• “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.


Administration for Community Living 2020 Fall Prevention Grantees

It’s official!  Two organizations that we have partnered with in the past are awarded the Administration for Community Living 2020 Fall Prevention Grant!

AltaPointe Health is Alabama’s largest health and human services organization that improves the health and wellness of people living with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.  Altapointe provides services to more than 30,000 adults and children each year in Baldwin, Clay, Coosa, Mobile, Randolph, Talladega and Washington counties.

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Offering SAIL During the COVID – 19 Pandemic

We have received requests for guidance on offering the SAIL fitness class during this time of social distancing. Here are our recommendations:

  • Pause the SAIL Program for new participants
  • Virtual delivery (such as Facebook Live and Zoom) is allowable for participants who are familiar with the SAIL fitness class
  • Online training for persons interested in learning more about the SAIL Program, or for persons who are interested in leading a SAIL Program continues to be available through Pierce College.

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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – Minneapolis

We have had numerous people from Minnesota in the online SAIL Program Leader training in the last few years, and three of our Certified Trainers for SAIL Program Leaders live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.  It was definitely time for us to make a site visit to Minnesota and see what was happening.  We contacted our friends from RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) in Minneapolis.  RSVP is a Senior Corps program from the Corporation of National and Community Service that engages adults 55+ to meet community needs.

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Fort Defiance Indian Health Board, Inc.

We were recently contacted by Jenn Gorman, Director of Wellness & Fitness for the Fort Defiance Indian Health Board, Inc. (FDIHB) to conduct an onsite SAIL Program Leader training in Arizona.

FDIHB is one of six service units in the Navajo Indian health care system that serves 45,000 people in a geographic region that is 2,000+ square miles.  FDIHB has received frequent requests for teaching exercise classes and providing education.  Jenn noticed that the wellness staff often provided this type of service for 8 weeks,

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