Current Awareness in Aging Report No. 537--May 20, 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: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced on May 17, 2010: "The HRS Cross-Wave Child Proximity (Version 1.0) Release is now available." For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news287

Data access:

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

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "The Next Four Decades: The Older Population in the United States: 2010 to 2050," by Grayson K. Vincent and Victoria A. Velkoff (Population Estimates and Projections P25-1138, May 2010, .pdf format, 14p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Aging Boomers Will Increase Dependency Ratio, Census Bureau Projects: Older American Population to Become More Diverse" (CB10-72, May 20, 2010).

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/aging_population/cb10-72.html

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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORTS:

A. "Nationwide Review of Medicare Payments for Interrupted Stays at Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities for Calendar Years 2006 and 2007 (A-01-09-00508, May 2010, .pdf format, 19p.).

Abstract:

Based on a sample of 100 claims, we estimated that Medicare fiscal intermediaries made $3.9 million in improper payments to inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) nationwide in calendar years 2006 and 2007 for claims on behalf of beneficiaries who had been discharged from another IPF within the prior 3 days. To discourage inappropriate discharges and readmissions to IPFs, CMS has established a 3-day policy for interrupted stays. An interrupted stay occurs when a beneficiary is discharged from an IPF and admitted to the same or a different IPF within 3 consecutive days. In such a case, the "readmission" is considered a continuation of the initial stay. CMS provides an exception to the 3-day policy when the beneficiary is admitted to a different IPF within 3 days and the second IPF is unaware of the beneficiary's immediately preceding stay in the first IPF.

We recommended that CMS (1) instruct its fiscal intermediaries to recover $19,000 for the 75 sampled claims with payment errors; (2) review our information on the 20,605 unsampled claims for IPF interrupted stays, which had potential overpayments estimated at $3.8 million, and work with its fiscal intermediaries to recover any overpayments; (3) establish system edits to prevent and detect overpayments to IPFs that admitted beneficiaries from another IPF and did not bill the claim as part of an interrupted stay; (4) instruct its fiscal intermediaries to initiate the necessary system modifications to process and pay IPF interrupted stays correctly; (5) consider reviewing claims submitted after our review to identify any incorrectly paid claims; and (6) revise its billing instructions to address appropriate billing for the second part of interrupted stays involving two separate IPFs when the second IPF is aware of the preceding stay. CMS concurred with our recommendations.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region1/10900508.pdf

B. "Performance Data for the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects: May 2010 Performance Report" (OEI-02-10-00100, May 2010, .pdf format, 93p.).

Abstract:

The Senior Medicare Patrol Projects receive grants from AoA to recruit retired professionals to serve as educators and resources in helping beneficiaries to detect and report fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program. At least 1 project is located in each of the 50 States, as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

In 2009, the 55 projects had a total of 4,444 active volunteers. These volunteers educated beneficiaries in 7,177 group education sessions and held 33,855 one-on-one counseling sessions. In addition, the projects conducted 311,377 media outreach activities and 5,684 community outreach education events. Medicare funds recovered attributable to the projects were $76,176 and total savings to Medicare, Medicaid, beneficiaries, and others were $214,060. The projects had 5 percent fewer active volunteers in 2009, compared to the number in 2008. Despite this fact, total savings to Medicare, Medicaid, beneficiaries, and others were over three times higher in 2009, compared to totals in 2008.

In December 2005, AoA requested that OIG continue to collect and report performance data for the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects to support AoA's efforts to evaluate and improve the performance of these projects. OIG agreed to collect performance data every 6 months but to report the data on an annual basis.

We continue to emphasize that the number of beneficiaries who have learned from the Senior Medicare Patrol Projects to detect fraud, waste, and abuse, and who subsequently call the OIG fraud hotline or other contacts, cannot be tracked. Therefore, the projects may not be receiving full credit for savings attributable to their work. In addition, the projects are unable to track substantial savings derived from a sentinel effect whereby fraud and errors are reduced in light of Medicare beneficiaries' scrutiny of their bills.

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-02-10-00100.pdf

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4. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Eye-Care Utilization Among Women Aged =40 Years with Eye Diseases --- 19 States, 2006--2008" (Vol. 59, No. 19, May 21, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 588-591).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5919a3.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5919.pdf

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5. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORTS:

A. "Deaths: Final Data for 2007," by Jiaquan Xu, Kenneth D. Kochanek, Sherry L. Murphy, and Betzaida Tejada-Vera (National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 58, No. 19, May 2010, .pdf format, 72p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_19.pdf

B. "Design and Operation of the National Home Health Aide Survey: 2007-2008," by A. Bercovitz, A.J. Moss, et. al (Vital and Health Statistics Reports, Series 1, No. 49, March 2010, .pdf format, 93p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_01/sr01_049.pdf

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6. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY POLICY REPORTS:

A. "SSI Monthly Statistics, April 2010" (May 2010, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2010-04/index.html

B. "International Update, May 2010" (May 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2010-05/index.html

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7. ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PERIODICAL: Alaska Economic Trends (May 2010, .pdf format, 19p.). Note: The title of this issue is "Older Workers in Alaska."

http://labor.state.ak.us/trends/may10.pdf

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8. CALIFORNIA OFFICE OF STATEWIDE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT: "Readmissions to California Hospitals, 2005 to 2006," (Spring 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HID/Products/Health_Facts/HealthFacts_ReAd_PRINT.pdf

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9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "More than 8 Million Dollars for Services to Help Older People and People with Disabilities in Queensland" (May 18, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr10-je-je035.htm

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10. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORTS:

A. "Asthma among older people in Australia," by M. Gall (May 2010, .pdf, Rich-text, and Microsoft Word format, 34p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10727

B. "Primary carers of people with arthritis and osteoporosis," by Kuldeep Bhatia and Naila Rahman (Arthritis series no. 12, May 2010, .pdf, Word, and Rich-text format, 44p.)

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10725

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11. CANADIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUT CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Depression Among Seniors in Residential Care" (May 2010, .pdf format, 18p.). Note: CIHI/ICIS may require free registration before providing reports.

http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=PG_2935_E&cw_topic=2935&cw_rel=AR_2129_E

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12. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "More older people working," (May 12, 2010).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-sociale-zekerheid/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2010/2010-3115-wm.htm

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13. UK OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS MONOGRAPH UPDATE: Pension Trends (.pdf format) Chap. 1: "Pensions legislation: an overview," and Chap. 7: "Private Pension Scheme Membership" have been updated in May 2010.

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pensiontrends/

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14. ACCESS ECONOMICS (AUSTRALIA) REPORT: "'Generation Risk' - an analysis of cardiovascular disease risk among Australia's older population," (May 2010, .pdf format, 66p.).

http://www.accesseconomics.com.au/publicationsreports/showreport.php?id=232

More information about Access Economics:

http://www.accesseconomics.com.au/about/

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15. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION REPORT: "Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease: A National Imperative," (May 2010, .pdf format, 17p.).

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_trajectory.asp?type=homepage

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16. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT: "Strategies for Promoting Lifetime Income in Retirement Savings Accounts," by William G. Gale and David C. John (May 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2010/0519_retirement_savings_gale_john.aspx

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17. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 10, No. 10, May 12, 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. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION WEBCAST: "What's in There? The New Health Reform Law and Medicare," a webcast done May 13, 2010 (running time, 1 hour, 28 minutes, 23 seconds). Note: Internet Explorer browser is required for synchronized slides.

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/ahr050710video.cfm

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19. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE REPORT: "A New Deal for Young Adults: Social Security Benefits for Post-Secondary School Students," by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (May 2010, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2010/new-deal-young-adults-social-security-benefits-post

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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20. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH NEWS RELEASE: "The downside of marriage for women: the greater a wifes age gap from her husband, the lower her life expectancy" (May 2010).

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/press/1813.htm

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21. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The MetLife Retirement Readiness Index Print: Are Americans Prepared for the Transition?" (may 2010, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/retirement-readiness-index.html?WT.ac=Pro2_NewMMI_5-18421_T4297-MM-mmi&oc_id=Pro2_NewMMI_5-18421_T4297-MM-mmi#findings

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22. NATIONAL OPINION RESEARCH CENTER (UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO) NEWS RELEASE: "Consequences of Winning the War on Aging" (May 2010).

http://www.norc.org/News/Consequences+of+Winning+the+War+on+Aging.htm

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23. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Japan's Demographic Future," by Carl Haub (May 2010).

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

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24. RAND CORPORATION FACT SHEET: "Improving the Quality of Care for Dementia," by David Reuben, Carol P. Roth, Janet C. Frank, Susan H. Hirsch, Diane Katz, Heather McCreath, Jon Younger, Marta Murawski, Elizabeth Edgerly, Joanne Maher, Katie Maslow, and Neil S. Wenger (May 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9530/

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25. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS, PODCAST:

A. "Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans," by Richard W. Johnson and Corina Mommaerts (updated May 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/411904.html

B. "Social Security and the Budget," by C. Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane (May 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412095.html

C. "Securing Social Security: Does It Need to Be Fixed Now?" (May 2010, .mp3 format, running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes, 10 seconds).

http://www.urban.org/events/Securing-Social-Security.cfm

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26. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Expression of the yeast NADH dehydrogenase Ndi1 in Drosophila confers increased lifespan independently of dietary restriction," by Alberto Sanz, Mikko Soikkeli, Manuel Portero-Otin, Angela Wilson, Esko Kemppainen, George McIlroy, Simo Ellila, Kia K. Kemppainen, Tea Tuomela, Matti Lakanmaa, Essi Kiviranta, Rhoda Stefanatos, Eric Dufour, Bettina Hutz, Alba Naud8, Mariona Jove, Akbar Zeb, Suvi Vartiainen, Akemi Matsuno-Yagi, Takao Yagi, Pierre Rustin, Reinald Pamplona, and Howard T. Jacobs (Vol. 107, No. 20, May 18, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 9105-9110). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/20/9105.abstract?etoc

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27. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) MEDICINE ARTICLE: "Suicide Prevention for Older Adults in Residential Communities: Implications for Policy and Practice," by Carol A. Podgorski, Linda Langford, Jane L. Pearson, and Yeates Conwell (PLoS Med 7(5): e1000254. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000254, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000254

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28. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Community falls prevention for people who call an emergency ambulance after a fall: randomised controlled trial," by Philippa A. Logan, C.A.C Coupland, J.R.F. Gladman, O. Sahota, V. Stoner-Hobbs, K. Robertson, V. Tomlinson, M. Ward, T. Sach, and A.J. Avery (BMJ 2010;340:c2102, Vol. 340, No. 7555, May 15, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/340/may11_1/c2102

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29. LANCET NEUOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Deep brain stimulation plus best medical therapy versus best medical therapy alone for advanced Parkinson's disease (PD SURG trial): a randomised, open-label trial," by Prof Adrian Williams, Steven Gill, Thelekat Varma, Crispin Jenkinson, Niall Quinn, Rosalind Mitchell, Richard Scott, Natalie Ives, Caroline Rick, Jane Daniels, Smitaa Patel, and Keith Wheatley (Vol. 9, No. 6, June 2010, p. 581-591).

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474442210700934/abstract

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III. Working Papers:

30. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Incorporating Employee Heterogeneity Into Default Rules for Retirement Plan Selection," by Gopi Shah Goda and Colleen Flaherty (WP#2010-6, May 2010, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

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31. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Effect of Housing on Portfolio Choice," by Raj Chetty and Adam Szeidl (w15998, May 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

A large theoretical literature predicts that housing has substantial effects on financial markets, but empirical evidence on these effects remains limited. We estimate the causal effect of changes in mortgages and home equity on portfolio allocations using two empirical strategies. First, we use two instruments -- average house prices in an individual's state in the current year and in the year he purchased his home -- to generate cross-sectional variation in home equity and mortgages that is plausibly orthogonal to unobserved determinants of portfolios. Second, we use panel data to study how portfolio allocations change when individuals buy houses. Both empirical strategies show that housing reduces the amount households invest in stocks substantially: a $10,000 increase in mortgage debt (holding fixed total wealth) reduces the stock share of liquid wealth by approximately 6%. Auxiliary evidence suggests that housing induces individuals to hold more conservative portfolios primarily because of a "consumption commitment" effect rather than exposure to house price risk.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w15998

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32. BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS: "The future of public debt: prospects and implications," by Stephen Cecchetti, Madhusudan Mohanty and Fabrizio Zampolli (WP 300, March 2010, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.bis.org/publ/work300.htm

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33. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Marginal Tax Rates and Tax-Favoured Pension Savings of the Self-Employed - Evidence from Sweden," by Hakan Selin (WP 3059, May 2010, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=17665

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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 May 8, 2010.

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

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

35. Clinical Infectious Diseases (Vol. 50, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2010).

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/cid/50/12

36. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 3, June 2010).

http://jag.sagepub.com/content/vol29/issue3/?etoc

37. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2010).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/m612m8173406/?p=3e1b3fe15aef45a2a64305cc20f510de&pi=0

38. Medical Care

A. Vol. 48, No. 5, May 2010

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2010/05000

B. Vol. 48, No. 6. June 2010

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2010/06000

C. Vol. 48, No. 6, Supplement 1

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2010/06001

39. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 67, No. 3, June 2010).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol67/issue3/?etoc

40. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 33, No. 3, June 2010).

http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/33706/home

41. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology (Vol. 20, No. 2, 2010).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=RCG&volumeId=20&issueId=02&iid=7733100

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42. 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 May 18, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 18, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 18, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May. 18, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 18, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 18, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

43. SPRINGER BOOK: Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals, Fifth Edition, by David Haber (2010, 616p., ISBN: 9780826105981). For more information see:

http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826105981

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

44. AGEWORK: Agework.com has updated its listings through May 20, 2010:

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

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VII. Conferences:

45. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAXWELL SCHOOL FOR POLICY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: "Universal Coverage of Long-Term Care in the U.S.: Can We Get There From Here?" to be held Jun. 10-11, 2010 in Syracuse, New York. For more information see:

http://www-cpr.maxwell.syr.edu/econconf/index.htm

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

46. US SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING COMMITTEE REPORT: "Social Security Modernization: Options To Address Solvency and Benefit Adequacy," (Report 111-187, May 2010, .pdf format, 91p.).

http://aging.senate.gov/letters/ssreport2010.pdf

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IX. Websites of Interest:

47. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated on May 20, 2010: "Dialysis Facility Compare." For all of Medicare.gov's suite of interactive web databases see:

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

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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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