The National Council for Social Service (NCSS) partnered Tsao Foundation to present the conference, “Seniors Empowered! 2017”, on 3 November 2017. As its title suggests, its objective was to find ways to create a culture of empowerment that would promote the agency of older persons.
The keynote address was delivered by the influential Dr Bill Thomas of the Eden Alternative, via video call. His “Eldertopia: The Rise of A New Old Age” urged for a community that addresses the vulnerabilities of older persons while promoting their role, self-efficacy and contribution. Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Chairman, Tsao Foundation took part in the plenary alongside Dr Grace Lee, National University Singapore and Dr Kam Ping Kwong, City University of Hong Kong.
In the breakout session on “Arts and Ageing Well in the Community”, Ms Susana Harding, director of the Tsao Foundation’s International Longevity Centre Singapore, shared on “Rumah Whampoa”, which empowers elder residents with the curatorial skills to create a living museum from personal and communal artefacts.