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Tivity Health Survey Delivers Insights on the Needs of Silver Sneakers Participants

The latest results are in from a Tivity Health survey of participants in its Silver Sneakers program. The survey sheds insight into how these Medicare Advantage enrollees are faring during the pandemic.
 
COVID-19 Disruption
  • 37 percent of respondents have experienced social isolation in the past week at least some of the time
  • 33 percent are disrupted by the inability to visit friends and family and 25 percent disruption to their normal routines
  • Not knowing when things will return to normal was the highest driver of older adult distress (60 percent), followed by concerns about personal health (49 percent), and for the health of friends and family (47 percent)
Fitness Routine
  • 89 percent of respondents rate their physical activity as the same or better than 3 months ago
  • Among the 11 percent whose where physical activity declined lack of motivation remains the primary driver
  • 64 percent of respondents plan to exercise in the next 3 months, 95 percent of frequent gym going respondents will do the same
  • 29 percent of gym going respondents are back in the gym, another 30 percent plan to be, and 21 percent of gym going respondents will not return
  • 97 percent of respondents who plan to return to the gym will do so within 3 months
  • Having a routine and access to equipment are the top drivers for returning to the gym
Digital/Virtual Fitness
  • The proportion of gym going respondents who participated in digital/virtual fitness is at 18 percent
  • Among digital/virtual fitness users, retention after gym return is at 43 percent, while 48 percent are unsure 
Nutrition
  • 13 percent of respondents report being worried food will run out before having money to buy more
  • 14 percent of respondents report eating habits which are worse since the pandemic, while 73 percent report their eating habits are about the same
  • Snacking, eating more than before and choosing unhealthy food options are the most common reason for respondents' decline in eating habits
Underserved Populations
  • 39 percent of non-white respondents report being worried food will run out before having money to buy more
  • More older adult females experienced anxiety and stress compared to males over the last two weeks
Socializing During COVID-19
  • Currently, 56 percent of respondents are comfortable socializing with friends / family in public, a decline of nine points from the previous research wave (two weeks prior)
Personal Health
  • 83 percent of respondents report that their health status has not changed in the past year, while 10 percent report it had worsened
    • Stress and anxiety as well as the ongoing pandemic were the main reasons cited for the worsening of health
Assistance for Respondents
  • 30 percent of respondents report they have received assistance in the past year.
  • Home repairs / modifications as well as housekeeping / cleaning are the most common items respondents received help on
  • Most respondents (72 percent) rely on family or friends for help

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