Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #441--June 12, 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. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FACT SHEETS, REPORT:

A. "Congressional Statistics, December 2007," (June 2008, .pdf and Excel format, 110p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/factsheets/cong_stats/2007/index.html

B. "Trends in Elective Deferrals of Earnings from 1990-2001 in Social Security Administrative Data," (Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-03, June 2008, .pdf format, 21p.).

HTML:
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2008-03.html

PDF:
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/rsnotes/rsn2008-03.pdf

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2. US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE COMPENDIUM: Fiscal Year 2007 DOD Statistical Report On The Military Retirement System, (May 2008, .pdf format, 282p.).

http://www.defenselink.mil/actuary/statbook07.pdf

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3. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE, DECISION MEMORANDUM:

A. "Medicare Launches Outreach Effort to Help Beneficiaries With New Program That Lowers Costs for Durable Medical Equipment," (June 9, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3149

B. "Decision Memo for Intracranial Stenting and Angioplasty (CAG-00085R5)," (June 12, 2008).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=214

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4. US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION NEWSLETTER: Maturity Health Matters (No. 8, Spring 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 13p.).

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/maturityhealthmatters/issue8.html

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5. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Time To Talk About CAM: Health Care Providers and Patients Need To Ask and Tell," (June 6, 2008).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2008/nccam-06.htm

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6. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Carers at the heart of 21st century families and communities: a caring system on your side, a life of your own," (June 2008, .pdf format, 163p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_085345

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7. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Pensioners' Incomes Series 2006/07," edited by Bansi Modha, James Rees, and Jo Semmence (June 2008, .pdf format, 82p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/pensioners_income.asp

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8. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Residential aged care in Australia 2006-07: a statistical overview," (Aged care series no. 26, June 2008, .pdf format, 124p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10589

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9. PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT: "Health Of Older Persons, Including Active And Healthy Aging: Regional Strategy," (June 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.paho.org/English/GOV/CE/ce142-14-e.pdf

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10. PROFIT SHARING/401K COUNCIL OF AMERICA REPORT: "Revenue Estimates And Retirement Policy The Need to Consider Present Estimates of Changes in Tax Policy," by Judy Xanthopoulos and Mary M. Schmitt (April 2008, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.psca.org/Portals/0/pdf/wash/REVENUEREPORTfinal.pdf

More about PSCA:

http://www.psca.org/ABOUTPSCA/Mission/tabid/62/Default.aspx

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11. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Disparities in Health and Health Care among Medicare Beneficiaries," by Elliott S. Fisher, David C. Goodman, and Amitabh Chandra (June 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=31251&topicid=1180&catid=14&typeid=123

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12. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Strains and Drains of Long-Term Care," by Richard W. Johnson (June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=1001188

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13. AARP REPORT, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Workforce Issues: Views from 103 North Carolina Employers. Summary of Findings from a Web Survey," by Jennifer H. Sauer (June 2008, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/work/issues/nc_employer_08.html

B. "The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Pensions: Will They Drown in Debt?: Jun. 10, 2008.

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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14. TAX FOUNDATION BRIEF: "Obama's Plan to Abolish the Social Security Wage Ceiling: A State-by-State Breakdown," by Gerald Prante (Fiscal Fact No. 128, May 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 3p.).

http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/23243.html

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15. CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH [SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY] POLICY: "Do We Want to Measure the Quality of Care for Vulnerable Older People? The ACOVE Approach," by Neil S. Wenger (No. 37/2008, June 2008, .pdf format, p.).

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/pbriefs/pb38.pdf

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16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 8, No. 12, June 11, 2008, HTML format).

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs037/1101399948055/archive/1102131872305.html

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17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Variation in MAPT is associated with cerebrospinal fluid tau levels in the presence of amyloid-beta deposition," by John S. K. Kauwe, Carlos Cruchaga, Kevin Mayo, Chiara Fenoglio, Sarah Bertelsen, Petra Nowotny, Daniela Galimberti, Elio Scarpini, John C. Morris, Anne M. Fagan, David M. Holtzman, and Alison M. Goate (Vol. 105, No. 23, June 10, 2008, p. 8050-8054).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/23/8050

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18. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Substrate-targeting [ggr]-secretase modulators," by Thomas L. Kukar, Thomas B. Ladd, Maralyssa A. Bann, Patrick C. Fraering, Rajeshwar Narlawar, Ghulam M. Maharvi, Brent Healy, Robert Chapman, Alfred T. Welzel, Robert W. Price, Brenda Moore, Vijayaraghavan Rangachari, Bernadette Cusack, Jason Eriksen, Karen Jansen-West, Christophe Verbeeck, Debra Yager, Christopher Eckman, Wenjuan Ye, Sarah Sagi, Barbara A. Cottrell, Justin Torpey, Terrone L. Rosenberry, Abdul Fauq, Michael S. Wolfe, Boris Schmidt, Dominic M. Walsh, Edward H. Koo & Todd E. Golde (Vol. 453, No. 7197, June 12, 2008, p. 925-929).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7197/abs/nature07055.html

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19. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE, EDITORIAL EXTRACT:

A. "Befriending carers of people with dementia: randomised controlled trial," by Georgina Charlesworth, Lee Shepstone, Edward Wilson, Shirley Reynolds, Miranda Mugford, David Price, Ian Harvey, and Fiona Poland (Vol. 336, No. 7656, June 7, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1295-1297).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/abstract/336/7656/1295

B. "The carers of people with dementia," by Rob Butler (Vol. 336, No. 7656, June 7, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1260-1261).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/336/7656/1260

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20. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF MEDICINE ONE ARTICLE: "The Effectiveness of a Home Care Program for Supporting Caregivers of Persons with Dementia in Developing Countries: A Randomised Controlled Trial from Goa, India," by Amit Dias, Michael E. Dewey, Jean D'Souza, Rajesh Dhume, Dilip D. Motghare, K. S. Shaji, Rajiv Menon, Martin Prince, and Vikram Patel (PLoS ONE 3(6): e2333. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002333, June 2008, .pdf, XML and HTML format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0002333

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21. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "Effect of Bright Light and Melatonin on Cognitive and Noncognitive Function in Elderly Residents of Group Care Facilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Rixt F. Riemersma-van der Lek, Dick F. Swaab, Jos Twisk, Elly M. Hol, Witte J. G. Hoogendijk, and Eus J. W. Van Someren (Vol. 299, No. 22, June 11, 2008, p. 2642-2655).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/22/2642

B. "Clinical Implications of QRS Duration in Patients Hospitalized With Worsening Heart Failure and Reduced Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction," by Norman C. Wang, Aldo P. Maggioni, Marvin A. Konstam, Faiez Zannad, Holly B. Krasa, John C. Burnett Jr, Liliana Grinfeld, Karl Swedberg, James E. Udelson, Thomas Cook, Brian Traver, Christopher Zimmer, Cesare Orlandi, and Mihai Gheorghiade (Vol. 299, No. 22, June 11, 2008, p. 2656-2666).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/299/22/2656

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22. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE REVIEW ABSTRACT: "Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Rama D. Jager, William F. Mieler, and Joan W. Miller (Vol. 358, No. 24, June 12, 2008, p. 2606-2617).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/358/24/2606

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II. Working Papers:

23. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS: "Self-Employment Transitions among Older American Workers with Career Jobs," by Michael D. Giandrea, Kevin E. Cahill, and Joseph F. Quinn (Working Paper No. 418, April 2008, .pdf format, p.20). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.bls.gov/ore/abstract/ec/ec080040.htm

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24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Health, Stress, and Social Networks: Evidence from Union Army Veterans," by Dora L. Costa and Matthew E. Kahn (w14053, June 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

Abstract:

We find that veterans of the Union Army who faced greater wartime stress (as measured by higher battlefield mortality rates) experienced higher mortality rates at older ages, but that men who were from more cohesive companies were statistically significantly less likely to be affected by wartime stress. Our results hold for overall mortality, mortality from ischemic heart disease and stroke, and new diagnoses of arteriosclerosis. Our findings represent one of the first long-run health follow-ups of the interaction between stress and social networks in a human population in which both stress and social networks are arguably exogeneous.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14053

B. "Asset Allocation and Location over the Life Cycle with Survival-Contingent Payouts," by Wolfram J. Horneff, Raimond H. Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Michael Z. Stamos (w14055, June 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

This paper shows how lifelong survival-contingent payouts can enhance investor wellbeing in the context of a portfolio choice model which integrates uninsurable labor income and asymmetric mortality expectations. Our model generates optimal asset location patterns indicating how much to hold in liquid versus illiquid survival-contingent payouts over the lifetime, and also asset allocation paths, showing how to invest in stocks versus bonds. We confirm that the investor will gradually move money out of her liquid saving into survival-contingent assets to retirement and beyond, thereby enhancing her welfare by as much as 50 percent. The results are also robust to the introduction of uninsurable consumption shocks in housing expenses, income flows during the worklife and retirement, sudden changes in health status, and medical expenses.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14055

C. "Managing Public Investment Funds: Best Practices and New Challenges," by Olivia S. Mitchell, John Piggott, and Cagri Kumru (w14078, June 2008, .pdf format, 29p.).

Abstract:

Publicly-held pools of assets have grown dramatically over the last several years, and they are playing an increasingly prominent role in cross-national investments. This paper examines how to better secure prudent and economically sound public fund management practices, focusing on ways to formulate and build a strong governance structure for managing the assets, how one might protect the assets from political interference, and what sensible investment policy might entail. We compare three distinct forms of public funds, namely foreign exchange reserve funds, sovereign wealth funds, and public pension funds, to highlight similarities and differences between these. We also explore how their management structure relates to governance practices and country-specific characteristics, drawing from the pension and corporate finance literature. Last, we discuss alternative means of managing public reserve funds in aging economies such as Japan, to help meet future social security liabilities in the face of rapid demographic aging.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14078

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25. INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION IN HEALTH ECONOMICS/INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE ET DOCUMENTATION EN ECONOMIE DE LA SANTE [PARIS]: Private supplementary health insurance: retirees' demand," by Carine Franc, Marc Perronnin, and Aurélie Pierre (DT No. 9, April 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

In France, private health insurance, that supplements public health insurance, is essential for access to health care. About 90% of the population is covered by a private contract and around half of them obtain their coverage through their employer. Considering the financial benefits associated with group contracts compared to individual contracts, we assume that the switching behaviors vary among different beneficiaries during the transition to retirement. Indeed, despite a 1989 law, the gap in premiums increases at retirement between group and individual contracts affords the opportunity to study the marginal price effect on switching behaviors. In this study, we consider the nature of the contract prior to retirement\ (compulsory or voluntary membership group contract and individual contract) as an indirect measure of the price effect. We focus on its role and check for a large number of individual characteristics that may influence the new retirees~R health insurance demand.

http://www.irdes.fr/EspaceAnglais/Publications/WorkingPapers/DT9PrivateSuppleHealthInsurance.pdf

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26. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "Forced Saving, Redistribution and Nonlinear Social Security Schemes," by Helmuth Cremer, Philippe de Donder, Darío Maldonado, and Pierre Pestieau (CESifo Working Paper No. 2325, June 2008, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=15602

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

27. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 167, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2008).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol167/issue12/index.dtl?etoc

28. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 98, No. 7, July 2008). 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 these databases and this issue.

http://www.ajph.org/content/vol98/issue7/

29. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 47, No. 1, July/August 2008).

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

30. Research on Aging (Vol. 30, No. 4, July 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/vol30/issue4/?etoc

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31. 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 June 11, 2008:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 11, 2008:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 11, 2008:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 11, 2008:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 11, 2008:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 11, 2008:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding Opportunities:

32. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging (P30)," (RFA-AG-09-005, National Institute on Aging, June 10, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-09-005.html

B. "Request for Information (RFI): Emerging Capabilities for Non-Invasive Imaging of Brain Structure and Function (Neuroscience Blueprint)," (NOT-AG-08-005, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, June 6, 2008).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-08-005.html

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V. Conferences:

33. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: The following new conferences have been added to the Conferencealerts.com Gerontology site:

Ageing and International Development Workshop 20 June 2008 London United Kingdom

25th Annual Summer Series on Aging 23 June 2008 Lexington Kentucky

IASSID 2nd Annual Asia Pacific Conference 24 June 2009 Singapore Singapore

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

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Thanks,

Charlie

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