Worried about staying in shape as you approach old age? Consider Medicare Advantage.

Many Medicare Advantage programs offer fitness and weight-loss programs to older adults. The SilverSneakers program, offered through many Humana plans, offers adults around the country a free gym membership and access to fitness classes tailor to their needs. These include such offerings as SilverSneakers Yoga Stretch, guided stretching exercises with chair support, SilverSplash, a shower-water exercise routine designed to improve muscular endurance and CardioFit, a low-impact exercise class that leaves participants energized. Other favorites include SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement which keeps older adults strong and flexible,

For those inclined to design their own workouts, SilverSneakers gives members access to a pool, sauna, exercise room and other available equipment. A trained program advisor is available on-site to assist members in their exercise plans, as well. For consultations at home, online help is available for those looking to quite smoking, lessen stress and lose weight. In particular, online tool Easy Quit is provided to tailor a smoking cessation tool to each user. Now is the time to lower blood pressure, improve lung capacity and get healthy!

Many older adults do not know enough about what they could be doing to get healthier and lighten the load of their healthcare costs. In this, Medicare Advantage plans step in to fill the information gap. Firstly, SilverSneakers provides seminars on healthcare topics. Also, most Medicare Advantage carriers maintain twenty-four hour help lines staffed by registered nurses to answer any health questions that may arise. This saves members the trouble of going into the hospital for every minor worry or complaint. Also available in some Medicare Advantage programs is Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem is an easy way to diet for those who can not get out to a nutritionist or assemble the materials to cook perfectly tailor meals. Participants fill out a form online and get ready-to-cook meal ingredients right to their door! It's far-and-away the most convenient option for seniors.

Medicare Advantage (formerly Medicare + Choice) is a program through which the Medicare population can receive benefits with a private insurance plan. The government pays insurers a set amount to cover a portion of the plan while insurers can offer a variety of other benefits (and some other costs) according to rules set down by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Solutions. In many cases, prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) is included in MA plans.