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)."
"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."
"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."
"I think of SAIL as 'quality of life insurance.' It's nice to know it's there when I need it."
A Community of Members: Neighborhood Meetings
As part of our ongoing vision to become a community of members helping each other age successfully, it’s important to know who your SAIL neighbors are. Our Member Engagement Team, led by Barbara Gessner, would like to help facilitate these relationships!
If you live in the Midvale Heights and Hill Farms neighborhoods you are invited to attend a SAIL neighborhood meetings!
Midvale Heights: November 6, 4:30-6 p.m., Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard (register now)
Hill Farms: November 8, 1-2:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 South Segoe Road (register now)
Join us! Meet your SAIL neighbors, learn more about what SAIL has to offer, and share your ideas for SAIL’s future. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. To RSVP or ask questions about these upcoming gatherings, register here or call us at 230-4321.
MEMBER-ONLY EVENT: First-Ever Cornucopia Fair
Join fellow members and attend our very first Cornucopia Fair! We’re so excited for you to meet your SAIL service providers and enjoy some great food and socializing at the same time! In fact, our vendor Chefs for Seniors will be preparing the three soups we will serve along with fresh bread, fruit, and dessert. This is sure to be a memorable event and one we hope to repeat annually! Come and meet providers in person and win some great prizes!
We hope to see you on November 14, 2014, between 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road. Please bring one canned food item for the Good Shepherd Food Pantry. A container will be placed at the entrance! Please register here or call our office at 608-230-4321 by November 7.
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 http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/ as well as on vtvnetwork.org.
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.