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Friday, June 14, 2024

Come SAIL Away With OHAI

Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based, falls prevention class that is designed for older adults.  It focuses on flexibility, strength training, cardio, and balance work. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance, and fitness is an important activity that adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. If done regularly, either seated or standing, (two to three times a week) a SAIL class will improve your overall health and balance.  It will be the key to keeping you more active and will decrease the risk of falling. SAIL classes. SAIL is one of OHAI’s most popular classes and is now being offered online, so you can join and SAIL anytime!!

It works… you will be stronger, have better balance, feel better, and this will help you stay active and independent.

It’s safe… the instructors are experienced and skilled, and exercises have been tested with seniors.

It’s fun…you’ll meet other seniors and make new friends.

Every year, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience a fall, but less than half will tell their healthcare provider, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016, the United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, ranked Oklahoma as 38th in the nation for falls in adults aged 65 and over.  Unintentional falls result in death for 92.3 per 100,000 Oklahoma adults in 2015, compared to 86.5 per 100,000 in 2014. (OK State Department of Health).

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) in coordination with the National Council on Aging and the Long-Term Care Authority Area Agency on Aging in Enid to provide Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) classes in Northwest Oklahoma. 

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, SAIL classes are currently being offered on the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative’s Facebook page as well as on the ZOOM virtual platform.  To find a schedule of all of the OHAI classes, you can go to OHAI’s website at www.ohai.org or you can email devon-murray@ouhsc.edu or call our Northwest Center of Healthy Aging at (580) 297-5137.  All of OHAI’s classes are available to everyone, at no charge.

Testimonials from Current Participants:

“I just want to let you and OHAI know how much I appreciate these Facebook Live classes.  The Tai Chi and SAIL classes have been a lifesaver for me since I cannot go back to the gym for exercise classes yet.  Thanks for making this available in our home.” 

“I did today’s SAIL this afternoon. My dog was excited, he kept flopping on the floor in front of me and rolling around on his back!  Can I count his session, too?”


9:00 am (Sail)         Rhonda         Lindsay         Rhonda         Lindsay        Rotation

12:00 (Tai Chi)             X              Kathy               X              Kathy               X

1:00 (Tai Chi)          Chris                X               Chris                X                 X

2:00 (Sail)              Charles         Tina (Seated) Charles         Tina (Seated) Rotation

Devon Murray
Devon Murrayhttp://www.ohai.org
Devon Murray is the Education Director with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI). OHAI is a sponsored program of the Section of Geriatric Medicine within the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. OHAI office in Enid provide community education to older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers across 16 counties in Northwestern Oklahoma.



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