Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #490--June 4, 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. Data:

1. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEATLH STATISTICS:

A. "2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey," (June 2009, data in ASCII and SAS format, documentation in .pdf format, SAS and SPSS programming statements are available).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhhcs.htm

B. National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality Files Update: "NCHS has updated the mortality linkage of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) years 1986-2004 to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). The updated NHIS Linked Mortality Files provide mortality follow-up data from the date of NHIS interview through December 31, 2006. Mortality ascertainment is based primarily upon the results from a probabilistic match between NHIS and NDI death certificate records. Linkage of the NHIS survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct studies designed to investigate the association of a variety of health factors with mortality, using the richness of the NHIS questionnaires. NCHS recommends that researchers use these new linked mortality files as they supersede all prior data releases of the NHIS Linked Mortality Files.

There are two versions of the NHIS Linked Mortality Files: public-use files that include a limited set of mortality variables for adult NHIS participants and restricted-use files that includes more detailed mortality information and mortality follow-up for children. Each NHIS survey year (1986-2004) is available on a separate date file." For more information see:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhis_data_linkage_mortality_activities.htm

C. "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1999-2004) Linked Mortality Files" (June 2009). "NCHS has conducted a mortality linkage of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). The NHANES Linked Mortality Files include the continuous NHANES years (1999-2004) and provide mortality follow-up data from the date of survey participation through December 31, 2006. Mortality ascertainment is based upon the results from a probabilistic match between NHANES and NDI death certificate records. Linkage of the NHANES survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct a vast array of outcome studies designed to investigate the association of a wide variety of health factors with mortality. There are two versions of the NHANES Linked Mortality Files: public-use files that include a limited set of mortality variables for adult NHANES participants and restricted-use files that includes more detailed mortality information and mortality follow-up for children." Note that the public use files are not yet available.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/r&d/nchs_datalinkage/nhanes99+_data_linkage_mortality_activities.htm

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2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (December 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

A. MEPS HC-107: 2007 Full Year Population Characteristics

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-107

B. MEPS HC-108: 2007 Jobs File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-108

C. MEPS LINK_96-07HC/NHIS: MEPS 2007 - 1996 NHIS Link File

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=LINK_96-07HC/NHIS

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3. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING INTEGRATED DATABASE (AGID) UPDATES. The following interactive query data has been recently updated:

A. "State-Level Population Estimates 2000-2008"

http://198.136.163.234/PopEst.asp

B. "County-Level Population Estimates 2000-2008"

http://198.136.163.234/PopEst_County.asp

C. "PSA-Level Population Estimates" 2000-2008"

http://198.136.163.234/PopEst_PSA.asp

AGID:

http://198.136.163.234/default.asp

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4. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets on June. 1, 2009. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be:

Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS), 1998-2005 (#24901).

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu//cocoon/NACDA/STUDY/24901.xml

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

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II. Reports and articles:

5. US CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Medicare Begins Supplier Education for the Competitive Bidding Program for Certain Medical Equipment and Supplies" (May 29, 2009).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3455

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Releases $30 Million to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Access Their Benefits" (Jun. 1, 2009).

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/06/20090601a.html

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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Part D Payments for Beneficiaries in Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Stays in 2006" (OEI-02-07-00230, May 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Medicare Part D paid for 1.2 million drugs, amounting to $75 million, for beneficiaries in Part A SNF stays in 2006. The majority of these payments were most likely inappropriate.

Medicare Part D covers most prescription drugs; however, it excludes drugs that are covered under Medicare Parts A or B. Specifically, Part D excludes drugs for beneficiaries in Part A SNF stays if the drugs were for use in the facility or to facilitate the beneficiaries' discharge. These drugs are covered under Part A, except for a few drugs that are covered under Part B. CMS has identified duplicate payments by Medicare Parts A and D as a potential vulnerability.

Sixty percent of the drugs Part D paid for while beneficiaries were in Part A SNF stays in 2006 were dispensed by long-term care pharmacies. These pharmacies dispense drugs for use in long-term care settings, including SNFs. Because these drugs were most likely dispensed for use in the facility during a Part A SNF stay, Part D payments for them, which amounted to $41.3 million, were most likely inappropriate. The remaining 40 percent of drugs paid for by Part D for beneficiaries in Part A SNF stays were dispensed by retail and other types of pharmacies. If these drugs were for use in the facility or were to facilitate the beneficiaries' discharge, then Part D payments were also inappropriate. Nearly every SNF and half of all pharmacies had beneficiaries who had a drug paid for by Part D during their Part A SNF stay. At the same time, a small number of SNFs and pharmacies were responsible for a large percentage of these Part D payments.

Based on these findings, we recommend that CMS ensure that Part D payments for drugs for beneficiaries in Part A SNF stays are appropriate. More specifically, CMS should provide additional guidance about when Parts A and D can pay for drugs for beneficiaries preparing for discharge; educate SNFs, pharmacies, and Part D sponsors that drugs covered under Parts A or B for beneficiaries in SNF stays are not eligible for coverage under Part D; implement retrospective reviews to prevent inappropriate Part D payments for drugs for this population; and follow up with the SNFs and pharmacies that were responsible for a large percentage of Part D payments for beneficiaries in Part A SNF stays. CMS concurred with the three recommendations we had in our draft report. However, it raised several concerns and in response we clarified the language in the report and added a recommendation that CMS provide additional guidance that clarifies the circumstances under which Parts A and D can pay for drugs for beneficiaries preparing for discharge.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-07-00230.pdf

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8. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: The latest issue (June 2009, Microsoft Word format, 12p.), as well as an issue archive, are available at the site.

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx

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9. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "How Would Medicare Part B Premiums Be Affected If There Is No Social Security COLA?" by Kathleen Romig and Jim Hahn (May 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

http://opencrs.com/document/R40561/

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10. EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EUROSTAT NEWS RELEASE: "Social protection expenditure in 2006: EU27 spent 26.9% of GDP on social protection. Highest ratios in France, Sweden and Belgium" (Jun. 2, 2009).

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/3-02062009-BP/EN/3-02062009-BP-EN.PDF

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11. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)" 2008 Update" (May 2008, .pdf format, 1p., with links to data in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=15236&Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=208

See the "Pension Analysis" link.

Related news release: "Low-pay employees are behind on pensions" (May 28, 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/ptppsm0509.pdf

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12. AARP REPORT, FACTSHEETS, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "Perceptions of Long-term Care and the Economic Recession: AARP Bulletin Poll," by Linda L. Barrett (April 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/longtermcare/costs/bulletin_ltc_09.html

B. "Providing More Long-term Support and Services at Home: Why Its Critical for Health Reform" (Factsheet, June 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/homecare/fs_hcbs_hcr.html

C. "The GINA Law: Consumer Protection in a New Era of Genetic Testing," by N. Lee Rucker (Factsheet, May 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/health/prevention/fs156_gina.html

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

The Suicide Index: Putting My Fathers Death in Order (June 2, 2009).

http://www.aarp.org/aarp/broadcast/aarp_radio/radio_prime_time/articles/suicide_index.html

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13. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION ARTICLE: "What Happens to the GM Pensions in Bankruptcy?" by Douglas J. Elliott (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/0529_gm_pensions_elliott.aspx

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14. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION POLICY BRIEFS:

A. "Examining the Role of Private Long-Term Care Insurance in the Financing of Long-Term Care," by Anne Tumlinson, Christine Aguiar, and Molly OMalley Watts (June 2009, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.kff.org/insurance/kcmu060309pkg.cfm

B. "The Social Security COLA and Medicare Part B Premium: Questions, Answers, and Issues," (June 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7912.cfm

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15. SCIENCE REPORT ABSTRACT: "Proteasomal Regulation of the Hypoxic Response Modulates Aging in C. elegans," by Ranjana Mehta, George L. Sutphin, Fresnida J. Ramos, Lara S. Shamieh, Alexander Huh, Christina Davis, Devon Chandler-Brown, and Matt Kaeberlein (Vol. 324, No. 5931, May 29, 2009, p. 1196-1198).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/324/5931/1196

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16. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLES:

A. "Parkinson Phenotype in Aged PINK1-Deficient Mice Is Accompanied by Progressive Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Absence of Neurodegeneration," by Suzana Gispert, Filomena Ricciardi, Alexander Kurz, Mekhman Azizov, Hans-Hermann Hoepken, Dorothea Becker, Wolfgang Voos, Kristina Leuner, Walter E. Muller, Alexei P. Kudin, Wolfram S. Kunz, Annabelle Zimmermann, Jochen Roeper, Dirk Wenzel, Marina Jendrach, Moises Garc-Arencia, Javier Fernandez-Ruiz, Leslie Huber, Hermann Rohrer, Miguel Barrera, Andreas S. Reichert, Udo Rub, Amy Chen, Robert L. Nussbaum, and Georg Auburger (PLoS ONE 4(6): e5777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005777, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005777

B. "Complement C1q Activates Tumor Suppressor WWOX to Induce Apoptosis in Prostate Cancer Cells," by Qunying Hong, Chun-I Sze, Sing-Ru Lin, Ming-Hui Lee, Ruei-Yu He, Lori Schultz, Jean-Yun Chang, Shean-Jen Chen, Robert J. Boackle, Li-Jin Hsu, and Nan-Shan Chang (PLoS ONE 4(6): e5755. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005755, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0005755

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17. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE EXTRACT: "Medicare Nonpayment, Hospital Falls, and Unintended Consequences." by Sharon K. Inouye, Cynthia J. Brown, and Mary E. Tinetti (Vol. 360, No. 23, Jun. 4, 2009, p. 2390-2393).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/extract/360/23/2390

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III. Working Papers:

18. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY POPULATION RESEARCH CENTER: "On 'Weak' and 'Strong' Population Momentum," by Thomas J. Espenshade, Analia S. Olgiati, and Simon A. Levin (WP 2009-01, June 2009, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

This paper decomposes total population momentum into two constituent and multiplicative parts called 'weak' momentum and 'strong' momentum. Weak momentum depends on deviations between a populations observed age distribution and its implied stable age distribution. Strong momentum is a function of deviations between a populations implied stable and stationary age distributions. In general, the factorization of total momentum into the product of weak and strong momentum is a very good approximation. The factorization is exact, however, if the observed age distribution is stable or if initial fertility is already at replacement. We provide numerical illustrations by calculating weak, strong, and total momentum for 176 countries, the world, and its major regions. In short, the paper brings together disparate strands of the population momentum literature and shows how the various kinds of momentum fit together into a single unifying framework.

http://opr.princeton.edu/papers/opr0901.pdf

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19. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Migration-Regime Liberalization and Social Security: Political-Economy Effect," by Assaf Razin and Edith Sand (w15013, May 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

Abstract:

The pay-as-you-go social security system, increasingly burdened by dwindling labor force, can benefit from immigrants whose birth rates exceed those of the native born birth. The paper examines adynamic political-economy mechanism through which the social security system influences the young decisive voter's attitudes in favor of a more liberal immigration regime. A Markov equilibrium with social security consists of a more liberal migration policy, than a corresponding equilibrium with no social security. Thus, the social security system effectively provides an incentive to liberalize migration policy through a political-economy mechanism.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w15013

B. "Endogenous Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care Technology Adoption," by Anupam Jena and Tomas Philipson (w15032, May 2009, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

As health care costs continue to rise, governments and private payers are being forced to make difficult coverage decisions about new health care treatments. Cost-effectiveness (CE) analysis is the main method used to prioritize this spending. The self-evident efficiency rationale for CE is that resources should be spent where they have the highest health impact. This has led to perhaps the largest field in health economics which attempts to provide better estimates of value through CE analysis. However, the costs invariably used in CE analysis are prices set by producers rather than resources used to produce treatments. Therefore, observed CE levels are endogenous because the pricing of new technologies is chosen to maximize profits. This is important because optimal prices, and hence observed CE levels, are affected by demand factors such as patient/doctor demand and payer adoption policies. This implies that traditional measures of "costs" reflect these demand-determined mark-ups rather than resource costs and moreover, CE-based reimbursement policies affect the endogenous CE levels payers observe. Reimbursement based on endogenous CE may therefore bear little relationship with efficient use of scarce medical resources. Using data from technology appraisals by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), we test for conditions under which adoption based on standard CE analysis may lead to adoption of more inefficient technologies in terms of resource use.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15032

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20. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING: "Review of Accreditation Process for Residential Aged Care Homes" (May 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-quality-accreditation-review.htm

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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library print and/or electronic availability).

21. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 13, No. 3, 2009).

http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=issue&issn=1360-7863&volume=13&issue=3

22. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 35, No. 5, May 2009).

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

23. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 68, No. 4, 2009).

http://baywood.metapress.com/app/home/journal.asp?referrer=parent&backto=linkingpublicationresults,1:300312,1&linkin=633797310851401626

24. Journal of the American Geriatric Society (Vol. 57, No. 6, June 2009).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117995531/home

25. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 59, No. 2, 2009).

http://baywood.metapress.com/app/home/issue.asp?referrer=parent&backto=journal,1,233;linkingpublicationresults,1:300329,1

26. Public Health (Vol. 123, No. 5, May 2009).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00333506

27. Research on Aging (Vol. 31, No. 4, July 2009).

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/vol31/issue4/?etoc

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28. 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 Jun. 3, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 3, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 3, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 3, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 3, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jun. 3, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

29. SPRINGER BOOKS: International Handbook of Population Aging, edited by Peter Uhlenberg (2009, 769p., ISBN: 978-1-4020-8355-6). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-1-4020-8355-6

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

30. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)" (RFA-OD-09-007, National Institute on Aging, April 20, 2009).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-007.html

B. "Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical (R01)" (PA-09-193, May 28, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-193.html

C. "Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical (R21)" (PA-09-194, May 28, 2009, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-194.html

D. "Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular to Clinical (R03)" (PA-09-195, May 28, 2009, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-195.html

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31. US ADMINSTRATION ON AGING: "Lifespan Respite Care Program (HHS-2009-AoA-LR-0916).

For more information see:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/index.aspx

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32. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 4, 2009.

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

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VII. Conferences:

33. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES PAGE: Newly listed conferences are:

2009 AARP Diversity & Aging Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Jun. 8-10, 2009

Mental Health America Centennial Conference: Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future, Washington, DC, Jun. 10-13, 2009

2009 ANSA/NANASP Joint Training Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, Jun. 24-26, 2009

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/events/events.aspx

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34. J.P. MORGAN/ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY [NEW YORK, NEW YORK]/THE PENSIONS INSTITUTE: "Fifth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference," to be held Sep. 25-26, 2009, in New York City, New York. For more information see:

http://www.longevity-risk.org/hosts.html

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR HEARING PUBLICATIONS: All Hearings are in ASCII text and .pdf format and can be found (by scrolling or "find in page" and search on title):

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/110hcat1.html

or searching by title or publication number at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html

under "104th Congress (1995-96) through 110th Congress (2007-08)"

A. "The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Workers' Retirement Security," a hearing held Oct. 7, 2008 in Washington, DC (House Serial No. 110-113, ASCII text and .pdf format, 96p.).

B. "The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Workers' Retirement Security, a hearing held Oct. 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California (House Serial No. 110-114, ASCII text and .pdf format, 50p.).

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36. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Boon or Bane? Examining the Value of Long-Term Care Insurance," a hearing held Jun. 3, 2009 (.pdf format). A full video transcript of the hearing is available at the site (running time, 1 hour, 20 minutes, 35 seconds).

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=313934&

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37. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING REPORTS: All Hearings are in ASCII text and .pdf format and can be found (by scrolling or "find in page" and search on title):

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/110scat1.html

or searching by title or publication number at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html

under "104th Congress (1995-96) through 110th Congress (2007-08)"

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/110scat1.html

A. "Foreclosure Aftermath: Preying On Senior Homeowners, a hearing held Feb. 13, 2009 (Senate Hearing 110-532, Serial No. 110-21, ASCII text and .pdf format, 129p.).

B. "Scrambling for Health Insurance Coverage: Health Security for People in Late Middle Age," a hearing held Apr. 3, 2009 (Senate Hearing 110-653. Serial No. 110-25. ASCII Text and .pdf format, 83p.).

C. "The Future of Alzheimer's Breakthroughs and Challenges," a hearing held May 14, 2008 (Senate Hearing 110-728, Serial No. 110-28, ASCII text and .pdf format, 85p.).

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38. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMLAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, PERMANENT SUBCOMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATIONS HEARING REPORT: For access see above under No. 37.

"Medicare Vulnerabilities: Payments For Claims Tied to Deceased Doctors," a hearing held Jul. 9, 2008 (Senate Hearing 110-721, ASCII text and .pdf format, 191p.).

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IX. Websites of Interest:

39. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION KAISERHEALTHNEWS.ORG: "In these dire times for the news industry, the birth of a news organization is a rare bright spot. We hope Kaiser Health News will make a vital contribution by covering health care policy and politics, as well as trends in the industry and delivery of care. With an historic debate on the health system underway, we're looking forward to having a front-row seat.

KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit private operating foundation known for its expertise in health care policy." For more information see:

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/

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40. PARENTGIVING.COM: "Parentgiving.com was created to help time-starved caregivers provide better care for their aging parents by providing: in-depth information and helpful checklists about a variety of caregiving topics; on-call professional care managers who possess the expertise and experience necessary to help navigate through the maze of caregiving; and a more enlightened shopping experience at the Shop Parentgiving store, where family caregivers can learn about and shop for the products and supplies that best fit their aging parents needs. So whether you are a new caregiver or have been caring for your aging parent for years, Parentgiving.com is here to answer your questions, streamline your time, reduce your stress and simplify your life."

http://www.parentgiving.com/

More information about the providers of the site:

http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/about/

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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.

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Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
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