History of Center for Elders’ Independence

The Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) has a long history of providing quality services to frail,
low-income older adults in the East Bay. Our preceding organization, Community Adult Day Health Services (CADHS), opened Alameda County’s first Adult Day Health Center(ADHC) in 1982.

CADHS merged with the Coalition for Elders’ Independence in 1991 to become the first California
replication of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), an inter-disciplinary model of
community-based health and social services pioneered by On Lok in San Francisco in the 1970s. Some
highlights so far:


CEI adds two alternative care settings for day center services – Hong Fook ADHC (part of Family Bridges) in Oakland and Guardian ADHC in El Sobrante – to expand CEI’s geographic coverage and language services.

December 2013

Participant census grows to more than 600 participants.

June 2013

Peter Szutu retires after 20 years as CEI’s Chieft Executive Officer, and new CE) Linda Trowbridge is hired.

September 2011

CEI’s census reaches 500.

May 2009

CEI opens its fourth PACE site on the lower level of Eastmont Town Center and names it the Josie Barrow PACE Center after a long-time board member and East Bay activist

August 2007

CEI and the (then) three other California PACE organizations form CalPACE to promote expansion of the Pace Model throughout the State.

April 2006

CEI’s participant census tops the 400 mark

June 2001

The original Highland PACE Center is relocated to the current upper level Eastmont Town Center location

May 2000

CEI opens the Berkeley PACE Center in collaboration with Over 60 Health Center (part of Lifelong Medical) and Mable Howard affordable senior housing(Resources for Community Development).

October 1997

The California Department of Health Services gives CEI a Best Practices Award for innovation in Long-Term Care for its participants’ theater group, which presented a play written, produced, and acted by CEI seniors

December 1994

CEI opens the San Pabloe Pace Center in collaboration with the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation on the ground floor of an affordable senioer housing facility

July 1992

CEI begins offering PACE with 40 participants at Oakland’s Highland Hospital Campus