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.




Honouring Mr Lee Kuan Yew
(1923 - 2015)

The management and staff of the Tsao Foundation join the nation in mourning the loss of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, the father of modern Singapore. As we all know, there will never be another like him.

Yet this is also a time for celebrating all that he achieved and the legacy that he left to us to uphold and nourish. He made a little red dot in a big world count for something: an economic powerhouse, a garden-city state for gracious living and all ages, a harmonious home for a people of many races, and much more.

As an organisation dedicated to optimising opportunities in longevity, we have been inspired by his exemplary life that illustrates in every way that age is but a number. Having put Singapore on the map, he did not just 'retire'. He paid heed to eating well, exercising regularly, making time for family and friends, acquiring new skills and knowledge, and he never gave up his abiding passion: the wellbeing of Singaporeans.

May we always honour his memory by helping one another flourish as he did.


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

‘A Profile of Older Men and Women in Singapore 2014’ is an update of the study by the same name, prepared in 2011 by the Tsao-NUS Ageing Research Initiative, National University of Singapore, and Tsao Foundation’s International Longevity Centre Singapore.

It looks at six areas behind Singapore’s demographic change as one of the fastest ageing societies in the world – ‘The Ageing Population’, ‘Living Arrangements’, ‘Intergenerational Transfers’, ‘Health Status’, ‘Mental Health’, and ‘Social Participation’.

Read it here


In Focus

Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA)

Community for Successful Ageing (ComSA) is the Foundation's latest ground-breaking programme model to promote health and wellbeing over the life course and to enable ageing in place.

Its distinctive feature is in its whole-community approach to forge an integrated and comprehensive system of programmes, services and activities, involving multisectoral parnertships and galvanising civic participation, so as to create a living environment where citizens thrive as they age.

This model is taking shape as 'ComSA@Whampoa', in partnership with the City for All Ages (CFAA) Whampoa, local grassroots leaders and residents, other stakeholders and the Ageing Planning Office (APO), Ministry of Health.

Details are on this page.


WOW! Wise, Old and Wonderful

5 Timeless Lessons From Betty White
The popular comedian, now aged 93, shares some of the life lessons which have made her happy, and earned her the love of friends and fans. 

This is what 100 looks like 
Fauja Singh gave up marathon running last year – at 102. Eileen Symonds, 100, only stopped driving two years ago. And Michael Klanga had wine with every meal until he was 106. David Bailey photographs nine British centenarians

Appeal of Writing Memoirs Grows, as Do Publishing Options
Whether writing only for family and friends or for a broader audience, more retirees are looking to share compelling moments from their lives.





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.