The Silver&Fit® Program–Embrace Active and Healthy Aging

Researcher & Writer
July 08, 2020

The Silver and Fit exercise and healthy aging program is provided by American Specialty Health. Silver and Fit is a fitness program designed specifically tailored for older adults. You may get access to Silver and Fit as a Medicare beneficiary through many insurance companies’ Medicare Advantage and Supplement plans.

Silver&Fit COVID-19 update

If you have a Silver and Fit membership, you don't have to stop your regular exercise just because you're avoiding public places like the gym. Right now, Silver and Fit is offering virtual exercise classes on Facebook Live for people who are sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The best part: you don't need a Silver and Fit membership to watch the videos and follow along. And they do a different workout each day so it keeps the routine fresh and fun.

See the Silver and Fit Facebook page for Facebook Live virtual exercise programs, which air live Monday through Friday, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time). Or, if you miss a live workout, you can see all the previous exercise videos on Silver and Fit's YouTube page.

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Benefits of Silver&Fit programs

 Once enrolled in Silver and Fit, you'll get access to a fitness center membership that includes a broad network of fitness centers and select YMCAs. To find a participating location near you, enter your ZIP code on the website. You can then search among fitness centers that take part in the Silver and Fit program. These are the types of Silver and Fit-approved fitness centers:

  • Basic fitness centers: For exercise and training that protects your heart and increases your strength, look into the Silver and Fit basic fitness centers. Available equipment may include treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and more.
  • Full fitness centers: These gyms offer a wide range of heart-healthy and strength training services. You may also be able to sign up for classes like yoga, Zumba, or the official Silver and Fit Signature Series exercise program.
  • Gender-specific gyms: If you prefer visiting a fitness center designed for particular genders, you can choose one that is Silver and Fit-approved.
  • Exercise centers: These locations offer services beyond your standard gym or fitness center. Amenities vary on location but may include lap pools and saunas or yoga, Pilates, or sports centers.

Can’t travel to a fitness center or prefer working out at home? No problem—enroll in the Silver and Fit Home Fitness Program. This program allows you to choose up to two out of many home fitness kits each benefit year. Home fitness kits may include materials such as DVDs, booklets, and a quick start guide. Some examples of the Home Fitness Program kits include:

  • Walking kits
  • Yoga kits
  • Chair Pilates kits
  • Stress Management kits
  • Chair Boxing kits
  • Tai Chi kits
  • Cardio & Strength kits
  • Aquatic Exercise kits

To enroll, visit Silver and Fit online.

More Silver&Fit benefits

Silver and Fit enrollees may also receive additional benefits.

  • Online Healthy Aging resources: Silver and Fit gives you access to an online catalog of Healthy Aging materials containing health and well-being resources. Once enrolled you can opt to receive the Healthy Aging materials via mail. Topics include meditation, staying active, and community involvement.
  • A quarterly newsletter: The Silver Slate®, provided via email, mail, or online, features article to help you live healthier every day.
  • Exercise and rewards program: The Silver and Fit Connected!® program allows you to use a smartphone or smart-fitness device to track your fitness and health choices to earn rewards.*

*To use the Silver and Fit Connected! program, you must use your own wearable fitness device or app that is compatible with the Silver and Fit website. American Specialty Health will not reimburse you for the costs of these devices or apps. Not all plans include the above features, and certain terms and restrictions may apply.

How to enroll in the Silver&Fit program

Certain Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans include the Silver and Fit program as a benefit. Some people may also get access through a group retirement health plan.

You must meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible for Silver and Fit:

  • You are age 65 or older.
  • You are currently enrolled in Medicare.

To find out if you’re eligible, visit this online Silver and Fit eligibility check. You’ll need accept the Terms and Conditions, then enter your first name, last name, and birth date. If you’re eligible for the Silver and Fit program, follow the steps to enroll online.

The costs of the program depend on which health plan you have. Some Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plans include Silver and Fit for free. Other plans may require you to pay an annual fee to enroll in Silver and Fit. If this is the case, starting in 2020, you'll pay the fee directly to Silver and Fit. This fee must be paid by either credit or debit card.

Final thoughts

With easy access to fitness centers that meet your needs and classes tailored for older adults, the Silver and Fit program is an excellent way to stay active while aging. If you’re interested, look for a Medicare Advantage or Supplement plan that includes the program.

If you're already in a Medicare Advantage plan or have Medicare Supplement but it doesn't include Silver and Fit, you may be able to find a plan that includes the program. Or, you could also check to see if your current plan includes SilverSneakers, a program similar to Silver and Fit.

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Disclaimers:
† You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

The Silver&Fit program is provided by American Specialty Health Fitness, Inc., a subsidiary of American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH).

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Written by
Micah Pratt
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