Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #473--February 5, 2009

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. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORTS:

A. "Retirement Plan Participation and Contributions: Trends from 1998 to 2006," by Patrick Purcell (RL33116, January 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/RL33116

B. "The Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008: An Overview," by Jennifer Staman (RL40171, January 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://opencrs.cdt.org/document/R40171

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2. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORTS:

A. "Report On The Spend Down Of Defined Contribution Assets At Retirement," (January 2009, HTML format).

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/2008ACreport3.html

B. "Report On Phased Retirement," (January 2009, HTML format).

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/2008ACreport2.html

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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Screening for Prostate Cancer with the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test - United States, 2006," by Erwin Brown Jr. (Statistical Brief No. 233, January 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=892

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4. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT:

A. "Incentives to save for retirement: understanding, perceptions and behaviour: A literature review," by Roger Wicks and Sarah Horack (Research Report No. 562, February 2009, .pdf format, 62p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_562.asp

B. "Saving for retirement: Implications of pensions reforms on financial incentives to save for retirement," (Research Report No. 558, February 2009, .pdf format, 152p.).

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_558.asp

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5. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE:

A. "Aged Care Providers Recognising Community Care - 10-To-One Oversubscription in 2008-2009 Aged Care Approvals Round," (January 30, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 3p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je006.htm

B. "Psychogeriatric Research Grants," (February 3, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 3p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je008.htm

C. "Largest Allocation of Capital Grants for Aged Care in 2008-2009 ACAR: Creating New Aged Care Services," (February 4, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr09-je-je009.htm

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6. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Planning for Retirement? Web Calculators Weak on Health Costs," by Bryan E. Dowd, Adam Atherly, and Robert Town (December 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/retirementsaving/2008_12_savings.html

B. "Health Care in Florida: A Study of Current Challenges and the Support for State Reform," by Terri Guengerich and Prantik Baruah (January 2009, .pdf format, 29p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/carefinancing/fl_hcr_09.html

C. "A New Perspective on "Saving" for Retirement," by John Gist (February 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/financial/retirementsaving/i22_saving.html

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7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Health Care on a Budget: An Analysis of Spending by Medicare Households," by Juliette Cubanski, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman (February 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7859.cfm

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8. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE REPORT: "Strengthening Social Security for Vulnerable Groups," edited by Virginia P. Reno and Joni Lavery (January 2009, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.nasi.org/publications2763/publications_show.htm?doc_id=805663&name=Disability

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9. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK [BOSTON COLLEGE] ISSUE BRIEF: "Workplace Flexibility: Findings from the Age & Generations Study," by Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Christina Matz-Costa, and Elyssa Besen (Brief No. 19, January 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/IB19_WorkFlex_2009-02-03.pdf

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10. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "The Structure of 401(k) Fees," by Richard W. Kopcke, Francis Vitagliano, and Dan Muldoon (IB No. 9-3, February 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/preview/the_structure_of_401_k_fees.html

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11. BROOKINGS INSTITUTE ARTICLE: "A Vision for the U.S. Pension System at 100," by Henry J. Aaron (January 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/articles/2009/0129_pensions_aaron.aspx

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12. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER PERIODICAL: MRRC Newsletter (Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/newsletters/newsletter_item.cfm?NewsletterID=1006

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13. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 3, Feb. 4, 2009).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=467

More information about FCA:

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=509

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14. NATURE LETTER ABSTRACT: "Signalling through RHEB-1 mediates intermittent fasting-induced longevity in C. elegans," by Sakiko Honjoh, Takuya Yamamoto, Masaharu Uno & Eisuke Nishida (Vol. 457, No. 7230, February 5, 2009, p. 726-730).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v457/n7230/abs/nature07583.html

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15. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

A. "A helix-to-coil transition at the e-cut site in the transmembrane dimer of the amyloid precursor protein is required for proteolysis," by Takeshi Sato, Tzu-chun Tang, Gabriella Reubins, Jeffrey Z. Fei, Taiki Fujimoto, Pascal Kienlen-Campard, Stefan N. Constantinescu, Jean-Noel Octave, Saburo Aimoto, and Steven O. Smith (Vol. 106, No. 5, February 3, 2009, p. 1421-1426).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/5/1421.abstract

B. "The conserved NAD(H)-dependent corepressor CTBP-1 regulates Caenorhabditis elegans life span," by Shuzhen Chen, Johnathan R. Whetstine, Salil Ghosh, John A. Hanover, Reddy R. Gali, Paul Grosu, and Yang Shi (Vol. 106, No. 5, February 3, 2009, p. 1496-1501).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/5/1496.abstract

C. "Altered temporal correlations in parietal alpha and prefrontal theta oscillations in early-stage Alzheimer disease," by Teresa Montez, Simon-Shlomo Poil, Bethany F. Jones, Ilonka Manshanden, Jeroen P. A. Verbunt, Bob W. van Dijk, Arjen B. Brussaard, Arjen van Ooyen, Cornelis J. Stam, Philip Scheltens, and Klaus Linkenkaer-Hansen (Vol. 106, No. 5, February 3, 2009, p. 1614-1619).

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/5/1614.abstract

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16. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Chaotic Signatures of Heart Rate Variability and Its Power Spectrum in Health, Aging and Heart Failure," by Guo-Qiang Wu, Natalia M. Arzeno, Lin-Lin Shen, Da-Kan Tang, Da-An Zheng, Nai-Qing Zhao, Dwain L. Eckberg, Chi-Sang Poon (PLoS ONE 4(2): e4323. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004323, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0004323

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17. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "SRF and myocardin regulate LRP-mediated amyloid-{beta} clearance in brain vascular cells," by Robert D. Bell, Rashid Deane, Nienwen Chow, Xiaochun Long, Abhay Sagare, Itender Singh, Jeffrey W. Streb, Huang Guo, Anna Rubio, William Van Nostrand, Joseph M. Miano, and Berislav V. Zlokovic (Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2009, p. 143-153).

http://www.nature.com/ncb/journal/v11/n2/abs/ncb1819.html

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18. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mass privatisation and the post-communist mortality crisis: a cross-national analysis," by David Stuckler, Lawrence King, and Martin McKee (Vol. 373, No. 9661, January 31, 2009, p. 399-407).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)60005-2/abstract

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19. JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Isolation of peptide transport system-6 from brain endothelial cells: therapeutic effects with antisense inhibition in Alzheimer and stroke models," by Dilek Dogrukol-Ak, Vijaya B. Kumar, Jan S. Ryerse, Susan A. Farr, Sulekha Verma, Naoko Nonaka, Tomoya Nakamachi, Hirokazu Ohtaki, Michael L. Niehoff, John C. Edwards, Seiji Shioda, John E. Morley and William A. Banks (Vol. 29, No. 2, February 2009, p. 411-422).

http://www.nature.com/jcbfm/journal/v29/n2/abs/jcbfm2008131a.html

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20. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mortality Risk Associated With Low-Trauma Osteoporotic Fracture and Subsequent Fracture in Men and Women," by Dana Bliuc, Nguyen D. Nguyen, Vivienne E. Milch, Tuan V. Nguyen, John A. Eisman, and Jacqueline R. Center (Vol. 301, No. 5, February 4, 2009, p. 513-521).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/301/5/513

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21. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Breast Cancer after Use of Estrogen plus Progestin in Postmenopausal Women," by Rowan T. Chlebowski, Lewis H. Kuller, Ross L. Prentice, Marcia L. Stefanick, JoAnn E. Manson, Margery Gass, Aaron K. Aragaki, Judith K. Ockene, Dorothy S. Lane, Gloria E. Sarto, Aleksandar Rajkovic, Robert Schenken, Susan L. Hendrix, Peter M. Ravdin, Thomas E. Rohan, Shagufta Yasmeen, and Garnet Anderson, for the WHI Investigators (Vol. 360, No. 6, February 5, 2009, p. 573-587).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/360/6/573

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22. TIME ARTICLE: "Entitlement Myths," by Michael Kinsley (Vol. 173, No. 5, February 9, 2009).

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1874858,00.html

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23. FORBES ARTICLE: "Gilt-Edged Pensions," by Stephane Fitch (February 16, 2009).

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0216/078.html

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II. Working Papers:

24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Welfare and Generational Equity in Sustainable Unfunded Pension Systems," by Alan J. Auerbach and Ronald Lee (w14682, January 2009, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

We evaluate several actual and hypothetical sustainable PAYGO pension structures, including: (1) versions of the US Social Security system with annual adjustments of taxes or benefits to maintain fiscal balance; (2) Sweden's Notional Defined Contribution system and several variants developed to improve fiscal stability; and (3) the German system, which also includes annual adjustments to maintain fiscal balance. For each system, we present descriptive measures of uncertainty in representative outcomes for a typical generation and across generations. We then estimate expected utility for generations based on simplifying assumptions and incorporate these expected utility calculations in an overall social welfare measure. Using a horizontal equity index, we also compare the different systems performance in terms of how neighboring generations are treated.

While the actual Swedish system smoothes stochastic fluctuations more than any other and produces the highest degree of horizontal equity, it does so by accumulating a buffer stock of assets that alleviates the need for frequent adjustments. In terms of social welfare, this accumulation of assets leads to a lower average rate of return that more than offsets the benefits of risk reduction, leaving systems with more frequent adjustments that spread risks broadly among generations as those most preferred.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w14682

B. "Price Variation in Markets with Homogeneous Goods: The Case of Medigap," by Nicole Maestas, Mathis Schroeder, and Dana Goldman (w14679, January 2009, .pdf format, 47p.).

Abstract:

Nearly 30 percent of Americans age 65 and older supplement their Medicare health insurance through the Medigap private insurance market. We show that prices for Medigap policies vary widely, despite the fact that all plans are standardized, and even after controlling for firm heterogeneity. Economic theory suggests that heterogeneous consumer search costs can lead to a non-degenerate price distribution within a market for otherwise homogenous goods. Using a structural model of equilibrium search costs first posed by Carlson and McAfee (1983), we estimate average search costs to be $72. We argue that information problems arise from the complexity of the insurance product and lead individuals to rely on insurance agents who do not necessarily guide them to the lowest prices.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14679

C. "Take-Up of Medicare Part D: Results from the Health and Retirement Study," by Helen Levy and David Weir (w14692, January 2009, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

We analyze data from the Health and Retirement Study on senior citizens' take-up of Medicare Part D. Take-up among those without drug coverage in 2004 was high; about fifty to sixty percent of this group have Part D coverage in 2006. Only seven percent of senior citizens lack drug coverage in 2006 compared with 24 percent in 2004. We find little circumstantial evidence that Part D crowded out private coverage in the short run, since the persistence of employer coverage was only slightly lower in 2004 -- 2006 than it was in 2002 -- 2004. We find that demand for prescription drugs is the most important determinant of the decision to enroll in Part D among those with no prior coverage. Many of those who remained without coverage in 2006 reported that they do not use prescribed medicines, and the majority had relatively low out-of-pocket spending. Thus, for the most part, Medicare beneficiaries seem to have been able to make economically rational decisions about Part D enrollment despite the complexity of the program. We also find that Part D erased socioeconomic gradients in drug coverage among the elderly.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w14692

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25. URBAN INSTITUTE: "The Disappearing Defined Benefit Pension and Its Potential Impact on the Retirement Incomes of Boomers," by Barbara Butrica, Howard Iams, Karen E. Smith, and Eric Toder (Discussion Paper 09-1, January 2009, .pdf format, 50p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411831

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26. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "This Job Is 'Getting Old:' Measuring Changes in Job Opportunities Using Occupational Age Structure," by David Autor and David Dorn (Discussion Paper No. 3970, January 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=3970

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27. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT:

A. "Pension Fund Investment in Infrastructure," by Georg Inderst (OECD Working Paper on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 32, January 2009, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34853_42052209_119684_1_1_1,00.html

B. "Pension Coverage and Informal Sector Workers: International Experiences," by Yu-Wei Hu and Fiona Stewart (OECD Working Paper on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 31, January 2009, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34853_42052127_119684_1_1_1,00.html

C. "Pensions in Africa," by Fiona Stewart and Juan Yermo (OECD Working Paper on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 30, January 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34853_42052118_119684_1_1_1,00.html

D. "Pensions, Purchasing-Power Risk, Inflation and Indexation," by Edward R. Whitehouse (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 77, January 2009, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34757_42094648_119684_1_1_1,00.html

E. "Filling the Pension Gap: Coverage and Value of Voluntary Retirement Savings," by Pablo Antol and Edward R. Whitehouse (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 69, January 2009, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.oecd.org/LongAbstract/0,3425,en_2649_34757_42094366_119684_1_1_1,00.html

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28. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) (MCMASTER UNIVERSITY) [HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Financial Security of Elders in China," by Yang Cheng and Mark W. Rosenberg (SEDAP Research Paper No. 241, January 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

China is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of both geography and population size, with lower economic levels compared to the developed countries, and great regional differences. This paper introduces the rapid demographic changes of the Chinese population and the current financial security of elders in China. The World Bank's multi-pillar model is used to explain the financial security of elders in China, which includes the current pension and health care systems in urban and rural areas in China respectively. The important issues of financial security of elders which the Chinese government should address in the near future are also discussed. The paper concludes with a consideration of the results of social welfare system reforms by the Chinese government and future research interests from a geographers perspective.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap241.pdf

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

29. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 13, No. 1, 2008).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g908499702~db=all

30. Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue canadienne du vieillissement (Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall/automne 2008).

http://muse.jhu.edu/content/alerts/journals/canadian_journal_on_aging/toc/cja.27.3.html

31. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 68, No. 1, 2009).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0091-4150&volume=68&issue=1

32. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 23, No. 1, January 2009). 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.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/08904065

33. Research on Aging (Vol. 31, No. 2, March 2009). This is a special issue on "Family, Public Policy, and Retirement Decisions." 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 this database and issue.

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/vol31/issue2/?etoc

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34. 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 Feb. 4, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 4, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 4, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 4, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 4, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 4, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

35. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Projects," (HHS-2009-AOA-MP-0904, Word format).

http://www.aoa.gov/doingbus/fundopp/announcements/2009/2009SMPAnnouncement_finalOGM.doc

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36. ENCORE CAREERS: "The Purpose Prize awards up to $100,000 to social innovators over 60 who are creating new ways to solve pressing social issues - from education to health care, poverty to global warming." Nominations will be accepted until March 5, 2009.

http://www.encore.org/prize#

More information about Encore Careers:

http://www.encore.org/about#

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37. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, MCGILL UNIVERSITY [TORONTO]: "Applications are invited for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position, commencing ideally September 2009 or later if needed. We are looking to expand our strength in one or more of the following areas, broadly defined: social movements, ethnic and race relations/migration, aging and the lifecourse." "We will begin reviewing applications on March 2nd, 2009."

http://www.mcgill.ca/sociology/employment/

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V. Websites of Interest:

38. FRONTLINE (PBS) DOCUMENTARY: "My Father, My Brother, and Me," is a Frontline documentary that examines one family's experience with Parkinson's Disease, as well as current research and treatments for the disease. For information on broadcast schedules, as well as access to the full documentary, go to:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/parkinsons/

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39. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION AND REFERRAL CENTER (ADEAR) BOOKLET: "Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss," (February 2009, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/happens.htm

 

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