Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #439--May 29, 2008

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. Reports and articles:

1. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS REPORT: "National Compensation Survey: Retirement Benefits in State and Local Governments in the United States, 2007," (Summary 08-03, May 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).

http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/sp/ebsm0008.pdf

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2. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers In New Jersey: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-NJ, May 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/ledow04nj.pdf

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3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION VARIOUS:

A. "International Update, May 2008" (May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2008-05/index.html

B. "SSI Monthly Statistics: April 2008 (May 2008, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2008-04/index.html

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4. INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ARTICLE: "Accumulation and Distribution of Individual Retirement Arrangements, 2004," by Victoria L. Bryant (Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin, Vol. 27, No. 4, Spring 2008, .pdf format, p. 90-101).

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/04inretirebul.pdf

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5. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "$6.5 million (US$6.2 million) to improve palliative support National Palliative Care Week 2008," (May 26, 2008).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr08-je-je057.htm

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6. IOWA STATE DATA CENTER REPORT: "Older Iowans: 2008" (May 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.iowadatacenter.org/Publications/older2007

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7. NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS LAW CENTER REPORT: "The Administration on Aging's Nursing Home Diversion Program," by Gene Coffey (May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.nsclc.org/areas/medicaid/aoa-s-nursing-home-diversion-program/at_download/attachment

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8. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Why Not a "Super Simple" Saving Plan for the United States?" by Pamela Perun and C. Eugene Steuerle (Report No. 3, May 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411676

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9. AARP REPORT: "How Prescription Drug Use Affects Health Care Utilization and Spending by Older Americans: A Review of the Literature," by Cindy Parks Thomas (2008-04, April 2008, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/drugs/2008_04_rx.html

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10. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Improving the Medicare Savings Programs Would Help Low-Income Seniors Cope With Higher Medical Expenses," by Edwin Park and Danilo Trisi (May 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 7p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/5-20-08health.htm

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11. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 8, No. 11, May 2008, HTML format).

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs037/1101399948055/archive/1102115452422.html

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12. KINGS FUND [UK] REPORT: "Paying the Price: The cost of mental health care in England to 2026," by Paul McCrone, Sujith Dhanasiri, Anita Patel, Martin Knapp, Simon Lawton-Smith (May 2008, .pdf format, 165p.).

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/kings_fund_publications/paying_the_price.html

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

A. "Complementary dimerization of microtubule-associated tau protein: Implications for microtubule bundling and tau-mediated pathogenesis," by Kenneth J. Rosenberg, Jennifer L. Ross, H. Eric Feinstein, Stuart C. Feinstein, and Jacob Israelachvili (Vol. 105, No. 21, May 27, 2008, p. 7445-7450).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/21/7445

B. "Paired {beta}-sheet structure of an A{beta}(1-40) amyloid fibril revealed by electron microscopy," by Carsten Sachse, Marcus Fändrich, and Nikolaus Grigorieff (Vol. 105, No. 21, May 27, 2008, p. 7462-7466).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/21/7462

C. "Social interaction-mediated lifespan extension of Drosophila Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase mutants," by Hongyu Ruan and Chun-Fang Wu (Vol. 105, No. 21, May 27, 2008, p. 7506-7510).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/21/7506

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14. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF MEDICINE ONE ARTICLE: "Social Vulnerability, Frailty and Mortality in Elderly People," by Melissa K. Andrew, Arnold B. Mitnitski, and Kenneth Rockwood (PLoS ONE 3(5): e2232. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002232, May 2008, HTML, XML and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002232

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15. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Escitalopram and Problem-Solving Therapy for Prevention of Poststroke Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Robert G. Robinson, Ricardo E. Jorge, David J. Moser, Laura Acion, Ana Solodkin, Steven L. Small, Pasquale Fonzetti, Mark Hegel, and Stephan Arndt (Vol. 299, No. 20, May 28, 2008, p. 2391-2400).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/20/2391

B. "Relationship Between Regional Per Capita Medicare Expenditures and Patient Perceptions of Quality of Care," by Floyd J. Fowler Jr., Patricia M. Gallagher, Denise L. Anthony, Kirk Larsen, and Jonathan S. Skinner (Vol. 299, No. 20, May 28, 2008, p. 2406-2412).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/20/2406

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16. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Multiple Genetic Loci for Bone Mineral Density and Fractures," by Unnur Styrkarsdottir, Bjarni V. Halldorsson, Solveig Gretarsdottir, Daniel F. Gudbjartsson, G. Bragi Walters, Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, Thorbjorg Jonsdottir, Jona Saemundsdottir, Jacqueline R. Center, Tuan V. Nguyen, Yu Bagger, Jeffrey R. Gulcher, John A. Eisman, Claus Christiansen, Gunnar Sigurdsson, Augustine Kong, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, and Kari Stefansson (Vol. 358, No. 22, May 29, 2008, p. 2355-2365).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/358/22/2355

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17. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "All on the mind," (May 22, 2008).

http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=11402761

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II. Working Papers:

18. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Shape of the BMI-Mortality Association by Cause of Death, Using Generalized Additive Models: NHIS 1986-2002," by Anna Zajacova (PSC Research Report No. 08-639, June 2008, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs.html?ID=5368

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19. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Training Background and Early Retirement," by Raymond Montizaan, Frank Cörvers, and Andries de Grip (Discussion Paper No. 3504, May 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

Several studies show that employees with firm-specific skills are more likely to be covered by employer-sponsored pension schemes than workers with general skills. Therefore it can be expected that workers with firm-specific skills retire earlier. This paper tests this prediction using US data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Older Men. We find that workers who participated in firm-specific training in their early careers retire earlier than workers with a general training background. This indicates that shared investments in firm-specific training are embedded in implicit contracts that induce early retirement. The results remain robust when controlling for technological change and work commitment.

http://ftp.iza.org/dp3504.pdf

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20. DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS [UK]: "Wealth and Assets Survey Employer Pensions followup: Feasibility report," by Joel Williams and Hannah Carpenter (Working Paper No. 48, May 2008, .pdf format, 138p.). There is no abstract for this paper.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/WP48.pdf

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

21. Dementia (Vol. 7, No. 2, May 2008).

http://dem.sagepub.com/content/vol7/issue2/

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22. 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 28, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 28, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 28, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 28, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 28, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 28, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Books:

23. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PRESS: Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge by Alicia H. Munnell and Steven Sass (2008, ISBN: 978-0-8157-5898-3, 207p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/linked_in_content_pages/working_longer_the_solution_to_the_retirement_income_chal.html

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V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

24. U.S. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "AoA is accepting applications for proposed projects that further the purposes of Title IV of the Older Americans Act. Title IV projects must: test new and innovative approaches to the design and delivery of programs and services for older persons; expand knowledge and understanding of the older population and the aging process; help meet the needs for trained personnel in the field of aging; and/or increase awareness of the need for individuals to assume responsibility for their own longevity" (HHS-2008-AoA-OP-0808). The deadline for applications is June 30, 2008.

http://www.aoa.gov/doingbus/fundopp/announcements/2008/OpenSolicitationPA2008Q4.doc

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25. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NOTE: "NIA Mutant Mouse Aging Colony for Biogerontology Research," (NOT-AG-08-004, National Institute on Aging, May 20, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-08-004.html

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26. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through May 29, 2008.

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

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VI. Websites of Interest:

27. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: Kaiser Fast Facts: This site allows users to search "Kaiser's database of slides by topic, keyword, or title, and use the results to create your own customized PowerPoint slideshow to download or print."

http://facts.kff.org/

Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
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