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

Second IHCNO Conference 2014

Home-based care, Palliative home care, Care Management and Transitional care were topics looked into at Singapore’s first international conference on home-based nursing, as The Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing (HMCSA), an initiative of the Tsao Foundation, hosted the Second International Home Care Nurses Organization Conference (IHCNO) on Service Models, Nursing Roles and Competencies in Person-centre Care in Home-based nursing.

   The Guest-of-Honour was Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport who opened the three-day event from 24-26 Sept at the YWCA Fort Canning Lodge. About 200 participants from Australia, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United States attended the conference.

   The conference is a platform for nurse clinicians, practitioners, educators, researchers, administrators and policy makers to learn, share and exchange insights on service models, nursing role and competencies in home-based nursing, noted Ms Fong Yoke Hiong, Assistant Director of Nursing, HMCSA, who chaired the Co-organising Committee of the Conference.

   Dr Carol Long, CEO/ Principal, Capstone Healthcare Group, United States,delivered the keynote address on the Overview of the State of Home-based Care and the Leadership Role of Nurses: Impact and Challenges in Health Care and Implications for Nursing Education, Research and Practice.

View the Second IHCNO presentations and videos 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

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.

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!





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.