We aim for a positive transformation of the ageing experience through mindset and societal change. The Foundation undertakes innovations in service, training, education, research and collaboration, as well as advocacy for that purpose.

What We Do

Services & Programmes

The Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing (HMCSA) is a pioneering 'first-stop, one-stop’ provider of primary health and psycho-social care for adults aged 40 years and above.

Training & Education

The Hua Mei Training Academy (HMTA) is the only dedicated provider of training in community-based eldercare in Singapore.

Research & Collaboration

The International Longevity Centre Singapore (ILC-Singapore) implements ground-breaking community development programmes, and high impact research and collaborations.




Tsao Foundation 20th Anniversary Video (4.41’)

Catch a glimpse of how the Tsao Foundation has been contributing to the transformation of the ageing experience since its inception in 1993. Produced in November 2013, this short video portrays our dedication to the older persons we serve, and the innovation, practice excellence and constructive change that distinguish our efforts.


What’s new at Tsao

HMTA Launches Singapore's First Training Roadmap in Advanced Primary Care for Home-bound Elders 
It is a common wish to live and grow old in the familiarity of home. Lately, the government's policy directive also supports the growth of home help and home healthcare so as to promote ageing in place, and reduce avoidable hospital stay and early nursing home admission. But for ageing in place to become an effective programme solution, some groundwork needs to be established. A key requirement is the know-how to provide home-based advanced primary healthcare that facilitates the medical and psychosocial wellbeing of older persons.

Singapore's first training roadmap to build this professional competency was launched on 21 May 2014 by the Hua Mei Training Academy, a Tsao Foundation initiative dedicated to capacity building in eldercare. The practitioner-to-practitioner training curriculum was developed mainly by the Mobile Clinic of the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, which pioneered a medical-social model of team-managed, person-centred healthcare for homebound and frail elders in the country, 21 years ago. 

As a change catalyst towards a positive imaging of older persons' capacity for health and growth, the Foundation eagerly shares its expertise in the practices which make that become a reality. The first module of the training roadmap, for which the AIC Learning Institute provided fee subsidies to selected long-term care institutions, was heavily oversubscribed, and the participants reported a high degree of satisfaction with the knowledge shared by a pioneering programme known for its practice excellence.


In Focus

Introducing 'ComSA' - the Community for Successful Ageing

Working with the City for All Ages (CFAA) in Whampoa, the Foundation is planning to embark on a new collective project, named 'ComSA' (Community for Successful Ageing).

What is distinctive about this groundbreaking and ambitious programme is its whole community approach to creating systems that enable successful ageing and ageing in place. The Foundation is seeking to collaborate with Whampoa's citizens, grassroot leaders, agencies, service providers and local businesses to make that dream a reality.

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WOW! Wise, Old and Wonderful

And sometimes, a burger a month won't hurt
An 102-year-old woman honoured by a burger chain - for being their loyal patron 

A Retirement Home Turns "Happy"! 
It Was A Normal Day At The Retirement Home... Until THIS Happened!

These 13 Stunning Photos Of Senior Athletes Shatter Every Aging Stereotype
Defying aging stereotypes 




The inaugural Tsao Ng Yu Shun Lecture (video)

The Inaugural Tsao Ng Yu Shun Lecture was a provocative lecture by the distinguished Prof Ursula Staudinger, where she uses the latest research findings to challenge the myth that an ageing population necessarily means economic decline. Watch her talk, "Demographic Change and Growth - A Paradox?' here. For copyright reasons, please do not download the video for any reason.

Medical qigong exercises (video)  

The eight-step brocade or Baduanjin qigong is a classical Chinese qigong primarily designed as a form of medical qigong.
This exercise was arranged and adapted by Hua Mei Acupuncture & TCM Centre’s Medical Director, Mr Gu Fa Long, specifically for elders in wheelchairs or elders who are unable to stand for long periods of time. In the seated position, elders will perform the eight- steps that are meant to benefit their health and general well-being if practised regularly. The exercise starts and ends with meditation that helps to calm the mind and relax the body. It is broken down into eight simple exercises, each focusing on a different physical area, and each step is repeated eight times to achieve the greatest benefits.