Gerofit - A Program Promoting Exercise and Health for Older Veterans - Geriatrics and Extended Care
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Gerofit - A Program Promoting Exercise and Health for Older Veterans

What is Gerofit?

Gerofit is an exercise program that promotes health & wellness for Veterans. Participants in the program have demonstrated improved health, mental, physical function and well-being.

Gerofit is a great way for Veterans to stay active by using a variety of strength and aerobic exercises. Also, by participating in group classes like tai chi, dancing, walking, and balance. For those who don’t live near an available Gerofit site, click on the Gerofit Resources and the How do I join? tabs to find out how we can help.

All veterans are given a personalized exercise prescription and guidance in carrying out the exercise program is provided by trained exercise staff such as a physiologists, nurses or physical therapists

Starting in Durham in 1986, the program is now offered at 15 different VA Healthcare Systems around the country. For a list of locations click on the Gerofit Locations tab.

Video about Gerofit

“It’s a benefit not only to my physical health but also my mental as well. I attribute a lot of that to my continual workouts here at Gerofit.”

How do I Join?

There are flagship Gerofit programs offered at 15 VA Healthcare Systems around the country. For a list of locations click on the Gerofit Locations tab to find a Gerofit Program near you. Some programs also offer telehealth services for individuals unable to attend onsite facilites.

To be eligible for the program:

  • You must be a Veteran enrolled with the Veterans Health Administration.
  • Your overall health should be stable and sufficient for you to participate without needing continuous assistance.

Talk to your primary care provider about joining Gerofit if you are near one of the 15 existing Gerofit Programs.

If you do not live close to one of our flagship Gerofit programs reach out to the National Outreach Physiologist.

Additional resources can be found on the Gerofit Resources tab.

Salem Gerofit Group

Gerofit Resources

This page will provide useful resources to help you with your exercise journey. It contains videos that will provide more information on the history of the program, and even get you exercising with us from your own home. Information regarding several other useful programs is also provided.

Exercise Video

Video of Kenny (Gerofit Physiologist) exercising with 4 Veterans. Feel free to join along. These exercises are considered low to moderate intensity and modifications are presented for those of all abilities. Length 36 minutes.

Brief History of Gerofit

Dr. Harvey J. Cohen, first director of the Durham VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center describes how Gerofit came about. Length 2 minutes.

Additional VHA Wellness Programs

MOVE! is a weight management, health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. Move! Web page.

External Content

Learn about other community programs for staying active including:

  • Silver Sneakers An exercise program for active, older adults. Walking weight training and yoga. Silver Sneakers.com
  • Go4Life (National Institute of Aging Campaign) Helps you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. Offers exercise tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and stay active. Go4Life Web page.

Where is Gerofit Located?

Gerofit is currently offered at 15 VA locations around the country. For implementation information please contact the following staff. For a list of VA locations please see below. If you live too far away to attend please see the Gerofit Resources tab for other opportunities.

Miriam C. Morey, Ph.D.
Program Director
Durham VA Medical Center GRECC
Telephone: (919) 286-0411 ext 176776
Email: Miriam.Morey@va.gov

Megan Pearson, M.A.
Gerofit National Enterprise Program Manager
Durham VA Medical Center GRECC
Telephone: (919) 286-0411 ext 175323
Email: Megan.Pearson@va.gov

Stephen Jennings, M.S.
National Outreach Exercise Physiologist
Durham VA Medical Center GRECC
Telephone: (919) 286-0411 ext 176098
Email: Stephen.Jennings@va.gov

Map of Gerofit Locations


VA Gerofit Locations

Gerofit Ann Arbor VA Health Care System (VISN 10)
elderk@med.umich.edu, (734) 998-7424

Gerofit Baltimore VA Health Care System (VISN 5)
Jamie.Giffuni@va.gov, (410) 605-7000 ext. 4840

Gerofit Boston VA Health Care System (VISN 1)
Rebekah.Harris@va.gov, (617) 232-9500 ext. 42785

Gerofit Canandaigua VA Health Care System with outreach to Rochester CBOC (VISN 2)
Teresa.Kopp@va.gov, (585) 463-2600 ext 32529

Gerofit Cincinnati VA Health Care System (VISN 10)
Courtney.Kindler2@va.gov, (513) 861-3100 ext 3031

Gerofit Denver VA Health Care System (VISN 19)
Lauren.Abbate@va.gov, (303) 399-8020 ext 3177

Gerofit Durham VA Health Care System (VISN 6)
Kenneth.Maning@va.gov, (919) 286-0411 ext. 176786

Gerofit Honolulu VA Health Care System (VISN 21)
Michelle.McDonald@va.gov, (808) 433-7848

Gerofit Little Rock VA Health Care System (VISN 16)
Kalpana.Padala@va.gov, (501) 257-2044

Gerofit Greater Los Angeles VA Health Care System (VISN 22)
Cathy.Lee2@va.gov, (310) 478-3711 ext 42627

Gerofit Miami VA Health Care System (VISN 8)
Willy.Valencia-Rodrigo@va.gov, (305) 575-7000 ext 3388

Gerofit Murfreesboro VA Health Care System (VISN 9)
Stephen.Graham@va.gov, (615) 225-6700

Gerofit Pittsburgh VA Health Care System (VISN 4)
Rebecca.Smith14@va.gov, (412) 360-1358

Gerofit Puget Sound VA Health Care System (VISN 20)
Arti.Tayade@va.gov(206) 277-1473

Gerofit Salem VA Health Care System (VISN 6)
KrisAnn.Oursler@va.gov, (540) 982-2463 ext 2029