Who we are

Longevity, so hard won, is not all about cost, burden and problem. The Tsao Foundation is dedicated to transforming the experience of longevity for it to be an actualization of our full potential for growth, health and fulfillment in a society for all ages.

Established in 1993 as a non-profit family foundation, our effor ts have first focused on promoting successful ageing, and active ageing as framed by the World Health Organization.

Towards that end, in the last two decades, Tsao Foundation has pioneered approaches to ageing and eldercare across a range of disciplines to empower mature adults to master their own ageing journey over their life course in terms of self-care, growth and development.

The Foundation's work is taken forward through three interlinked initiatives:

Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing, which pioneers medical, social and psycho-social care services to mature adults living in the community, using a person-centred, team-managed approach;

Hua Mei Training Academy, the country’s only dedicated provider of training in community-based eldercare, offering professional and entry-level certificate courses, as well as informal training and public education; and

International Longevity Centre Singapore, which implements ground-breaking community development programmes, policy relevant research, and stakeholder collaborations to join the dots between community, academia, enterprise and public policy for more innovative and effective approaches to population ageing.

Through our multi-disciplinary platform and partnerships, the Foundation has been advocating for changes in mindsets, life skills, systems and policy to celebrate and reap the benefits of human longevity.

As we move into our third decade, we invite everyone to re-vision and act on what we all wish ageing to be in an inclusive society for all ages. Rapid population graying in Singapore and around the world has challenges - but also opportunities, when not viewed through an ageist lens. Longevity has been a hard won benefit - its richness awaits to be realized.

Vision & Mission



Our vision is of an inclusive society for all ages that optimizes the opportunities of longevity and strengthens inter-generational solidarity

Founder’s Story



In her lifetime, Mrs Tsao Ng Yu Shun was an exemplary daughter, wife, mother and daughter-in-law. Having lived among older relatives to whom she was also caregiver, she empathised deeply with those growing old with little recourse to help.

Board of Directors



Tsao Foundation has 10 illustrious members in its board of directors

Annual Reports



The 2011, 2009-2010 reports are online 




Milestones from 1993 to date

Pioneering Initiatives



Establishing Singapore’s first medical cum social service for homebound elders to developing its first interdisciplinary training for nurses in community-based eldercare