E.A.T (Everyone At the Table): Does social eating reduce the experience of loneliness in older Australians?

Flinders University 2020

Researcher: Professor John Coveney

With loneliness associated with psychological distress and depression, and increased morbidity and mortality in later life, Professor Coveney hopes the EAT project will provide more information on the nature and frequency of shared meals that might be effective in reducing loneliness in this group.  

His research will examine the effects of a regular shared meal on the experience of loneliness, and the effects of frequent social eating on the nutritional quality of diet. The study will then examine how social eating can be fully implemented and planned and the potential for an extended program.