About The SAIL Program

What Is It?

SAIL stand for Stay Active and Independent For Life!

The SAIL exercise class is a strength, balance and fitness program for community dwelling older adults that meets two to three times per work for one hour. 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.  

Click here for a comprehensive information guide.

Where Can It Be Offered?

The SAIL program is easy to implement in a variety of setting, such as senior centers, community centers, fitness organizations, parks and recreation facilities, churches, retirement communities, independent and assisted living residential facilities, and community colleges. Some sites offer the SAIL Program as one of many benefits of being a member of that community. 

SAIL is a public-domain program, which means there are no initial site license fees and no yearly renewal fees for conducting SAIL classes. SAIL has been approved by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) (previously known as the Administration on Aging) as an evidence-based program.   

Who Is It For?

 The SAIL program is suitable for diverse participants (e.g., age, gender, functional status) and targets community-dwelling older adults and people with a history of falls. The SAIL program is appropriate for all older adults who are in need of a strength and balance program to remain active and to reduce the risk of falling. 

What Does A SAIL Class Look Like?

  • The SAIL class meets two to three times per week for one hour. 
  • There are up to 20 participants in each SAIL class and strength and balance exercises can be done standing or sitting. 
  • The class includes aerobics, balance exercises, strength training with wrist and ankle weights, and stretching exercises. 
  • Educational tips on how to reduce falls risk are also included in the class. 
  • Click here for a short video of a SAIL class. 
  • The SAIL program provides two documents for class participants. 
  • The blue SAIL information guide is the fall prevention education component of the SAIL program.
  • The green Exercise Guide  is for program leaders and class participants.   

Who Leads a SAIL Class?

  Classes are led by qualified SAIL Program Leader who has completed SAIL training. Becoming a SAIL Program Leader is easy. SAIL Program Leader training is available to any community members or fitness, exercise science and healthcare professional who is interested in leading a SAIL class.    

Click here for a job description of a SAIL Program Leader.    

Click here to learn more about becoming a SAIL Program Leader.


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,  



START HERE: SAIL Engagement Agreement

We are here to make setting up SAIL at your organization a very straight-forward process.

Through the grant, we have several resources available.

If you do not have a trained leader at your organization, we may be able to make arrangements to provide them for you. 

Please contact our Programs Coordinator,  Victoria Powers who is equipped to guide you and your organization through the implementation process for The SAIL Program.