CJE SeniorLife Awarded ACL 2020 Evidence-based Falls Prevention Grant, One of Eight Organizations Selected Nationwide

CHICAGO, June 30, 2020 – CJE SeniorLife (CJE) is a recipient of an Administration for Community Living (ACL) 2020 evidence-based falls prevention grant. CJE is among eight grantees selected nationwide out of 73 applicants to implement and increase the availability of evidence-based programs to reduce the risk of falls among older adults.

Among people age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations. However, falls are not part of a normal aging process and evidence-based programs can help to achieve better health outcomes.

Over the three-year grant period, CJE will deliver a suite of evidence-based falls prevention programs: “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention,” “Bingocize,” “Stay Active and Independent for Life,” and the “Otago Exercise Program” throughout CJE’s residential locations and community services. In addition, CJE will partner with a number of other organizations including JUF Chicago, JCC Chicago, Sinai Health System, Concordia University Chicago, the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, the Lutheran Church Central Illinois District, and the University of Chicago SHARE network. In total, CJE aims to enroll over 6,000 older adults in falls prevention programs over the course of this three-year grant.

“Among people over the age of 65, one in four will fall each year and these falls contribute to physical decline, depression, and social isolation. However, evidenced-based programs like the ones we will deliver through this grant are proven mechanisms to help older adults reduce their risk for falls, improve their quality of life, and increase their overall physical functioning,” said Dr. Margaret Danilovich, Senior Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute at CJE and the ACL grant project leader. “Through our partnership with a variety of aging service providers throughout the Chicagoland area and central Illinois, we will be able to increase the availability of these programs to older adults.”

“The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to enhance the quality of life and facilitate independence for older adults. Our agency serves older adults across a spectrum of settings from independent living to nursing home care, where residents need more assistance, to the community, where older adults utilize CJE services to help them remain in their home. Funding from this ACL grant will allow our organization to bring a suite of services to older adults across this spectrum of cognitive and physical function to provide person-centered and tailored approaches to reduce falls and improve independence,” said Dan Fagin, CJE SeniorLife President and CEO.

To learn more about falls prevention programs offered at CJE and take a personal falls assessment quiz, please visit cje.net/falls. For more information about CJE's Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, please visit cje.net/research.


Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net