SilverSneakers Pulse Survey

SilverSneakers

Executive Summary


The SilverSneakers Pulse survey is an ongoing national series of surveys of SilverSneakers members to understand their experiences regarding overall health, physical activity, nutrition, and social connection and will also mine for patterns in behavior both during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 2020, Tivity Health has surveyed thousands of seniors in more than a dozen separate surveys.

Key Findings


Between February 16 – 21, 2022, the SilverSneakers Pulse survey asked seniors about how the pandemic has impacted their mental and physical health. Key findings included:

Covid Impact

  • Members not experiencing disruption is at its highest level in eight quarters, 22%
  • One third are still disrupted by the inability to visit family and friends, 33%
  • 56% of members are experiencing at least some stress in the last two weeks, a similar proportion to Quarter 3, (60%)
    • Personal health concerns and health concerns for friends and family are the primary contributors towards stress and anxiety for members

Fitness

  • Most members continue to report unchanged or improved physical activity levels recently, 80%
  • 57% participate in SSF digital fitness, and 88% will continue in parallel to gym use, the highest in eight quarters
  • Return to the gym sentiment is similar to the second half of 2021 with 23% saying no to returning, while 21% are uncertain
  • Biggest factor to return to the gym remains return to routine, 57%, followed by access to equipment, 55%

Nutrition

  • More members report better eating habits than at any time during the last eight quarters, (33%) compared to members who report worse eating habits, (21%)
  • A slightly higher proportion of members are concerned their food would run out before they had money to buy more, (9%) compared to last quarter, (6%)

Social Connection

  • Consistent social isolation is at 3x pre-covid, 12% vs 4%, with low income reporting higher incidence at 24%
  • 59% feel comfortable socializing with friends/family in public places right now compared to 55% in Quarter 4 of 2021.
  • 64% of members report using video/streaming for socially connecting with friends/family, while 41% report using video/streaming for medical/therapy appointments, the lowest in seven quarters
SilverSneakers Pulse Survey

COVID-19 perceptions & attitudes towards the Omicron Variant

  • 62% of members are concerned about being infected with the Omicron variant, a significant decline from Quarter 4, (70%)
  • Members are more comfortable participating in several activities than in mid-December 2021, specifically:
    • Seeing vaccinated people, (32% versus 14%)
    • Dining outdoors at a restaurant café or bar, (20% versus 5%)
  • 73% of members are less comfortable about travelling abroad, while 69% are less comfortable attending large, crowded events than before the Omicron variant becoming the dominant strain in the U.S.
  • 80% of members are very/somewhat certain that dealing with surges of COVID-19 cases is going to be the new normal and we will have to respond accordingly
  • 73% of members are very/somewhat certain that we will learn to live with COVID-19 and its variants without having to disrupt daily life

Previously Published Surveys