Fitness and Wellness Program

JCHE's Fitness and Wellness Program demonstrates a commitment to helping residents lead healthy and active lives. Residents have extensive opportunities to enjoy activities in settings that promote physical health and social connections. Each of JCHE’s sites has a fitness center with senior-friendly exercise equipment where fitness staff, including bilingual staff, provide personalized instruction. Each building offers numerous onsite exercise classes, such as chair aerobics, expressive movement, Tai Chi, and yoga. Understanding the risks that seniors face by falling, JCHE has an integrated falls prevention program.  It combines strength and balance exercises with assistance from JCHE's maintenance department to help residents reduce the occurrence of falls in their apartments. JCHE is involved in an important collaborative partnership with Northeastern University's Department of Physical Therapy and provides an excellent opportunity for their students to serve as interns.

Since 2005. Francine Godfrey, the program's director, has been extending the reach of the progam across the ocean. She has played an integral role in revitalizing the Jewish community in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine by setting up an extensive fitness and wellness program for impoverished seniors. In 2013, Francine won the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services for this vital work.


  • AJAS's Humanitarian of the Year Award 2013 awarded to Francine Godfrey, JCHE's Director of Fitness and Wellness  


  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • MutualOne Foundation
  • Weiss Fagen Fund
  • Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation