Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #335--April 27, 2006

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CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar.html

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I. Data:

1. INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SAMPLES (IPUMS) [UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA] UPDATE: "On Apr. 27, 2006, IPUMS announced that it had "posted new versions of all ACS (American Community Survey) samples: a correction was made to the INCBUS00 variable." For more information, see the Apr. 27, 2006 link at:

http://www.ipums.org/usa/revisions.html

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II. Reports and articles:

2. U.S. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORTS:

A. "Deaths: Final Data for 2003," by Donna L. Hoyert, Melonie P. Heron, Sherry L. Murphy, and Hsiang-Ching Kung (_National Vital Statistics Reports_, Vol. 54, No. 13, April 19, 2006, .pdf format, 120p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_13.pdf

B. "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2004," by Arialdi M. Minino, Melonie Heron, and Betty L. Smith (April 2006, HTML format with tables in .pdf format).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/prelimdeaths04/preliminarydeaths04.htm

C. "United States Life Tables, 2003," by Elizabeth Arias (_National Vital Statistics Reports_, Vol. 54, No. 14, April 19, 2006, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_14.pdf
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3. U.S. NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING PRESS RELEASE: "Lifestyle Changes Can Help Older Hispanics Manage Diabetes" (Apr. 18, 2006).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/PR20060418diabeteshispanics.htm
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4. U.S. CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASES, FINAL DECISION MEMORANDUM:

A. "CMS Announces Efforts To Streamline And Improve The Medicare
Enrollment Process" (News Release, Apr. 25, 2006).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1842

B. "Medicare Proposes Competitive Acquisition Program For Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics And Supplies" (News Release, Apr. 24, 206).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=1841

C. "Decision Memo for Pancreas Transplants (CAG-00295R) (Apr. 26, 2006).

https://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=166
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5. U.S. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: _AOA ENEWS_ (April 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 3p.).

http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov/press/enewsletter/enewsletter.asp
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6. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "The Size and Characteristics of the Residential Care Population: Evidence from Three National Surveys," by Brenda C. Spillman and Kirsten J. Black (January 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 55p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2006/3natlsur.htm
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7. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: "Advisory Opinion Document 06-04 (Concerning a Nonprofit, Tax-exempt, Charitable Corporation's Proposal to Provide Financially Needy Medicare Beneficiaries With Assistance With Premiums and Cost-sharing Obligations Under Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, Medigap [As Hereinafter Defined, and Medicare Advantage) (Apr. 27, 2006, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2006/AdvOpn06-04A.pdf
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8. U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Private Pensions: Opportunities Exist to Further Improve the Transparency of PBGC's Financial Disclosures" (GAO-06-429, March 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-06-429

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html
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9. HSBC BANK [UK] REPORT: "The Future of Retirement: In a World of Rising Life Expectancies," (April 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/3622/5d4393a0c726bf/www.img.ghq.hsbc.com/public/groupsite/assets/retirement_future/hsbc_future_of_retirement.pdf
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10. AARP, VARIOUS:

A. "Pensions in the UK: An Elusive Search for Consensus?" by Nigel Waterson (April 2006). Note: this is an AARP Global Aging Program Perspectives article).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/perspectives/apr_06_waterson_ukpensions.html

B. "Enrollees' Perceptions of Medicare Part D: Three Months and Counting," by Teresa A. Keenan (AARP Policy and Research Report, April 2006, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/medicare/drugs/medicare_enrollees.html

C. "Prescription Drug Issues on Long Island [New York]: An AARP Survey," by Erica L. Dinger and Katherine Bridges (Research Report, April 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/li_rx_06.html

D. "Interview with Mr. Tatsuo Honda: Director, Department of Planning, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, Japan"(Global Aging Program News, Apr. 19, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/news/apr_06_newsmaker.html

E. Prime Time Radio Webcasts (RealPlayer format, running times, between 24 and 30 minutes.

"The Art of the Obit" (Apr. 11, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/fun/radio/pt_radio/art_of_the_obit.html

"The Chi of Walking" (Apr. 18, 2006).

http://www.aarp.org/fun/radio/pt_radio/chi_of_walking.html
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11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION SURVEY REPORTS:

A. "Seniors' Early Experiences with the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit" (Kaiser Health Poll Report Survey, April 2006, Toplines, .pdf format, 13p., Chartpack, .pdf format, 23p.).

B. "Voices of Beneficiaries: Early Experiences with the Medicare Drug Benefit" (April 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).

Both reports are linked to from:

http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/pomr042506pkg.cfm
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12. URBAN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT: "An International Conference on Social Security Reform in Selected OECD Countries," a conference held Feb. 24, 2006 (.pdf format, 96p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/900948.html
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13. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: _NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health_ (Winter 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nber.org/aginghealth/
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14. _NATURE_ LETTER ABSTRACT: "TMP21 is a presenilin complex component that modulates {gamma}-secretase but not {epsiv}-secretase activity," by Fusheng Chen, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Gerold Schmitt-Ulms, Toshitaka Kawarai, Christopher Bohm, Taiichi Katayama, Yongjun Gu, Nobuo Sanjo, Michael Glista, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Yosuke Wakutani, Raphaëlle Pardossi-Piquard, Xueying Ruan, Anurag Tandon, Frederic Checler, Philippe Marambaud, Kirk Hansen, David Westaway, Peter St. George-Hyslop, and Paul Fraser (Vol. 440, No. 7088, Apr. 27, 2006, p. 1208-1212).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7088/abs/nature04667.html
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15. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ EXTRACTS, VARIOUS:

A. "Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Legitimate Medical Practice?" by Lawrence O. Gostin (Commentary Extract, Vol. 295, No. 16, Apr. 26, 2006, p. 1941-1943).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/295/16/1941

B. "Scientists Probe Role of Genes, Environment in Parkinson Disease," by Bridget M. Kuehn (Medical News & Perspectives Extract, Vol. 295, No. 16, Apr. 26, 2006, p. 1883-1885).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/295/16/1883

C. "Using Clinical Guidelines Designed for Older Adults With Diabetes Mellitus and Complex Health Status," by Samuel C. Durso (Clinician's Corner Extract, Vol. 295, No. 16, Apr. 26, 2006, p. 1935-1940).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/16/1935

D. "Medicare Drug Plans," by Tracy Hampton (Health Agencies Update Extract, Vol. 295, No. 16, Apr. 26, 2006, p. 1889).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/295/16/1889-c
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16. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. ""Effect of a US National Institutes of Health programme of clinical trials on public health and costs," by S. Claiborne Johnston, John D Rootenberg, Shereen Katrak, Wade S Smith, and Jacob S. Elkins (Article Abstract, Vol. 367, No. 9519, Apr. 22, 2006, p. 1319-1327).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140673606685784/abstract

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III. Working Papers:

17. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY:

A. "Longevity, Dependence and Long-Term Care Costs: The Case of Spain," by Malena Monteverde (WP 2006-02, 2006, .pdf format, 22p.).

Abstract:

Objectives: We combine data on unit costs of services with mortality and morbidity information of the Spanish population aged 65 and over to estimate individual expected costs for long-term care services (CLTC).

Methods: Using data from National Disability, Deficiency and Health Condition Survey (INE, 1999) and mortality statistics from Spain (INE, 2002), we estimate duration in dependence status by using Sullivan's method. Generational trends of prevalence of disability were analyzed by linearly adjusting across cohort groups.

Results: We find that CLTC for women is about 70% higher than for men aged 65 and over. We also show that a care system based exclusively on in-home care generates costs that are twice as high as those borne in a system that combines in-home care with care in daily centers and residential homes. Sensitivity analyses suggest that even under a regime of uniform decline in disability rates on the order of 1.2% annually, no reductions in individual expected costs are obtained.

Discussion: Our calculations of costs rely on approximations of the expected duration of dependence by levels of severity. Despite the fact that these estimates are subject to some uncertainty, our results are robust. Even discounting for a margin of error, these estimates unequivocally suggest that in Spain, as in other Western European countries, we should expect large increases in the magnitude of costs of long-term care and that rearrangement of social resources is urgently required.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2006-02.pdf

B. "The Class of 1957 in their Mid-60s: A First Look," edited by Robert M. Hauser and Carol L. Roan (WP 2006-03, 2006, .pdf format, 111p.).

Abstract:

This paper presents the results from the latest round of data collection for the nearly 50 year-old Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS). The results primarily update the lives of the graduates since our last interviews with them in 1993. Thus those who are new to WLS should also read the report on the overview and findings from our previous round of interviews and surveys. The findings presented in this report are the results of a collaboration of a research team that over time has involved many hundreds of researchers, students and interviewers. However our most important collaboration has been with our WLS participants. Over the years we have not only maintained ties with most of the surviving respondents of the original class of '57 sample, we have also talked with their siblings, their spouses and their sibling's spouses. We are extremely grateful for their time, energy, and continued enthusiasm for this project.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2006-03.pdf
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18. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "Baby Boomer Retirement Security: The Roles of Planning, Financial Literacy, and Housing Wealth," by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP 2000-114, April 2006, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=406

B. "The Inattentive Participant: Portfolio Trading Behavior in 401(k) Plans," by Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary R. Mottola, Stephen P. Utkus and Takeshi Yamaguchi (WP 2000-115, April 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text area available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=408
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19. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Poverty and the Impact of AIDS on Older Persons: Evidence from Cambodia and Thailand," by John E. Knodel (PSC Research Report 06-597, April 2006, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4058

Click on PDF icon for link to full text.
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20. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Using Stated Preferences Data to Analyze Preferences for Full and Partial Retirement," by Arthur van Soest, Arie Kapteyn, and Julie Zissimopoulos (WR-345, February 2006, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR345/

Click on "Full Document" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.
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21. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Population Aging," by David N. Weil (Working Paper No. w12147, April 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

Population aging is primarily the result of past declines in fertility, which produced a decades long period in which the ratio of dependents to working age adults was reduced. Rising old-age dependency in many countries represents the inevitable passing of this "demographic dividend." Societies use three methods to transfer resources to people in dependent age groups: government, family, and personal saving. In developed countries, families are predominant in supporting children, while government is the main source of support for the elderly. The most important means by which aging will affect aggregate output is the distortion from taxes to fund PAYGO pensions.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12147
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22. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: "Health Insurance for the Elderly - Issues in Measurement Workshop, April 2003," by D.E.B. Potter and Jessica Vistnes (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Working Paper #06003, April 2006, .pdf format, 104p.). Links to an abstract and full text area available at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=741
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23. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]. "The Welfare Cost of Means-Testing: pensioner participation in income support," by Stephen Pudney, Monica Hernandez, and Ruth Hancock (WP 2006-12, April 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

We estimate parametric and semi-parametric binary choice models of benefit take-up by British pensioners and use a revealed preference argument to infer the cash-equivalent value of disutility arising from stigma or complexity of the claims process. These implicit costs turn out to be relatively small, averaging about 3-4 pounds per week across Income Support recipients. Using the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke measure of poverty among pensioners, we find that allowing for implicit claim costs incurred by benefit recipients raises the measured degree of poverty by not more than 13%.

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/pubs/workpaps/pdf/2006-12.pdf
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

24. Age and Ageing (Vol. 35, No. 3, May 2006).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol35/issue3/index.dtl?etoc

25. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 96, No. 5, May 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol96/issue5/?etoc

26. Dementia (Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2006).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol5/issue2/

27. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 20, No. 2, April 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08904065

28. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 5, May 2006).

http://www.lww-medicalcare.com/pt/re/medcare/toc.00005650-200605000-00000.htm

29. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 52, Nos. 1,2, 2005-06).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=journal&issn=0030-2228

30. Public Policy and Aging Report (Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2006).

http://www.agingsociety.org/agingsociety/publications/public_policy/previous.html
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31. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/prc.htm

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/stc.htm

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Apr. 26, 2006:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/eye.htm

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

32. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34)" (PA-06-363, Apr. 21, 2006, reissue of PA-04-008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-363.html

B. "Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R03)" (PA-06-367, Apr. 25, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-367.html

C. "Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R21)" (PA-06-368, Apr. 26, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-368.html

D. "Research On Ethical Issues In Human Subjects Research (R01)" (PA-06-369, reissue of PA-02-103, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-369.html

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VI. Websites of Interest:

33. AARP GLOBAL AGING PROGRAM PORTFOLIO ON LONG-TERM CARE: This site contains selected documents and links pertaining to the topic of long-term care.

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/portfolio/ltc.html

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu