The project develops new Eating together models for seniors and supports building up networks of service providers in sparsely populated areas.

The percentage of ageing citizens is constantly growing in South Savo region in Finland. At the same time, the trend for centralization of services in city centres and outsourcing of the public Meals on wheels service, call for new solutions.


Eating together – lunches for seniors trials are currently carried out with local caterers, transportation services, entertainment providers and the third sector. The elderly are encouraged to participate in designing the lunch services, e.g. selecting the weekdays and frequency of eating together, and the type of special programming at lunches, if desired.


South Savo Social and Health Services (Essote) will determine based on the trials, which models are the most popular and feasible, and they will then be implemented as an established practice. The aims are to secure a balanced diet for seniors, to add an opportunity to participate, to experience the sense of community, and to reduce the feeling of loneliness among seniors.


The seniors eating together project is carried out during 2018 by South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) and South Savo Social and Health Services (Essote), Department of Services for Elderly and Disabled. It is funded by The Regional Council of South Savo by Regional Innovations and Experimentations (AIKO) -fund.

More information

Research Manager
Teija Rautiainen
Tel. +358 400 872 759



Kimpassa syömään - ikääntyvien yhteisöllinen ruokailu

1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018

Project partners

Lead partner: South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)

Partners: South Savo Social and Health Services (Essote)

Focus areas: Sustainable wellbeing


Total budget: € 98097

XAMK part of the total budget: € 59868

Financiers and main source of funding: Etelä-Savon maakuntaliitto, Alueelliset innovaatiot ja kokeilut -rahoitus (AIKO)