Seniors Taking Action Today

The Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Arthritis Program (AAP) was recently awarded a grant through the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to fund Seniors Taking Action Today (STAT). STAT provides two benefits at no cost: Training for nursing home employees to be certified to lead the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP), and nursing home residents will be able to participate in AFEP courses. AFEP (formerly PACE or People with Arthritis Can Exercise) is an evidence-based, low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. AFEP covers a variety of activities focusing on areas such as gentle range-of-motion, endurance-building, relaxation, and more. It is proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness.

Nursing homes desiring to participate in the STAT program must complete an application and return via fax or regular mail. Training will be scheduled based on information provided in your application. Applications may be requested via email or telephone at:, 334-206-5658, or, 334-206-2063.

Nursing homes without computer availability for training purposes will be able to schedule a location as convenient as possible but will be responsible for their own travel and lunch for the five hour session. NOTE: There is only a thirty minute lunch break during this five hour training session.

Online AFEP training for the STAT program is provided by Aerobics Fitness Association of America (AFAA). To receive online training, nursing homes must have the following computer bandwidth capability:

Minimum Technical Requirements:

MAC or PC compatible Internet Browser

Adobe Flash Player 11 or above

Internet Explorer 8.0 or above, Firefox 2.0 or above, or Safari 3.0, or Chrome 4.0 or above

Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista, Macintosh OS X v10.4 or above, or Linux

1 GB of RAM required - 2 GB of RAM recommended


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To find additional information concerning arthritis and free downloadable brochures. visit Arthritis Foundation.

Additional STAT program information follows:

Promotion flier for Seniors Taking Action Today visit STAT Flyer

Application for Nursing Homes to apply for the STAT program visit STAT App

There are several evaluations required of those nursing homes participating in the STAT/AFEP program. After all evaluations forms are completed, they must be returned to the STAT office at the end of each eight week session. They can be faxed to 334-206-0378 or mailed to Ellen Snipes, Alabama Department of Public Health, 201 Monroe Street, Suite 983, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104.

Administrators of the STAT/AFEP program should visit Administrator Survey

Leaders of the STAT/AFEP program should visit Leader Survey

Required evaluations by participants are Pre Resident Survey and Post Resident Survey.

Page last updated: April 9, 2017