Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #506 -- October 1, 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. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan has released: "Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (HEPESE) Wave 5, 2004-2005 [Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas]." For more information see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/NACDA/STUDY/25041.xml

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/icpsrweb/ICPSR/membership/ors.jsp

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2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT SURVEY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Survey has announced the release of "The Imputation of Cognitive Functioning Measures 1992-2006 (Version 1.0)." (Sept. 30, 2009).

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news272

Data access:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/index.php?p=data

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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data file (September 2009, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

HC-110G 2007 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-110G

HC-110F 2007 Outpatient Visits

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-110F

HC-110E 2007 Emergency Room Visits

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-110E

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORTS

A. "401(k) Plans: Policy Changes Could Reduce the Long-term Effects of Leakage on Workers' Retirement Savings," (GAO-09-715, August 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 46p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-715

B. "Medicare Physician Services: Utilization Trends Indicate Sustained Beneficiary Access with High and Growing Levels of Service in Some Areas of the Nation" (GAO-09-559, August 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 84p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-559

C. "Nursing Homes: CMS's Special Focus Facility Methodology Should Better Target the Most Poorly Performing Homes, Which Tended to Be Chain Affiliated and For-Profit" (GAO-09-689, August 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 51p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-09-689

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5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES FINAL DECISION MEMO, MEDICARE ENROLLMENT TABLE UPDATE:

A. "Decision Memo for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (CAG-00399R) (September 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?from2=viewdecisionmemo.asp&id=228&

B. "Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement has updated the Medicare Enrollment tables with the 2009 edition of Tables 2.1-2.8 (.zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format. Note that the Excel data has a .xlsx extension.

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1229043

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6. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL ARTICLE: "Attitudes on Aging Well Among Older African Americans and Whites in South Carolina," by Sara J. Corwin, James N. Laditka, Sarah B. Laditka, Sara Wilcox, and Rui Liu (Preventing Chronic Disease, Vol. 6, No. 4, October 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/oct/08_0169.htm

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7. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Nonfatal Scald-Related Burns Among Adults Aged >65 Years --- United States, 2001--2006," (Vol. 58, No. 26, September 18, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p.).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5836a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5836.pdf

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8. US INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRESS RELEASE: "IRS Issues Guidance on 2009 Required Minimum Distribution Waiver," (September 24, 2009).

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=213561,00.html

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9. NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORT: "Nebraska Medicaid Reform Annual Report," by Vivianne M. Chaumont (September 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/med/reform/docs/Medicaid-Reform-Report-2009.pdf

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10. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS BULLETIN, NEWSLETTER:

A. "Older People's Day 2009," (September 30, 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/age0909.pdf

B. Ageing Times (Autumn 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_social/Ageing-Times-Sept09.pdf

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11. STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND/TATAURANGA AOTEAROA REPORT: "Disability and Informal Care in New Zealand in 2006," (September 2009, .pdf format, 87p.).

http://www.stats.govt.nz/reports/analytical-reports/disability-and-informal-care-in-nz-in-2006.aspx

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12. STATISTICS NORWAY PRESS RELEASE: "Government Pension Fund - Norway increasing," (Sept. 25, 2009). The press release links to two topical tables.

http://www.ssb.no/folketrygdfond_en/

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13. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION POLICY BRIEFS:

A. "How can health systems respond to population ageing?" by Bernd Rechel, Yvonne Doyle, Emily Grundy, and Martin McKee (Policy Brief 10, 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/Document/E92560.pdf

B. "How can European states design efficient, equitable and sustainable funding systems for long-term care for older people?" by Jose-Luis Fernandez, Julien Forder, Birgit Trukeschitz, Martina Rokosova and David McDaid (Policy Brief 11, 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/Document/E92561.pdf

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14. IRISH CENTRE FOR SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY [NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY] REPORT: "The Role of Migrant Care Workers in Ageing Societies," by Dr. Kieran Walsh and Prof. Eamon O'Shea (September 2009, .pdf format, 151p.).

http://www.icsg.ie/Library/documents/ICSG%20MCW%20Report.pdf

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15. NUFFIELD COUNCIL ON BIOETHICS [CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM] REPORT: "Dementia: ethical issues," (October 2009, .pdf format, 172p.).

http://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/go/ourwork/dementia/publication_530.html

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16. AARP REPORTS:

A. "Building Adult Foster Care: What States Can Do," by Robert L. Mollica, Kristin Simms-Kastelein, Michael Cheek, Candace Baldwin, Jennifer Farnham, Susan Reinhard, and Jean Accius (September 2009, .pdf format, 227p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/ltc/hcbs/articles/2009_13_building.html

B. "Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities: Subsidized Housing Opportunities near Transit and the 50+ Population," by Rodney Harrell, Allison Brooks, and Todd Nedwick (September 2009, .pdf format, 109p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/liv-com/housing/articles/2009-15.html

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17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Making Your Nest Egg Last a Lifetime," by Anthony Webb (IB#9-20, September 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).

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

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18. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORTS:

A. "Medicare Savings in Perspective: A Comparison of 2009 Health Reform Legislation and Other Laws in the Last 15 Years" (Policy Brief, September 2009, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/7983.cfm

B. "Setting Medicare Payment Policy: Is There a Role for an Independent Entity?" (Issue Brief, September 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/7961.cfm

C. "Strategies for Reining In Medicare Spending Through Delivery System Reforms: Assessing the Evidence and Opportunities," by Randall Brown (October 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7984.cfm

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19. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Long-Term Care IQ" (September 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/consumer/long-term-care-essentials/mmi-long-term-care-iq-removing-myths-survey.pdf

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20. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Rising Senior Unemployment and the Need to Work at Older Ages," by Richard W. Johnson (September 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411964.html

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21. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 19, Sept. 30, 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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22. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Home Educating in an Extended Family Culture and Aging Society May Fare Best during a Pandemic," by Wayne Dawson and Kenji Yamamoto (PLoS ONE 4(9): e7221. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007221, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0007221

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23. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) MEDICINE ARTICLES:

A. "Inflammatory Markers and Poor Outcome after Stroke: A Prospective Cohort Study and Systematic Review of Interleukin-6," by William Whiteley, Caroline Jackson, Steff Lewis, Gordon Lowe, Ann Rumley, Peter Sandercock, Joanna Wardlaw, Martin Dennis, and Cathie Sudlow (PLoS Med 6(9): e1000145. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000145, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000145

B. "Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Hospitalization for Bradycardia: A Population-Based Study," by Laura Y. Park-Wyllie, Muhammad M. Mamdani, Ping Li, Sudeep S. Gill, Andreas Laupacis, and David N. Juurlink (PLoS Med 6(9): e1000157. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000157, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000157

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24. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Suppression of hippocampal TRPM7 protein prevents delayed neuronal death in brain ischemia," by Hong-Shuo Sun, Michael F. Jackson, Loren J. Martin, Karen Jansen, Lucy Teves, Hong Cui, Shigeki Kiyonaka, Yasuo Mori, Michael Jones, Joan P. Forder, Todd E Golde, Beverley A. Orser, John F. MacDonald and Michael Tymianski (Vol. 12, No. 10, October 2009, p. 1300-1307).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v12/n10/abs/nn.2395.html

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25. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Reversal of long-term dendritic spine alterations in Alzheimer disease models," by Donna L. Smith, Julio Pozueta, Bing Gong, Ottavio Arancio, and Michael Shelanski (Vol. 106, No. 39, Sept. 29, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 16877-16882). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/content/106/39/16877.full

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26. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Variation in Hospital Mortality Associated with Inpatient Surgery," by Amir A. Ghaferi, John D. Birkmeyer, and Justin B. Dimick (Vol. 361, No. 14, October 1, 2009, p. 1368-1375).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/361/14/1368

B. "Cardiac-Resynchronization Therapy for the Prevention of Heart-Failure Events," by Arthur J. Moss, W. Jackson Hall, David S. Cannom, Helmut Klein, Mary W. Brown, James P. Daubert, N.A. Mark Estes, III, Elyse Foster, Henry Greenberg, Steven L. Higgins, Marc A. Pfeffer, Scott D. Solomon, David Wilber, and Wojciech Zareba, for the MADIT-CRT Trial Investigators (Vol. 361, No. 14, October 1, 2009, p. 1329-1338).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/361/14/1329

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27. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT: "Consultation opens on guidance for prosecuting in cases of assisted dying," by Clare Dyer (BMJ 2009;339:b3909).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/339/sep22_2/b3909

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28. WEEKLY STANDARD ARTICLE: "Medicare's New Critics: Why is the Obama administration trashing a health program that works?" by Fred Barnes (Oct. 5, 2009).

http://www.theweeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/017/006jwnfq.asp

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29. NATION ARTICLE: "The Medicare Gravy Train," by Trudy Lieberman (Sept. 29, 2009).

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091012/lieberman

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30. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Assisted suicide: Theory and practice" (Sept. 24, 2009).

http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14505427

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III. Working Papers:

31. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Pension Buyouts: What Can We Learn From The UK Experience?" by Ashley H.B. Monk (WP No. 2009-19, September 2009, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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

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32. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers. Links to abstracts and full text are available at the sites.

A. "Impact of the Pension Protection Act on Financial Advice: What Works and What Remains to be Done?" by Lynn Pettus and R. Hall Kesmodel, Jr. (WP 2009-15, September 2009, .pdf format, 30p.

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=808

B. "How Does Retirement Planning Software Handle Post-Retirement Realities?" by Anna M. Rappaport and John A. Turner (WP 2009-16, September 2009, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=809

C. "The Effect of Uncertain Labor Income and Social Security on Life-cycle Portfolios," by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ralph Rogalla (WP 2009-17, September 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=810

D. "The Declining Role of Private Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Who is Affected, and How," by Craig Copeland and Jack VanDerhei (WP 2009-18, September 2009, .pdf format, 23p.).

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=811

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33. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "On the Desirability of Taxing Capital Income to Reduce Moral Hazard in Social Insurance," by Bas Jacobs and Dirk Schindler (Working Paper No. 2806, September 2009, .pdf format, 34p.). 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=17088

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34. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for Aug. 22 - Sept. 19, 2009).

http://ideas.repec.org/n/nep-age/

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

35. Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall 2009).

http://muse.uq.edu.au/content/alerts/journals/canadian_journal_on_aging/toc/cja.28.3.html

36. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 69, No. 2, 2009).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&eissn=1541-3535&volume=69&issue=2

37. Research on Aging (Vol. 31, No. 6, November 2009).

http://roa.sagepub.com/content/vol31/issue6/?etoc

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38. 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 Sept. 28, 2009:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sept. 28, 2009:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sept. 28, 2009:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sept. 28, 2009:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sept. 28, 2009:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Sept. 28, 2009:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

39. SPRINGER MONOGRAPH: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness, by Tamara McClintock Greenberg (2009, 150p., ISBN: 978-1-4419-0285-6). For more information see:

http://www.springer.com/psychology/psychology+general/book/978-1-4419-0285-6?cm_mmc=NBA-_-Sep-09_WEST_3969362-_-product-_-978-1-4419-0285-6

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

40. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Summer Research Training in Aging for Medical Students (T35)," (RFA-AG-10-007, a reissue of RFA-AG-05-002, Sept. 25, 2009, National Institute on Aging).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-10-007.html

B. "Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens to Address Clinical Aging Research Questions (R01)" (PA-09-265, Sept. 29, 2009, National Institute on Aging).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-09-265.html

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41. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 1, 2009.

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

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VII. Conferences:

42. PENN STATE POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE: The De Jong Lecture in Social Demography: "Gender and the Reallocation of Time Later in Life" to be held Nov. 3, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information see:

http://www.pop.psu.edu/events/dejonglecture/

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43. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has recently released a list of selected conferences for October 2009.

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

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

44. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Achieving Health Reform's Ultimate Goal: How Successful Health Systems Keep Costs Low and Quality High," a hearing held Sept. 30, 2009 (.pdf format). A video transcript of this hearing is available at the site, running time 1 hour 46 minutes.

http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=318446&

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45. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Levels and Investment Advice Rules," a hearing held Oct. 1, 2009 (.pdf and HTML format).

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=690

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IX. Websites of Interest:

46. MEDICARE.GOV SITE UPDATES. Medicare.gov updated the following site on Sept. 21 and 23, 2009: "Medicare Options Compare"; "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder"; and "Helpful Contacts."

http://www.medicare.gov/Updates.asp

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47. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS: "Ageing in the UK," (October 2009). "Ageing in the UK is an interactive mapping tool which allows you to analyse the age structure of the population at the Local Authority (LA) level more easily. You can see how the population has aged over time and is projected to continue to age by selecting from a list of indicators of population ageing, such as median age, and animating the map. Data can be extracted from the tool by selecting a local authority."

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ageingintheuk/default.htm

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48. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT BEST PLACES TO RETIRE (September 2009, interactive web query).

http://www.usnews.com/money/best-places/to-retire/listing/search/

Thanks,

Charlie

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