exercise DVDs and booklets that include programs for walking, yoga, pilates, stress management, Tai Chi, cardio, and more! Members who elect to recieve home fitness kits can select two of the 17 options each year. Each one includes an instructional booklet. Most also include a "quick start guide" and a DVD or CD. Available kits include:
With your membership, you will also have access to a quarterly newsletter called "The Silver Slate," which you can receive by mail, email, or online. The newsletter features great tips for healthy living and is especially designed for seniors. You can also view the online catalog of healthy aging materials regarding active lifestyles, community involvement, and even meditation.
To enroll, start by selecting a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan that includes the Silver & Fit benefit. To find out what plans in your area include this benefit, consider speaking with a benefits advisor! They can help you pick the right plan for you and your needs. To set up your appointment, click here or call 833-438-3676.
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