The research project of the Department of Psychology, Unit of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Bonn deals with the fact that due to the increasing portion of older individuals in our society and due to the increase of the retirement age, the job market and employee structure in companies will be increasingly characterized by older individuals. The idea of the project is to promote employees age 55 and over as competent employees in the company, in order to open up reasonable prospects for them in the time up to their departure from career life and beyond. On the other hand, this should show companies opportunities to profit long-term from the often very high level of competence of the older employees.
In the framework of research work, many different companies and adult education centers are offering courses for employees ages 55 and over. Stress management, cognitive and psychomotor training are planned for these courses, as well as the strengthening of personal competencies. After the scientific evaluation of the project, the results of the study entitled "Lernen im Arbeitsalltag — Fit im Beruf. Ein Handbuch zur Weiterbildung für Berufstätige 50+" has been published (ISBN 978-3-8325-4952-7).