In English

GOAL (Good Ageing in Lahti region; Ikihyvä)
Finnish research project on ageing and well-being

In Päijät-Häme hospital district, regional demands to improve health and well-being of the aging population as well as a need to find innovations for more efficient health care led to the initiation of a research and development project, GOAL (Ikihyvä Päijät-Häme in Finnish). This collaborative framework consists of a unique network including:

The core of GOAL is a 10-year cohort follow-up study utilised for:

  •  Community diagnoses to be used as tools in municipal health policy-making.
  •  Needs’ assessment to guide community-based health promotion interventions.
  •  Evaluation of the interventions.

In the cohort study, assessments were made in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2012. Three age cohorts (N=2815) represent those individuals born in 1926-30, 1936-40 and 1946-50 living in Päijät-Häme. The baseline assessment included two extensive questionnaires (covering socio-economic background, health status, functional ability, use of health services, quality of life, lifestyle, and health-related cognitions), and clinical measures (weight, height, waist circumference, blood pressure) and laboratory tests (lipids, glucose, insulin).

For detailed information about the GOAL project, please contact:
Ms. Raisa Valve, Development Manager, raisa.valve(at)
Mr. Pasi Töyli, Planning Officer, pasi.toyli(at)
Mr. Ilkka Haapola, Senior Research Fellow, ilkka.haapola(at)