Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #378--March 15, 2007

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. UNITED NATIONS POPULATION DIVISION WORLD POPULATION PROSPECTS: "The results of the 2006 Revision -- which provide the population basis for the assessment of trends at the global, regional and national levels, and serve as input for calculating many key indicators in the United Nations system -- incorporate the findings of the most recent national population censuses and of the numerous specialized population surveys carried out around the world." The "Summary Tables" section is comprised of a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The "Highlights" and "Fact Sheets" on population aging are in .pdf format. The "Data online" section links to a web based data extractor that provides data in HTML and comma separated value (.csv) format.

http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/wpp2006.htm

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2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL ARCHIVE ON COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING DATASET: "Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

ICPSR NACDA has recently added "Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS2), 2004-2006" (#4652) to its holdings.

http://webapp.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/NACDA-STUDY/04652.xml

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3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: Note: HMR requires free registration before providing data. Data for Latvia and Spain revised and updated through 2005.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/Public/DataAvailability.html

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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4. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY DATA UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced the following update: "1996 HRS Core (Final Release, Version 4.0): Variable E2129 Added to H96E_HP" (Mar. 8, 2007).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/meta/alerts/sho_alerts.php?hfyle=epub010&xtyp =3

Data access:

https://ssl.isr.umich.edu/hrs/

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5. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: "LIS has recently made technical changes to its extraction system. For more information see:

http://www.lisproject.org/whatsnew.htm

See Mar 12, 2007 entry.

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II. Reports and articles:

6. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL REPORTS:

A. "The State of Aging and Health in America 2007" (March 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/aging/saha.htm

Link to full text is near the bottom of the page.

B. "Trends in Health Status and Health Care Use Among Older Women," by Kristen Robinson (Trends in Health and Aging Report No. 7, March 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/agingtrends/07olderwomen.pdf

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7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Framingham Study Shows Parents Who Live Long Pass On Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease" (Mar. 13, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2007/nhlbi-13.htm

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8. US CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Professional paper claim form (CMS-1500)" (Mar. 12, 2007).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/ElectronicBillingEDITrans/16_1500.asp

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9. US DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORT/NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING REPORT: "Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective" (March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 28p.). Note: there may be technical problems opening the .pdf version of this report.

http://www.state.gov/g/oes/rls/or/81537.htm

or

http://www.nia.nih.gov/ResearchInformation/ExtramuralPrograms/BehavioralAndS ocialResearch/GlobalAging.htm

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10. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AUDIT REPORT: "Administration on Aging's Resolution of Audit Recommendations" (A-07-06-03084, February 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

Our objectives were to determine whether the Administration on Aging (AoA) had (1) resolved all audit recommendations as of December 31, 2005, and (2) resolved audit recommendations in a timely manner during calendar years (CY) 20032005. As of December 31, 2005, AoA had not resolved 28 audit recommendations, all of which were within the allowable timeframe for resolution. During CYs 2003-2005, AoA resolved 291 of the 319 audit recommendations that were outstanding during this period. However, it did not resolve 207 of the 291 recommendations within the required 6-month period. We recommended that AoA resolve all audit recommendations within 6 months of receiving the audit reports as required. AoA concurred with our recommendation.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region7/70603084.pdf

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11. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT AGEING RESEARCH ONLINE NEWSLETTER: (Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aro.gov.au/newsletters/ARO%20Newsletter%20March%202007.pdf

ARO:

http://www.aro.gov.au/

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12. SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE REPORTS:

A. "A Strategy for Scotland with an Ageing Population: Qualitative Research with the General Public - Research Findings," by Sara Davidson, Jane MacLardie and Lorraine Murray (March 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/03/09103608/0

B. "All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population: 1: Summary and action plan" (March 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/03/08125028/0

C. "All Our Futures: Planning for a Scotland with an Ageing Population: 2 (March 2007, .pdf format 124p.).

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2007/03/08143924/0

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13. SOUTH AFRICA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Department of Health embarks on a national study on the health of older persons" (Mar. 8, 2007).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/pr/pr0308-f.html

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14. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Needs and preferences among moderate to low earners for retirement information online: small-scale qualitative research," by Andrew Thomas and Richard Brown (Research Report 413, 2007, .pdf format, 105p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/rports2007-2008/rrep413.pdf

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15. AARP, REPORTS, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Aging in Asia and Oceania: AARP Multinational Survey of Opinion Leaders 2006" (March 2007). At present, an overall report as well as country reports for eight countries are available (all .pdf format).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/report/princeton_asiaandoceania.html

B. "De-Mystifying Death and the Needs of the Dying" (Prime Time Radio, Mar. 13, 2007, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application needed to hear this audio transcript). Running times of Prime Time Radio are between 23 and 30 minutes.

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTRs are released, this one will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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16. ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA REPORT: "ICAN: Investigating Caregivers' Attitudes and Needs" (2nd Report, a Harris Interactive Poll conducted on behalf of AFA, February 2007, Microsoft Word format, 51p.).

Press release:

http://www.alzfdn.org/media-center/pressreleases/07/03-14.shtml

Full text:

http://www.alzfdn.org/surveys/second_survey_full_report.doc

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17. SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE ARTICLE: " [US] State-by-state percentage of boomers in power" (Mar. 6, 2007).

http://www.shns.com/shns/g_index2.cfm?action=detail&pk=BOOMERPOWER-CHART-03- 06-07

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18. CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORT: "Keeping Baby Boomers Volunteering: A Research Brief on Volunteer Retention and Turnover," by John Foster-Bey, Robert Grimm, Jr., and Nathan Dietz, (March 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/role_impact/performance_research.asp#BOOMERS

More information about NCS:

http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/overview/index.asp

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19. CENTER ON AGING AND WORK/WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY REPORT (BOSTON [MASSACHUSETTS] COLLEGE): "National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development," by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Michael A. Smyer, Christina Matz-Costa, and Katherine Kane (March 2007,.pdf format, 23p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/RH04_NationalStudy_03-07_000.pdf

Press release (Mar. 13, 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/AgingWork_Mar13-07_001.pdf

More information about CAWWF:

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/template_about

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20. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER NEWSLETTER: (Vol. 8, No. 1, Feb. 2007, html and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/newsletters/

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21. JSTOR UPDATE: The following journal has been added to the JSTOR archive. To view all the journals in the archive see:

http://www.jstor.org/about/all.list.html

To determine whether your institution is a JSTOR member, and what the "moving wall" of publication dates for these and all JSTOR publications is, see:

http://www.jstor.org/about/

Medical Care

http://www.jstor.org/journals/00257079.html

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22. LONDON [UK] SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Ireland's grey vote grows bolder," by Anne Dempsey (_EuroHealth_, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2006, .pdf format, p. 25-26).

http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/LSEHealthAndSocialCare/pdf/eurohealth/vol12 no4.pdf

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23. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Care Patterns in Medicare and Their Implications for Pay for Performance," by Hoangmai H. Pham, Deborah Schrag, Ann S. O'Malley, Beny Wu, and Peter B. Bach (Vol. 356, No. 11, Mar. 15, 2007, p. 1130-1139).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/356/11/1130

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24. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, VARIOUS:

A. "Researching a good death," by Stephen Workman (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 485-486).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7592/485

B. "Getting services right for those sick enough to die," by Sydney Dy and Joanne Lynn (Analysis extract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 511-513).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7592/511

C. "Key challenges and ways forward in researching the "good death": qualitative in-depth interview and focus group study," by Marilyn Kendall, Fiona Harris, Kirsty Boyd, Aziz Sheikh, Scott A. Murray, Duncan Brown, Ian Mallinson, Nora Kearney, and Allison Worth (Article abstract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 521-526).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/334/7592/521

D. "A good death--but no thanks to the NHS (National Health Service)," by Paula Newton (News & Reviews extract, Vol. 334, No. 7592, Mar. 10, 2007, p. 536).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7592/536

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25. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Our Books, Ourselves: Baby boomers and their books -- it's a love story where nobody ever said he was sorry. Except, perhaps, for 'Love Story' itself," by Malcolm Jones (Mar. 19, 2007).

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17534882/site/newsweek/

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III. Working Papers:

26. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Psychological Implications of Motherhood and Fatherhood in Midlife," by Tetyana Pudrovska (WP 2007-02, 2007, .pdf format,33p.).

Abstract:

Using a sample of middle-aged men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957 and their siblings, I examine psychological consequences of parenthood in midlife. My analysis uses same-sex sibling dyads and includes two types of models: between-family models that treat siblings as independent observations, and within-family models that compare siblings from the same family and, thus, account for unobserved early-life endowments that confound the relationship between parenthood and well-being. The findings reveal that parents do not differ from non-parents in terms of mental health. The main psychological differences arise from specific configurations of the parental role. Moreover, unobserved family influences carried over from childhood remain powerful determinants of parenting experiences and psychological well-being even in midlife.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2007-02.pdf

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27. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Marriage and Divorce: Changes and their Driving Forces," by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers (w12944, March 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

We document key facts about marriage and divorce, comparing trends through the past 150 years and outcomes across demographic groups and countries. While divorce rates have risen over the past 150 years, they have been falling for the past quarter century. Marriage rates have also been falling, but more strikingly, the importance of marriage at different points in the life cycle has changed, reflecting rising age at first marriage, rising divorce followed by high remarriage rates, and a combination of increased longevity with a declining age gap between husbands and wives. Cohabitation has also become increasingly important, emerging as a widely used step on the path to marriage. Out-of-wedlock fertility has also risen, consistent with declining "shotgun marriages". Compared with other countries, marriage maintains a central role in American life. We present evidence on some of the driving forces causing these changes in the marriage market: the rise of the birth control pill and women's control over their own fertility; sharp changes in wage structure, including a rise in inequality and partial closing of the gender wage gap; dramatic changes in home production technologies; and the emergence of the internet as a new matching technology. We note that recent changes in family forms demand a reassessment of theories of the family and argue that consumption complementarities may be an increasingly important component of marriage. Finally, we discuss the welfare implications of these changes.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12944

B. "Projecting Behavioral Responses to the Next Generation of Retirement Policies," by Alan L. Gustman, and Thomas Steinmeier (w12958, March 2007, .pdf format, 68p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines retirement and related behavioral responses to policies that on average are actuarially neutral. Many conventional models predict that actuarially neutral policies will not affect retirement behavior. In contrast, our model allows those with high time preference rates to find that the promise of an actuarially fair increase in future rewards does not balance the loss from foregone current benefits. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, we find that from age 62 through full retirement age, the earnings test reduces full-time work by married men by about four percentage points, or by about ten percent of married men at full-time work. Abolishing the requirements on many jobs that an individual work full-time or not at all, what we term a minimum hours constraint on employment, would induce more than twice as many people to enter partial retirement as would leave full-time work, so that total full-time equivalent (FTE) employment would increase, although by a modest amount. If all benefits from personal accounts could be taken as a lump sum, the fraction not retired at age 62 would fall by about 5 percentage points compared to a system where there is mandatory annuitization of benefits.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w12958

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28. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Effect of Pensions on Longevity: Evidence from Union Army Veterans," by Martin Salm (Discussion Paper 2668, March 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).

Abstract:

This study uses changes in pension laws for Union Army veterans as a natural experiment to estimate the causal effect of pensions on longevity, and to examine potential pathways underlying such a relationship. We examine the effects of the pension laws of 1907 and 1912, which granted old-age pensions to Union Army veterans. Life expectancy for veterans, who received such a pension, increased by 0.5 years and 2.7 years, respectively. The effect of veteran pensions on longevity was large across wealth groups and size of city. Pensions reduced mortality for both acute and non-acute causes of death.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp2668.pdf

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

29. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 55, No. 3, March 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/55/3

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30. 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 Mar. 12, 2007:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2007:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2007:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2007:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2007:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2007:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

31. US NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH: 2007 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, by the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee (National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook and .pdf format, 40p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing the .pdf version). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11871

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32. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: _Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals_, by David Haber (2007, ISBN10: 0826184634; ISBN13: 9780826184634, 70 US dollars). For more information see:

http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=84634

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VI. Funding Opportunities:

33. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "2007 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)" (RFA-RM-07-009, Mar. 9, 2007). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-07-009.html

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VII. Conferences:

34. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: Conferencealerts.com has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/aging.htm

Newly added conference listings (click on the titles at conferencealerts.com for more information).

Texas Conference on Aging: 22 April 2007, Dallas Texas

National Clinical Geropsychology Conference: Aging Families and Caregiving: 14 June 2007, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dental-Medical Management of an Aging Population: 5 October 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota

36th Annual Scientific & Educational Meeting: 1 November 2007, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

35. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORTS: "Social Security and Pensions." CBO maintains this page of links to the reports it has produced on the topic since 1978. Reports are in .pdf format).

http://www.cbo.gov/publications/bysubject.cfm?cat=11

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36. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: KaiserEDU.org updates: "KaiserEDU.org presents a new issue module on financing long-term care which includes data and reports on Medicaid and Medicare's role in paying for care, as well as private long-term care insurance."

http://kaiseredu.org/topics_im.asp?id=680&imID=1&parentID=65

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37. AARP AGING EVERYWHERE: AARP has added or updated information about the following countries to its Aging Everywhere site: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/map

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