Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #387--May 17, 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. CENSUS BUREAU: "The latest National and State Characteristics population estimates - for July 1, 2006 - were released May 17, 2007." Links to Excel and .pdf tables can be found in the Census Bureau press release ("Minority Population Tops 100 Million"):

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/010048.html

Estimates in .csv and Excel format can be downloaded at:

http://www.census.gov/popest/

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Performance Data for the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects: April 2007 Performance Report," (OEI-02-07-00360, May 2007, .pdf format, 91p.).

Summary:

The objective of this memorandum was to collect and report on performance data and verify documentation of overpayments recovered as a result of the efforts of the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects. The Senior Medicare Patrol Projects receive grants from AoA to recruit retired professionals to serve as educators and resources in assisting beneficiaries to detect and report fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program. In 2006, a total of 65 projects educated 411,458 beneficiaries in 210,780 group training sessions and one-on-one sessions.

As a result of educating beneficiaries, the projects received 11,830 complaints, of which 4,123 were referred to Medicare contractors for follow-up. A total of 2,501 complaints resulted in $110,592 recouped to the Medicare program. The projects also reported $589,288 in savings to beneficiaries. For many of these cases, the projects provided descriptions or documentation indicating that beneficiaries were charged inaccurate copayments, deductibles, or premiums for prescription drugs covered under the Medicare Part D benefit.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-07-00360.pdf

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3. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE:

A. "Prevalence of Stroke --- United States, 2005," (Vol. 56, No. 19, May 18, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 469-474).

HTML: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5619a2.htm

B. "Prehospital and Hospital Delays After Stroke Onset --- United States, 2005--2006," (Vol. 56, No. 19, May 18, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 474-478).

HTML:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5619a3.htm

PDF entire report:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5619.pdf

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4. US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION NEWS RELEASE: "FDA Approves Neupro Patch for Treatment of Early Parkinson's Disease," (May 9, 2007).

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01631.html

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5. UK OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS BRIEF:

A. "Pension Trends." The page links to an online publication as well as May 2007 data (.zip compressed Microsoft Excel format spreadsheets).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14173&More=n

B. "Pensions Contributions £75 ($1.4) billion in 2005," (May 11, 2007).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1278

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6. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Fall-related hospitalisations among older people: sociocultural and regional aspects," by Clare Bradley and James E. Harrison (Injury research and statistics series no. 33, May 2007, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.nisu.flinders.edu.au/pubs/reports/2007/injcat97.php

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7. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT, GUIDELINES:

A. "Pension Fund Regulation and Risk Management - Results from an ALM Optimisation Exercise," (Private Pensions Series, No. 8, May 2007, .pdf format, 61p.).

This report is linked from a press release from Allianz Global Investors, who wrote the report for OECD:

http://www.allianz.com/en/allianz_group/press_center/news/markets_und_studies/markets_und_studies/news_2007-05-09.html

B. "OECD Guidelines on Funding and Benefit Security in Occupational Pension Plans," (May 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/3/22/38547978.pdf

Related Press Release:

http://www.oecd.org/document/9/0,2340,en_2649_34853_38556937_1_1_1_1,00.html

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8. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "The New Generation Gap," by Mark Mather (May 2007).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2007/NewGenerationGap.aspx

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9. AARP REPORT: "Assisted Living In Unlicensed Housing: The Regulatory Experience Of Four States," by Bernadette Wright (April 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/assistedliving/2007_08_housing.html

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10. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE BRIEF: "Social Security and Retirement Income Adequacy," by Virginia P. Reno and Joni Lavery (Social Security Brief No. 25, May 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.nasi.org/publications2763/publications_show.htm?doc_id=482679

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11. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "Making Medicare Work Better." (_May 2007 Newsletter_, May 1, 2007, HTML Format).

http://www.aei.org/publications/filter.all,pubID.26069/pub_detail.asp

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12. DELOITTE AND TOUCHE REPORT: "Serving the Aging Citizen : A U.S. perspective," by Bill Eggers (May 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.deloitte.com/dtt/cda/doc/content/US_PS_agingcitizen_090507%281%29.pdf

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13. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Medicare Advantage Chartpack," (May 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7646.cfm

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14. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Activated Cdc42-associated kinase Ack1 promotes prostate cancer progression via androgen receptor tyrosine phosphorylation ," by Nupam P. Mahajan, Yuanbo Liu, Samarpan Majumder, Maria R. Warren, Carol E. Parker, James L. Mohler, H. Shelton Earp, and Young E. Whang (Vol. 104, No. 20, May 15, 2007, p. 8438-8443).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/20/8438

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15. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT, EDITORIAL:

A. "Low dose aspirin and cognitive function in the women's health study cognitive cohort," by Jae Hee Kang, Nancy Cook, JoAnn Manson, Julie E. Buring, and Francine Grodstein (Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 987-990).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/334/7601/987

B. "Aspirin and cognitive function," by Lawrence J. Whalley and Donald H. R. Mowat (Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 961-962).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7601/961

C. "Social inequalities in self reported health in early old age: follow-up of prospective cohort study," by Tarani Chandola, Jane Ferrie, Amanda Sacker, and Michael Marmot (Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 990-993).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/334/7601/990

D. "Socioeconomic inequalities in health," by Debbie A. Lawlor and Jonathan A. C. Sterne (Vol. 334, No. 7601, May 12, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 963-964).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/334/7601/963

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effects of Different Doses of Physical Activity on Cardiorespiratory Fitness Among Sedentary, Overweight or Obese Postmenopausal Women With Elevated Blood Pressure: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Timothy S. Church, Conrad P. Earnest, James S. Skinner, and Steven N. Blair (Vol. 297, No. 19, May 16, 2007, p. 2081-2091).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/297/19/2081

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17. TIME ARTICLE: "Making Flexible Retirements Work," by Dan Kedlac (Vol. 169, No. 21, May 21, 2007).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1619545,00.html

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III. Working Papers:

18. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Rise of 401(k) Plans, Lifetime Earnings, and Wealth at Retirement," by James Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise (w13091, May 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

Saving through private pensions has been an important complement to Social Security in providing for the financial needs of older Americans. In the past twenty five years, however, there has been a dramatic change in private retirement saving. Personal retirement accounts have replaced defined benefit pension plans as the primary means of retirement saving. It is important to understand how this change will affect the wealth of future retirees. The personal retirement account system is not yet mature. A person who retired in 2000, for example, could have contributed to a 401(k) for at most 18 years and the typical 401(k) participant had only contributed for a little over seven years. Nonetheless, current 401(k) assets are quite large. We consider in this paper the implications of rising 401(k) saving through the year 2040. In particular, we emphasize the growth of the sum of Social Security wealth and 401(k) assets for families in each decile of the Social Security wealth distribution. Our projections show a substantial increase between 2000 and 2040 in the sum of these retirement assets in each wealth decile. We also consider the accumulation of 401(k) assets by families in different deciles of the distribution of lifetime earnings.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w13091

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

19. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 22, No. 2, April 2007).

http://aja.sagepub.com/archive/

20. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 11, Jun. 1, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol165/issue11/index.dtl?etoc

21. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 14, No. 3, 2007).

http://www.ejpc.eu.com/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=447476&IssueID=78

22. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 35, No. 4, June 2007). 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://fcs.sagepub.com/content/vol35/issue4/?etoc

23. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 15, No. 2, April 2007).

http://www.humankinetics.com/JAPA/currentIssue.cfm

24. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 55, No. 5, May 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/55/5

25. Journals of Gerontology (B): Psychological and Social Sciences (Vols. 62, Nos. 3, May 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol62/issue3/?etoc

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26. 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 May 16, 2007:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 16, 2007:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 16, 2007:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 16, 2007:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 16, 2007:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 16, 2007:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Employment Opportunities/Funding Opportunities:

27. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: "Services to Older Refugees," (HHS-2007-ACF-ORR-RL-0071, May 2007).

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2007-ACF-ORR-RL-0071.html

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28. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ADMINISTRATION OF AGING: "Aging and Disability Resource Center Initiative: Integrating Access to Long-Term Care," (HHS-2007-AoA-DR-0707, May 2007). The deadline for application is June 29, 2007.

http://www.aoa.gov/doingbus/fundopp/announcements/2007/ADRC%20Solicitation%202007%20-%20final.doc

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29. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICE ADMINISTRATION: "Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility" (HRSA-07-132, May 17, 2007). For more information see:

https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/FundingOppDetails.asp?FundingCycleId=E8921321-53A9-4827-8829-C0828CA187D1&ViewMode=EU&GoBack=&PrintMode=&OnlineAvailabilityFlag=&pageNumber=&version=&NC=&Popup=

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30. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: GSA'S Agework.com has recently added several employment opportunities in aging. The new opportunities are dated on and after Apr. 20, 2007.

http://agework.geron.org/c/search_results.cfm?site_id=312

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VI. Conferences:

31. FESTIVAL OF INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES ON CAREGIVING, DISABILITY, AGING AND TECHNOLOGY (FICCDAT): "(FICCDAT) will bring together five important and different conferences all focused on enhancing the lives of seniors, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers." The conferences will be held in Toronto, Ontario (June 16-19, 2007). The conferences include:

- Growing Older with a Disability
- The 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA)
- Advances in Neurorehabilitation
- Caregivers: Essential Partners in Care
- 30th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference: Improving Medical Device Usability

http://www.ficcdat.ca/TheFestival/default.aspx?lang=en-US

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32. LONG-TERM CARE FINANCING PROJECT [GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY]: "Toward a More Efficient and Effective System of Financing Long-Term Care," a forum to be held June 11, 2007 (deadline for registration is May 25, 2007).

http://ltc.georgetown.edu/register.html

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33. INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS: ASIA/OCEANIA REGION: "Aging Diversity in Asia and Oceania Region: Health, Participation, Security, Sharing," to be held October 22-25, 2007 (Beijing, China).

http://www.aarp.org/research/international/calendar/oct22_07_asiadiversity.html

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Payments to Certain Medicare Fee-for-Service Providers," a hearing held May 15, 2007 (HTML format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=560

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35. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Advantage Marketing and Sales: Who Has The Advantage?" a hearing held May 15, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=274320&

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36. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON RETIREMENT AND AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Alzheimer's Disease: Current and Future Breakthrough Research," a hearing held May 15, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://help.senate.gov/Hearings/2007_05_15/2007_05_15.html

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37. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicare Savings Plan and Low Income Subsidy: Keeping Medicare's Promise for Seniors and People with Disabilities," a hearing held May 15, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-he-hrg.051507.Medicare.savings.shtml

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38. JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Are the Explosive Costs of Elder Care Hurting Family Finances and Business Competition?" a hearing held May 16, 2007 (.pdf format).

http://www.jec.senate.gov/hearings.htm

Related fact sheet:

http://www.jec.senate.gov/Documents/Hearings/eldercarefactsheet.pdf

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

39. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

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

Binswanger, Johannes. Risk Management of Pensions From the Perspective of Loss Aversion. Journal of Public Economics. 2007; 91(3-4):641-667.

Hendricks, Lutz. Retirement Wealth and Lifetime Earnings. International Economic Review. 2007; 48(2):421.

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40. AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND: "The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) created AFB Senior Site to help older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases - a growing public health problem in this country."

http://www.afb.org/seniorsitehome.asp

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41. NIHSENIORHEALTH.GOV ADDITION: NIHSeniorHealth.gov has recently added a topic page on skin cancer.

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/skincancer/toc.html

NIHSeniorHealth.gov:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/

NIH Press Release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/may2007/nia-17.htm

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Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Center for Demography and Ecology and
Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Rm. 3329 Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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