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 classes will be streaming daily beginning April 20 on the 50 & Better
Facebook Page and continue through July. Classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10:00am, Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00pm. Be sure to join our group so you’re notified when classes are in session!

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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.

Come to the Y 120 times a year and enter the annual grand prize drawing!

Healthy Aging Programs

Community Cooking & Health Education Series – Presented by Humana

Postponed until further notice.

Join chef instructors from Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Publix Aprons Cooking School, and other community partners every month for cooking demonstrations and health education. Available at 6 Y’s: Baptist North Y, Brooks Y, Dye Clay Y, Johnson Y, Williams Y and Winston Y. Samples included. RSVP required. Register at the Y Welcome Center, call 904. 265. 1775 or rsvp at fcymca.org
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In addition to free cooking demos a the Y’s, YMCA members benefit from a members only class at Publix Aprons Cooking School at a discounted rate. Sign-up at the Y Welcome Center or call 904. 265. 1775.

Community Cooking Series

BrainFit Series – Free and open to non-members.

Postponed until further notice.

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 BrainFit. Lunch is provided. RSVP required.  Register at the Y Welcome Center, call 904.265.1775 or register online.
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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

Cara Roach

msimpson@fcymca.org or croach@fcymca.org
St Augustine Mary Eldredge MEldredge@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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