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SAIL Program


Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and fitness are the single most important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chance of falling.

The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL program can help improve strength and balance if done regularly. SAIL classes are offered 2-3 times a week as a one-hour class, and the exercises can be done standing or sitting.

For more information on the SAIL program, contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or

Program History

The SAIL program was developed as a result of the Senior Fall Prevention Study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and coordinated by Washington State Department of Health and NorthWest Orthopedic Institute. The result of the study showed that seniors who attended SAIL exercise classes at least 2-3 times per week for one year decreased their falls by 26%.

In Tennessee, the Knox County Health Department started the SAIL program in 2013; the program has since expanded to many counties in East Tennessee. On July 1, 2018, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability received a falls prevention grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to increase SAIL classes across the state, focusing on implementation in rural counties that do not have existing evidence-based programs.

Become a SAIL Leader

In order to expand the SAIL program, we are recruiting volunteer leaders to teach the program in their area. Training to become a SAIL Leader is free, and materials to start the class will be provided once a SAIL site is established. We strongly encourage all leaders to be trained in teams of two. To qualify to be a SAIL Leader you must:

  • Hold a current national fitness or exercise certification or a degree in exercise science, athletic training, physical education, occupational therapy, physical therapy or recreational Therapy 
  • Be CPR certified 
  • Be willing to teach 2-3 SAIL classes a week 
  • Agree to a 2-year commitment

Upcoming Leader Trainings

TCAD is actively working to schedule SAIL trainings in various locations through the state for 2019. Check back periodically for additional opportunities. For more information on any of these trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or

April 2019 SAIL Training in Murfreesboro Tennessee

April 10-11, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at:

St. Clair Senior Center
325 St. Clair Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

*Applications for participation are due by April 5, 2019.

June 2019 Knoxville SAIL Training Flier

June 26-27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

*Applications for participation are due by June 21, 2019.


October 2019 Lexington SAIL Training

October 8-9, 2019 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at:

Henderson County Senior Center
145 S Main Street
Lexington, TN 38351

*Applications for participation are due by October 4, 2019.

Tennessee SAIL Locations

According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. One in four Americans age 65+ falls each year. SAIL is a program that will help you become stronger and balance better, thereby also helping you prevent falls and remain independent. For information about a SAIL class in your area, please choose a county from the list below and contact the nearest site.

First Baptist Church of Maryville
202 W Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37801
(865) 983-8411
Leader: Terri Stewart

Mondays and Thursdays- 12:00 p.m-1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Fridays – 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Carter Senior Center
9036 Asheville Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37924
(865) 932-2939
Leader: Terri Geiser

Mondays and Wednesdays – 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.


Frank R. Strang Senior Center
109 Lowell Heights Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 670-6693
Leader: Kat Eldridge

Mondays -1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays – 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Humana Guidance Center
4438 Western Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
(865) 329-8892
Leader: Terri Geiser

*Silver Sneakers Members Only
Mondays and Wednesdays – 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Loudon County Senior Citizens
901 Main Street
Loudon, TN 37774
(865) 458-5445
Leader: Elizabeth Lee

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

American Legion Post 149
202 S. Kingston Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
(423) 215-1734
Leader: Marta Monroe

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Stewart County Senior Center
111 General Rice Street
Dover, TN 37058
(931) 232-7663
Leader: Sandra Foust

Mondays and Wednesdays – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

For more information on the SAIL program please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or