Fitness program benefits active older adults

Riverside Fitness Center recognizes the unique needs of older adults.

Partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program, the center will offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active.

SilverSneakers is an innovative exercise program specifically designed for Medicare beneficiaries' unique health and physical needs.

"Millions of older adults suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity," says Healthways Senior Vice President Steve Lindstrom. "In addition to helping older adults stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun."

Eligible members can receive a basic membership at the Riverside Fitness Center where they can enjoy specialized non-impact SilverSneakers fitness classes focusing on improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Members also enjoy other amenities including cardio equipment and the swimming pool.

An open house celebrating the partnership will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 21 at Riverside, 19 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville. Members of the community are invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and SilverSneakers representative and enjoy refreshments.

SilverSneakers is available at no additional cost beyond the monthly premium to Medicare eligible members of certain health plans; check with your Medicare health plan to see if you qualify.

About The Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care Support solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. Founded in 1992, SilverSneakers is the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults and offers an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially-oriented programming that allows older adults to take greater control of their health. The unique program is available at no additional cost to over three million eligible Medicare members and is currently offered in 49 states at more than 3,000 participating locations. For more information on SilverSneakers, call 480.783.9555 or visit silversneakers.com.

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