Silver Sneakers and Other Medicare Benefits
Founded in 1992, Silver Sneakers is a program that encourages older adults (65+) to exercise and maintain greater control of their health. The program sponsors activities and social events and also encourages social interaction.
FACTSilver Sneakers is available at over 16,000 participating gyms and fitness locations around the country (basic level access).
FACTEach participating location includes an advisor, who will introduce you to the program and help you get started. Additional opportunities include sponsored health education seminars and other fitness-related events.
FACTYou can discover, track, and plan your workouts on the Silver Sneakers GO app (available on iOS and Android).
FACTYou don’t have to go to the gym to participate. A Silver Sneakers membership includes access to the FLEX network, a wide-variety of classes for all skill levels that are available at recreation centers, churches, senior communities, and many more locations.
What Medicare plans cover Silver Sneakers?
Although Silver Sneakers is considered a basic fitness service, it is NOT covered under Original Medicare (Part A & B). Many Medicare Advantage plans, known as Medicare Part C, may provide this benefit. Although uncommon, some Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans include fitness benefits too.
In order to see if your current Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plan includes the Silver Sneakers program, or to sign up for Silver Sneakers, please contact your health plan directly, or contact one of our certified healthcare experts at (866) 817-5270 .