SAIL is an evidence-based program designed to prevent falls and includes exercise classes, educational materials and self-assessments. The classes are designed specifically for older adults and focus on strengthening, balance, flexibility and aerobics.
|What:||SAIL Instructor Training|
|When:||March 26 – 27, 2014 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Where:||Knox County Health Department, 140 Dameron Ave.|
|How:||Register by calling Rachel Frazier at 865-215-5175 or Rachel.Frazier@knoxcounty.org.|
SAIL Instructor Requirements
- Must hold a current fitness certification,
- Or must have completed an Associate, Bachelors or Masters degree in Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Physical Education, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Recreational Therapy; and
- Must have attended and completed the entire two-day SAIL training at KCHD or online training course
Why does KCHD have a fall prevention program?
According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the third leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. with 83 percent of these occurring among adults 65 and older. One in 10 adults in this age group will suffer a serious injury from falling, such as a broken hip. In addition, more than 40 percent of those hospitalized due to a hip fracture cannot live independently and will never return home.
According to mortality statistics from the Tennessee Department of Health, approximately 20 Knox County seniors die each year from injuries received during a fall. From 2006 to 2009, 7,025 Knox County adults 65 years or older sought hospital care due to falls (Knox County Hospital Discharge records).
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