Center for Elders’ Independence Opens New Center in Downtown Oakland

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Michele Stampa, Occupational Therapist, and Manuel Aguero and Chiemeka Nwafor, Rehab Aides at Center for Elders’ Independence, work with seniors with multiple health challenges at the Downtown Oakland Center’s new, ultramodern senior fitness gym.

New facility addresses growing needs for senior care

With the opening of its new, state-of the-art center in downtown Oakland, Center for Elders’ Independence (CEI) continues to address escalating needs for coordinated healthcare and social services for East Bay seniors.

The new Downtown Oakland Center provides care for seniors 55+ with multiple health challenges, giving them the comprehensive support they need to live safely at home, rather than in nursing homes.

CEI celebrated the grand opening of the Downtown Oakland Center at a community open house in May. Located at 510 17th Street, a beautiful historic building in Oakland’s Uptown district, the 7,540-square-foot facility has the capacity to serve up to 300 residents from Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, Moraga, and Emeryville.

The Area Agency on Aging reports that 1 in 5 Alameda County residents will be over 65 in 2030. By transforming what was once an urban bar/nightclub into a state-of-the-art senior facility, CEI is addressing the needs of the fastest-growing segment of the population, while at the same time making a significant investment in revitalizing community infrastructure.

“As Alameda County ages, the need for quality healthcare for seniors will continue to increase,” said Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. “CEI’s innovative programs help us meet our growing needs for senior care. I welcome CEI’s newest facility to downtown Oakland and am very pleased that this leading-edge center is opening in my district,” added Carson.

The new Center features a unique, open design with high ceilings, vibrant lighting, and urban elements such as exposed concrete beams and a colorful wall mural. Special features include a relaxing lounge for socializing, an inviting dining area, a 1,000 square-foot-senior gym, and activity rooms for group projects and celebrations.

The Center also provides a computer lab, a quiet room, and a demonstration kitchen to involve seniors in food preparation. All offer a warm and welcoming environment with contemporary décor. Outdoors is a beautiful, spacious patio where participants can relax or socialize with friends.

Downtown Oakland Center participants receive full healthcare services at CEI’s nearby PACE medical clinic, located at 1955 San Pablo Avenue.

Through its national integrated healthcare model known as PACE (the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), CEI provides full medical, dental, vision, podiatry, home care and case management services. PACE also supports participants with physical, occupational and massage therapy, transportation to medical appointments and PACE centers, nutritious food served in centers and at home, social outings and activities, fitness gyms and much more.

Even though every senior enrolled in PACE meets the requirements for nursing home care, 96 percent of CEI’s participants remain safely in their communities with CEI’s support. By caring for the whole person, not just a few aspects in isolation, CEI enables hundreds of at-risk East Bay seniors to live and thrive at home.

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