The History of CEI: 35 Years of Helping East Bay Seniors Live at Home

Since the early 80’s, our unwavering goal has been to help vulnerable seniors stay in the community they love.

We’ve gone from one adult day center at Highland Hospital to six centers throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We’ve served thousands of people in the East Bay during the last 35  years.

But no matter how much the Center for Elders’ Independence grows, we never lose sight of our mission. We will always strive to improve the quality of life for our seniors and help them age with dignity.


  • 1982

    Community Adult Day Health Services, the precursor to CEI, opens Alameda County’s first ADHC

  • 1992

    CEI becomes a PACE organization with a center at Highland Hospital with 40 participants

  • 1994

    San Pablo PACE Center opens

  • 2000

    Berkeley PACE Center opens

  • 2001

    Highland PACE Center moves to Eastmont Town Center location

  • 2006

    400 participants

  • 2009

    Josie Barrow PACE Center opens

  • 2011

    500 participants

  • 2013

    600 participants

  • 2013-2014

    CEI partners with two alternative care settings—Hong Fook ADHC and Guardian ADHC

  • 2016

    700 participants

  • 2017

    CEI purchases Guardian ADHC

  • 2017

    San Leandro Center opens