Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #562 -- November 11, 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: On Nov. 4, 2010, the University of Michigan's HRS announced the following data release:

- HRS 2008 Exit (Final, Version 1.0)

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news296

Data access:

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

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

Data for the US and Luxembourg were revised and updated through 2007 (Nov. 5, 2010).

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:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY ISSUE BRIEF: "Distributional Effects of Reducing the Social Security Benefit Formula," by Glenn R. Springstead (Policy Brief No. 2010-02, November 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).

HTML:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/policybriefs/pb2010-02.html

PDF:

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/policybriefs/pb2010-02.pdf

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4. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Comparison of Home Health and Hospice Care Agencies by Organizational Characteristics and Services Provided: United States, 2007," by Eunice Y. Park-Lee and Frederic H. Decker (National Health Statistics Report No. 30, November 2010, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr030.pdf

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5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL MANUAL: "Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse," (November 2010, .pdf and HTML format, 31p.).

http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/PhysicianEducation/

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6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATES, DECISION MEMORANDUM:

A. "Medicare Program Payments," (2009 Edition, tables 3.1-3.6, (.zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1229643&intNumPerPage=10

B. "Medicare Home Health Agencies," (2009 Edition, tables 7.1-7.7, (.zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1232437&intNumPerPage=10

C. "Coverage Decision Memorandum for Ventricular Assist Devices as Destination Therapy (VAD)," (November 9, 2010).

http://www.cms.gov/mcd/viewdecisionmemo.asp?id=243

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7. HEALTHCARE.GOV MEMORANDUM: "Medicare Beneficiary Savings and the Affordable Care Act," (November 4, 2010).

http://www.healthcare.gov/center/reports/affordablecareact.html

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8. GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA REPORT: "Aging Population Policy Framework," (November 2010, .pdf format, 41p.).

http://www.seniors.alberta.ca/seniors/agingpopulation/framework/

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9. CARE QUALITY COMMISSION [UK] REPORTS:

A. "The adult social care market and the quality of services," (November 2010, .pdf format, 48p.).

http://www.cqc.org.uk/publications.cfm?fde_id=16477

B. "The quality of care services purchased by councils - 2010," (November 2010, .pdf format, 45p.).

http://www.cqc.org.uk/publications.cfm?fde_id=16478

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10. NATIONAL END OF LIFE CARE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK [UK] REPORT: "Deaths from Alzheimer's disease, dementia and senility in England," (November 2010, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.endoflifecare-intelligence.org.uk/view.aspx?rid=88

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11. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Older people and functional foods: The importance of diet in supporting older people’s health; what role for functional foods?" (November 2010, .pdf format, 85p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=77

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12. NATIONAL CONFIDENTIAL ENQUIRY INTO PATIENT OUTCOME AND DEATH [UK] REPORT: "An Age Old Problem: A review of the care received by elderly patients undergoing surgery," (November 2010, .pdf format, 146p).

http://www.ncepod.org.uk/2010eese.htm

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13. AUSTRALIAN HOUSING AND URBAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE REPORT: "Asset-poverty and older Australians' transitions onto housing assistance programs from AHURI," by Gavin Wood, Val Colic-Peisker, Mike Berry and Rachel Ong (No. 156, November 2010, .pdf format, 57p.).

http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/30563_fr

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14. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "How Do Responses to the Downturn Vary by Household Characteristics?" by Norma B. Coe and Kelly Haverstick (IB No. 10-17, November 2010, .pdf format, 12p.).

http://crr.bc.edu/preview/how_do_responses_to_the_downturn_vary_by_household_characteristics.html

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15. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "Scaling Up: Bringing the Transitional Care Model into the Mainstream," by Mary D. Naylor and Julie A. Sochalski (November 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Issue-Briefs/2010/Nov/Scaling-Up-Transitional-Care.aspx

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16. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "Development of Updated Models of Non-Therapy Ancillary Costs," by Douglas A. Wissoker and Bowen Garrett (October 2010, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412249.html

B. "Medicare Payment Adjustment for Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities: A Review and Potential Refinements," by Bowen Garrett, Adela Luque, Korbin Liu, and Noga Lewin (August 2010, .pdf format, 83p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412250.html

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17. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCE ISSUE BRIEF: "Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run," by Janice M. Gregory, Thomas N. Bethell, Virginia P. Reno, and Benjamin W. Veghte (Issue Brief No. 35, November 2010, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2010/strengthening-social-security-long-run

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18. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE REPORT: "Talent Pressures and the Aging Workforce: Transportation & Warehousing Sector," by Stephen Sweet and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes with Elyssa Besen, Shoghik Hovhannisyan, and Farooq Pasha (November 2010, .pdf format, 47p.).

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/archive_pubs/TM_Transportation.html

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19. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU WEBCAST: "Defining 'Good' and 'Poor' Health Empirically: A Profile of Older Adults in the United States," (November 2010, MP3 format, running time 56 minutes, 31 seconds).

http://www.prb.org/Journalists/Webcasts/2010/usolderadulthealth.aspx

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20. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 10, No. 20, Nov. 3, 2010).

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

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21. SCIENCE REPORT ABSTRACT: "Peripherally Applied A{beta}-Containing Inoculates Induce Cerebral {beta}-Amyloidosis," by Yvonne S. Eisele, Ulrike Obermüller, Götz Heilbronner, Frank Baumann, Stephan A. Kaeser, Hartwig Wolburg, Lary C. Walker, Matthias Staufenbiel, Mathias Heikenwalder, and Mathias Jucker (Vol. 330, No. 6006, November 12, 2010, p. 980-982).

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/330/6006/980

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22. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Duration of estrogen deprivation, not chronological age, prevents estrogen's ability to enhance hippocampal synaptic physiology," by Caroline C. Smith, Lindsey C. Vedder, Amy R. Nelson, Teruko M. Bredemann, and Lori L. McMahon (Vol. 107, No. 45, November 9, 2010, p. 19543-19548).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/45/19543.abstract?etoc

B. "{alpha}{beta}{gamma}-Synuclein triple knockout mice reveal age-dependent neuronal dysfunction," by Becket Greten-Harrison, Manuela Polydoro, Megumi Morimoto-Tomita, Ling Diao, Andrew M. Williams, Esther H. Nie, Sachin Makani, Ning Tian, Pablo E. Castillo, Vladimir L. Buchman, and Sreeganga S. Chandra (Vol. 107, No. 45, November 9, 2010, p. 19573-19578).

http://www.pnas.org/content/107/45/19573.abstract?etoc

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

A. "The Effects of Age on Inflammatory and Coagulation-Fibrinolysis Response in Patients Hospitalized for Pneumonia," by Sachin Kale, Sachin Yende, Lan Kong, Amy Perkins, John A. Kellum, Anne B. Newman, Abbe N. Vallejo, and Derek C. Angus, for the GenIMS Investigators (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13852. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013852, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013852

B. "Inhibiting {alpha}-Synuclein Oligomerization by Stable Cell-Penetrating {beta}-Synuclein Fragments Recovers Phenotype of Parkinson's Disease Model Flies," by Ronit Shaltiel-Karyo, Moran Frenkel-Pinter, Nirit Egoz-Matia, Anat Frydman-Marom, Deborah E. Shalev, Daniel Segal, and Ehud Gazit (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13863. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013863, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013863

C. "Static Magnetic Field Exposure Reproduces Cellular Effects of the Parkinson's Disease Drug Candidate ZM241385," by Zhiyun Wang, Pao-Lin Che, Jian Du, Barbara Ha, and Kevin J. Yarema (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13883. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013883, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013883

D. "Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia Is Associated with Increased Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone in the Dorsal Striatum of Hemi-Parkinsonian Rats," by Ippolita Cantuti-Castelvetri, Ledia F. Hernandez, Christine E. Keller-McGandy, Lauren R. Kett, Alex Landy, Zane R. Hollingsworth, Esen Saka, Jill R. Crittenden, Eduardo A. Nillni, Anne B. Young, David G. Standaert, and Ann M. Graybiel (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13861. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013861, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013861

E. "Amyloid-{beta} Oligomer Specificity Mediated by the IgM Isotype - Implications for a Specific Protective Mechanism Exerted by Endogenous Auto-Antibodies," by Malin Lindhagen-Persson, Kristoffer Brannstrom, Monika Vestling, Michael Steinitz, and Anders Olofsson (PLoS ONE 5(11): e13928. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013928, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0013928

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III. Working Papers:

24. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY:

A. "The Impact of Work and Family Trajectories on Economic Well-Being at Older Ages: New Insights on Cumulative Stratification," by John R. Warren, James M. Raymo, Andrew Halpern-Manners, and Julia Goldberg (Working Paper No. 2010-13, September 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

Motivated by theoretical and empirical research on cumulative stratification, we examine relationships between trajectories of work and family roles across the life course and five measures of economic well-being in later adulthood. We begin by using group-based trajectory modeling techniques and data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) to identify discrete trajectories of work and family roles for two periods: between adolescence and age 53 and between ages 54 and 64. We then model economic well-being (at age 54) and changes in economic well-being (between ages 54 and 65) as functions of life course trajectories of work and family roles and contemporaneously measured indicators of work and family statuses. We find that the work and family lives of WLS respondents can be characterized by a small number of discrete trajectories and that these trajectories are shaped by gender and by early life attributes and circumstances. Our central finding is that trajectories of work and family experiences across the life course are associated with later-life economic well-being, even after controlling for more proximate measures of work and family statuses. We discuss the relevance of these findings for growing variation in economic well-being at older ages and for theories of cumulative stratification

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2010-13.pdf

B. "Precarious Employment, Bad Jobs, Labor Unions, and Early Retirement," by James M. Raymo, John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and Jeong-Hwa Ho (CDE Working Paper No. 2010-14, September 2010, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Objectives: We examined the extent to which involuntary job loss, exposure to "bad jobs," and employment in non-unionized jobs across the life course are associated with the risk of early retirement.

Methods: Using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a large (N = 8,609) sample of men and women who graduated from high school in 1957, we estimated discrete-time event history models for the transition to first retirement through age 65. We estimated models separately by sex.

Results: We found that experience of involuntary job loss, exposure to bad jobs, and not belonging to a labor union are associated with a lower risk of retiring before age 65. These relationships are stronger for men than for women and are mediated to some extent by pre-retirement differences in pension eligibility, wealth, job characteristics, and health.

Discussion: Results provide some support for hypotheses derived from theories of cumulative stratification suggesting that earlier employment experiences should influence retirement outcomes indirectly through later-life characteristics. However, the fact that mid-life employment experiences remain associated with earlier retirement, net of more temporally proximate correlates highlights the need for further theorization and empirical evaluation of the mechanisms through which increasingly common employment experiences influence the age at which older Americans retire.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2010-14.pdf

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25. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON POVERTY: "The Earned Income Tax Credit and Expected Social Security Benefits among Low-Income Mothers," by Molly Dahl, Thomas DeLeire, Jonathan Schwabish, and Timothy Smeeding (DP 1386-10, October 2010, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has been found to lead to increases in employment and earnings growth for low-educated women. That increased employment and earnings may result in a greater fraction of those women qualifying for Social Security benefits and their receiving a higher benefit in the event they do qualify. In this study, we determine the extent to which the labor supply responses to the EITC will improve the financial security of low-income women when they near retirement age. We use data from the 1993 and 1996 SIPP-SSA matched data files and the CWHS to estimate the impact of EITC expansions on employment, quarters of coverage, and earnings growth. Earlier research exploited the differential expansions in the credit for single mothers with two or more qualifying children and for single mothers with only one child. Those results, consistent with our earlier work, show that the EITC increased both employment and earnings growth of single mothers in the 5 years following expansion. We then simulate the impact of EITC expansion on the Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) amount and the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) of a sample of low-educated women. The results show that the EITC increases the share of women who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits by between 2% and 3%. Further, we find that lifetime earnings increase by between 6% and 17% and the AIME by a similar amount.

http://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/dps/pdfs/dp138610.pdf

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26. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER:

A. "The Effects of Medicaid and Medicare Reforms on the Elderly's Savings and Medical Expenditures," by Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French and John Bailey Jones (WP 2010-236, October 2010, .pdf format, 28p.). 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=743

B. "Personality, Lifetime Earnings, and Retirement Wealth," by Angela Lee Duckworth and David Weir (WP 2010-235, October 2010, .pdf format, 18p.). 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=740

C. "Geographic Dispersion and the Well-being of the Elderly," by Suzanne M. Bianchi, Kathleen McGarry and Judith A. Seltzer (WP 2010-234, October 2010, .pdf format, 40p.). 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=739

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27. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Overview of the CRR 2009 Retirement Survey," by Alicia H. Munnell, Norma B. Coe, Kelly Haverstick, and Steven A. Sass (WP 2010-15, October 2010, .pdf format, 10p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/overview_of_the_crr_2009_retirement_survey.html

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28. RAND CORPORATION:

A. "Do Risk Disclosures Affect Investment Choice?" by Angela A. Hung, Aileen Heinberg, and Joanne K. Yoong (WR788, September 2010, .pdf format, 38p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR788/

B. "Housing Mobility and Downsizing at Older Ages in Britain and the United States," by James Banks, Richard Blundell, Zoe Oldfield, and James P. Smith (WR787, September 2010, .pdf format, 40p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR787/

C. "Financial Decision Making and Cognition in a Family Context," by James P. Smith, John J. McArdle, and Robert J. Willis (WR785, September 2010, .pdf format, 38p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR785/

D. "Attrition and Health in Ageing Studies: Evidence from ELSA and HRS," by James Banks, Alastair Muriel, and James P. Smith (WR784, September 2010, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR784/

E. "Individuals' Uncertainty about Future Social Security Benefits and Portfolio Choice," by Adeline Delavande and Susann Rohwedder (WR782, September 2010, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR782/

F. "Health Outcomes and Socio-Economic Status Among the Elderly in China: Evidence from the CHARLS Pilot," by John Strauss, Xiaoyan Lei, Albert Park, Yan Shen, James P. Smith, Zhe Yang, and Yaohui Zhao (WR774, September 2010, .pdf format, 56p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/WR774/

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29. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO: "Public Pensions and Labor Supply Over the Life Cycle," by Eric French and John Bailey Jones (WP 2010-09, November 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.chicagofed.org/webpages/publications/working_papers/2010/wp_09.cfm

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

A. "The Private Cost of Long-Term Care in Canada: Where You Live Matters," by Natasha Fernandes and Byron G. Spencer (SEDAP Working Paper No. 277, October 2010, .pdf format, 18p.).

Abstract:

Canadians expect the same access to health care whether they are rich or poor, and wherever they live, often without direct charge at the point of service. However, we find that the private cost of long-term care differs greatly across the country, and within provinces, we find substantial variation, depending on income level, marital status, and, in Quebec alone, on assets owned. A non-married person with average income would pay more than twice as much in the Atlantic provinces as in Quebec, while a couple with one in care would pay almost four times as much in Newfoundland as in Alberta.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap277.pdf

B. "Is There an Age Pattern in the Treatment of AMI? Evidence from Ontario," by Michel Grignon, Byron G. Spencer, and Li Wang (SEDAP Working Paper No. 278, October 2010, .pdf format, 24p.),

Abstract:

In this article we analyse the rates at which those admitted to hospital with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) receive aggressive treatment, assess how those rates have changed over time, and ask whether there is evidence of age discrepancies. Estimates made on the basis of data from an administrative database that includes discharges from all acute care hospitals in Ontario for selected years, from 1995 to 2005, indicate that there are strong and persistent age patterns in the application of medical technology. Results showed that to be true even after controlling for the higher rates of co-morbidities among older patients and variations across hospitals in practice patterns.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap278.pdf

C. "Aging and Health: An Examination of Differences between Older Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People," by Kathi Wilson, Mark W. Rosenberg, Sylvia Abonyi, and Robert Lovelace (SEDAP Working Paper No. 279, October 2010, .pdf format, 22 p.).

Abstract:

The Aboriginal population in Canada, much younger than the general population, has experienced a trend towards aging over the past decade. Using data from the 2001 Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) and the 2000/2001 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), this article examines differences in health status and the determinants of health and health care use between the 55-and-older Aboriginal population and non-Aboriginal population. The results show that the older Aboriginal population is unhealthier than the non-Aboriginal population across all age groups; differences in health status, however, appear to converge as age increases. Among those aged 55 to 64, 7 per cent of the Aboriginal population report three or more chronic conditions compared with 2 per cent of the non-Aboriginal population. Yet, among those aged 75 and older, 51 percent of the Aboriginal population report three or more chronic conditions in comparison with 23 per cent of the non-Aboriginal population.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap279.pdf

D. "Comparing Racial and Immigrant Health Status and Health Care Access in Later Life in Canada and the United States," by Steven G. Prus, Rania Tfaily, and Zhiqiu Li (SEDAP Working Paper No. 280, October 2010, .pdf format, 17p.).

Abstract:

Little comparative research exists on health experiences and conditions of minority groups in Canada and the United States, despite both countries having a racially diverse population with a significant proportion of immigrants. This article explores race and immigrant disparities in health and health care access across the two countries. The study focus was on middle and old age given the change and increasing diversity in health and health care policy, such as Medicare. Logistic regression analysis of data from the 2002-2003 Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health shows that the joint effect of race and nativity on health outcomes - health differences between native and foreign-born Whites and non- Whites - is largely insignificant in Canada but considerable in the U.S. Non-White native and foreign-born Americans within both 45-to-64 and 65-and-over age groups experience significant disadvantage in health status and access to care, irrespective of health insurance coverage, demographic, socio-economic, and lifestyle factors.

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/p/sedap280.pdf

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31. WORLD BANK POLICY RESEARCH PROGRAMME: "Reform and backlash to reform : economic effects of ageing and retirement policy," by Svend E. Hougaard Jensen and Ole Hagen Jorensen (WPS No. 5470, November 2010, ASCII text and .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20101109093239

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32. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Human longevity and post-fertile survival are not predicted by primate allometric patterns," by Daniel Levitis and Laurie Bingaman Lackey (WP-2010-031, October 2010, .pdf format, 27p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=3977

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33. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "The distributional impact of reforms to disability benefits for older people in the UK," by Stephen Pudney and Ruth Hancock (WP 2010-35, November 2010, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2010-35

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34. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CITY UNIVERSITY [LONDON, UK]: "Making the Most of Experience Data - an Augmented Beta-Binomial Approach," by P.J. Sweeting (PI-1012, November 2010, .pdf format, 9p.).

Abstract:

The popular beta-binomial approach to credibility offers an attractive way of combining the results of experience and risk rating. However, when applied to a particular age the information available from surrounding ages is ignored. In this paper I propose an augmentation to the beta-binomial approach which not only allows for the information contained in ages near to the age under analysis, but also for variation in risk types across the different ages.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1012%20update.pdf

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35. 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. 30, 2010.

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

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

36. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 14, No. 8, 2010).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g929373339

37. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 58, No. 11, November 2010).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.2010.58.issue-11/issuetoc

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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 November 8, 2010:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 8, 2010:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 8, 2010:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 8, 2010:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 8, 2010:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 8, 2010:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

39. PALGRAVE MACMILLAN: Ageing, Health and Pensions in Europe: An Economic and Social Policy Perspective, edited by Lans Bovenberg, Arthur H. O. Van Soest and Asghar Zaidi (November 2010, ISBN: 978-0-2302-8 2902, 408p.).

http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=477676

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40. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: Financial circumstances, health and well-being of the older population in England: THE 2008 English Longitudinal Study Of Ageing (Wave 4), edited by James Banks, Carli Lessof, James Nazroo, Nina Rogers, Mai Stafford and Andrew Steptoe (October 2010, ISBN: 978-1-903274-80-4, .pdf format, 428p.).

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5315

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

41. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH:

A. "Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)," (PAR-11-020, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, deadline for application is January 19, 2011).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-020.html

B. "Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21)," (PAR-11-021, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, deadline for application is January 19, 2011).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-021.html

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42. AGEWORK.COM: Agework.com has updated its employment listings through Nov. 10, 2010.

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

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

43. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Dietary Supplements: What Seniors Need To Know," a hearing held May 10, 2010 (S. Hrg. 111-651, .pdf and ASCII text format, 137p.).

ASCII:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:57983.wais

PDF:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:57983.wais.pdf

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

44. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: "Home or Nursing Home: America's Empty Promise to Elderly, Disabled," (November 2010). Note: This page highlights a series of reports NPR has done on nursing home care. In addition, NPR has created a nursing home database for users.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=131105200

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Charlie

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Phone: (608) 265-9240
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Thanks,

Charlie

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Charlie Fiss
Information Manager
Data and Information Services Center
Rm. 3329 Social Science Bldg
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
Phone: (608) 265-9240
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Email: fiss@ssc.wisc.edu

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