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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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 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.


Eye Love My Heart

Presented by Florida Eye Specialists

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

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.

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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YMCA Virtual Healthcare Roadshow

Presented by Florida Blue

All of the recordings from this event have been posted on the 50 & Better Facebook Group.

Please reach out to if you would like additional information from these presentations.


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
Barco-Newton Roberta Patalan
Brooks Sheri Nash
Dye Clay Kristi Schermerhorn
Flagler Center Connie Smith
Johnson Linda White
McArthur Darlene Wallace
Ponte Vedra Marnie Simpson 
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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