Effective March 12, 2020: 

Out of an abundance of caution for at-risk populations in our community, Silver Sneakers programming at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine will be postponed until further notice. We will continue to provide regular updates as this situation develops. You can also find up- to -date information located on our SJCME Alerts blog, https://blogs.sjcme.edu/alerts/

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SilverSneakers® is a health and fitness program for seniors now offered at Saint Joseph’s College.

SilverSneakers is a health and fitness program designed for older adults in partnership with Tivity Health. 

Classes are designed specifically for older adults.

Classes are a great way to meet friends and get in shape. While each class varies in style and technique, they all begin with a warm-up, offer modifications for every level and end with a cool down.

4 Tips to start a successful routine

  1. Pace yourself. Keep your heart rate in a comfortable intensity zone. Work hard enough to make your heart stronger without overexerting.
  1. Slow down or rest when necessary. You might find it difficult to keep going for the entire class. That’s okay! You will get stronger by continuing to exercise.
  1. Listen to your body. You can expect occasional minor soreness after exercising. It’s a positive sign you are using your muscles! Don’t worry if you are unable to keep up with the other members. The important thing is to keep going.
  2. Warm up and cool down. A warm-up gradually prepares your muscles and joints for exercise. When you finish your workout, your body needs a chance to cool down slowly. This means you should slow your heart rate gently. Do not stop abruptly by standing still, sitting or lying down.

Perceived Exertion

  1. Okay to go! – “I feel great, and I’m breathing normally.”
  2. Very, very light intensity – “I feel terrific. I don’t even feel like I’m exerting myself.”
  3. Very light intensity – “This is fun. I feel like I could go forever.”
  4. Light intensity – “I can tell I’m exercising. I feel good.”
  5. Moderate intensity – “I’m sweating a little. I’m working.”
  6. Moderate to intense – “I’m exercising harder than I thought I would. I’m getting a workout.”
  7. Intense – “The workout is hard, but I can take it.”
  8. Very intense – “This is difficult. I’m breathing hard. I’m not sure how long I can go.”
  9. Very, very intense – “I’m very uncomfortable. I can’t talk in a normal tone of voice. I should slow down.”
  10. Maximum intensity – “I’m completely exhausted. I must slow down immediately.”


  • Wear comfortable athletic shoes
  • Wear loose fitting clothes
  • Bring a towel
  • Don’t forget your water bottle

Our Current Offerings at SJC:

Class Cancellations:  Effective March 12, 2020 – All Silver Sneakers classes (including Silver Splash) are postponed.  Please see announcement at top of page for more information.  

Keep Active!  While we’re all practicing social distancing,

you can access Silver Sneakers workouts at home!


Mondays | 11am-11:45am
SilverSneakers Classic – This class is perfect for the individual bran new to exercise but it also very appropriate for anyone wanting to improve their muscular endurance and flexibility.

Tuesdays | 9am-9:45am
SilverSneakers Stability – Get stronger and improve your balance through exercises that strengthen the ankle, knee and hip joints all in a fun and social setting.  This class is designed specifically for fall prevention.

Wednesdays | 11am-11:45am
SilverSneakers Muscle – This class incorporates athletic exercises that boost overall fitness.  Move through muscle conditioning blocks and activity-specific drills to improve strength and functional skill.

Thursdays | 9am-9:45am
SilverSneakers Classic – This class is perfect for the individual bran new to exercise but it also very appropriate for anyone wanting to improve their muscular endurance and flexibility.

Fridays | 9:15am-10:00am

SilverSneakers Splash – This class is suitable for all skill levels and is safe for non-swimmers. It is a fun shallow-water exercise class, using a signature splash-board to increase strength, endurance, and enhance cognitive health.

Two-Shoe Policy

All SilverSneaker participants must use a different/clean pair of shoes in the fitness area(s) than what was worn into the building. This allows us to keep the floors clean and safe for you to enjoy your class!


  • Cost for community members is $7 to drop in or $25 punch card for 5 classes
  • Cost for SJC staff/faculty/alumni is $3 drop in or $25 for a 10 punch card
  • SilverSneakers Members who are eligible attend for free (check your eligibility here).


Anyone using the Alfond Center needs to use the parking lot behind the building; there is no parking allowed at the front of the building. Handicapped parking spots are also located in the back. Get directions to campus and view our campus map.

Inclement Weather Plan

Silver Sneakers classes will be cancelled on days that Saint Joseph’s College is
closed due to bad weather. If there is a delayed opening and it is during class time, the class will be cancelled for that day.

Resources for closure notices:
Call: 893-3333
Channels 6, 8, or 13 or
Visit: https://www.sjcme.edu/


Jenna Chase
Assistant Director of Campus Recreation
Phone: 893-6627 
Email: jchase@sjcme.edu

Silver Sneakers Ambassador Program

SilverSneakers AmbassadorsTM are connecting our community and inspiring their peers to lead better lives. As an Ambassador, you’ll have the platform to have your voice heard. We’ll also give you the tools you need to connect with more members and make new friends.  If you are interested, please contact Heather DiYenno, hdiyenno@sjcme.edu or 893-7641.