Give them the skills to care for the elders in your family - the "Effective Caregiving for Domestic Foreign Workers" training course is on Dec 10. Register here.
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.
Tsao Foundation Experts Series: Prof Bob Knight – "Gerontological Counselling as an Effective Intervention Towards Mental Health",
Public Forum, Tues 10 Sept 2013
We held Singapore’s first dedicated forum on gerontological counselling in inviting Professor Bob Knight as the keynote speaker for the Tsao Foundation Experts Series 2013. Professor Knight, who is the Merle H. Bensinger Professor of Gerontology at the Davis School of Gerontology, University of South California, USA, is a leading authority on the subject, having an illustrious career as an educator, researcher, author and practitioner. His presentation, “Common issues and interventions in Gerontological Counselling”, was a wide-ranging discourse on the psycho-emotional issues common to elders and the efficacy of different psychological interventions.
At the Forum, Dr Matthew Matthews also shared the results of Singapore’s first impact evaluation of gero-counselling in a local population. Commissioned by the Tsao Foundation, and drawn from the practice at the Counselling and Social Practice programme at its Hua Mei Centre of Successful Ageing, the study is modest but insightful, with the intention to stimulate more study and investigation. A presentation by Wang Jing, the Foundation’s own Senior Manager and Counsellor, completed the programme with a local practitioner’s perspective of providing counselling to a Singapore elder.
The event, which was supported by NCSS, drew a large audience, who posed many thought-provoking questions on the study and practice of gero-counselling. The Foundation will be holding a 2-day workshop to enhance professional skills at working with elders to manage their issues of grief and loss.
WECARE - A synergistic partnership towards preventive medical care for elders
A two-year medical care pilot study on the prevention of disabilities among community-dwelling older persons was initiated in 2010, in a partnership between the Tsao Foundation and the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation. Known as WECARE (‘Working to Enhance the Care and Resilience of Elders’), the study is due for completion in January 2014. Please look it up under "Spotlight" in this page.
Centre-based comprehensive care (video)
EPICC is a programme started in 2011 and launched in 2013. Elders with no caregivers at home spend 6 hours each programme day, and receive medical care and physiotherapy, engage in stimulating activities, and find social support. They also have 24-hour medical emergency coverage, and home-help when there are no alternatives.