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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A SAIL Program Wins in the NCOA 2017 Falls Free® Photo Contest

Our heartiest congratulations go to the Blount County Office on Aging in Maryville, Tennessee!  They entered the NCOA 2017 Falls Free® Photo Contest with a picture that represents their SAIL Program along with a very clever poem, and won Third Place in the photo contest.

View the Blount County Office on Aging photo, as well as all of the present and past winners at the following address:

Photo Contest Winners

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Centrex Rehab

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to make a return visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota recently to observe a SAIL Program that is supported by Centrex Rehab.

Centrex Rehab is a therapy company and Certified Agency that provides therapy services to diverse clientele in many distinct settings.  The EverActive Wellness Club is just one example of a service that is available through Centrex Rehab.  The EverActive Wellness Club is a health and wellness model that can be implemented in a variety of settings,

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UCLA Rehabilitation Services

Santa Monica, California… home to the Santa Monica pier, Route 66, the Third Street Promenade, and… a SAIL Program!

In 2013, UCLA Rehabilitation Services was seeking opportunities to connect with their community and offer wellness services.  The SAIL Program provided the perfect venue to serve the older adult community.  Six therapists from UCLA Rehabilitation Services completed the SAIL Program Leader training online through Pierce College.  The SAIL Program started at UCLA Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Santa Monica,

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TEAMS for Healthier Living

“We created TEAMS for Healthier Living to elicit and positively reinforce healthy lifestyle behaviors and mitigate the impact of chronic illness,” said Kathy Moisio, PhD, RN, “because it is difficult to change longstanding health-related behaviors in a 10- or 15-minute practitioner visit, and written pamphlets don’t always work.” TEAMS for Healthier Living brings together students and faculty from a local university and college with older adults and staff at community sites to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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Administration for Community Living / Administration on Aging Falls Prevention 2016-2018 State Grantees

The Administration for Community Living has announced that two of their Evidence-Based Falls Prevention grants will go to organizations that are using the SAIL Program as part of their interventions to reduce falls in their communities. Marymount University Malek School of Health Professions, in partnership with Inova Health System, Goodwin House, and other key stakeholders, plans to build and maintain a regionally integrated Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Network to implement and sustain three evidence-based falls prevention programs.

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Patriots Landing

Patti Cooper is the Fitness Coordinator at Patriots Landing. Patti holds a degree in Physical Education and has taught at the secondary school level, but eventually found her way to working with adults on the other end of the spectrum! Patti first heard about SAIL in 2009, and immediately signed up to take the 10-week online SAIL Program Leader training through Pierce College. Patti leads SAIL fitness classes every weekday at Patriots Landing. These classes are open to all members of the Patriots Landing community.

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Program offers exercise classes aimed at helping to reduce falls among seniors

It was 9 a.m., and change was coming, Lori McCormick warned her students as they sat on cushioned chairs arranged in an oval in a brightly lit studio. There would be a new soundtrack for their workout, new tunes to offer a beat.

“Play some waltzes!” called a white-haired, white-mustachioed student in jeans and sturdy sneakers.

Sorry, McCormick told him. They’d be moving faster than a waltz.

A couple of stragglers joined the group – one leaving a walker at the door – and McCormick,

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