Over the last decades the structures of local suppliers in Austria have been shrinking constantly, especially in rural areas. The resultant development leads to an impairment of the utilities to be reached within walking distance, hence elderly people who do not own a motorised vehicle or who are in a delicate state of health are affected negatively the most.In view of the demographic change, which increases the number of people aged over 65 and 85 years, respectively (the rapid growth of the elderly population has also resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of elderly individuals who experience disabilities), it is assumed that the situation will even intensify in the near future.Therefore it will be getting more important to optimise the structures mentioned above and to shape up new ideas. That seems to be the only way for elderly to stay at home as long as possible and also for the local structures to assure their continued existence.In its theoretical part the present master thesis deals with the diminishing structures of local suppliers in peripheral rural areas. This part also addresses relevant aspects of the demographical change.The empirical research examines the market town Vordernberg in regard to the declining population and local suppliers in the respective area. Solutions and/or recommended actions are tried to be found on the basis of the theory, the guided interview insights and the introduced good practise examples.