Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 526 -- March 4, 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY UPDATE: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study announced on Mar. 3, 2010: "The (HRS) Concordance database has been updated with metadata from HRS 2008 Exit (Early)."

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

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2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH DATA RELEASE: ICPSR announced the release of a new datasets on Feb. 28, 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/icpsrweb/ICPSR/administration/institutions

26561 Long Beach Longitudinal Study

http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26561

26841 National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS II): Daily Stress Project, 2004-2009

http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR26841

27201 National Health Interview Survey, 2007

http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27201

27341 National Health Interview Survey, 2008

http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR27341

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3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Feb. 25, 2010: Data for Russia 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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II. Reports and articles:

4. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: eNewsletter (March 2010, .pdf format, 12p.).

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

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5. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Older Americans Month: May 2010" (CB10-FF.06, Mar. 2, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/014595.html

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Beneficiaries Remain Vulnerable to Sales Agents' Marketing of Medicare Advantage Plans" (OEI-05-09-00070, March 2010, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Each of the six selected plan sponsors we reviewed did not follow at least one of the marketing regulations concerning sales agent compensation and qualifications.These marketing regulations are critical to protecting Medicare beneficiaries because they address sales agents' financial motivation and their qualifications to market Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

In July 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patient and Providers Act of 2008, which prohibited or limited certain marketing activities by plan sponsors or sales agents, was enacted. Later in 2008, CMS promulgated regulations implementing these prohibitions and limitations, including specific regulations concerning sales agent compensation and qualifications. Five of the selected plan sponsors in our review that employ independent sales agents had compensation practices that resulted in inappropriate financial incentives for sales agents and field marketing organizations (FMO). FMOs typically provide sales agents with enrollment leads and marketing assistance.In addition, five of the six selected plan sponsors did not ensure that all of their sales agents were qualified under CMS's regulations. We also found that the number and types of beneficiaries' complaints remained unchanged after implementation of sales agent marketing regulations.

We recommend that CMS (1) take appropriate actions regarding the specific instances of noncompliance documented in this report, (2) audit plan sponsors and include an assessment of the vulnerabilities identified in this report, (3) issue additional regulations concerning FMO payments, (4) issue regulations requiring plan sponsors to contact all new enrollees to ensure that they understand plan rules, and (5) issue guidance clarifying that plan sponsors should terminate unlicensed sales agents immediately upon discovery.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-05-09-00070.pdf

B. "Adverse Events in Hospitals: Methods for Identifying Events" (OEI-06-08-00221, March 2010, .pdf format, 54p.).

Abstract:

Overall, the methods that we reviewed were useful for identifying events that harmed Medicare beneficiaries in hospitals. These methods include:nurse reviews of medical records, interviews of Medicare beneficiaries, two types of analysis of hospital billing data, and reviews of internal hospital incident reports. For hospitalizations with possible events identified by the five screening methods, physicians reviewed medical records to determine whether actual events occurred. However, physician reviewers determined that 62 percent of the possible events identified by the five screening methods were not associated with actual events.

This report is one in a series to fulfill the requirements of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (the Act), which requires that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report to Congress regarding never events among Medicare beneficiaries.The term "never events" refers to a specific list of 28 serious reportable events developed by the National Quality Forum.For the series of reports, we expand beyond never events to address "adverse events," defined as "harm experienced by a patient as a result of medical care."This report provides an in-depth examination of the five methods used in a two-county case study for identifying possible adverse events experienced by Medicare beneficiaries.

We also found that shortcomings in two of the methods have implications for Medicare payments and Federal initiatives to identify, track, and monitor events. First, patient diagnosis codes were inaccurate or absent for 7 of the 11 Medicare hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) identified by physician reviewers. These problems would prevent Medicare from identifying HACs, result in Medicare overpayments, and inhibit use of billing data to monitor quality of care in hospitals. Second, reviewed hospitals did not generate incident reports for 93 percent of the events, including some of the most serious events involving death or permanent disability to the patient. The lack of such reports could prevent hospitals from tracking events as required by Federal regulation and suggests that hospital incident-reporting systems may be an unreliable source of information for Patient Safety Organizations (PSO), entities that aggregate and analyze hospital data about events.

We recommend that CMS and AHRQ explore opportunities to identify adverse events when conducting medical record reviews for other purposes. Additionally, CMS should (1) ensure that hospitals code claims accurately and completely to allow for identification of Medicare HACs and (2) provide guidelines for State survey agencies that assess hospital compliance with requirements to track and monitor adverse events. Finally, AHRQ should inform PSOs that internal hospital incident-reporting systems may be insufficient for providing information about events to PSOs. AHRQ concurred with the report as written. CMS agreed with each recommendation addressed to CMS.

CMS concurred with our first recommendation. CMS concurred in part with our second recommendation, stating that it would conduct audits or other oversight activities of plan sponsors posing the greatest risk to Medicare beneficiaries. As such, we have amended the wording of the recommendation.CMS did not concur with our final three recommendations. We continue to recommend that CMS issue additional regulations and guidance to protect Medicare beneficiaries from inappropriate sales agent marketing.However, we have modified the wording of two of our recommendations to reflect alternative approaches that are consistent with CMS's comments.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-08-00221.pdf

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7. US MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, 2007," by Anita Soni (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, SB 280, February 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=StatisticalBrief&opt=2&id=947

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8. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS COMPENDIUM, REPORT:

A. "2010 Atlas of Heart Disease Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries" (March 2010, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/DHDSP/library/heart_atlas/index.htm

B. "United States Life Tables, 2005," by Elizabeth Arias, Brian L. Rostron, and Betzaida Tejada-Vera (National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 58, No. 10, March 2010, .pdf format, 132p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_10.pdf

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9. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "SSI Monthly Statistics, January 2010" (March 2010, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2010-01/index.html

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10. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING REPORT: "2008-2009 HACC MDS (Home and Community Care Minimum Data Set) Annual Bulletin (February 2010, .pdf format, 37p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing-hacc-mds-annual-bulletin.htm

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11. IRELAND DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND FAMILY AFFAIRS/AN ROINN GNOTHAI SOISIALACHA AGUS TEAGHLAIGH REPORT: "National Pensions Framework" (March 2010, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Policy/PolicyPublications/Pensions/Pages/nationalpensionsframework.aspx

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12. UK AUDIT COMMISSION REPORT: "Under pressure: Tackling the financial challenge for councils of an ageing population" (February 2010, .pdf format, 64p.).

http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/underpressure/Pages/default.aspx

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13. UK HOUSE OF COMMONS COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS REPORT: "HM Revenue and Customs: Dealing with the tax obligations of older people" (February 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmpubacc/141/141.pdf

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14. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE FACT SHEET: "The Employment Situation, January 2010: Unemployment Rate for Older Workers Falls," by Sara E. Rix (February 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/econ-sec/work/articles/fs166-employment.html

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15. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "What is the Distribution of Lifetime Health Care Costs from Age 65?" by Anthony Webb and Natalia Zhivan (IB#10-4, March 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/what_is_the_distribution_of_lifetime_health_care_costs_from_age_65_.html

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16. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES REPORT: "Social Security Does Not Need a "Bailout"," by Kathy Ruffing (March 2010, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3104

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17. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE REPORT, PERIODICAL:

A. "Recommendations on Family Caregiving and Long-Term Care Services in California 2010" (March 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2384

B. "Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 10, No. 5, Mar. 3, 2010).

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=349

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18. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "So, you want to be elected?" by Andrew Harrop (February 2010, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=56

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19. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Medicaid Financial Eligibility: Primary Pathways for the Elderly and People with Disabilities" (February 2010, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8048.cfm

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20. METLIFE REPORTS:

A. "MetLife U.S. Pension Risk Behavior Index: 2nd Annual Study of Risk Management Attitudes and Aptitude Among Defined Benefit Pension Plan Sponsors" (February 2010, .pdf format, 35p.).

http://www.metlife.com/business/retirement-and-benefits/pension-risk-behavior-index.html

B. "The MetLife Study of Boomers in the Middle: An In-Depth Look at Americans Born 1952 - 1958" (Mature Market Institute, March 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/boomers-in-the-middle-study.html

More Information about MMMI:

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

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21. NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES ARTICLE: "Community Partnerships for Older Adults Build Aging-Friendly Communities," by Asha Chandra (March 2010).

http://www.nlc.org/articles/articleItems/NCW030110/communitypartnershipsolderadults.aspx

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22. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "The Grandmother Project's New Approach to Ending Female Genital Mutilation," by Nadwa Mossaad (February 2010).

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2010/grandmotherproject.aspx

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23. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Should Women Receive Androgen Replacement Therapy, and If So, How?" by Susan R. Davis (Clinical Endocrinology, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2010, p. 149-150, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/716443

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24. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ARTICLE:

A. "A Scoping Review of Strategies for the Prevention of Hip Fracture in Elderly Nursing Home Residents," by Anna M. Sawka1, Nofisat Ismaila, Ann Cranney, Lehana Thabane, Monika Kastner, Amiram Gafni, Linda J. Woodhouse, Richard Crilly, Angela M. Cheung, Jonathan D. Adachi, Robert G. Josse, and Alexandra Papaioannou (PLoS ONE 5(3): e9515. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009515, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0009515

B. "The Alzheimer's Disease-Associated Amyloid Protein Is an Antimicrobial Peptide," by Stephanie J. Soscia, James E. Kirby, Kevin J. Washicosky, Stephanie M. Tucker, Martin Ingelsson, Bradley Hyman, Mark A. Burton, Lee E. Goldstein, Scott Duong, Rudolph E. Tanzi, and Robert D. Moir (PLoS ONE 5(3): e9505. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009505, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0009505

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25. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Three-Year Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries Who Survive Intensive Care," by Hannah Wunsch, Carmen Guerra, Amber E. Barnato, Derek C. Angus, Guohua Li, and Walter T. Linde-Zwirble (Vol. 303, No. 9, Mar. 3, 2010, p. 849-856).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/9/849

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26. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE: "Medicare's Opportunity to Encourage Innovation in Health Care Delivery," by Robert Mechanic, and Stuart Altman (Vol. 362, No.9, Mar. 4, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 772-774). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/362/9/772

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27. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT: "Dutch politicians are under pressure to hold 'time to die' debate," by Tony Sheldon (Vol. 340, No. 7444, BMJ 2010;340:c1045, p. 446-447).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/340/feb22_1/c1045

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III. Working Papers:

28. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Health, Income, and the Timing of Education Among Military Retirees," by Ryan D. Edwards (w15778, February 2010, .pdf format, 37p.).

Abstract:

There is a large and robust correlation between adult health and education, part of which likely reflects causality running from education into health. Less clear is whether education obtained later in life is as valuable for health as are earlier years of schooling, or whether education raises health directly or through income or wealth. In this paper, I examine how the timing of educational attainment is important for adult health outcomes, income, and wealth, in order to illuminate these issues. Among military retirees, a subpopulation with large variation in the final level and timing of educational attainment, the health returns to a year of education are diminishing in age at acquisition, a pattern that is less pronounced for income and wealth. In the full sample, the marginal effects on the probability of fair or poor health at age 55 of a year of schooling acquired before, during, and after a roughly 25-year military career are -0.025, -0.016, and -0.006, revealing a decline of about half a percentage point each decade. These results suggest that education improves health outcomes more through fostering a lifelong accumulation of healthy behaviors and habits, and less through augmenting the flow of income or the stock of physical wealth.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15778

B. "Family Status Transitions, Latent Health, and the Post-Retirement Evolution of Assets," by James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise (w15789, February 2010, .pdf format, 53p.).

Abstract:

We consider the evolution of assets after retirement. We ask whether total assets--including housing equity, personal retirement accounts, and other financial assets--tend to be husbanded for a rainy day and drawn down primarily at the time of precipitating shocks, or whether they are drawn down throughout the retirement period. We focus on the relationships between family status transitions, "latent" health status, and the evolution of assets. Our analysis is based primarily on longitudinal data from the HRS and AHEAD cohorts of the Health and Retirement Study. We find that the evolution of assets is strongly related to family status transitions. For both single individuals and married couples who do not experience a death or divorce, total assets increase well into old age. In contrast, individuals in married couples that experience a family status transition, either a death or a divorce, exhibit much slower asset growth and often experience a large decline in asset values at the time of the transition. In addition, the level and evolution of assets is very strongly related to health, measured by a latent health index. For example, for continuing two-person HRS households between the ages of 56 and 61 in 1992 the ratio of assets of households in the top health quintile to the assets of those in the bottom quintile was 1.7 in 1992. It had increased to 2.2 by the end of 2006.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15789

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29. RAND LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM WORKING PAPERS:

A. "Using Matched Survey and Administrative Data to Estimate Eligibility for the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy Program," by Erik Meijer, Lynn A. Karoly, and Pierre-Carl Michaud (WR-743, February 2010, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR743/

B. "What Can We Learn from (and about) Global Aging?" by Arie Kapteyn (WR-741, February 2010, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR741/

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30. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE: "An Options Pricing Method for Calculating the Market Price of Public Sector Pension Liabilities," by Andrew G. Biggs (Working Paper No. 156, February 2010, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.aei.org/paper/100088

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31. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "How Much Is Enough: The Distribution of Lifetime Health-Care Costs," by Anthony Webb and Natalia Zhivan (WP#2010-1, February 2010, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/how_much_is_enough_the_distribution_of_lifetime_health-care_costs.html

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32. CentER (TILBURG UNIVERSITY) [NETHERLANDS]: "Health Cost Risk and Optimal Retirement Provision: A Simple Rule for Annuity Demand," by Kim Peijnenburg, Theo Nijman, and Bas J.M. Werker (No. 2010-14, February 2010, .pdf format, 38p.) Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://dbiref.uvt.nl/iPort?request=full_record&db=wo&language=eng&query=doc_id=3817481

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33. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [ROSTOCK, GERMANY]:

A. "The relative importance of shocks in a cohort's early and later life conditions on age-specific mortality," by Mikko Myrskyla (WP-2010-009, February 2010, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=3733&field1=&field2=&field3=&logic1=&logic2=

B. "The ages of extremal impact on life disparity caused by averting deaths," by Peter Wagner (WP-2010-016, February 2010, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full-text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=3673&field1=&field2=&field3=&logic1=&logic2=

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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 Feb. 20, 2010.

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

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

35. American Journal of Alzheimer's and Other Dementias (Vol. 25, No. 2, March 2010).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/vol25/issue2/

36. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 70, No. 2, 2010).

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

37. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 60, No. 4, 2009-10).

http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=300329

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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 Mar. 1, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 1, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 1, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 1, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 1, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Mar. 1, 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:

39. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems" (HHS-2010-AoA-SL-1007, application deadline is Apr. 21, 2010). For more information see (.pdf and Microsoft Word format, 51p.):

.pdf:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2010/FY10_MA_LegalSystem_PA_Final_2_25_10.pdf

Word:

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2010/FY10_MA_LegalSystem_PA_Final_2_25_10.doc

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40. US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: "Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals and Residents of Residential Care Facilities" (application deadline, Apr. 16, 2010, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl000893.pdf

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41. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 3, 2010

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

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VI. Conferences:

42. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES: AoA has recently updated its conference site to include the following conferences, to be held between Mar. 9-24, 2010:

Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (Florida) Speak Out About Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Aging in America: 2010 NCOA-ASA Conference

ASA-NYAM Care Coordination Forum: Hope on the Horizon?

2010 Texas Conference on Aging

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

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43. US National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimers Disease and Cognitive Decline Conference April 26-28 at NIH" (news release, Feb. 26, 2010). For more information see:

http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/2010ADCDconf.htm

There is a link to the conference website at the bottom of the news release.

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

44. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY, SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, FEDERAL SERVICES, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Oversight Challenges In The Medicare Prescription Drug Program," a hearing held Mar. 3, 2010 (.pdf format).

http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_id=6a210a2f-5913-407a-8390-afb5a498fc85

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45. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Reverse Mortgages: Leaving Seniors And Taxpayers On The Hook?" a hearing held Jun. 29, 2009 (ASCII text and .pdf format, 125p.).

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:54129.pdf

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:54129.wais

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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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