While it can be difficult for aging adults to get their unique exercise needs met, programs like SilverSneakers are helping older adults take better control of their health. Dr. Oz talks with Steve Lindstrom, senior vice president of Healthway's SilverSneakers Fitness Program, about the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults.
Founded in 1992, and available at no additional cost to individuals who belong to participating Medicare health plans, SilverSneakers offers a blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle information and socially oriented programming for older Americans. The program offers eligible member access to fitness centers, classes, health education seminars and other events that are specially designed for seniors.
According to Steve, SilverSneakers saves insurance companies money while promoting wellness among their customers and has paved the way for other healthcare providers to institute similar plans. Steve says older Americans who are interested in joining a fitness program but do not belong to participating Medicare health plans, should consult their own health insurer, which will now likely offer something similar.