Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #416--December 13, 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS issued the following data announcement on Dec. 6, 2007: "2001 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) Final Version 2.0"

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/sho_news.php?hfyle=news242&xtyp=1

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/data/index.html

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2. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: "The Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) microdata are now available for use" (Dec. 6, 2007).

http://www.lisproject.org/lws/lwsannouncement.htm

More information: (Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

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

Data Access:

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

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3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

- Dec. 10, 2007 - Data for Ukraine were revised and updated through 2006

Data availability:

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

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS has released the following datasets (all, November 2007, 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).

MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2005 Pooled Estimation Linkage File (November 2007).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-036

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II. Reports and articles:

5. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Lump-Sum Distributions Under the Pension Protection Act," by Patrick Purcell (RS22765, December 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RS22765

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6. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Private Pensions: Low Defined Contribution Plan Savings May Pose Challenges to Retirement Security, Especially for Many Low-Income Workers" (GAO-08-8, November 2007, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.gao.gov/docdblite/summary.php?rptno=GAO-08-8&accno=A78791

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7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING ALZHEIMERS DISEASE EDUCATION & REFERRAL CENTER (ADEAR) NEWSLETTER, ARTICLE:

A. Connections (Vol. 15, No. 3, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/Newsletter/CurrentIssue.htm

B. "Making Your Printed Health Materials Senior Friendly" (December 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/srfriendly.htm

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8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "NIH State-of-the-Science Panel Seeks to Dispel Stigma Associated With Fecal and Urinary Incontinence: Open communication between patients and healthcare providers is key" (Dec. 12, 2007).

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2007/omar-12.htm

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9. INSTITUTO BRASILIERO DE GEOGRAPHIE E ESTATISTICA (IBGE--BRAZIL) NEWS RELEASE: "In 2006, life expectancy at birth of Brazilians was 72.3 years" (Dec. 3, 2007). Note: there is a link from the news release to complete mortality tables for 2006 (.pdf and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format). The tables are in Portuguese.

http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/presidencia/noticias/noticia_visualiza.php?id_noticia=1043&id_pagina=1

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10. CZECH BUSINESS WEEKLY ARTICLE: "Pension reform still far away," by Martina Martinovicova (Dec. 10, 2007).

http://www.cbw.cz/phprs/2007121027.html

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11. STATISTICS FINLAND NEWS RELEASE: "Population development in independent Finland - greying Baby Boomers" (Dec. 5, 2007).

http://www.stat.fi/tup/suomi90/joulukuu_en.html

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12. STATISTICS ICELAND NEWS RELEASE: "Population projection 2006-2050" (No. 143/2007, Dec. 6, 2007). Note: the news release links to a report: "Population projection in Iceland 2007-2050" (December 2007, .pdf format, 31p.). The report is in Icelandic, table heads are in Icelandic and English.

http://www.statice.is/Pages/444?NewsID=2257

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13. IRELAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CHILDREN/AN ROINN SLAINTE AGUS LEANAI NEWS RELEASE: "Health funding up 9% to prioritise Services for Older People, People with Disabilities, and Cancer Control Strategy" (Dec. 5, 2007).

http://www.dohc.ie/press/releases/2007/20071205a.html

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14. AARP, VARIOUS:

A. AARP Bulletin (December 2007). Selected articles form the latest _Bulletin_ are available at the site.

http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/toc/tableofcontents.html

B. "Guarding the Guardians: Promising Practices for Court Monitoring," by Naomi Karp and Erica F. Wood (Research Report 2007-21, December 2007, .pdf format, 91p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/legal/guardianships/2007_21_guardians.html

C. "Reverse Mortgages: 'Niche Product or Mainstream Solution? Report on the 2006 AARP National Survey of Reverse Mortgage Shoppers'," by Donald L. Redfoot, Ken Scholen, and S. Kathi Brown (Research Report 2007-22, December 2007, .pdf format, 208p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/credit-debt/mortgages/2007_22_revmortgage.html

D. "NIH (US National Institutes of Health)-AARP Diet and Health Study: Impact of Diet and Lifestyle Factors on Cancer Incidence" (Research Report, December 2007).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/prevention/nci_aarp.html

E. "What Now? How Retirees Manage Money To Make It Last Through Retirement" (AARP and American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) (Research Report, December 2007, .pdf format, 137p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/retirementsaving/guaranteed_income.html

F. "AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

Weekender: Elder Wisdom Circle (Dec. 15, 2007).

Grandparents Parenting (Dec. 11, 2007).

http://radioprimetime.org/

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:

http://radioprimetime.org/radioprograms.htm

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15. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION NURSING HOME REFORM RESOURCES. REPORTS:

A. "To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of landmark federal legislation to improve the quality of nursing home care, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (known as OBRA 87), the Kaiser Family Foundation released new resources and cosponsored a Washington, D.C. briefing.Among the resources released were new opinion poll results on the public's views about the quality of long-term care services in the United States; the short film, "Nursing Home Reform: Then and Now," that examines the history surrounding the landmark law; the new report, Nursing Home Care Quality: Twenty Years After the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which explains the key provisions of OBRA '87 related to nursing home care and examines the progress and problems in quality assurance in nursing homes over the past twenty years and an updated fact sheet, Medicaid and Long-Term Care Services, by the Foundation~Rs Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured."

Note: "Nursing Home Reform" video is in Windows Media Player format, running time: 12 minutes, 16 seconds. A complete webcast of the Briefing is also available in Windows Media and mp3 format, running time 1 hour, 42 minutes, 51 seconds. Chartpack is .pdf format, 10p., toplines, .pdf format, 8p., report is authored by Joshua M. Wiener,.Marc P.Freiman, and David Brown, (December 2007, .pdf format, 46p.), medicaid and long-term care services fact sheet, (December 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

All are available at:

http://www.kff.org/obra87reforms.cfm

B. "Voices of Beneficiaries: Attitudes Toward Medicare Part D Open Enrollment for 2008," by Adrianne Dulio, Michael Perry, and Juliette Cubanski (December 2007, .pdf format, 7p.). Note: This is the fourth in a series of reports.

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7722.cfm

C. "Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlights," (December 2007). Note: This is a series of four data spotlights (.pdf format, 2-4p.). The publications are:

- Medicare Part D Data Spotlight: Specialty Tiers

- Medicare Part D Data Spotlight: Benefit Design

- Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlight: Premiums

- Medicare Part D 2008 Data Spotlight: The Coverage Gap

http://www.kff.org/medicare/med102507pkg.cfm

Note: B. and C. above are also linked to from KFF's metasite on prescription drug issues: "Resources on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit."

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

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16. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS, WEBCAST:

A. "Should People Work Longer, and Will They?" by Richard W. Johnson (Retirement Policy Center Factsheets on Population Aging, December 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411584.html

B. "Are Employers Willing to Hire and Retain Older Workers?" by Gordon Mermin (Retirement Policy Center Factsheets on Population Aging, December 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411583.html

C. "Revenue and Distributional Effects of the Individual Income and Estate Tax Provisions of Senator Thompson's Plan for Tax Relief and Economic Growth," by Leonard E. Burman, Greg Leiserson, and Jeff Rohaly (Tax Policy Center, December 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411585.html

D. "Social Security Reform Abroad: What Lessons for the U.S.?" (Dec. 5, 2007, audio mp3 format, running time, 1 hour 22 minutes, 44 seconds).

http://www.urban.org/Pressroom/otherevents/socialsecurityreform.cfm

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17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIRMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Have Defined Benefit Plans Survived in the Public Sector?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Kelly Haverstick, and Mauricio Soto (SLP#2, December 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/briefs/why_have_defined_benefit_plans_survived_in_the_public_sector_.html

Click on "PDF" at the bottom of the page for link to full text.

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18. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 28, No. 12, December 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=3870

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19. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND POLICY RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Changes in the Cost of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, 2007-2008," by Joshua Lanier and Dean Baker (November 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.cepr.net/content/view/1370/8/

More information about CEPR:

http://www.cepr.net/content/view/1/2/

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20. ILCUSA Periodical: "ILC Update" (International Longevity Center, USA, December 2007.). The ILC Update is a "monthly update on the latest news, publications, and events from the International Longevity Center-USA."

http://www.ilcusa.org/pages/newsroom/newsletters/december-2007-ilc-update.php

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21. MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Hiring an Independent Caregiver (MetLife, in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving, 2007, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.metlife.com/WPSAssets/16029888611197470771V1FHiringanIndependentCaregiver2007.pdf

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22. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Dramatic increase in naive T cell turnover is linked to loss of naive T cells from old primates," by Luka Cicin-Sain, Ilhem Messaoudi, Byung Park, Noreen Currier, Shannon Planer, Miranda Fischer, Shane Tackitt, Dragana Nikolich-Zugich, Alfred Legasse, Michael K. Axthelm, Louis J. Picker, Motomi Mori, and Janko Nikolich-Zugich (Vol. 104, No. 50, Dec. 11, 2007, p. 19960-19965).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/50/19960?etoc

B. "An androgen-regulated miRNA suppresses Bak1 expression and induces androgen-independent growth of prostate cancer cells," by Xu-Bao Shi, Lingru Xue, Joy Yang, Ai-Hong Ma, Jianjun Zhao, Ma Xu, Clifford G. Tepper, Christopher P. Evans, Hsing-Jien Kung, and Ralph W. deVere White (Vol. 104, No. 50, Dec. 11, 2007, p. 19983-19988).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/104/50/19983?etoc

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23. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, VARIOUS:

A. "Geriatric Care Management for Low-Income Seniors," by Steven R. Counsell, Christopher M. Callahan, Daniel O. Clark, Wanzhu Tu, Amna B. Buttar,Timothy E. Stump, and Gretchen D. Ricketts (Article abstract, Vol. 298, No. 22, Dec. 12, 2007, p. 2623-2633).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/22/2623

B. "Thiazolidinediones and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Older Patients With Diabetes," by Lorraine L. Lipscombe, Tara Gomes, Linda E. Levesque, Janet E. Hux, David N. Juurlink, and David A. Alter (Article abstract, Vol. 298, No. 22, Dec. 12, 2007, p. 2634-2643).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/22/2634

C, "Better Care for Older People With Chronic Diseases: An Emerging Vision," by David B. Reuben (Editorial extract, Vol. 298, No. 22, Dec. 12, 2007, p. 2673-2674).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/298/22/2673

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III. Working Papers:

24. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH:

A. "Capital Income Flows and the Relative Well-Being of America's Aged Population," by Barry P. Bosworth, Gary Burtless, and Sarah E. Anders (WP#2007-21, December 2007, .pdf format, 55p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/capital_income_flows_and_the_relative_well-being_of_americas_aged_popul_2.html

B. "Health Insurance and the Labor Supply Decisions of Older Workers: Evidence from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," by Melissa A. Boyle and Joanna N. Lahey (WP#2007-23, December 2007, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/health_insurance_and_the_labor_supply_decisions_of_older_workers_evidence_from_the_u.s._department_of_veterans_af.html

C. "The Cost of Owning Employer Stocks: Lessons From Taiwan," by Yi-Tsung Lee, Yu-Jane Liu, and Ning Zhu (WP#2007-24, December 2007, .pdf format, 53p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/the_cost_of_owning_employer_stocks_lessons_from_taiwan.html

D. "The Effect of Economic Conditions on the Employment of Workers Nearing Retirement Age," by Till von Wachter (WP#2007-25, December 2007, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/the_effect_of_economic_conditions_on_the_employment_of_workers_nearing_retiremen.html

E. "The Impact of Late-Career Health and Employment Shocks on Social Security and Other Wealth," by Richard W. Johnson, Gordon B.T. Mermin, and Dan Murphy (WP#2007-26, December 2007, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/the_impact_of_late-career_health_and_employment_shocks_on_social_security_and_other_w.html

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25. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) (CESifo) [MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Pension Reform, Retirement and Life-Cycle Unemployment," by Christian Jaag, Christian Keuschnigg, and Mirela Keuschnigg (CESifo Working Paper No. 2163, December 2007, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=14904

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26. WORLD BANK DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:

A. "Pension institutions and annuities in Denmark," by Carsten Andersen and Peter Skjodt (WPS4437, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 67p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20071212140314

B. "Annuities in Switzerland," by Monika Butler and Martin Ruesch (WPS4438, December 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 102p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20071212141747

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

27. Age and Ageing (Vol. 36, No. 6, November 2007).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol36/issue6/index.dtl?etoc

28. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 11, No. 6, 2007).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g788303017

29. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 15, No. 12, December 2007).

http://ajgponline.org/content/vol15/issue12/?etoc

30. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 46, No. 1, January-February 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943

31. Economic Development and Cultural Change (Vol. 56, No. 2, January 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database and the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/edcc/56/2

32. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 33, No. 10, October 2007). 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 issues.

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg

33. Health and Social Work (Vol. 32, No. 4, November 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/nasw/hsw

34. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 55, No. 12, December 2007).

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/toc/jgs/55/12

35. Journals of Gerontology (B) Psychological and Social Sciences (Vol. 62, Nos. 6, November 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database these issues.

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/content/vol62/issue6/?etoc

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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 Dec. 12, 2007:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities:

37. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Research Using Non-Embryonic Sources (R01)" (PA-08-043, Dec. 13, 2007, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information, see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-043.html

B. "Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Research Using Non-Embryonic Sources (R21)" (PA-08-044, Dec. 13, 2007, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information, see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-044.html

C. "Human Microbiome Demonstration Projects (UH2/UH3)" (RFA-RM-08-012, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information, see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-08-012.html

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38. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Title VI Tribal Organizations in National Disasters Declared by the President" (HHS-2008-AOA-DA-0801, the deadline date for submission of applications is Sep. 19, 2008, Microsoft Word format, 29p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/doingbus/fundopp/announcements/2008/DisasterAssistance.doc

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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

39. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Reverse Mortgages: Polishing Not Tarnishing The Golden Years," a hearing held Dec. 12, 2007. (.pdf format). A video webcast of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time 1 hour, 44 minutes, 21 seconds) is available at the site.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=288811

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VII. Websites of Interest:

40. @PRIME PENSION INSPECTOR: "The @Prime! Pension Inspector is designed to highlight, simplify, educate, enlighten and empower Plan Participants providing key statistics and current financial status of retirement Plans that file IRS/DOL 5500 annual reports, in an easy to read and understandable format.

Included in each report are special:

# Facts at a Glance

# Pension Inspector Alert reports.

# A Funded Status report is included for Defined Benefit Plans.

In addition, @Prime! redacted IRS/DOL Form 5500, and, 5500 financial Reports (5500-I and 5500-H) are presented where available for viewing for each plan."

For more information see:

http://207.97.136.85/pensioninspector/index.cfm?inclucontent=home

More information about @Prime:

http://www.atprime.com/

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