Senior Healthy Living Survey

by SilverSneakers

Executive Summary


The Senior Healthy Living Survey by SilverSneakers is conducted by global  intelligence company Morning Consult. The survey is fielded twice monthly among a national sample of adults 65 and older who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

The mission of the Senior Healthy Living Survey is to serve as a primary voice of seniors nationwide in the areas representing all aspects of our mission. Harnessing this voice with rigor, and a focus on future-state, to anticipate the needs of seniors tomorrow while driving the thought leadership and product development of today.

Each survey includes a fixed set of questions on healthy behaviors along with a dynamic set of questions that cover timely topics imperative to our myriad stakeholders

Key Findings


  • Seniors still report that their life has been most disrupted since the start of the pandemic by not being able to see family and friends (35%), though this is a decrease of 10 points since early May.
  • Substantially more Seniors (57%) believe that a lack of motivation has resulted in a decline in their physical activity, an increase of 20 points since last wave.
  • Seniors (62%) are now more likely to want a more motivating atmosphere when returning to the gym, compared to 32% last wave.
  • Food insecurity levels among Seniors have remained relatively stable over the last two weeks, aside from a slight decrease in Seniors who worried their food would run out before they got money to buy more.
  • Most Seniors have not used many of the benefits and features that are offered within their Medicare Advantage plans.
    • 67% of Seniors have not used gym amenities in the last few months as part of their plans.