Silver Sneakers aren’t what they seem


I’m very discouraged with this fitness exercise benefit offered nowadays by the Medicare Advantage Plans — such as AARP, United Healthcare and Av-Med — which entice seniors into choosing their plan.

I thought the gyms either catered to seniors or offered special dance/exercise classes for them.

But to my surprise, what they offer has nothing to do with seniors.

They’re just regular gyms where anyone can exercise. It’s unfortunate that so many seniors are duped into believing Silver Sneakers is a place where they can exercise and maybe meet other seniors.

The only gyms I found to meet this criteria belong to Leon Medical Centers.

But in order to use Leon’s gyms you must choose their plan, and my mother’s doctors aren’t in their network.

Silver Sneakers should look to see what these centers offer before they entice seniors into believing they would improve their health and quality of life.

Laura Bustamante, Miami

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