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.
“We strongly encourage you to watch our SAIL Leader Orientation video to learn even more about the programs history, requirements and expectations for the program. For more information on trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov
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 (Hands-on component required)
- 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 Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov
Upcoming Leader Trainings
Protecting the safety of our volunteers and older adults are our top priority. We have decided to cancel all in-person SAIL Leader trainings for 2020. We are in the early stages of development on an online SAIL Leader Certification and will post more information as it becomes available. For more information on trainings or becoming a SAIL Leader, please contact Sidney Schuttrow at 615-741-1585 or Sidney.Schuttrow@tn.gov.
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
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
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
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
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
Leader: Leah Allen
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Fayette County Commission on Aging
Somerville, TN 38068
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
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
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
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
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
Leader: Terri Geiser
Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
West Knox County Senior Center
239 Jamestowne Blvd, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37934
Leader: Kat Eldridge
Mondays 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m.
Halls Senior Center
4405 Crippen Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
Leader: Debbie Harris
Mondays and Fridays 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Humana Guidance Center
4438 Western Ave
Knoxville, TN 37921
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
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
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
Leader: Elizabeth Lee
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
LIFT Wellness Center
101 Jackson Walk Plaza
Jackson, TN 38301
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
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
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
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
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.
McWherter Senior Center
1355 Estate Drive
Memphis, TN 38119
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
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
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
Leader: Sandra Foust
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Trousdale County Senior Center
270 Marlene Street
Hartsville, TN 37074
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.