SilverSneakers Pulse Survey


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 August 11 -17, 2021, 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 six quarters, 17%
  • More than a third still disrupted by the inability to visit family and friends, 35%
  • Members not experiencing stress in the last two weeks its highest yet, 47%


  • Most members report unchanged or improved physical activity levels recently, 77%
  • More than half participate in SSF digital fitness, 54%, and 82% will continue in parallel to gym use
  • Return to the gym sentiment is holding steady at just 20% saying no to returning
  • Biggest factor to return to the gym remains return to routine, 65%


  • Members report their eating habits are better now than at any time in the previous five quarters
  • Food insecurity continues to affect about one in twenty members, increasing to about one in five for low income

SilverSneakers Pulse SurveySocial Connection

  • Consistent social isolation now just double pre-covid, 8% vs 4%, with low income reporting higher incidence at 12%
  • 48% of members report using video/streaming for medical appointments, and 45% using the tech for exercise

Delta Variant

  • Unvaccinated members, 6% of total, remain the least concerned about covid infection
  • Among the remaining 94% of members responding who are vaccinated, 65% currently fear infection
  • Only 50% of members are currently comfortable socializing, which drops to 38% among minorities
  • The members’ PCP still the most influential figure regarding vaccine uptake in-community, 62% say a “lot of influence”

Previously Published Surveys