Community Programs

Center for Healthy Living Community Programs for Older AdultsPlease take a look at the variety of community programs we offer. Click their name for more information.

In alignment with CJE SeniorLife’s core values, its creative, innovative programming and person-centered approach to care, Art in the Moment will provide a unique social and cultural experience for older adults in Chicago, their caregivers and friends.

Art directly engages the imagination and original thoughts of viewers and thus focuses on capacities and strengths not directly impacted by one’s age or ability to remember certain events. Art has also been shown to help people with dementia access long-term memories and to become fully engaged in the present moment. Our program, Art in the Moment is designed to stimulate the minds of all participants and nurture positive, creative relationships within a supportive and inclusive environment.

By viewing and discussing well-known works of art followed by a related hands-on, art-making activity, aging people (with and without dementia), their caregivers/friends can actively participate together in a mutually fulfilling experience. Art in the Moment will use observing, discussing and making art as an alternative way for people to communicate, reminisce and reflect on their life experiences while enjoying themselves in the present moment with their caregivers/friends.

In order to make the program accessible to all interested older adult groups, regardless of their level of mobility and functioning, this program will be offered to current CJE SeniorLife clients and their caregivers/friends in two formats: via museum visits and in-house programming at CJE sites. Subsequent phases of the program may differ.

Based on research findings from similar programs, Art in the Moment is expected to elevate participant mood, create a sense of satisfaction in both the care recipient and the caregiver/friend and help the care recipient and caregiver/friend have more meaningful personal interactions and dialogue throughout (even beyond) the duration of the program. Leonard Schanfield Research Institute will collaborate with us in administering pre- and post-program surveys to assess the mood change and overall participant satisfaction. Follow-up phone interviews will also be conducted to determine the impact on the ongoing relationship between each care recipient and his or her caregiver/friend, and whether participants acquired new ways of communicating and interacting.

CJE SeniorLife and the Art Institute of Chicago are proud to be in partnership to present this innovative program to Chicago, and hope we are at the beginning stage of a sustainable and permanent outcome.


A collaborative effort between Anshe Emet, Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel, Emanuel Congregation, Temple Sholom and CJE, The Lakeshore Mercaz project brings together both affiliated and unaffiliated Jewish older adults across Chicago for lifelong learning opportunities. The Mercaz offers a sophisticated range of intergenerational, edu­cational and healthy aging classes with a strong focus on spirituality. Modeled after the Sidney N. Shure Kehilla program which has fostered a connection between young adults and Chicago’s Jewish community, the Mercaz links older adults to a larger Jewish community through the shared resources and fellowship of the four synagogues and CJE. Programs rotate from synagogue to synagogue.

For more information about The Lakeshore Mercaz Center for Older Jewish Adults, call 773.508.1073.


Special Adult Programs Featuring Topics Linked To Jewish Culture

CJE provides a variety of programs and events for older adults, including weekly programs such as Sit and Get Fit, Scrabble. Live Music and Conversation and a discussion group called Schmooze It or Lose It.  Other programs such as Tuesday Afternoon at the Movies occur monthly, and some are one-time events.  Many programs have a connection to Jewish culture, including the Yiddish Club, and annual trip to Waldheim and Menorah Gardens Cemetery, or the celebration of Jewish Holiday events.  Most programs are free and some require an R.S.V.P.

For more information click on the links below or check out our Calendar to access the latest calendar of older adult programs and events, or call 773.508.1000 for more information.

Scrabble Club

 Music with Les



There’s No Place Like Home is a program based in a naturally occurring retirement community (NORC). A NORC is a building or neighborhood with a large concentration of older adult residents.

There’s No Place Like Home provides programs and services to older adults who are aging in place in communities in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.  The programs are run by CJE SeniorLife.

There’s No Place Like Home offers educational programs on everything from current events to creative arts as well as trips, wellness classes and links to supportive services like blood-pressure screenings and transportation. Programs are planned with input from community residents and staffed by registered nurses, social workers, resource specialists and volunteers.

For information on There’s No Place Like Home, call CJE SeniorLife at 773.508.1089.