What Is the SilverSneakers Medicare Plan?

SilverSneakers is a fitness program for qualifying older adults provided by a third-party partner, Healthways, through Medicare. SilverSneakers may be covered by Medicare Advantage, also known as Medicare Part C, but is not covered by Original Medicare, Part A or Part B, according to eHealth Medicare.

SilverSneakers is a program offering free gym membership that encourages older adults to participate in physical activities to help them maintain greater control of their health. The program sponsors activities such as health education seminars, group exercise classes and social events designed to keep seniors healthy while encouraging social interaction, explains the SilverSneakers website.

Exercise can benefit older adults mentally and physically, alleviate stress, reduce depression, and in some cases, improve mental function. In addition to the physical and mental benefits, the program's social aspect allows participating adults to find others their age and focus on making and maintaining new, fun friendships, notes SilverSneakers.

The SilverSneakers website provides evidence that regular participation in the program has been documented to help older adults increase strength, balance and endurance, overall helping them to sustain a better quality of life. More than 65 Medicare health plans offer the program as a benefit to members across the nation.