I often receive plenty of questions from seniors regarding ideas to save on their prescription drug medications. And while they are typically looking for answers dealing with prescription drug discount cards or assistance programs, one bit of advice could assist them to getting off of the meds permanently.
And that is to get active, exercise, eat right and lose weight.
And that is what Silver Sneakers is all about…
What is Silver Sneakers
The Silver Sneakers program is a fitness program designed exclusively for seniors with holistic workouts that can be done inside or outside. There are actually thousands of locations where you can get involved in the Silver Sneakers program, including…
• Recreational Centers (think YMCA)
• And senior centers through the USA
There are even options for the program to come to you if need be. So it is amazingly flexible.
How Much Does Silver Sneakers Cost?
Here is the best part. If you already are involved in a Medicare Advantage plan or a Medicare Supplemental Insurance Plan, you might are already paying for the Silver Sneakers benefits.
The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to go to this link and enter you information. If you are a member of the 65 Medicare health plans that are a part of the Silver Sneakers program, then you are in.
Another way to check to see if your health program is a Silver Sneakers participant is to use the interactive tool located here…
Just choose your state (in my case New York)…
And you will get a list of the health plans in New York that participate in Silver Sneakers. Below is the screenshot of the list of providers in NY.
Ok, Now What Do I Do?
Once you have determined your eligibility, all you need to do is print out your ID card (or write down your 16-digit number) and go to one of the local approved facilities.
You can determine that by going to the Silver Sneakers fitness locator, putting in your zip code and getting a listing of all of the gyms and facilities near you that participate in the Silver Sneakers program, like below…
And you can see how you can sort through the potential amenities at the gyms, such as resistance training, cardio equipment, year-round pools, hot tub, sauna, etc…
Once you determine your location, take your sign up information there, fill out an application, and see if there is an orientation or initial personal training class available that will allow you to more familiarize yourself with the facility and the equipment.
Benefits of Silver Sneakers
The benefit to you is that you get access to a gym where you can stay active, stay strong, and maintain your flexibility and cardiovascular strength to allow you to age in a healthy manner.
And did I mention that you are already paying for it?
So give it a shot and start taking control of your health.