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SAIL Primer for Senior Living
Created by Dwayne A. Rohweder, SAIL member
An excellent tool for all older adults, encouraging them to take a thoughtful look at the opportunities and challenges as they age. No amount of planning can account for every possibility that may come your way as you move into retirement age and beyond. However, some thoughtful consideration on lifestyle, finances, and your home will no doubt make your future brighter, safer, healthier, and more fulfilling.

Mind Over Matter, Brain Over Bladder Presentation Handouts  
Thank you to Dr. Heidi Brown for her presentation on bladder health in July, 2014. At the request of attendees, click here to read and/or download Dr. Brown's handout materials.

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

Madison is Named Number 1 Metro City to Age in Place! (November 2014)
With nearly 80 million American baby boomers facing the fulfillments and stresses of aging, there's no shortage of lists heralding "best" locations for older adults. To age in place successfully, older adults... must enjoy environments that support health and productivity and the ability to live purposeful, contributing lives.

According to the Milken Institute, Madison was ranked Number 1 as the best large metro city to live for successful aging! The report measures, compares, and ranks 352 U.S. metropolitan areas based on how well they enable older people to fulfill their potential, in their own lives as well as in their contributions to society and to others across the age spectrum.

See all the details of the report here!  Congratulations, Madison!

Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support (December 2014) 
SAIL began in 2005, and is the second oldest "village" in the nation. Today, SAIL serves more than 400 members in the Madison area. Click here to read the latest article posted in the NY Times about how the village movement is on the move. 
Shelley Peterman Schwarz: SAIL Can Help Older Adults Solve Problems to Live Independently (December 2014)
One call to SAIL, and I was on my way to solving the current challenge. To see Shelley's live interview on Channel 3, click here!
SAIL Teamed Up With SW Madison TRIAD to Offer Safety Updates (January 2015)

Lieutenant Mike Hanson from the Madison Police Department and Nancy Saiz, the City of Madison Neighborhood Resource Team Leader discussed how local police, social service agencies and others are reaching out to help repeat offenders “go straight.” You can listen to the broadcast by clicking on this link. 

For the Record With Neil Heinen: Supporting Active Independent Lives marks 10 years (March 2015)
Executive Director Ann Albert and SAIL member, volunteer and Council President Tom Popp had a chance to talk with Neil Heinen about SAIL's success in the past 10 years and the plans for the future... To view this interview, click here.

2015 SAIL Member Survey Summary (Members Only) 
Click here to read the results of the 2015 SAIL Member survey. If you have any questions about these survey results, please contact Ann Albert, Executive Director.

Keeping Your Keys: Lowering Mature Driver Risk Program. Sponsored by the SW-TRIAD. Listen to Jim Kubek of the American Automobile Association discuss ways to lower mature driver risk and plan for transportation and independence after giving up automobile ownership. This recording can be heard by clicking here.  


The Village to Village Network

Over the past 10 years, we’ve all witnessed a changing landscape of services and living options for older adults. The increase in our nation’s aging population has been well recorded as our 78 million baby boomers began retiring in 2012. Communities across the country are seeking innovative and cost-effective ways to augment existing services and health care networks that will help older adults stay healthy and active while living in their own homes. Click here to read more.

2015 Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Senior Guide
The Senior Guide contains more than 50 pages of information to help Wisconsin seniors through difficult consumer issues or to help them identify scams. 

Why I Love and Support SAIL--My Story
by Sue Goldstein, Charter Member and Volunteer

I first learned about SAIL at a community presentation in 2004. Listening to the now retired

Oakwood Village CEO John Noreika report the actual costs of building new retirement

communities, the increasing population of older adults, and anticipated cuts in public funding, I was immediately convinced that SAIL was (and still is) good social policy and a good fit for me.

Rest of story

All About Living With Carol Koby
Learn more about how and why SAIL was created, our services, and how our members are helping one another age successfully. Find this information on Carol's blog at

IRA Charitable Rollover
As of December 18, both the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have passed a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover. This provision, which had expired at the end of 2014, will now be effective retroactive to January 1, 2015. Unlike prior years, the provision is no longer scheduled to expire. To read the details of this provision, click here.
February 2016
Downsizing is a step many of us take as we attempt to make life simpler and more enjoyable. If you’ve decided it’s time to downsize, we’re glad to help you. SAIL has vendors with experience in this area that can help guide you through the process. Here are a few handouts that might be helpful to start.

Forgiveness by Dr. Robert Enright
Dr. Robert Enright, the world’s foremost expert on the power of forgiveness. Dr. Enright, an Educational Psychology professor at UW Madison who recently authored the book, The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love, says that forgiveness is both a choice and a trainable skill that anyone can learn. If you missed his presentation, click here to listen to his advice.

It Takes a Village
August 2016
The idea has turned into a national movement called Village to Village. Click here to listen to Executive Director Ann Albert talk with Mary Helen and Carol, Retiree Rebels, about the growth of this national movement and SAIL--the local village.

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