WhidbeyHealth begins ongoing ‘SAIL’ class for fall prevention

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019 1:58pm
  • News

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center is offering a twice-a-week exercise program for senior falls prevention.

Stay Active and Independent for Life, or SAIL, is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults age 65 and older. 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 curriculum of activities in the SAIL program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly.

WhidbeyHealth invited certified state SAIL coordinator Rae Hicks to teach the class every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that senior falls are the number one preventable cause of injury, disability and death of those over 65 years old and that exercise is the best way to decrease senior falls.

There is no cost to take this class, thanks to funds provided by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

The class meets at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in its old conference room A, on the lower level of the original hospital across from the human resources office. Use the Birch Street entrance and park near the café. Enter through the café doors.

For more information visit www.whidbeyhealth.org/classes

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