Wisdom at all ages

When I read about Teresa Hsu I was reminded of why I am so passionate about elderly and so anxious to improve the care they receive when they need it. This woman is a 114-year old social worker and founder of the Heart to Heart Service and Home for the Aged sick. Teresa, also known as Singapore’s Mother Teresa has devoted her life to people that have less than herself. She was born to extreme poverty in Guangdong province in China and was early convinced she wanted to educate herself. After learning English and studying bookkeeping in Hong Kong, at the age of 47 she convinced the London Nursing Council to accept her as a student and spent the next years in UK to become a nurse. As a nurse she travelled all over Europe working for the International Voluntary Service for Peace (IVSP).

Upon her return to Singapore, in 1965 Teresa set up the country’s first home for aged sick in Singapore where she was the matron until the age of 83. Already in 1923, she started a community service providing for the homeless, needy, disabled and abandoned called Friends of the Needy which was later renamed Heart to Heart. Until this day she still works for the organization to care for the aged and sick who are younger than her. Except for that, she also reads, meditates and practise yoga every day and she started learning Sanskrit at the age of 100.

The world is my home, 
all living beings are my brothers and sisters, 
selfless service is my religion – Teresa Hsu

Listen to her own words in this video:


Source: http://www.hearttoheartservice.org/index.html

http://www.societyagedsick.org.sg/dev03/label.php?id=12

Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAv9_IefGxM

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About Stéphanie Treschow

I work as Country Manager for ACCESS Health International, Sweden. I have a background in Banking and hold a Master of Science in Finance from Stockholm School of Economics. I have previously worked as Equity Sales Analyst at Citigroup in London where I advised global institutional clients on global equities. Prior to that, I have pursued several internships for global institutional banks in New York, London and Stockholm. I have also worked with the private charitable foundation, The World We Want, in identifying and evaluating projects aimed at poverty alleviation and solutions to environmental degradation.

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