Stay Active and Independent for Life is a strength, balance and fitness program for
adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength,balance and fitness
is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. The entire curriculum of activities
in the Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly.
SAIL is a public-domain program, which means there are no initial site license fees and no yearly renewal fees for conducting SAIL classes. AIL has been approved by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (previously known as the Administration on Aging) as an evidence-based program.
SAIL Program Instructors
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) classes are conducted by fitness, community volunteers, exercise science and healthcare professionals who have completed SAIL program instructor training. Program instructors usually have an exercise science or clinical practice background. All program instructors are carefully selected for their ability to deliver effective and efficient training, while adhering to the core components of the SAIL program. Instructors work with participants to help achieve the best results from the fitness classes.
In Washington, there are two ways to become a SAIL Instructor:
#1 - Call Healthy Aging Consultant and Master Trainer, Erin Cass at 509-393-9113 or email for updated training information;
#2 - Enroll in the Pierce College online course. The online training is especially appropriate for potential SAIL program leaders with an exercise science, healthcare, physical, occupational or recreational therapy background.
Outside Washington State, there are two ways to become a SAIL Instructor:
#1 - Contact Sandy Gatlin, Master SAIL Trainer at 253-226-0062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
#2 - Contact Laurie Swan, Master SAIL Trainer for SAIL Seminars www.sailseminars.com
#3 - Enroll in the Pierce College online course. The online training is especially
appropriate for potential SAIL program leaders with an exercise science, healthcare,
physical, occupational or recreational therapy background.
Two publications support the SAIL program:
offers written information for adults age 65 and older on topics such as Building Your Fitness Plan, Understanding Your Health Issues and Keeping Yourself Independent Through Home Safety (25 pages). Click here to order the Blue Information Guide see the H.E.R.E. Health Education Resource Exchange on their website.
#2 - The Green Exercise Guide
Provides illustrations of the exercises in the SAIL fitness class. This booklet is available only to people who have completed the SAIL program instuctor training. SAIL Program Instructors distribute this exercise guide to older adults who are joining a SAIL program. SAIL materials are public domain and may be reproduced without permission. If you use or adapt SAIL materials, please credit the Washington State Department of Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Program.
See the following published articles for more information on the benefits of SAIL for seniors:
Laing S, Silver I, York S, Phelan E. Fall prevention knowledge, attitudes and practices of community stakeholders and older adults (PDF). Journal of Aging Research, Vol. 2011 (2011) article ID 395357;
York SC, Shumway-Cook A, Silver I, Morrison C. A translational research evaluation of the “Stay Active and Independent for Life” (SAIL): a community-based fall prevention exercise and education program. Health Promotion Practice; 12(6):832-839, November 2011;
Carlson T, York SC, Primomo J. The utilization of geographic information systems to create a site selection strategy to disseminate an older adult fall prevention program (PDF). The Social Science Journal; January 2011, 48(1):159-174,
Shumway-Cook A, Silver IF, LeMier M, York S, Cummings P, Koepsell T. The effectiveness of a community-based multi-factorial intervention on falls and fall risk factors in community living older adults: A randomized, controlled trial (PDF). Journal of Gerontology: Medical Science 2007; 62(12):1420-1427.
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