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SAIL Program

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Stay 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 sidney.schuttrow@tn.gov.

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 sidney.schuttrow@tn.gov.

October SAIL Leader Training - Jackson

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

    Southwest Tennessee Development District Office
    102 E. College Street
    Jackson, TN 38301

*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, Betty Roach, Thelma Lamb, Juli Rigell and Midge McKelvey

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

Senior Center at Ashland City
104 Ruth Drive
Ashland City, TN 37015
(615) 792-3629
Leader: Lindy Murff 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. 

Servolution Health Services
181 Powell Valley School Lane
Speedwell , TN 37870
(423) 419-5070
Leader: Leah Allen 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Pulaski Parks and Recreation
333 E. College Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
(931) 363-4666
Leaders: Darlene Slinger and Melissa Neal

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Morristown Senior Citizens Center
841 Lincoln Ave.
Morristown, TN 37813
(423) 581-5166
Leader: Jim Perdue

Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Lifecare Center of Collegedale
9210 Apison Pike
Collegedale, TN 37315
423-396-7515
Leaders: Beth Choate and Laurie Collins

Tuesdays and Fridays 12:00 p.m.-1:00 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.

 

Halls Senior Center
4405 Crippen Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
(865) 922-0416
Leader: Debbie Harris

Mondays and Fridays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

 

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

Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. *Open to Silver Sneakers members only.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

John T. O’Connor Senior Citizen’s Center
611 Winona Street
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 523-1135
Leader: Donita Beeler

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Fridays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

 

Karns Senior Center
8042 Oak Ridge Highway
Knoxville, TN 37931
(865) 951-2653
Leader: Debbie Harris

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

 

Lauderdale County Commission on Aging
605 Airport Street
Halls, TN 38040
731-836-5444
Leaders: Joni Cook and Rosie Lemons 

Mondays and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.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.
 

Cora Veal Senior Center
144 College Street S
Madisonville, TN 37354
(423) 442-2022
Leader: Jennifer Waller

Mondays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.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.
 

St. Clair Senior Center
325 Saint Clair Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 848-2550
Leaders: Laura Grissom and Paula Faist

Mondays and Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Town of Arlington Senior Citizens Center
6265 Chester Street
Arlington, TN 38002
(901) 867-7698
Leader: Elizabeth Equi

Mondays 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Fridays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

 

Oasis of Hope Senior Center 
233 Henry Avenue
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 578-9546
Leaders: Leon Murrell, Shirley Glenn and Jessie Jones

Mondays and Tuesdays - 9:30 a.m.-10:30 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.
 

Trousdale County Senior Center
270 Marlene Street
Hartsville, TN 37074
(615) 374-0010
Leader: Ginny Hunter & Chante Bilbrey

Tuesdays and Fridays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Mondays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Seated option: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Fridays 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
*SAIL participants will perform all activities in chairs during these two offerings.

 

Coming Soon: Hamilton County

John A Patten Recreation Center
3202 Kellys Ferry Road
Chattanooga, TN 37419
(423) 825-5955
Leaders: Tracy Wamp and June Puett

Classes: TBD
 

For more information on the SAIL program please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or sidney.schuttrow@tn.gov.