Surprising Perks Of Your Medicare Plan

(NAPSI)—With more than 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the number of people eligible for Medicare is growing rapidly. Medicare Open Enrollment starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, a time when millions of people are evaluating their health plan options to ensure their coverage meets their retirement lifestyle.

When looking at Medicare plans, people check to make sure their physician is included in the plan’s network and prescriptions are covered, but it’s important to see which unique benefits and perks a plan offers to take full advantage of the program. There is much more than standard health care available.

Medicare plans can offer benefits including a free gym or fitness facility membership through programs such as <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span>, the nation’s leading community fitness program designed specifically for older Americans. Exercise is key to helping people live their best lives as they age, maximizing their health and well-being to maintain an active lifestyle. No matter a person’s goal—from running a marathon for the first time to keeping up with grandkids—<span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> members enjoy the many benefits of the program, including:

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Membership to more than 14,000 fitness locations:</strong> <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> members have unrestricted access and unlimited visits to every fitness and wellness facility in the national network, including each location’s basic amenities, such as weights, treadmills, pools and more.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Specialized fitness classes:</strong> <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> offers a variety of classes in partnering locations that are designed to accommodate all fitness levels and interests. Led by certified <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> fitness instructors, classes range from <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> Classic and Splash, to <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> BOOM<sup>®</sup>, a fast-paced, higher-intensity class designed for baby boomers and active older adults.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Friendship and community:</strong> So much more than an exercise program, <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> helps foster new friendships with a welcoming and supportive member community that becomes one of close friends.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Quality of life:</strong> The program changes lives by engaging participants in physical activity to help them do more of what they love. In fact, 91 percent of members say <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> has improved their quality of life.

More than 14.5 million people are eligible for this program offered at no additional charge through the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and group retiree plans. You can check your Medicare plan to see if you are eligible for the program and claim your free fitness membership at <a href=”http://www.silversneakers.com/”>www.silversneakers.com</a>.

On the Net:<a href=”http://www.napsnet.com”>North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)</a>

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