Age 50 & Better: Age With Purpose

Join the us for a 5 day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean’s Private Island, Non-Y-members welcome.

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.

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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!

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Renew Active

No Cost Y Membership

Renew Active is the new name for Optum Fitness Advantage. Renew Active provides eligible members with access to any YMCA at no cost. Plan holders of eligible Medicare Advantage 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.

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Age 50 & Better Rewards

Age 50 & Better Members who use ANY First Coast Y 10 times a month get rewarded for coming to the Y! Use the Age 50 & Better Rewards Card to record your visits. After 10 visits, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a monthly prize. Come to the Y 120 times a year and enter the annual grand prize drawing!

Healthy Aging Programs


Presented by Humana and Island Doctors

Silver Sneakers & Renew Active members, stay active and socially engaged this summer by completing a series of mental, social and physical challenges at the Y. Use a Y-I-GO! card to record your achievements. Visit the Y Welcome Center to pick up a card. Completed Y-I-GO! cards will be entered into a drawing for Publix Gift cards.  Thank-you to Y-I-GO! presenting sponsors, Humana and Island Doctors. To learn more about Island Doctors visit: or to find out more about Humana healthcare plans visit:

Humana and Island Doctors are hosting FREE Lunch and Learns about Bone Health and Bladder Health. Open to non-Y-members. RSVP:

6th Annual Health Insurance Roadshow.

Get Your Medicare Questions Answered.

Thank you to our Panel Sponsor Florida Blue

Talk with different health insurance representatives about Medicare in 2020. Ensure Silver Sneakers or Renew Active continues to be covered by your health-care plan. The Health Insurance Roadshow includes a Q&A with health insurance experts and a light lunch.

FREE and OPEN to non-members. Available at 4 Y’s:

Williams Y: October 14th, 11:00am – 2:00pm,

Winston Y: October 15th, 11:00am – 2:00pm,

Brooks Y: October 16th, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Dye Clay Y: October 18th, 11:00am – 2:00pm.

For more information please email or call 904 265 1795.

To learn more about Florida Blue health plans, visit

SPARK: Retirement Preparation

With Community Partners

SPARK is a group-based, 6-week program, designed to help Age 50 & Better navigate midlife transitions and explore the next step of the journey.


4th Annual Cloud 9 Party

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Florida Blue and Award Sponsors, AARP of Jacksonville, Dedicated Senior Medical Center and WellCare Health Plans.

Age 60 & Better who visit the Y 120 times during our fiscal year are eligible to attend the YMCA’s annual Cloud 9 party. Enjoy a day out at the Jacksonville Zoo, awards, food and vendors. Eligible members RSVP at the Welcome Center of any YMCA from October 1st.

BrainFit– Free

Presented by Arbor Terrace Dementia & Memory Care

Learn life-long lessons for brain healthy living from experts in memory, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Y membership not required. Lunch included.


Lifestyle Cooking Series– Free

Presented by Aetna

Join chefs from Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Publix Aprons Cooking School and First Watch Cafe each month for a healthy cooking demonstration. Y membership not required. Samples included.

Lifestyle Cooking Series

Community Partners

  • AARP
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Aetna/Coventry
  • Arbor Terrace Dementia and Memory Care
  • Baptist Healthy Living Centers
  • Baptist AgeWell Institute
  • Brooks Rehabilitation
  • CarePlus
  • Chuy’s Tex-Mex
  • Community Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Dedicated Senior Medical Centers
  • Elder Source
  • First Watch Cafe
  • Florida Blue
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 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
Barco-Newton Ellie Wainwright
Brooks Sheri Nash
Dye Clay Kristi Schermerhorn
Flagler Center Jordan O’ Neal
Johnson Wanetta Sky Newbill
McArthur Karina Gilchrist
Ponte Vedra Erin Dankworth
St Augustine Larry Raulerson
Williams Connie Smith
Winston Fredda Renshaw

Healthy Aging Sponsors

Bronze Healthy Aging

Hospice & Palliative Care

Table and Lunch and Learn Sponsor.

Community Resources


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 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.


Caregiver Coalition

It is a fact that caregiving will impact everyone. Your role may be short-term, long-term or indefinite. Whatever your circumstances, your caregiving journey may be filled with uncertainty. The Caregiver Coalition provides resources and support to help you during this time.


Visit Operation $40K for a listing of national companies that provide discounts for those age 50 and better.

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