SilverSneakers: Enhancing Senior Well-being through Fitness and Camaraderie

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Introduction

The Pocono Family YMCA in Stroudsburg has witnessed the transformative effects of the SilverSneakers program on senior members.


Dolores Washakowski: A Testament to the Benefits

At age 68, Dolores Washakowski found solace and physical rejuvenation in SilverSneakers classes after the passing of her husband. Despite multiple surgeries, Washakowski remains dedicated to the program, citing its positive impact on her balance, strength, and overall well-being.

She also values the camaraderie fostered within the group, finding companionship and support among fellow members.


Al Wilson: Improved Health and Social Connections

For Al Wilson, SilverSneakers has been instrumental in maintaining his physical and cognitive health since his retirement. Not only has the program improved his mobility, but it has also provided him with a network of friends and community involvement through group events like Senior Fitness Walk and Senior Prom.


Jame Varcharlus: Embracing Yoga and Senior Instruction

Jame Varcharlus has become a dedicated yoga enthusiast and is training to become a senior instructor. The program has enhanced her balance and flexibility, while the slow-paced nature of the classes allows her to progress at her own pace.


Debbie Lang: Facilitating Senior Fitness and Inclusivity

Debbie Lang, Active Older Adults Coordinator at the Pocono Family YMCA, emphasizes the inclusivity of SilverSneakers classes. Members are encouraged to explore various fitness options beyond the program, including cardio, swimming, and other group classes.

She also highlights the beneficial impact of SilverSneakers on senior recovery after joint replacements and arthritis, enabling them to regain mobility and functional independence.


SilverSneakers Fitness Program

Program Outline

SilverSneakers is a nationwide program designed for older adults, promoting physical activity and socialization. Participants eligible for Medicare or group retirement plans can receive free membership at participating fitness centers. Non-participating members can still join but may incur fees.

Participating Health Plans

In Pennsylvania, health plans offering SilverSneakers include AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance, Bravo Health Plans, Geisinger Health Plans, Highmark, Independence Blue Cross, and Universal Health Care.

Local Participating Fitness Centers

Participating fitness centers in the Pocono area include Pocono Family YMCA (Stroudsburg and Eldred branches), Pocono Mountain Fitness, and The Body Shop.


Pocono Family YMCA Classes for Seniors

Class Schedule

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:00-10:00 AM
  • Qi Gong: Mondays and Fridays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Stretch and Tone: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 AM
  • SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 AM
  • SilverSneakers (Muscle Strength and Range of Motion): Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 PM; Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 AM

Y Membership

Seniors aged 62 and above who are not eligible for SilverSneakers Fitness Program membership through their insurance can opt for various payment options at the Pocono Family YMCA:

  • $40 joiner’s fee
  • Annual membership: $372
  • Four consecutive monthly payments of $98
  • Monthly credit card payment: $33.50
  • Monthly bankdraft: $31

Financial assistance is also available for those in need.


Contact Information

Pocono Family YMCA
809 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA

Phone: 570-421-2525
Website: www.poconoymca.org


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