Bearskin Fitness Center, located at 1 Turtle Drive in Wyandotte, is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the community by partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program. Bearskin Fitness Center is now able to offer older adults a way to increase their levels of physical activity while motivating them to remain active. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults and may be available at no additional cost (beyond any monthly premium) to eligible Medicare health plan and group retiree members.

"Research points to the significant health benefits of regular exercise for older adults," says Kelly Walker. "In addition to helping our members stay physically healthy, SilverSneakers also offers a great way for them to socialize, meet new friends and have fun."

With the SilverSneakers premier network, members have a complimentary membership with access to a variety of participating locations throughout the country. Many sites offer amenities such as fitness equipment, treadmills and free weights, and the signature SilverSneakers Fitness Program classes, designed specifically for older adults and taught by certified instructors. Additional signature classes, such as Yoga Stretch, SilverSplash and Cardio Circuit may be available at select locations. A designated staff member will assist members along the way.

To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, please contact your health plan provider. For more information regarding the SilverSneakers Fitness Program visit or call 888-423-4632.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is offered by Healthways, an industry leader providing specialized, comprehensive Health and Care SupportSM solutions to help people maintain or improve their health. SilverSneakers was founded in 1992 and is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults, offering an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially-oriented programming. The unique program may be available at no additional cost (other than any medical plan premium) to eligible Medicare health plan members and group retirees at more than 9,000 participating fitness and wellness centers, YMCAs, and Curves® locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and D.C. For more information on SilverSneakers, call 888-423-4632 or visit