Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #560 -- October 28, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "OASDI {Old Age, Survivors', and Disability Insurance} Beneficiaries by State and ZIP Code, 2009," (October 2010, .pdf, HTML, and Excel format, 730p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_zip/2009/index.html

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2. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "CBO's 2010 Long-Term Projections for Social Security: Additional Information," (October 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=11943

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3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORTS, CORRESPONDENCE:

A. "Guardianships: Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors," (GAO-10-1046, September 2010, .pdf format, 58p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-1046

B. "Nursing Homes: Complexity of Private Investment Purchases Demonstrates Need for CMS to Improve the Usability and Completeness of Ownership Data," (GAO-10-710, September 2010, .pdf format, 69p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-710

C. "Respite Care: Grants and Cooperative Agreements Awarded to Implement the Lifespan Respite Care Act," (GAO-11-28R, October 2010, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-28R

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE: "Payment for Drugs Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System," (OEI-03-09-00420, October 2010, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-09-00420.pdf

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5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING PRESS RELEASE: "Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative enters next phase of research," (October 21, 2010).

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/ResearchInformation/NewsReleases/PR20101021ADNI.htm

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6. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORTS:

A. "Communicating with customers approaching retirement," by Sarah Jenkins and Jerry Latter (Research Report No. 702, October 2010, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_702.asp

B. "Communicating with customers of retirement age," by Sarah Jenkins, John Higton and Elizabeth Lane (Research Report No. 703, October 2010, .pdf format, 60p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_703.asp

C. "Attitudes to pensions: The 2009 survey," by Elizabeth Clery, Alun Humphrey and Tom Bourne (Research Report No. 701, October 2010, .pdf format, 155p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_701.asp

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7. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH REPORT: "Social Well-being of Disabled Older Persons: An Evidence of Unequal Ageing in Europe," by Katrin Gasior and Asghar Zaidi (October 2010, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.euro.centre.org/detail.php?xml_id=1793

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8. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE BRIEF, REPORT:

A. "The Elder Care Study: Everyday Realities and Wishes for Change," by Kerstin Aumann, Ellen Galinsky, Kelly Sakai, Melissa Brown & James T. Bond (October 2010, .pdf format, 46p.).

http://familiesandwork.org/site/research/reports/elder_care.pdf

B. "Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Wholesale Sector," by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes with Elyssa Besen, Shoghik Hovhannisyan, and Farooq Pasha (October 2010, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/all_feeds/TM_wholesale.html

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9. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "2010 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs," (October 2010, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/2010-market-survey-ltcc.html

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10. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICALS:

A. Retirement Outlook, (No. 3, October 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 9p.). The title of this issue is "The Case for Raising Social Security's Early Retirement Age," by Andrew G. Briggs.

http://www.aei.org/outlook/100999

B. Health Outlook, (No. 4, October 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 5p.). The of this issue is titled "Why the AARP Drug Price Reports Are Misleading or Worse," by John E. Calfee.

http://www.aei.org/outlook/100998

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11. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Early deficits in synaptic mitochondria in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model," by Heng Du, Lan Guo, Shiqiang Yan, Alexander A. Sosunov, Guy M. McKhann, and Shirley ShiDu Yan (Vol. 107, No. 43, October 26, 2010, p. 18670-18675).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/43/18670.abstract?etoc

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

A. "Thiamine Status in Humans and Content of Phosphorylated Thiamine Derivatives in Biopsies and Cultured Cells," by Marjorie Gangolf, Jan Czerniecki, Marc Radermecker, Olivier Detry, Michelle Nisolle, Caroline Jouan, Didier Martin, Frederic Chantraine, Bernard Lakaye, Pierre Wins, Thierry Grisar, and Lucien Bettendorff (PLoS ONE 5(10): e13616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013616, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013616

B. "Cognitive Deficits Are Associated with Frontal and Temporal Lobe White Matter Lesions in Middle-Aged Adults Living in the Community," by David Bunce, Kaarin J. Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Richard Burns, Helen Christensen, Wei Wen, and Perminder S. Sachdev (PLoS ONE 5(10): e13567. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013567, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013567

C. "Glial Innate Immunity Generated by Non-Aggregated Alpha-Synuclein in Mouse: Differences between Wild-type and Parkinson's Disease-Linked Mutants," by Cintia Roodveldt, Adahir Labrador-Garrido, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Rafael Fernandez-Montesinos, Marta Caro, Christian C. Lachaud, Christopher A. Waudby, Mario Delgado, Christopher M. Dobson, and David Pozo (PLoS ONE 5(10): e13481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013481, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013481

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13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "In Situ Monitoring of Health in Older Adults: Technologies and Issues," by Hyun Gu Kang, Diane F. Mahoney, Helen Hoenig, Victor A. Hirth, Paolo Bonato, Ihab Hajjar, and Lewis A. Lipsitz (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 58, No. 8, 2010, p. 1579-1586, via Medscape).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/727731

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14. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ANALYSIS ARTICLE: "What do we mean by Alzheimer's disease?" by Marcus Richards and Carol Brayne (BMJ 2010; 341:c4670, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.bmj.com/content/341/bmj.c4670.full

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15. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Long-term Cognitive Impairment and Functional Disability Among Survivors of Severe Sepsis," by Theodore J. Iwashyna, E. Wesley Ely, Dylan M. Smith, and Kenneth M. Langa (Vol. 304, No. 16, October 27, 2010, p. 1787-1794).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/304/16/1787?etoc

Related NIH Press Release:

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2010/nia-26.htm

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II. Working Papers:

16. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "How Financial Literacy and Impatience Shape Retirement Wealth and Investment Behaviors," by Justine Hastings and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP 2010-233, October 2010, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=727

B. "The Effect of the Risk of Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care on Economic Preparation for Retirement," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2010-232, September 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=725

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17. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Do People Seek to Maximize Happiness? Evidence from New Surveys," by Daniel J. Benjamin, Ori Heffetz, Miles S. Kimball, and Alex Rees-Jones (w16489, October 2010, .pdf format, 47p.).

Abstract:

Are subjective well-being (SWB) measures a good empirical proxy for utility? We evaluate one necessary assumption: that people's preferences coincide with what they predict will maximize their SWB. Our method is to present survey respondents with hypothetical scenarios and elicit both choice and predicted SWB rankings of two alternatives. While choice and predicted SWB rankings usually coincide, we find systematic reversals. Furthermore, we identify factors-such as predicted sense of purpose, control over one’s life, family happiness, and social status-that help explain choice controlling for predicted SWB. We explore how our findings vary with the SWB measure and the choice situation.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16489

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18. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Spend More Today: Using Behavioural Economics to Improve Retirement Expenditure Decisions," by David Blake and Tom Boardman (PI 10-14, October 2010, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines how behavioural economics can be used to improve the expenditure decisions of retirees. It identifies how accumulated assets can be used optimally throughout retirement to produce life-long income when required, to make provision for contingencies - such as unanticipated spikes in expenditure - and to optimize the size and timing of bequests. We do this using a SPEEDOMETER (or Spending Optimally Throughout Retirement) retirement expenditure plan which employs defaults within a choice architecture. At its simplest, the plan involves just four key behavioural nudges: (1) First, make a plan - ideally with, but if necessary without, an adviser; (2) automatic phasing of annuitization which is designed to tackle the aversion to large irreversible transactions and losing control of assets and so allows the greatest possible degree of flexibility in managing the run-down of retirement assets; (3) capital protection in the form of 'money-back' annuities which deals with loss aversion, i.e., the fear of losing your money if you die early; and (4) the slogan 'spend more today' which utilizes hyperbolic discounting to satisfy the human trait of wanting jam today and to reinforce the idea that ‘buying an annuity is a smart thing to do’.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1014.pdf

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19. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) [MC MASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]:

A. "Involuntary Retirement and the Resolution of the Retirement-Consumption Puzzle: Evidence from Australia," by Garry F. Barrett and Matthew Brzozowski (SEDAP Research Paper No. 275, October 2010, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

A substantial body of international research has shown that household expenditure on food and non-durables significantly decreases at the time of retirement -- a finding that is inconsistent with the standard life-cycle model of consumption if retirement is an anticipated event. This fall in expenditure has become known as the 'retirement- consumption puzzle.' We analyze rich Australian panel data to assess the Australian evidence on the puzzle. We find strong evidence of a fall in expenditures on groceries, food consumed at home and outside meals with retirement. The observed decline in expenditure is explained by a subset of households experiencing an unanticipated wealth shock, such as a major health event or long-term job loss, at the time of retirement. This finding is corroborated by an analysis of alternative measures of household well-being, including indicators of financial hardship, and self-reported financial and life satisfaction. For the majority of households retirement is anticipated and there is no decline in economic welfare at retirement. However, for an important minority, retirement is `involuntary' and these households experience a marked decline across all indicators of economic well-being.

http://socserv.socsci.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap275.pdf

B. "Age of Pension Eligibility, Gains in Life Expectancy, and Social Policy," by Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer (SEDAP Research Paper No. 276, October 2010, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

Canadians are living longer and retiring younger. When combined with the aging of the baby boom generation, that means that the "inactive" portion of the population is increasing and there are concerns about possibly large increases in the burden of support on those who are younger. We model the impact of continued future gains in life expectancy on the size of the population that receives public pension benefits. We pay special attention to possible increases in the age of eligibility and the pension contribution rate that would maintain the publicly financed component of the retirement income security system.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap276.pdf

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20. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Oct. 16, 2010.

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

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

21. Ageing International (Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2010).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/0163-5158/35/3/

22. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 18, No. 11, November 2010).

http://journals.lww.com/ajgponline/pages/currenttoc.aspx

23. Journal of Population Ageing (Vol. 2, No. 3-4, December 2010).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/1874-7884/2/3-4/

24. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 62, No. 1, 2010/2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0030-2228&volume=62&issue=1

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25. 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 October 25, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 25, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of October 25, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of October 25, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

26. ANDRUS GERONTOLOGY CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA]: "Multidisciplinary Research Training In Gerontology Postdoctoral Fellowship," deadline for application is January 15, 2011.

http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/training/Postdoc_Flyer_2011.pdf

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27. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 28, 2010.

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

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V. Conferences:

28. AARP INTERNATIONAL: "The Fiscal Future and Public Pensions: A Global Perspective on a Growing Challenge: An AARP International Idea Exchange," a discussion to be held November 4, 2010 (Washington, DC).

http://www.aarpinternational.org/events/events_show.htm?doc_id=1381035

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29. DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH FOUNDATION: "2010 International Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Aging/Alzheimer s Disease," (Nov. 19-20, 2010; Vancouver, British Columbia).

http://www.dsrf.org/programs_%26_services/our_workshops/2010_international_conference_on_developmental_disabilities_and_aging_alzheimer_s_disease

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VI. Websites of Interest:

30. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES:

- Medicare Advantage Enrollees in High Quality Plans (October 2010).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemapreport.jsp?rep=57&cat=6

- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) (October 2010).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=315&cat=6

- Population Demographics (October 2010).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparebar.jsp?ind=294&cat=6

statehealthfacts.org:

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/

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Charlie

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