Age 50 & Better: Age With Purpose

New Year membership specials!

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 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.

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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

12 Days of Fitness

Presented by Dedicated Senior Medical Center

Dedicated Senior Medical Center believes every age 50 & better deserves high quality preventative healthcare. And exercising at the Y is one of the best ways to keep you healthy! Get 12 punches on your “12 Days of Fitness” Age 50 & Better Rewards Card throughout December and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $35 gift card and a seasonal basket, courtesy of our sponsor Dedicated Senior Medical Center. One drawing per participating Y branch. Program for First Coast YMCA members only. For more information about Dedicated Senior Medical Center visit

Community Cooking & Health Series– Free and open to non-members

Presented by Humana

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
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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

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
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Baptist Healthy Living Centers
  • Baptist AgeWell Institute
  • Brooks Rehabilitation
  • CarePlus
  • Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant
  • 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
Barco-Newton Roberta Patalan
Brooks Sheri Nash
Dye Clay Kristi Schermerhorn
Flagler Center Jordan O’ Neal
Johnson Linda White
McArthur Darlene Wallace
Ponte Vedra Erin Dankworth
St Augustine Linda Sollie
Williams Connie Smith
Winston Fredda Renshaw
YMCA at Flagler Health Village Amy Brinkley

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.

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Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.