Age 50 & Better: Age With Purpose

At the Y, Age 50 & Better members experience a strong sense of belonging through a network of friends, and discover purpose through group exercise classes, educational series and cause driven volunteer programs. Increase self-confidence and sense of achievement while building relationships, and celebrate the successes and milestones of others.

Virtual Check-In

Live exercise classes geared towards Age 50 & Better are available Monday through Friday via the First Coast YMCA’s Age 50 & Better Facebook group. Classes include Silver Sneakers, Pilates, Chair Yoga and Dance. For a class schedule and to participate in class, just ask to join the Y Age 50 & Better by clicking the link below. Eligible members who complete a virtual check-in get Y rewards!

 

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SilverSneakers

No Cost Y Membership

If you’re a group retiree, or part of a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement Health plan, you may already have a SilverSneakers membership. This active adult wellness program is offered by many Medicare plans across the nation. If you are eligible for SilverSneakers you can use any YMCA at no cost, and take advantage of all the services a standard membership covers, not just SilverSneakers classes!

Check your eligibility at https://www.silversneakers.com/join-in/.


Renew Active

No Cost Y Membership

Renew Active provides eligible members with access to any YMCA at no cost. Plan holders of eligible Medicare Advantage Plans and Supplement Plans insured by United Healthcare Insurance can use the Renew Active program. Eligible members can use all the services that are part of a standard Y membership. To find out if you’re eligible, call your health plan’s Customer Service Toll-Free number. The telephone number is on the back of your member ID card.

To learn more, visit https://www.myrenewactive.com 

Age 50 & Better Rewards


Age 50 & Better Members who visit ANY First Coast Y on 10 separate days in a calendar month are eligible to be entered into a monthly prize drawing! Use the Age 50 & Better Rewards Card to record your visits. The card is available at the Y Welcome Center.


HEALTHY AGING PROGRAMS

YMCA Virtual Healthcare Roadshow

Presented by Florida Blue

October 5 through 8 at 1:00pm

Join experts from Florida Blue, Aetna and Humana for daily, interactive educational presentations about Medicare, health insurance and healthcare resources. Available via ZOOM.

Daily drawing for a $25 PUBLIX gift card for attendees of ZOOM presentations.

FREE and open to the community, but registration is required. Register using the links below. Each day requires separate registration. Once registered you’ll receive an email with details about how to join the meeting.

Monday, October 5 at 1:00pm

How To Be A Savvy Insurance Shopper, 10 Health Concerns for Seniors, Senior Resources Available At Florida Blue Retail Centers.

A Guided Discussion On Senior Health, Senior Resources and Solutions. Presented by Florida Blue.

Register by clicking the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsd-2tqz0rGNe6a18TYg0ize7dMyLFweqC

Tuesday, October 6 at 1:00pm

Tele-medicine, The Ins and Outs. Presented by AETNA. Register by clicking the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-Cvpz4tGNfV2La7vd6e7C2SqFcYAf8t

Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00pm

Insurance To Do List, Top 10 Health Concerns for Seniors, Social Isolation and Impacts on Mental Health.

A Guided Discussion On Senior Health, Senior Resources and Solutions. Presented by Florida Blue.

Register by clicking the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEofuGspzMjHNPHubGF0uUXxAkrbAuHkHi8

Thursday, October 8 at 1:00pm

Medicare 101. Presented by Humana. Register by clicking the link below.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvc-ioqD8iG9F46vttEhIJpdNfdP-vsGV8

 

Community Cooking & Health Education Series

Presented by Humana


Humana hosts a cooking series and popular Programs-in-a-Box series on the Y’s Age 50 & Better Facebook page and via Zoom. Programs-in-a-Box are educational presentations designed to give Age 50 & Better the tools to find, or stay on the path to good health.

These virtual presentations are FREE and open to the community. 

Simple Recipes for One
Wednesday, September 23 at 1:00pm on Facebook Live

Join Kerri Napoloen, the Y’s Registered Dietitian to learn how to make Mozzarella Basil Zucchini Frittata

https://www.facebook.com/groups/50andBetter

Sugar, the Not So Sweet Truth
Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00pm VIA ZOOM.

Join James White from Humana, to learn about the effects of sugar on your health.

Registration required. To register click the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEldeyspjsqHt1Ohow3-6gkPqSGf82-KA3d

 

BrainFit Series

Free but registration required. Members only at this time.

Presented by Millennium Physician Group

Growing evidence indicates people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Join experts from Millennium Physician Group for educational and interactive seminars that teach 12 Ways to BrainFitRegister at the Y Welcome Center, call 904.265.1775 or register online.
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Eye Love My Heart

Presented by Florida Eye Specialists


Free ZOOM presentations, open to the community. Registration required.

Cataracts and Common Eye Conditions
Thursday, October 1 at 1:00pm

Join Dr. Ravi Patel from Florida Eye Specialists for an educational, interactive presentation. Learn about cataracts, the symptoms and treatment options and other common eye conditions. To register click the link below. Once registered you’ll receive an email with instructions about how to join the meeting.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtduCprD0sGdxPYiBRKkHX9f3lV1q8h8s0

The Effects of Aging on the Eyelids
Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00pm

Join Sandra Dunlap from Florida Eye Specialists for an educational, interactive presentation. Learn about droopy eyelids, the causes and what can be done to correct it. To register click the link below. Once registered you’ll receive an email with instructions about how to join the meeting.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJclceuqpjsrH9Za9fF94V6SKy6RxQPpaGQT

Community Partners

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Baptist Healthy Living Centers
  • Baptist AgeWell Institute
  • Brooks Rehabilitation
  • CarePlus
  • Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant (YMCA members get 10% off a meal at Chuy’s Town Center location when you wear your Y shirt to the restaurant, or show your YMCA key fob).
  • Community Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Dedicated Senior Medical Center
  • Elder Source
  • Florida Blue
  • Humana
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Millennium Physician Group
  • Publix Aprons Cooking School
  • University of North Florida-Continuing Education

To learn how you can become a Healthy Aging Program Sponsor please contact Claire Watson-Irving, Director of Healthy Living Innovation:  Healthy Aging at 904.265.1795 or email cwatson-irving@fcymca,org

Branch Healthy Aging Coordinators

Baptist North Georgette Butler GButler@fcymca.org
Barco-Newton Roberta Patalan RPatalan@fcymca.org
Brooks Sheri Nash snash@fcymca.org
Dye Clay Kristi Schermerhorn kschermerhorn@fcymca.org
Flagler Center Connie Smith csmith@fcymca.org
Johnson Linda White lwhite@fcymca.org
McArthur Darlene Wallace dwallace@fcymca.org
Ponte Vedra Marnie Simpson msimpson@fcymca.org 
St Augustine Linda Sollie LSollie@fcymca.org
Williams Connie Smith csmith@fcymca.org
Winston Fredda Renshaw frenshaw@fcymca.org
YMCA at Flagler Health Village Amy Brinkley abrinkley@fcymca.org

Community Resources

Transportation

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Seniors age 60 and older ride JTA free upon presentation of a STAR Card or government issued picture ID with birth date.  In St. Johns County, we recommend the Sunshine Bus.

Health Insurance

Shine

SHINE is a FREE program offered by the Department of Elder Affairs in partnership with ElderSource. Specially-trained volunteers can assist you with your Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance questions by providing one-on-one counseling and information.

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