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

The Tsao Foundation launched its latest ground-breaking programme, the Community for Successful Ageing at Whampoa (ComSA@Whampoa), on Saturday 11 April 2015.

Taking a community-wide approach, ComSA seeks to advance good health through self-care, enable community action to support positive ageing, provide efficient and effective bio- and psychosocial healthcare in the community for our elders, and fulfil their aspiration to age in place.

To reflect its collaborative nature. the project's launch was accompanied by a Symposium themed, "Towards a community-wide approach to successful ageing".

The distinguished keynote speaker, Mr Alex Ross, the public health expert from the World Health Organisation in Kobe, Japan, gave a wide perspective on relevant trends and linkages in his "Global movement for inclusive societies for older persons: Innovations in community-based strategies”.

ComSA's principles and framework, as well as care management and community development components were presented by the foundation's project team led by Peh Kim Choo, while its research design was shared by Asst Professor Zoe J-L Hildon from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

Other key partners in ComSA@Whampoa who spoke on their role in the project, and other initiatives for healthy ageing and age care in the community were Mr Aziz Shaik,Chair, City For All Ages Whampoa; Mr Linus Tham, Group Chief Corporate Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Regional Health, National Healthcare Group; and Mr Ong Yunn Shing, Director, Aged Care Services, Ageing Planning Office. Read the presentations here.

Around 150 people intended the event, including partners of ComSA@Whampoa, hospital and social service executives, civil servants and academics.

You will find more information on ComSA here.


In Focus

‘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


WOW! Wise, Old and Wonderful

Dancing at 100

Meet Eileen Kramer, born in 1914, and still an awesome dancer and choreographer!

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.