Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #573 -- February 3, 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. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE & MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicare Part D" (2010, tables 14.1-14.8, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1242745

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II. Reports and articles:

2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASES:

A. "CMS Announces Selection of Demonstration Participants in Medicare Imaging Demonstration Project" (Feb. 2, 2011).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3896

B. "Medicare Proposes New Rules For Notifying Beneficiaries of Their Right to Lodge Quality of Care Complaints" (Feb. 2, 2011).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3895

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3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Oversight of the Prescriber Identifier Field in Prescription Drug Event Data for Schedule II Drugs" (A-14-09-00302, February 2011, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:

http://www.oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/other/140900302.asp

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4. US PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION NEWS RELEASE: "PBGC, AIG Agree on Pension Protection in Fortress Sale" (Feb. 3, 2011).

http://www.pbgc.gov/news/press/releases/pr11-19.html

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5. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS REPORT: "Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009" (December 2010, .pdf format, 38p., with data cubes available in uncompressed and .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4430.0?OpenDocument

Click on "Downloads" tab for link to full text and data.

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6. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Pathways in Aged Care: program use after assessment" (February 2011, .pdf, and .zip compressed and uncompressed rich text format [.rtf], 108p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10810

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7. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA PERIODICAL ARTICLES: The latest issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income, contains the following articles that may be of interest to researchers in aging.

A. "Retirement, health and employment among those 55 plus," by Jungwee Park (January 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 3-12).

B. "Seniors' self-employment," by Sharanjit Uppal (Spring 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 3-12).

Both are available at:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-001-x/75-001-x2011001-eng.htm

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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Spiritual care at the end of life: a systematic review of the literature," by Margaret Holloway, Sue Adamson, Wilf McSherry, and John Swinton (January 2011, .pdf format, 105p.).

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_123812

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9. AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE REPORT: "Medicare Beneficiaries Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care," by Lynn Nonnemaker and Shelly-Ann Sinclair (February 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-02-2011/Insight-I48-oop.html

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10. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "What Is 'CLASS'? And Will It Work?" by Alicia H. Munnell and Josh Hurwitz (IB#11-3, February 2011, .pdf format, 10p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

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11. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "A Post-Crisis Assessment of Retirement Income Adequacy for Baby Boomers and Gen Xer," by Jack VanDerhei (Issue Brief No. 354, February 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).

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

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12. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH [VIENNA, AUSTRIA] PERIODICAL: Mainstreaming Ageing (Winter 2010/2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.monitoringris.org/index.php?id=30

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13. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "Good Neighbours: Measuring Quality of Life in Older Age" (February 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=83

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

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14. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Holding On: Older Californians with Disabilities Rely on Public Services to Remain Independent," by Kathryn G. Kietzman, Steven P. Wallace, Eva Durazo, Jacqueline Torres, Anne Soon Choi, A. E. Benjamin, and Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck (January 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu/pubs/Publication.aspx?pubID=457

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15. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ARTICLES:

A. "Profiling Dizziness in Older Primary Care Patients: An Empirical Study," by Jacquelien Dros, Otto R. Maarsingh, Danielle A.W.M. van der Windt, Frans J. Oort, Gerben ter Riet, Sophia E.J.A. de Rooij, Francois G. Schellevis, Henriette E. van der Horst, and Henk C.P.M. van Weert (Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, PLoS ONE 6(1): e16481. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016481, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016481

B. "Immunogenicity and Cross-Reactivity of 2009-2010 Inactivated Seasonal Influenza Vaccine in US Adults and Elderly," by Hang Xie, Xianghong Jing, Xing Li, Zhengshi Lin, Ewan Plant, Olga Zoueva, Hong Yang, and Zhiping Ye (Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, PLoS ONE 6(1): e16650. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016650, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016650

C. "Peripheral Delivery of a CNS Targeted, Metalo-Protease Reduces A{Beta} Toxicity in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease," by Brian Spencer, Robert A. Marr, Ryan Gindi, Rewati Potkar, Sarah Michael, Anthony Adame, Edward Rockenstein, Inder M. Verma, and Eliezer Masliah (Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, PLoS ONE 6(1): e16575. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016575, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016575

D. "BCG Vaccine-Induced Neuroprotection in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease," by Jing Yong, Goran Lacan, Hoa Dang, Terry Hsieh, Blake Middleton, Clive Wasserfall, Jide Tian, William P. Melega, and Daniel L. Kaufman (Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, PLoS ONE 6(1): e16610. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016610, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016610

E. "Apolipoprotein E: Isoform Specific Differences in Tertiary Structure and Interaction with Amyloid-{Beta} in Human Alzheimer Brain," by Phillip B. Jones, Kenneth W. Adams, Anete Rozkalne, Tara L. Spires-Jones, Tammy T. Hshieh, Tadafumi Hashimoto, Christine A.F. von Armin, Mathew Mielke, Brian J. Bacskai, and Bradley T. Hyman Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, PLoS ONE 6(1): e14586. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014586, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0014586

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, VARIOUS:

A. "Association of Hospice Agency Profit Status With Patient Diagnosis, Location of Care, and Length of Stay," by Melissa W. Wachterman, Edward R. Marcantonio, Roger B. Davis, and Ellen P. McCarthy (article abstract, Vol. 305, No. 5, Feb. 2, 2011, p. 472-479).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/5/472.abstract

B. "Receipt of Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs Among Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis in Medicare Managed Care Plans," by Gabriela Schmajuk, Amal N. Trivedi, Daniel H. Solomon, Edward Yelin, Laura Trupin, Eliza F. Chakravarty, and Jinoos Yazdany (article abstract, Vol. 305, No. 5, Feb. 2, 2011, p. 480-486).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/5/480.abstract

C. "Age Reversal," by Tracy Hampton (Lab Report extract, Vol. 305, No. 5, Feb. 2, 2011, p. 458).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/5/458.3.extract

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17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of Parkinsons disease: nested case-control study," by Jane A. Driver, Giancarlo Logroscino, Linda Lu, J. Michael Gaziano, and Tobias Kurth (Vol. 342, No. 7991, Jan. 29, 2011, BMJ 2011; 2011; 342:d198, HMTL and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d198.full

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III. Working Papers:

18. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Health and Retirement Effects in a Collective Consumption Model of Elderly Households," by Arthur Lewbel and Shannon Seitz (WP#2011-4, February 2011, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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

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19. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Social Security and Retirement around the World: Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms - Introduction and Summary," by Kevin S. Milligan and David A. Wise (w16719, January 2011, .pdf format, 47p.).

Abstract:

This is the introduction and summary to the fifth phase of an ongoing project on Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World. The first phase described the retirement incentives inherent in plan provisions and documented the strong relationship across countries between social security incentives to retire and the proportion of older persons out of the labor force. The second phase documented the large effects that changing plan provisions would have on the labor force participation of older workers. The third phase demonstrated the consequent fiscal implications that extending labor force participation would have on net program costs--reducing government social security benefit payments and increasing government tax revenues. The fourth phase presented analyses of the relationship between the labor force participation of older persons and the labor force participation of younger persons in twelve countries. We found no evidence that increasing the employment of older persons will reduce the employment opportunities of youth and no evidence that increasing the employment of older persons will increase the unemployment of youth.

This phase is intended to set the stage for and inform future more formal analysis of disability insurance programs, with this key question: Given health status, to what extent are the differences in LFP across countries determined by the provisions of disability insurance programs? Here we first consider changes in mortality over time and in particular the relationship between mortality and labor force participation, thinking of mortality as one indicator of health that is comparable across countries and over time in the same country. We then consider how mortality is related to other indicators of health status, in particular self-assessed health and then how trends in DI participation are related to changes in health. Finally we consider the effect on disability insurance participation of "natural experiments" in which the disability insurance reforms were not prompted by changes in health status or by changes in the employment circumstances of older workers. We find that these "exogenous" reforms can have a very large effect on the labor force participation of older workers.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16719

B. "Selection in Insurance Markets: Theory and Empirics in Pictures," by Liran Einav and Amy Finkelstein (w16723, January 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).

Abstract:

We present a graphical framework for analyzing both theoretical and empirical work on selection in insurance markets. We begin by using this framework to review the "textbook" adverse selection environment and its implications for insurance allocation, social welfare, and public policy. We then discuss several important extensions to this classical treatment that are necessitated by important real world features of insurance markets and which can be easily incorporated in the basic framework. Finally, we use the same graphical approach to discuss the intuition behind recently developed empirical methods for testing for the existence of selection and examining its welfare consequences. We conclude by discussing some important issues that are not well-handled by this framework and which, perhaps not unrelatedly, have been little addressed by the existing empirical work.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16723

C. "Behavioral Economics Perspectives on Public Sector Pension Plans," by John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian (w16728, January 2011, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

We describe the pension plan features of the states and the largest cities and counties in the U.S. Unlike in the private sector, defined benefit (DB) pensions are still the norm in the public sector. However, a few jurisdictions have shifted towards defined contribution (DC) plans as their primary savings plan, and fiscal pressures are likely to generate more movement in this direction. Holding fixed a public employees work and salary history, we show that DB retirement income replacement ratios vary greatly across jurisdictions. This creates large variation in workers need to save for retirement in other accounts. There is also substantial heterogeneity across jurisdictions in the savings generated in primary DC plans because of differences in the level of mandatory employer and employee contributions. One notable difference between public and private sector DC plans is that public sector primary DC plans are characterized by required employee or employer contributions (or both), whereas private sector plans largely feature voluntary employee contributions that are supplemented by an employer match. We conclude by applying lessons from savings behavior in private sector savings plans to the design of public sector plans.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16728

D. "A Simple Test of Private Information in the Insurance Markets with Heterogeneous Insurance Demand," by Li Gan, Feng Huang, and Adalbert Mayer (w16738, January 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

A positive correlation between insurance coverage and ex post risk can be an indicator for private information in insurance markets. However, this test fails if agents have heterogeneous risk attitudes. We propose a new test that conditions on unobserved types of individuals who differ in their risks preferences. This makes it possible to detect asymmetric information without direct evidence of private information - even if agents have heterogeneous risk attitudes. We apply our technique to the market for long-term care insurance. Finkelstein and McGarry (2006) provide direct evidence for the existence of private information in this market. At the same time they fail to find a positive correlation between insurance coverage and ex post risk. Our method indicates the existence of private information, without using direct evidence of private information. Our methodology is applicable to other insurance markets and markets where proxies for private information are not available.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16738

E. "Marital Sorting and Parental Wealth," by Kerwin Kofi Charles, Erik Hurst, and Alexandra Killewald (w16748, January 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

Abstract:

Using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), this paper studies the degree to which spouses sort in the marriage market on the basis of parental wealth. We estimate a variety of models, including transition matrices, OLS and TSLS models to deal with measurement error in wealth reports. Our various results show that men and women in the U.S. marry spouses whose parents have wealth similar to that of their own parents; and are very unlikely to marry persons from very different parental wealth backgrounds. This effect is present in the population as a whole, within racial groups, and especially in the tails of the distribution. Our preferred estimates indicate that the correlation in log wealth between own and spouses parents wealth is around 0.4. We show that education accounts for only one-quarter of this sorting, and also show that selection into and out marriage by parental wealth does not appreciably bias our results.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w16748

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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 Jan. 23, 2011.

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

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

21. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2011).

http://aja.sagepub.com/content/26/1.toc

22. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 23, No. 2, March 2011).

http://jah.sagepub.com/content/23/2.toc?etoc

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23. 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. 31, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 31, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 31, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 31, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 31, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jan. 31, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

24. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Nursing Home Administration, 6th Edition, by James E. Allen (2011, 500p., ISBN: 9780826107046). For more information, including ordering information, see:

http://www.springerpub.com/product/9780826107046

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

25. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING:

A. "Disaster Assistance for State Units on Aging (SUAs) and Title VI Tribal Organizations in National Disasters Declared by the President" (HHS-2011-AOA-DA-1110, application deadline is Sep. 15, 2011). For more information see (.pdf format, 30p.):

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2011/FY2011_Disaster_Asstce_PA_508.pdf

B. "National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center" (HHS-2011-AoA-OM-1104, application deadline is Mar. 18, 2011). For more information see (.pdf format, 41p.):

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2011/FY_2011_PA_Ombudsman.pdf

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26. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 3, 2011.

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

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VII. Conferences:

27. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY WORKSHOP: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS announced on Feb. 1, 2011: "64th Annual Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques: June 6-July 29, 2011: Week 3 (June 20-24): Examining the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop (not for credit)." For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news300

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

28. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR & PENSIONS HEARING TESTIMONY, TRANSCRIPT: "Simplifying Security: Encouraging Better Retirement Decisions," a hearing held Feb. 3, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a video transcript of the hearing (running time: 1 hour 47 minutes) is available at the site.

http://help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=c8c1c5c7-5056-9502-5dd5-8b9f87d76457

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29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Taking Care of Mom and Dad: Why We Need a Quality Workforce to Serve Our Older Americans," a hearing held in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Aug. 2, 2010, ASCII text and .pdf format, 66p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:62692.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_senate_hearings&docid=f:62692.wais.pdf

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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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