SAIL Program


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 trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please 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 looking for volunteer leaders to teach the SAIL 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 volunteer leaders to be trained in teams of two. To qualify to be a SAIL Leader you must:

  • Hold a current fitness certification or equivalent degree (check here for approved list)
  • Must be CPR certified
  • Be willing to teach 2-3 SAIL classes a week 

For more information on any of these trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or



Upcoming Leader Trainings

TN SAIL will be hosting the last SAIL Online Leader Training of 2021 from September 7 – October 29. This training is FREE and can be done self-paced using our online training software. If you are interested in attending this training, please complete the 2021 SAIL Leader Application (hyperlink to the attachment). The timeline for the training is as follows:

2021 Online Training format and timeline:

·       August 27, 2021–Application to attend training due 

·       September 7–October 8, 2021 -Complete online modules and final exam 

·       October 14, 2021 –Attend mandatory webinar 

·       October 29, 2021 –Video submissions of SAIL Class and Fitness Check


There is no charge for this training. SAIL strongly encourages leaders to be trained in teams of two. For more information on trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or Remember: Applications are no later than by August 27, 2021!

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.

Oak Ridge Senior Center
1405 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 425-3999
Leader: Laura Clark

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

Shelbyville Parks & Recreation Center
220 Tulip Tree Road
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 684-9780
Leader: Cindy Allen

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

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.

Fayette County Commission on Aging
17290 US-64
Somerville, TN 38068
(901) 465-3554
Leaders: CaSandra Holmes and Leon Murrell

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

Humboldt Senior Citizens Center
202 N Central Ave
Humboldt, TN 38343
(731) 784-113
Leaders: Bianca Simmons

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

Collegedale SDA Church
4829 College Drive East
Collegedale, TN 37315
Leaders: Beth Choate and Laurie Collins

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

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. October 8th - January 2nd

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.


Deane Hill Recreation Center
7400 Deane Hill Drive, NW
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 690-0781
Leader: Kat Eldridge

Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.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
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.

LIFT Wellness Center 
101 Jackson Walk Plaza
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 427-7048
Leaders: Rachel Royer, Keith Davis, Judy Herron and Sheila Butler

Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Lewisburg Recreation Center 
1551 Mooresville Hwy
Lewisburg, TN 37091
(931) 359-2482
Leader: Patty Clark 

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.

Shelby County
McWherter Senior Center

1355 Estate Drive
Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 761-2462
Instructor: Almetria Turner

Tuesdays - 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Thursdays -  8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.


Town of Arlington Senior Citizens Center 
6265 Chester Street

Arlington, TN 38002
(901) 867-7698
Leader: Elizabeth Equi, Marj Brown and Becky Clay

Mondays - 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesdays - 9:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m.
Fridays - 9:20 a.m.-10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.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.


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