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Welcome to SAIL


Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) is a vibrant non-profit membership organization of people 55+ who reside in the Dane county area. SAIL members wish to remain active, independent, in their own homes, and socially connected, and have found that navigating the many changes brought on by age is much easier with the resources offered by SAIL.


Membership includes referrals to pre-screened service providers, discounted emergency pendants, daily automated check-in service, house checks, shredding services, wellness services, social events and clubs, member-helping-member volunteer opportunities, discounts to Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) programs, Home Health United medical equipment,  quarterly mattress flipping and other member perks!
As a non-profit, we rely on support from our generous donors. This year we received our largest individual donation ever—$10,000 from an anonymous SAIL member! This gift, along with the generous support from all donors has been extremely inspiring! In addition to helping us continue evolving our services and volunteerism, gifts to SAIL enable us to provide service to older adults who have low incomes. Thank you!
The community-at-large has benefited by SAIL-sponsored educational programs and community referrals made throughout the year.



What Members Have to Say
"We can’t say enough good things about SAIL! With our children spread all over the country, it’s so nice to have the feeling of a safety net when and if we need it. And the staff has been so attentive whenever we’ve called, it’s like having a best friend at the ready!”
~Alan and Linda Knox


"I recommend your serious interest in SAIL, if only to know what this wonderful organization provides to help those senior citizens who wish to remain in their own homes in their later years, knowing they have the help they need only a phone call away: I speak from experience. SAIL literally and figuratively has made my life most enjoyable and worry-free since I became a member earlier this year (2012)."
~Shirley B. 


"SAIL is my security blanket. My kids live out of town and it's so comforting for them and me to know SAIL is here for me. The daily check-in is especially important to me since I live alone."  

 ~Faith M.


"Alan (SAIL's personal health coach/pharmacist) saved my life! Thanks to him I found out my potassium level had dropped to a dangerous level and was able to get needed medical attention."

~Donna S.

"I think of SAIL as 'quality of life insurance.' It's nice to know it's there when I need it."

~John M.


The Village Movement is On The Move!

Recently, on CBS Sunday morning, senior news correspondent Rita Braver reported on the challenging picture of caring for older adults through interviews with a woman caring for her aging step father, former Senator Tom Daschle who leads the new Bipartisan Policy Center’s Long-Term Care Initiative, and New Yorker Magazine cartoonist and author Roz Chast ("Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant"–a memoir about caring for her aging parents). It then highlighted Beacon Hill Village and the Village model as a solution to the crisis. If you missed the show, it is available on as well as on
The VtV is a peer-to-peer organization created to help assist organizations like ours throughout the county in effectively managing aging in response to the needs and requests of their members. A rapidly growing aging population, fewer family caregivers, increasingly limited personal financial resources, and growing strains on government and family budgets will create an unsustainable demand for long-term care. Furthermore, policy makers have failed to reach consensus on how to finance and deliver long-term services and supports.   


Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL) was created nearly 10 years ago and is a proud charter member of the Village to Village Network (VtV) and the second oldest “village” in the nation. Want to learn more? Contact us. 

SAIL 101
Are you new to SAIL, have friends that are interested in learning about us, or just need a refresher? If so, join us on Wednesday, October 22, at 1:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch Library, 2845 N Sherman Avenue. Staff will present information about the core benefits of SAIL membership, examples of services provided, tips on how to make the most of membership, community resources, and specific ways members can volunteer to help one another or help at the office. We will also share information about the national “village movement” of which SAIL is a charter member.


Please RSVP here or call (608) 230-4321.



Is Your Estate in Order? 

In a two-hour overview session, Axley Attorney Melissa Warner will discuss what an estate plan is, why estate plans are important, when/how often to update your estate plan, how to incorporate charitable giving, and the importance of discussing an estate plan with family. Ann Casey from the Madison Community Foundation will join Melissa for the second half of the presentation. Join us on October 24 at Noon in the Nakoma/Westmorland Rooms at Oakwood Village University Woods Campus (6205 Mineral Point Road).

A complimentary book along with lunch (
Stuffed Chicken Breast topped with a Cream Sauce on a Bed of Rice Pilaf and homemade apple crisp) will be included. Cost is $5 for SAIL members and $10 for non-members payable in advance or at the door.


The book, entitled Info For My Family, will help individuals collect and record important personal information that is often times difficult for family to gather on their own.


Register here or by calling (608) 230-4321.

 Supporting Active Independent Lives ~  6201 Mineral Point Road   ~ Madison, WI  53705 ~ ~  (608) 230-4321