The Richmond Register

September 10, 2013

Telford YMCA joins SilverSneakers program

By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — The Telford YMCA is now a member of “SilverSneakers,” a program designed to help people on Medicare stay healthy.

According to Director Dave Wallace, the program is subsidized by various insurance programs that include plans that will pay for a membership.

Although not all insurance providers cover SilverSneakers memberships, Wallace said, many do.

In addition to fully covering a Y membership, the program also pays for special classes offered to SilverSneakers members.

“It’s stuff similar to Body Recall workouts,” Wallace said. “They use chairs, hand weights and things like that.”

The Body Recall classes, taught at the Y by Fred Crump every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:30, offer a number of exercises for seniors of various mobility levels.

Other classes will be offered in the warm water pool, Wallace said, which is a good opportunity for exercise in the coming cool months.

“It’s a great social opportunity for folks,” Wallace said. “It benefits them not only physically, but socially and emotionally as well.

He said the program had about 50 participants after only minimal advertising, and he expects the number to rise.

YMCA staff are being sent to training so they can be SilverSneaker certified to teach classes.

According to the SilverSneakers website, membership in the program also comes with a local program adviser to help determine and meet personal goals.

Seniors with health plans that don’t include SilverSneakers benefits may still participate in the classes, but they will need to purchase a basic membership at the facility, according to the website.

Seniors and others who have been to the Y lately may notice the facility looks a bit neater and brighter. It hosted a “Bring a Date, Rejuvenate” day on Aug. 29 to do some heavy cleaning throughout the facility, Wallace said.

Volunteers worked on various sections of the building, and did some painting in the locker rooms.

“It was mostly cleaning and dusting,” Wallace said. “We cleaned out some spaces that haven’t been looked at in a long time.”