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Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center

JCC now accepts SilverSneakers gym membership program

Photo of Dr. Morton and Mrs. Libby Maloff.The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is now offering many local seniors another venue to workout at for little or no cost. The JCC’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center recently became a Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness participating gym. SilverSneakers is an insurance benefit included in more than 65 Medicare health plans. Through SilverSneakers, health plans such as Humana, Aetna, MVP, UnitedHealthcare and others, as well as group retirement plans, sometimes provide gym memberships to their insureds, usually at no additional cost.

“We’re delighted to be part of the SilverSneakers network of participating gyms,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “It’s a good fit for us and extends our philosophy of helping seniors stay active and independent in the community. It also nicely compliments the JCC’s other senior outreach programs such as our senior kosher meal program and Neighborhood Advisor program.”

SilverSneakers is a comprehensive program designed to improve seniors’ overall well-being, strength and social aspects. The program is for all levels and abilities, and provides access to fitness centers, social networking, online education and a sense of community.

The JCC Sports & Fitness Center is also a participating gym in Silver&Fit, a program for seniors that’s similar to SilverSneakers which is offered through insurers including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Aetna.

For more information about SilverSneakers and to see if you’re eligible, visit or call the JCC’s Nick Finlayson, membership director, at 315-445-2040, ext. 140.