Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report 571 -- January 20, 2011

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: On Jan. 14, 2011, the University of Michigan HRS announced: "Licensing Fee to be Required for Access to HRS-CMS Linked Files (effective Jan. 17, 2011). For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news299

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

Data for Italy were revised and updated through 2007 (Jan. 18, 2011).

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 CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE (tables available in .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format):

A. "Details for Brief Summaries and Glossary" (2010, .zip compressed .pdf format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1243175

B. "Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities" (2010, tables 6.1-6.9).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1241877

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Rollup Review of Impact on Medicare Program for Investment Income That Medicare Advantage Organizations Earned and Retained From Medicare Funds in 2007" (A-07-10-01080, January 2011, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region7/71001080.asp

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5. US MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION (MEDPAC) MEETING TRANSCRIPT (Jan. 13-14, 2011, .pdf format, 400p.).

http://www.medpac.gov/meeting_search.cfm?SelectedDate=2011-01-13

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6. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Hospice: The National Home and Hospice Care Survey: United States, 2007," by Anita Bercovitz, Manisha Sengupta, Adrienne Jones, and Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin (National Health Statistics Reports No. 33, January 2010, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr033.pdf

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7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: "SSI Monthly Statistics, December 2010" (January 2010, HTML and .pdf format).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2010-12/index.html

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8. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION [AUSTRALIA] DRAFT REPORT: "Caring For Older Australians," (January 2011, .pdf and .zip compressed Microsoft Word format, 507p.).

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/aged-care/draft

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9. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Mental complaints mainly found in women, older people and lower educated," by Marian Driessen and Marieke Houben-van Herten (Jan. 18, 2011).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2011/2011-3288-wm.htm

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10. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Living well with dementia: a National Dementia Strategy - good practice compendium" (January 2011, .pdf format, 141p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_123476

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11. AARP BULLETIN DATABANK, REPORT:

A. "Hospice Care: Number of Medicare-certified hospices in each state and D.C. in 2009" (Jan. 20, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-01-2011/medicare_certified_hospice.html

B. "The Employment Situation, December 2010: Some Encouraging Signs for Older Workers, but Not All Indicators Are Positive," by Sara E. Rix (January 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-01-2011/fs209-economic.html

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12. AMERICAN ECONOMICS ASSOCIATION 2011 ANNUAL MEETING SELECTED PAPERS (.pdf format). Preview papers are available in "Recessions and Retirement," "The Economics of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program," and "Intergenerational Transfers,"

http://www.aeaweb.org/aea/2011conference/program/meetingpapers.php

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13. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH IN AGING RESEARCH SUMMARIES:

A. "'Belly Fat' Raises Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Risks for Older Women" (January 2011).

http://www.healthinaging.org/agingintheknow/research_content.asp?id=163

B. "Older Women who are Depressed Have Twice the Risk for Developing Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Later in Life

http://www.healthinaging.org/agingintheknow/research_content.asp?id=162

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14. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Improving Sweden's Automatic Pension Adjustment Mechanism," by Nicholas Barr and Peter Diamond (IB##11-2, January 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

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

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15. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "A Post-Crisis Assessment of Retirement Income Adequacy for Baby Boomers and Gen Xers," by Jack VanDerhei (Issue Brief #354, February 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4742

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16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 1, Jan. 12, 2010).

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

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17. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION [UK] REPORT SUMMARY: "How can local authorities with less money support better outcomes for older people?" (January 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/local-authorities-better-outcomes-older-people

More information about JRF:

http://www.jrf.org.uk/work

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18. NATION ARTICLE: "Antichoice at the End of Life," by Ann Neumann (January 2011).

http://www.thenation.com/article/157751/antichoice-end-life

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19. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE FACT SHEET: "Social Security Across Generations: Benefit Cuts Will Fall on Today's Children and Grandchildren," by Virginia Reno and Elisa Walker (Social Security Fact Sheet No. 1, January 2010, .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2011/social-security-across-generations-benefit-cuts-will-fall-to

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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20. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: Bulletin on Aging and Health (2010, No. 3, HTML and .pdf format, 6p).

http://www.nber.org/aginghealth/

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21. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU REPORT: "World Population Aging: Clocks Illustrate Growth in Population Under Age 5 and Over Age 65," by Carl Haub (January 2011).

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

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22. SLOAN CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH (Boston College) Global Policy Brief: "Mexico--Public Policy," by Laura Ruiz Perez and Ricardo Massa Roldan (Global Policy Brief 15, January 2011, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract, full text, and other GPBs are available at:

http://www.bc.edu/research/agingandwork/archive_pubs/GPB15.html

Click on "Read more findings in Mexico Public Policy" for link to full text.

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23. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Sexual Activity in Elderly Men -- Keeps on Going," by Henry R. Black (January 2011). In addition to the print article, a video transcript (running time: 3 minutes, 15 seconds).

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/735515

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24. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Myelination transition zone astrocytes are constitutively phagocytic and have synuclein dependent reactivity in glaucoma," by Judy V. Nguyen, Ileana Soto, Keun-Young Kim, Eric A. Bushong, Ericka Oglesby, Francisco J. Valiente-Soriano, Zhiyong Yang, Chung-ha O. Davis, Joseph L. Bedont, Janice L. Son, John O. Wei, Vladimir L. Buchman, Donald J. Zack, Manuel Vidal-Sanz, Mark H. Ellisman, and Nicholas Marsh-Armstrong (Vol. 108, No. 3, Jan. 18, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1176-1181). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/3/1176.full

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

A. "A Humanin Derivative Reduces Amyloid Beta Accumulation and Ameliorates Memory Deficit in Triple Transgenic Mice," by Takako Niikura, Elkhansa Sidahmed, Chiho Hirata-Fukae, Paul S. Aisen, and Yasuji Matsuoka (PLoS ONE 6(1): e16259. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016259, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016259

B. "Effects of Androgen Receptor and Androgen on Gene Expression in Prostate Stromal Fibroblasts and Paracrine Signaling to Prostate Cancer Cells," by Matthew J. Tanner, R. Charles Welliver Jr, Mengqian Chen, Michael Shtutman, Alejandro Godoy, Gary Smith, Badar M. Mian, and Ralph Buttyan (PLoS ONE 6(1): e16027. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016027, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016027

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26. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Association of Plasma {Beta}-Amyloid Level and Cognitive Reserve With Subsequent Cognitive Decline," by Kristine Yaffe, Andrea Weston, Neill R. Graff-Radford, Suzanne Satterfield, Eleanor M. Simonsick, Steven G. Younkin, Linda H. Younkin, Lewis Kuller, Hilsa N. Ayonayon, Jingzhong Ding, and Tamara B. Harris (Vol. 305, No. 3, Jan. 19, 2011, p. 261-266).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/3/261.abstract

B. "Efficacy of Escitalopram for Hot Flashes in Healthy Menopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Ellen W. Freeman, Katherine A. Guthrie, Bette Caan, Barbara Sternfeld, Lee S. Cohen, Hadine Joffe, Janet S. Carpenter, Garnet L. Anderson, Joseph C. Larson, Kristine E. Ensrud, Susan D. Reed, Katherine M. Newton, Sheryl Sherman, Mary D. Sammel, and Andrea Z. LaCroix (Vol. 305, No. 3, Jan. 19, 2011, p. 267-274).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/3/267.abstract

C. "Use of Florbetapir-PET for Imaging {Beta}-Amyloid Pathology," by Christopher M. Clark, Julie A. Schneider, Barry J. Bedell, Thomas G. Beach, Warren B. Bilker, Mark A. Mintun, Michael J. Pontecorvo, Franz Hefti, Alan P. Carpenter, Matthew L. Flitter, Michael J. Krautkramer, Hank F. Kung, R. Edward Coleman, P. Murali Doraiswamy, Adam S. Fleisher, Marwan N. Sabbagh, Carl H. Sadowsky, P. Eric M. Reiman, Simone P. Zehntner, and Daniel M. Skovronsky (Vol. 305, No. 3, Jan. 19, 2011, p. 275-283).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/3/275.abstract

D. "Finding the Right Level of Posthospital Care: 'We Didn't Realize There Was Any Other Option for Him'," by Robert L. Kane (Vol. 305, No. 3, Jan. 19, 2011, p. 284-293).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/3/284.abstract

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III. Working Papers:

27. HARVARD CENTER FOR POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHY OF AGING:

A. "Implications of Population Aging for Economic Growth," by David E. Bloom, David Canning, and Gunther Fink (WP64.2011, January 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

Between 2005 and 2050, the share of the population aged 60 and over is projected to increase in nearly every country in the world. Insofar as this shift will tend to lower both labor force participation and savings rates, it raises bona fide concerns about a future slowing of economic growth.

These concerns apply to both developed and developing countries. An examination of past decades data for OECD countries reveals that life expectancy has increased much faster than the legal age of retirement. Indications are similar in developing countries, which face the additional challenge of getting "old" before they get "rich".

This paper analyses the implications of population aging for economic growth. Our main conclusion is that population aging poses challenges that are formidable, but not insurmountable.

For OECD countries, projected drops in both labor force participation and labor-force-to-population ratios suggest modest declines in the pace of economic growth. However, various behavioral responses can mitigate these age structure effects. With longer life expectancies and smaller family sizes, higher savings for retirement and increased female labor force participation appear likely. Similarly, with shrinking labor forces, labor force participation among the elderly and immigration from labor-surplus countries may rise. However, the magnitude of these changes will critically depend on policy decisions (especially in the areas of healthcare and pension provision) taken at the national level, and business decisions taken at the local level.

In most non-OECD countries, declining fertility rates will cause labor-force-to-population ratios to rise as the shrinking share of young people will more than offset the skewing of adults toward the older ages. In addition, some countries, such as China, may be able to compensate for any potential labor shortages due to population aging by mobilizing large numbers of rural and urban unemployed or underemployed workers. These factors suggest that population aging will not significantly impede the pace of economic growth in developing countries.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2011/PGDA_WP_64.pdf

B. "Population Dynamics in India and Implications for Economic Growth," by David E. Bloom (WP65.2011, January 2011, .pdf format, 31p.).

Abstract:

Demographic change in India is opening up new economic opportunities. As in many countries, declining infant and child mortality helped to spark lower fertility, effectively resulting in a temporary baby boom. As this cohort moves into working ages, India finds itself with a potentially higher share of workers as compared with dependents. If working-age people can be productively employed, India's economic growth stands to accelerate. Theoretical and empirical literature on the effect of demographics on labor supply, savings, and economic growth underpins this effort to understand and forecast economic growth in India. Policy choices can potentiate Indias realization of economic benefits stemming from demographic change. Failure to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in demographic change can lead to economic stagnation.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2011/PGDA_WP_65.pdf

C. "Demographics and Development Policy," by David E. Bloom and David Canning (WP66.2011, January 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2011/PGDA_WP_66.pdf

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28. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Qualified Retirement Plans: Analysis of Distribution and Rollover Activity," by Victoria L. Bryant, Sarah Holden, and John Sabelhaus (WP2011-01, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=935

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29. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Access to Flexible Working and Informal Care," by Mark Bryan (WP 2011-01, January 2011, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/publications/working-papers/iser/2011-01

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30. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Making the Dutch Pension System Less Vulnerable to Financial Crises," by Jens Hoj (OECD Economics Department Working Paper No. 832, January 2011, .pdf format, 40p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/economics/making-the-dutch-pension-system-less-vulnerable-to-financial-crises_5kgkdgg5fxd3-en

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31. 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 Jan. 3, 2011.

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

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

32. Age and Ageing (Vol. 40, Supplement 1, January 2011).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol40/suppl_1/index.dtl?etoc

33. Alzheimer's & Dementia (Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2011).

http://www.alzheimersanddementia.org/issues/contents?issue_key=S1552-5260(10)X0008-5

34. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 37, No. 2, February 2011).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg

35. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 37, No. 1, 2011).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713722867~db=all

36. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 72, No. 1, 2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/app/home/journal.asp?referrer=parent&backto=linkingpublicationresults,1:300312,1&linkin=634311378017164066

37. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 23, No. 1, 2011).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=t792303995

38. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 2, February 2011).

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/toc/2011/02000

39. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 68, No. 1, February 2011).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/68/1.toc

40. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology (Vol. 21, No. 1, February 2011).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayBackIssues?jid=RCG

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41. 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 Jan. 17, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 17, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 17, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 17, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 17, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jan. 17, 2011:

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:

42. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01)" (PAR-11-100, reissue of PAR-08-062, application deadline is Feb. 18, 2011, National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Nursing Research). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-100.html

B. "Limited Competition: A Consortium to Study Genetics of Longevity (U19) (PAR-11-101, due date is Mar. 18, 2011, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-101.html

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43. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jan. 20, 2011.

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

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VI. Websites of Interest:

44. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has added a new page to its AoA Programs Website: "Special Projects." "AoA's special projects and initiatives focus on creating meaningful choices and opportunities for older Americans to live independent and productive lives. In addition, AoA plays a vital role in enhancing aging programs and policies worldwide."

http://aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Special_Projects/index.aspx

AoA Programs:

http://aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/index.aspx

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45. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG WEBSITE UPDATES:

A. Medicare: Dual Eligible Enrollment, 2007 (December 2010).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=303&cat=6

B. "Medicare: Distribution of Medicaid Spending for Dual Eligibles by Service (in millions), 2007 (December 2010).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?ind=661&cat=6

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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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