• “Thanks to the SAIL program, I’ve improved my stamina & strength. Consequently I am happier and feel better about myself.”

    Carolyn, 66
  • “The SAIL exercise class has helped me to have more energy and better balance to overcome the vertigo problems of the past. The class has also helped me prevent falling as I have been prone to do.

    Dolores, 78
  • “I joined the SAIL class several months ago after back surgery and the class has strengthened not only my back but the whole body.

    Arlyce, 69
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends. My legs are measurably almost twice as strong as when I started the SAIL class four years ago. Intermittent pain in my back and one hip is gone. I feel vibrant and healthy, far more so than when I was in my 50’s. Exercise has to be priority of every day.

    Marilyn, 67

Stay Active & Independent for Life – THE SAIL PROGRAM

Learn why older adults say, “I can do so much more these days, and I know it’s this program”.

SAIL Seminars specializes in the dissemination of an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults called “Stay Active & Independent for Life” (the SAIL Program). The SAIL Program is a strength, balance and fitness class for adults 65+ and recognized as a Title IIID – Evidence-Based Program by the Administration on Aging.


Evidence-Based Program

In September 2012, SAIL was recognized as a Title IIID – Evidence-Based Program by the Administration on Aging. SAIL met the highest level criteria for an evidence-based program.

Online Training

The online SAIL Program Leader training is available to everyone who is interested in learning more about the SAIL Program.

Onsite Training

The onsite SAIL Program Leader training is especially appropriate for organizations that intend to establish and disseminate SAIL Programs in their geographic regions.

Why choose SAIL Seminars?

We have a pathway for certifying “Master Trainers” that is very affordable (less than $800 per person).

The founder of SAIL Seminars (Laurie Swan) worked closely with the original founders of the SAIL Program in Washington State for several years and is committed to maintaining the original fidelity of the program.

We have worked with organizations such as the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, Centrex Rehab, Marymount University, and UCLA Rehabilitation Services to bring SAIL to their communities (see our Spotlight on SAIL posts below).

We provide free, on-going consulting services to Master Trainers and their organizations to ensure the successful uptake of the SAIL Program in a geographic area.

All of our instructors are physical therapists with doctoral degrees and many years of experience working with older adults.

Our online SAIL Program Leader training has undergone an intensive internal review for quality assurance and has met the 21 Essential Quality Matters Standards, with an emphasis on accessibility.

Our partner for the online SAIL Program Leader training, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, ranks among the top 10 best community colleges in the nation, and is a finalist for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

We have certified over 1,000 SAIL Program Leaders in 39 states, and 4 countries.


Foundation for Senior Living (FSL)

In 2016, Tom Egan, President and CEO of the Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) applied for and was awarded a grant from the State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General.  The grant enabled key personnel to implement the SAIL Program in Adult Day Health Services in Phoenix, Tempe, and Glendale, Arizona.

Click to watch a one-minute video of Tom Egan introducing the SAIL Program:

Mary Servin, RN, BC and Program Director of Adult Day Health Services at FSL was the first to envision the possibility of a SAIL Program at FSL. 

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Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance

In August 2016, Marymount University, in partnership with Goodwin House, was awarded a two-year grant from the Administration for Community Living to increase the availability and accessibility of evidence-based falls prevention programs in Northern Virginia.  This grant resulted in the creation of the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance.  The mission of the alliance is to maximize independence and improve quality of life of older adults by reducing falls and fall-related injuries.

The SAIL Program was chosen as one of the evidence-based programs that would be implemented in northern Virginia. 

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Quality Matters

The SAIL online training that is offered through Pierce College recently underwent a continuous improvement process for assuring the quality of online courses through a faculty review process.  An extensive internal review was conducted by a team of three Quality Matters certified Peer Reviewers, including a Master Reviewer, for the 21 Essential Quality Matters Standards.

What does this mean for people who complete the online SAIL training?  It provides assurance that the online class is easy to navigate,

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Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative Adopts SAIL

We were delighted to be invited to Oklahoma City to assist with the initial launch of the SAIL Program for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI).

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is a program that is dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life for older Oklahomans.  OHAI improves the wellness of seniors by increasing access to and quality of interdisciplinary geriatric healthcare, providing excellence in health education, and by optimizing health and aging policy. 

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