Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #524 -- February 18, 2010

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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database. On Feb 16, 2010 "Data for Total Germany, East Germany, and West Germany were revised and updated through 2008.

Data availability:

http://www.mortality.org/cgi-bin/hmd/DataAvailability.php

Data access:

http://www.mortality.org/

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2. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: The WHO Mortality Database was updated on Feb. 16, 2010. The following components were updated: "Documentation"; "Availability"; "Populations and live birth"; "Mortality, ICD-9"; and "Mortality, ICD-10". Data is available in ASCII text format, with documentation in Microsoft Word and Excel format.

http://www.who.int/whosis/mort/download/en/index.html

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "WHI Study Data Confirm Short-Term Heart Disease Risks of Combination Hormone Therapy for Postmenopausal Women" (Feb. 15, 2010).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/feb2010/nhlbi-15.htm

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4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT, COMPENDIUM:

A. "International Update, February 2010" (HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2010-02/index.html

B. Annual Statistical Supplement, 2009 (February 2010, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2009/index.html

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5. UNITED NATIONS ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC REPORT: "In the Care of the State and the Family: Understanding Care of the Elderly through Macro and Micro Perspectives," (Gender and Development Discussion Series No. 22, January 2010, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1373

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6. CANADIAN OFFICE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICER/BUREAU DU DIRECTEUR PARLIMENTAIRE DU BUDGET REPORT: "Fiscal Sustainability Report" (February 2010, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Sites/PBO-DPB/documents/FSR_2010.pdf

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7. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Workers' Response to the Market Crash: Save More, Work More?" by Steven A. Sass, Courtney Monk, and Kelly Haverstick (IB#10-3, February 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

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

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8. BOSTON COLLEGE SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK ISSUE BRIEF: "Engaged as We Age: The End of Retirement as We Know It?" by Jacquelyn B. James, Elyssa Besen, Christina Matz-Costa, and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes (IB 24, February 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://agingandwork.bc.edu/documents/IB24_EngagedAsWeAge.pdf

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9, EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 31, No. 2, February 2010, .pdf format, 19p.). The second article in this issue :"Labor Force Participation Rates: The Population Age 55 and Older, 2008," by Craig Copeland, may be of interest to researchers in aging.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4473

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10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 10, No. 4, Feb. 17, 2010).

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

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11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION "PULLING IT TOGETHER." The latest "Pulling it Together," is: "An Actuarial Rorschach Test," by Drew Altman, Larry Levitt, and Gary Claxton.

http://www.kff.org/pullingittogether/021610_altman.cfm

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12. KING'S FUND [UK] REPORT: "Delivering better care at end of life: The next steps. Report from the Sir Roger Bannister Health Summit, Leeds Castle, 19-20 November 2009," edited by Rachael Addicott and Rebecca Ashton (2010, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.kingsfund.org/document.rm?id=8552

More information about King's Fund.

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/who_we_are/index.html

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13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "The MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs: New Insights and Innovations for Reducing Health Care Costs for Employers" (February 2010, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/working-caregiver-employer-health-care-costs.html#findings

B. "Demographic Profile: America's Middle Boomers" (February 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/Profiles/mmi-middle-boomer-demographic-profile.pdf

More Information about MMMI:

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/about/index.html?WT.ac=GN_mmi_about

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14. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER PERIODICAL: Newsletter (Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/newsletters/newsletter_item.cfm?NewsletterID=1010

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15. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE SOCIAL SECURITY BRIEF: "Tough Times Require Strong Social Security Benefits: Views on Social Security among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and White Americans," by Maya Rockeymoore and Melissa Maitin-Shepard (Social Security Brief No. 32, February 2010, .pdf format, 15p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.nasi.org/research/2010/tough-times-require-strong-social-security-benefits-views

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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16. PEW CENTER ON THE STATES REPORT: "The Trillion Dollar Gap: Underfunded State Retirement Systems and the Road to Reform" (February 2010, .pdf format, 61p.). The site also links to state fact sheets (.pdf format, 50p.).

http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=56695

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17. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH POLICY RESEARCH NOTE: "Budget Proposals Turn Back Clock 30 Years in Long-Term Care Services for California Seniors," by Steven P. Wallace, D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck, Eva Durazo, A.E. Benjamin, and Nadereh Pourat (February 2010, .pdf format, 6p.). Link to Note is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=399

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18. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Will Health Care Costs Bankrupt Aging Boomers?" by Richard W. Johnson and Corina Mommaerts (February 2010, .pdf format, 39p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412026.html

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

A. "ACAT1 gene ablation increases 24(S)-hydroxycholesterol content in the brain and ameliorates amyloid pathology in mice with AD," by Elena Y. Bryleva, Maximillian A. Rogers, Catherine C.Y. Chang, Floyd Buen, Brent T. Harris, Estelle Rousselet, Nabil G. Seidah, Salvatore Oddo, Frank M. LaFerla, Thomas A. Spencer, William F. Hickey, and Ta-Yuan Chang (Vol. 107, No. 7, Feb. 16, 2010, p. 3081-3086).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/7/3081.abstract?etoc

B. "Estrogen receptor {beta} activated apoptosis in benign hyperplasia and cancer of the prostate is androgen independent and TNFa mediated," by Stephen J. McPherson, Shirin Hussain, Preetika Balanathan, Shelley L. Hedwards, Birunthi Niranjan, Michael Grant, Upeksha P. Chandrasiri, Roxanne Toivanen, Yuzhuo Wang, Renea A. Taylor, and Gail P. Risbridger (Vol. 107, No. 7, Feb. 16, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 3123-3128). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/7/3123.full

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

A. "Anticipatory Modulation of Digit Placement for Grasp Control Is Affected by Parkinson's Disease," by Jamie R. Lukos, Dongpyo Lee, Howard Poizner, and Marco Santello (PLoS ONE 5(2): e9184. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009184, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0009184

B. "Destruction of Dopaminergic Neurons in the Midbrain by 6-Hydroxydopamine Decreases Hippocampal Cell Proliferation in Rats: Reversal by Fluoxetine," by Katsuaki Suzuki, Kyoko Okada, Tomoyasu Wakuda, Chie Shinmura, Yosuke Kameno, Keiko Iwata, Taro Takahashi, Shiro Suda, Hideo Matsuzaki, Yasuhide Iwata, Kenji Hashimoto, and Norio Mori (PLoS ONE 5(2): e9260. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009260, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0009260

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21. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Relation between hospital orthopaedic specialisation and outcomes in patients aged 65 and older: retrospective analysis of US Medicare data," by Tyson P. Hagen, Mary S. Vaughan-Sarrazin, and Peter Cram (BMJ 2010;340:c165, Vol. 340, Feb. 13, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 351-354). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/340/feb11_2/c165

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III. Working Papers:

22. HARVARD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF GLOBAL HEALTH AND POPULATION: "The Graying of Global Population and Its Macroeconomic Consequences," by David E. Bloom, David Canning, and Gunther Fink (WP 47, October 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

Abstract:

Population aging is emerging as a major demographic trend in many countries, with potentially important implications for a variety of macroeconomic issues. Notwithstanding these challenges, population aging will likely have a comparatively modest effect on economic growth. Although the changed age distribution would be expected to cause the labor force participation rate to decrease, the ratio of labor force to population will actually increase in most countries. This will occur because the lower youth dependency rate and the increased rate of female labor force participation--both of which may reasonably be expected to follow from the fertility rate declines that are driving population aging--will counterbalance the shifting of adults toward older ages at which labor force participation and savings rates are lower. Behavioral and policy responses to population aging--including higher savings for retirement, a higher rate of human capital accumulation, alternate pension funding plans, and (possibly) increased migration from labor-abundant to labor-scarce countries--also suggest that population aging need not necessarily significantly impede economic growth.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2009/PGDA_WP_47.pdf

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23. ORGANISATION FOR ECONONIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT WORKING PAPERS ON INSURANCE AND PRIVATE PENSIONS: "Pension Funds' Risk-Management Framework: Regulation And Supervisory Oversight," by Fiona Stewart (Working Papers on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 40, February 2010, .pdf format, 54p.).

Abstract:

Drawing on the experience of the pensions and other financial sectors, this paper examines what sort of risk-management framework pension funds should have in place. Such frameworks are broken down into four main categories: management oversight and culture; strategy and risk assessment; control systems; and information and reporting. Ways in which supervisory authorities can check that such systems are operating are also considered, with a check list provided to assist pension supervisory authorities with their oversight of this important area.

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/35/43/44633539.pdf

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24. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Longevity Indices and Pension Fund Risk," by P.J. Sweeting (Discussion Paper PI 1004, February 2010, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

Pension fund longevity risk is becoming increasingly important. Longevity indices would allow the creation of liquid derivatives that could be used to hedge this risk. However, there are a number of criteria that such indices would need to fulfill to provide an optimal solution, as well as a number of forms that the derivatives could take. These features are discussed, together with the characteristics of some existing longevity indices.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/WP1004.pdf

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25. 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 Feb. 5, 2010.

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

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

26. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 14, No. 1, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=g919249530~db=all

27. American Journal of Alzheimer's and Other Dementias (Vol. 25, No. 1, February 2010).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/vol25/issue1/

28. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 171, No. 5, Mar. 1, 2010).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol171/issue5/index.dtl?etoc

29. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 50, Supplement 1, 2010). The topic of this supplement is "Geriatric Syndrome in Taiwan." Link to Supplement 1 is on the left side of the page.

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

30. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 70, No. 1, 2010).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=300312

31. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology (Vol. 19, No. 4, November 2009).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=RCG&volumeId=19&issueId=04&iid=7267700

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32. 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. 15, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 15, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 15, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 15, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 15, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 15, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

33. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has recently announced two opportunities. They are:

A. "Pension Counseling Technical Resource & Assistance Center" (HHS-2010-AoA-PX-1008, application deadline, Apr. 5, 2010, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 46p.).

B. "Pension Counseling & Information Projects" (HHS-2010-AoA-PC-1009, application deadline, Apr. 5, 2010, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 48p.).

Both are available at:

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

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34. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (Parent F30) (PA-10-107 reissue of PA-09-207, Feb. 16, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-107.html

B. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)" (PA-10-108, reissue of PA-09-208, Feb. 16, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-108.html

C. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity)" (PA-10-109, reissue of PA-09-209, Feb. 16, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-109.html

D. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32)" (PA-10-110, reissue of PA-09-210, Feb. 16, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-110.html

E. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Senior Fellows (Parent F33)" (PA-10-111, reissue of PA-09-211, Feb. 16, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-111.html

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35. NATIONAL QUALITY FORUM: "National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes: "The Call for Nominations and Call for Measures have been extended through February 23, 2010." For more information see:

http://www.qualityforum.org/Projects/n-r/Nursing_Homes/Nursing_Homes.aspx

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36. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 17, 2010

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

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VI. Conferences:

37. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, SCHOOL OF DESIGN: "New Aging," a conference to be held Apr. 16-17, 2010, in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information see:

http://new-aging.com/

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VII. Websites of Interest:

38. ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION KIDSCOUNT WEBSITE UPDATE. AECF has added the following table, which may be of interest to grandparents: "Grandchildren in the care of grandparents (Percent) 2008" (2010).

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?ind=108

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39. COMING OF AGE: Coming of Age, an initiative of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, PBS/NPR station WHYY, AARP Pennsylvania, and United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has "helped people 50+ explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in their communities; and provided training to nonprofits about how to build their capacity to capture the energy and expertise of this population." The site has recently added a new subsite: "Coming of Age: Bay Area."

http://www.comingofage.org/

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40. European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research Website Update: "The first update of the MonitoringRIS website in 2010 has been published. Among other items it contains new key documents, country reports and research papers that look into ageing related policies and strategies in the UNECE countries."

http://www.monitoringris.org/index.php?id=35

Monitoring RIS (Regional Implementation System):

http://www.monitoringris.org/index.php

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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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