For senior citizens who want to work on their New Year's resolutions at the gym, the YMCA of York County might be able to offer a free chance to improve their health.

The YMCA is working with American Specialty Health to introduce a program called Silver&Fit to the York YMCA locations. Seniors with Medicare plans that are eligible will be able to get a free membership and take any fitness or aquatics classes at no cost, said Sharon Ilgenfritz, the YMCA's director of membership.

Ilgenfritz said people interested in the program should contact their individual health care provider to check their eligibility before the sign-ups begin in January. She said the YMCA will be able to check the eligibility once the program starts in January.

Ilgenfritz said the YMCA locations in York will be able to access the pool and workout facilities, as well as participate in classes such as the senior swim and exercise and yoga.

But daring seniors can sign up for Zumba, too: Ilgenfritz said all of the classes are available in the program.

Ilgenfritz said people with Medicare plans that qualify can sign up for the program beginning in January, and should have plenty of good company.

The YMCA already has another senior fitness program called Silver Sneakers, plus other members in the same age demographic, Ilgenfritz said.

"It's a population we want to make sure that we're not missing," Ilgenfritz said.

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