Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #352--August 31, 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. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS

A. "New Linked Data Resources at NCHS:

1. "NCHS-CMS Linkage: Medicare Utilization and Expenditures Files" (August 2006). "NCHS has developed a record linkage program designed to maximize the scientific value of the Center's population-based surveys. NCHS is currently linking various NCHS surveys with Medicare enrollment and claims records collected from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Linkage of the NCHS survey participants with the CMS Medicare data provides the opportunity to study changes in health status, health care utilization and expenditures in the elderly and disabled U.S. population." Note: this data is restricted. Access information, as well as other information about the data, is available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/data_linkage_cms.htm

2. "NCHS-Social Security Administration (SSA) Linkage" (August 2006). " NCHS has developed a record linkage program designed to maximize the scientific value of the Center's population-based surveys. NCHS is currently linking various NCHS surveys with the Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit records collected from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Linkage of the NCHS survey participants with the SSA-RSDI and SSA-SSI data provides the opportunity to further study the elderly and disabled U.S. population." Note: this data is restricted. Access information, as well as other information about the data, is available at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/data_linkage_ssa.htm

More information about NCHS data linkage activities:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/data_linkage_activities.htm

B. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Web Tutorial: "To meet the growing demands of NHANES data users, a web-based tutorial was developed to promote and facilitate broader and more proficient use of NHANES data. The tutorial is intended to serve as: A step-by-step course on NHANES data retrieval and analysis for new users; A self-learning tool for novice and infrequent users to supplement their knowledge of the NHANES database and the analysis techniques required to properly analyze this complex dataset; A reference for experienced researchers highlighting NHANES analytic nuances and sample program code. The first phase of the tutorial is now accessible. Some modules/sections are still incomplete, but will be posted on the NHANES website as soon as they are complete. The targeted completion date for the entire tutorial is January 2007.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/tutorials/currentnhanes/index.htm

C. National Health Interview Survey 2005 Imputed Income Files (August 2006, data in self decompressing (.exe) ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and a sample SAS Input Program in ASCII text format.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/2005imputedincome.htm

Other imputed income files going back to 1997 are available with the NHIS datasets for those years at:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis/quest_data_related_1997_forward.htm
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2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced: "HRS 2004 Core (Final, Version 1.0)" (Aug. 29, 2006).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news214&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html
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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: On Aug. 31, 2006, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format, and a codebook in ASP format):

A. "MEPS HC-085H: 2004 Home Health File" (August 2006).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=201

B. "MEPS HC-085C: 2004 Other Medical Expenses" (August 2006).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=202

C. "MEPS HC-085B: 2004 Dental Visits" (August 2006).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Puf/PufDetail.asp?ID=203

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION AND REFERRAL CENTER PERIODICAL: Connections Newsletter (Vol. 14, No. 1-2, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/Newsletter/CurrentIssue.htm
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5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 66, No. 3, August 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v66n3/index.html
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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMO: "Decision Memo for Cavernous Nerves Electrical Stimulation with Penile Plethysmography (CAG-00311N) (Aug. 24, 2006).

https://www3.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=174
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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION, REPORT:

A. "Advisory Opinion document 06-09 (concerning a nonprofit,tax-exempt, charitable organization's proposals to subsidize Medicare Part D premium and cost-sharing obligations owed by financially needy patients with end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease) (August 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/docs/advisoryopinions/2006/AdvOpn06-09.pdf

B. "Cost and Performance of Medicare's 2005 Chemotherapy Demonstration Project (OEI-09-05-00171, August 2006, .pdf format, 14p.).

Abstract:

We estimated the total cost of the Medicare chemotherapy demonstration project by analyzing Medicare paid claims data through the end of 2005. For our overall assessment of the demonstration, we conducted interviews with CMS staff and reviewed e-mails, meeting notes, and other work papers that CMS submitted in response to our request for the entire project file and any supplemental documentation. We also interviewed staff at four oncology practices that participated in the demonstration to learn how they implemented the demonstration requirements.

We found that Medicare and its beneficiaries will spend approximately 275 million dollars for the 2005 chemotherapy demonstration. Participation in the project was high; 90 percent of eligible providers took part, and approximately 85 percent billed the demonstration codes at 50 percent or more of eligible chemotherapy administration visits. Seven percent of paid demonstration claims did not comply with program rules or were paid incorrectly, resulting in $17 million in overpayments. Furthermore, because the parameters of the demonstration were not sufficiently defined, the data are unreliable.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-05-00171.pdf
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8. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS NEWS RELEASE: "Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings Growth Among the Youngest Baby Boomers: Results from a Longitudinal Survey" (Aug. 25, 2006, ASCII text, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/nlsoy.toc.htm
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9. STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT AND FAMILY SERVICES COMPENDIUM: "Profiles of Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled 2005" (August 2006, .pdf format).

http://dhfs.wisconsin.gov/provider/nhFDDsDir05.htm
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10. ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN PERIODICAL ARTICLE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Latin America Pension Systems Need "Solidarity Financing" through Social Pact and Distributive Policies," by Andras Uthoff (in CEPAL Review, No. 89, August 2006, p. 9-37).

http://www.eclac.org/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/prensa/noticias/comunicados/0/26440/P26440.xml&xsl=/prensa/tpl-i/p6f.xsl&base=/tpl-i/top-bottom.xsl

Full text (Spanish only) is available at:

http://www.eclac.org/publicaciones/SecretariaEjecutiva/2/LCG2312PE/LCG2312eUthoff.pdf
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11. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND PERIODICAL ARTICLES: The latest issue of IMF's _Finance & Development_ (Vol. 43, No. 3, September 2006) contains several articles that may be of interest to researchers in aging. It is a special issue on "The Economics of Demographics."

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2006/09/index.htm
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12. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASES:

A. "Agreement means better care for older Tasmanians" (S077/06, Aug. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-ss-san077.htm

B. "Adelaide centre to help people with memory concerns (SS078/06, Aug. 29, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-ss-san078.htm

C. "IT offers way to better aged-care practice" (SS079/06, Aug. 29, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-ss-san079.htm

D. "New Extra Service places boost aged-care quality" (SS80/06, Aug. 30, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2006-ss-san080.htm
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13. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Life expectancy and disability in Australia 1988 to 2003" (August 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10357
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14. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Attitudes Toward Work and Job Security," by S. Kathi Brown (AARP Research Report, August 2006, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/employment/work_2006.html

B. "Caught in the Net: A Survey of Phoenix Area Residents 40+ about Online Use and Safety," by Jennifer H. Sauer (AARP Research Report, August 2006, .pdf format, 26p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/technology/onlineprivacy/az_cyber_2006.html

C. "Pension Lump-Sum Distributions: Do Boomers Take Them or Save Them?" by Satyendra Verma and Jules Lichtenstein (AARP Data Digest, August 2006, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/retirementsaving/dd144_pension.html
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15. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Early Experiences of Medicare Beneficiaries in Prescription Drug Plans: Insights from Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Directors," by Julia James, Tricia Neuman, and Michelle Kitchman Strollo (August 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7552.cfm
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16. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2005," by Sarah Holden and Jack VanDerhei (EBRI Issue Brief #296, August 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=3741
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17. DELOITTE RESEARCH REPORT: "Securing Retirement: An Overview of the Pension Protection Act of 2006" (August 2006, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/article/0,1002,sid%253D2000%2526cid%253D125808,00.html?list=RSS

More information about Deloitte Development:

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/section_home/0,1041,sid%253D2250,00.html
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18. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (Summer 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nber.org/aginghealth/
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19. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "An internally controlled peripheral biomarker for Alzheimer's disease: Erk1 and Erk2 responses to the inflammatory signal bradykinin," by Tapan K. Khan and Daniel L. Alkon (Vol. 103, No. 35, Aug. 18, 2006, p. 13203-13207).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/103/35/13203?etoc
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20. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "The Value of Medical Spending in the United States, 1960-2000," by David M. Cutler, Allison B. Rosen, and Sandeep Vijan (Vol. 355, No. 9, Aug. 31, 2006, p. 920-927).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/355/9/920

Related US National Institutes of Health News Release: "Study Links Medical Spending to Life Expectancy Gains" (Aug. 30, 2006).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2006/nia-30.htm

B. "A Randomized Trial of Deep-Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease," by several authors for the German Parkinson Study Group, Neurostimulation Section, (Vol. 355, No. 9, Aug. 31, 2006, p. 896-908).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/355/9/896
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21. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Is Evista A Wonder Drug for Women? Research has shown the drug may protect bones and fight off breast cancer, but the risks may outweigh the benefits," by Pat Wingert and Barbara Kantrowitz (Web Exclusive, Aug. 29, 2006).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14559158/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

22. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Do Sons or Daughters Give More Money to Parents? Gender and Intergenerational Support in Contemporary Urban China," by Yu Xie and Haiyan Zhu (PSC Research Report 06-607, September 2006, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=4189

Click on PDF icon for link to full text.
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23. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE OF BARD COLLEGE [ANNADALE-ON-HUDSON, NY]: "The Adequacy of Retirement Resources among the Soon-to-Retire, 1983-2001," by Edward Wolff (Working Paper No. 472, August 2006, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=publications_view&pubID=10d31338705
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24. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO: "The Tradeoff between Mortgage Prepayments and Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings" by Gene Amromin, Jennifer Huang, and Clemens Sialm (WP 2006-05, August 2006, .pdf format, 41p.).

Abstract:

We show that a significant number of households can perform a tax arbitrage by cutting back on their additional mortgage payments and increasing their contributions to tax-deferred accounts (TDA). Using data from the Survey of Consumer Finances, we show that about 38% of U.S. households that are accelerating their mortgage payments instead of saving in tax-deferred accounts are making the wrong choice.

http://www.chicagofed.org/economic_research_and_data/wp_abstract.cfm?pubsID=792
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

25. Age and Ageing (Vol. 35, Supplement 2, September 2006). Note: this supplement covers "The prevention on Fall-related Fractures: Emerging Research Dimensions."

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol35/suppl_2/index.dtl?etoc

26. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 10, No. 5, September 2006).

http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=WM2447001647

27. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias (Vol. 21, No. 4, August/September 2006).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/vol21/issue4/

28. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 164, No. 5, Sep. 1, 2006).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol164/issue5/index.dtl?etoc

29. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 14, No. 9, September 2006).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol14/issue9/?etoc

30. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 96, No. 9, September 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/issue9/?etoc

31. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 43, No. 2, September/October 2006).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/issue/4975-2006-999569997-630511

32. The Gerontologist (Vol. 46, No. 4, August 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue

http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol46/issue4/?etoc

33. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 63, No. 1, 2006)

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=300312

34. Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 38, No. 5, 2006).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JBS&volumeId=38&issueId=05

35. Population, Space, and Place (Vol. 12, No. 5, September/October 2006). This issue is a special issue on "Demography, Ageing and Activity."

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/106562735
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36. 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 Aug. 30, 2006:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 30, 2006:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 30, 2006:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 30, 2006:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Aug. 30, 2006:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Aug. 30, 2006:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

37. NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS: Medicare's Quality Improvement Organization Program: Maximizing Potential (part of the Pathways to Quality Health Care Series) (Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs, Board on Health Care Services (HCS) and Institute of Medicine, 2006, OpenBook format, 518p.). Note: ordering information for a print or .pdf copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11604.html

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

38. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (R21)" (RFA-HL-07-007, Aug. 22, 2006, reissue of RFA-HL-04-022, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-07-007.html

B. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative (STTR [R41/R42])" (PAR-06-534, Aug. 23, 2006, reissue of PAR-06-089, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-534.html

C. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative (SBIR [R43/R44])" (PAR-06-535, Aug. 23, 2006, reissue of PAR-06-088, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-06-535.html

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VII. Conferences:

39. PENN STATE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM: "2006 National Symposium on Family Issues: Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations," to be held in State College, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5-6, 2006. For more information see:

http://www.pop.psu.edu/events/symposium/2006.htm
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40. EUROPEAN GROUP FOR RESEARCH INTO ELDERLY AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: XI International Conference: "Physical Activity and Successful Aging," a conference to be held Sep. 14-16, 2006). For more information see:

http://www.egrepa.org/conference2006.php

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

41. KAISEREDU.ORG UPDATE: Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its KaiserEdu tutorial on "Medicare 101" and "The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit"(video and audio formats, and Microsoft PowerPoint format).

http://www.kaiseredu.org/tutorials_index.asp

More information on KaiserEdu.org:

http://www.kaiseredu.org/

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IX. BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES:

42. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics has recently updated its bibliography. The entire bibliography is available at:

http://psidonline.isr.umich.edu/Publications/Bibliography/

New citations that may be of interest to researchers in aging:

Grafova, Irina; McGonagle, Katherine A., and Stafford, Frank P. Functioning and Well-Being in the Third Age. James, Jacqueline Boone and Wink, Paul, (Eds.). The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Post-Retirement Years. New York: Springer Publishing; 2006; pp19-38.

Stafford, Frank P.; Chiteji, Ngina, and Gouskova, Elena. Financial Market Participation and Pension Holdings Over the Life Course. Jessica Gordon-Nembhard and Ngina S. Chiteji, (eds.)Michigan: University of Michigan Press, Institute for Social Research; 2006.

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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