Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #590 -- June 2, 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: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced the release of two data files on May 31, 2011:

- Income and Wealth Imputations for the 1992-2004 Core Waves (Final)

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news310

- RAND Enhanced Fat Files Release for the 1992-2008 Core Waves (Final)

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news311

Data access:

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

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2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE AND MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicaid: 2010 Edition" (tables 13.1 - 13.27, May 2011, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1248022&intNumPerPage=10

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3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY:

A. The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (May 2011, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

- MEPS HC-125: 2010 P14R3/P15R1 Population Characteristics

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=HC-125

B. "MEPS/NHIS: 1996 - 2009 MEPS Link Files to NHIS." Note: This data file is only available on CD-ROM, which can be ordered from AHRQ.

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/download_data_files_detail.jsp?cboPufNumber=LINK_96-09MEPS/NHIS

Ordering information:

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/more_info_download_data_files.jsp#hc-nhis

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US CENSUS BUREAU BRIEF: "Age and Sex Composition: 2010," by Lindsay M. Howden and Julie A. Meyer (C2010BR-03, May 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-03.pdf

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5. US AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY REPORT: "Community-Living Patient Assessment Tool for Disaster Planning," (March 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 16p.).

http://www.ahrq.gov/prep/homehealth/

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6. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Older people leaving hospital: A statistical overview of the Transition Care Program in 2008-09," (May 2011, .pdf format, 52p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419112

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7. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REGIONAL OFFICE FOR EUROPE MONOGRAPH: Palliative care for older people: better practices, edited by Sue Hall, Hristina Petkova, Agis D. Tsouros, Massimo Costantini and Irene J. Higginson (2011, ISBN 978 92 890 0224 0, .pdf format, 59p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/en/what-we-publish/abstracts/palliative-care-for-older-people-better-practices

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8. AGE UK REPORT: "Care in crisis: causes and solutions," (May 2011, .pdf format, 20p.).

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Campaigns/Care%20in%20Crisis%20-%20FINAL.pdf

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9. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "The Potential Impact of the Great Recession on Future Retirement Incomes," by Barbara Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, and Karen E. Smith (Discussion Paper 11-02, May 2011, .pdf format, 45p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.urban.org/publications/412340.html

B. "How Will the Great Recession Affect Future Retirement Incomes?" by Barbara Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, and Karen E. Smith (May 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412339.html

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10. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse: Crimes of Occasion, Desperation, and Predation Against America's Elders," (June 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2011/mmi-elder-financial-abuse.pdf

B. "Korean Baby Boomers in Transition: Major Findings from the MetLife Study on the Boomer Population in Korea," (March 2011, .pdf format, 32p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2011/mmi-korean-boomers-.pdf

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11. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AREA AGENCIES ON AGING REPORT: "The Maturing of America - Communities Moving Forward for an Aging Population," (June 2011, .pdf format, 54p.).

http://www.n4a.org/files/MOA_FINAL_Rpt.pdf

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12. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 11, No. 9, May 25, 2011).

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

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13. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Genetic analysis of age-dependent defects of the Caenorhabditis elegans touch receptor neurons," by Chun-Liang Pan, Chiu-Ying Peng, Chun-Hao Chen, and Steven McIntire (Vol. 108, No. 2, May 31, 2011, p. 9274-9279).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/22/9274.abstract?etoc

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14. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association of BMD and FRAX Score With Risk of Fracture in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes," by Ann V. Schwartz, Eric Vittinghoff, Douglas C. Bauer, Teresa A. Hillier, Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Kristine E. Ensrud, Meghan G. Donaldson, Jane A. Cauley, Tamara B. Harris, Annemarie Koster, Catherine R. Womack, Lisa Palermo, and Dennis M. Black, for the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF), the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS), and the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Research Groups (Vol. 305, No. 21, June 1, 2011, p. 2184-2192).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/21/2184.abstract

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

A. "Altered Cerebellar-Cerebral Functional Connectivity in Geriatric Depression," by Emmanuel Alalade, Kevin Denny, Guy Potter, David Steffens, and Lihong Wang (PLoS ONE 6(5): e20035. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020035, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020035

B. "Oct4-Induced Reprogramming Is Required for Adult Brain Neural Stem Cell Differentiation into Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons," by Michela Deleidi, Oliver Cooper, Gunnar Hargus, Adam Levy, and Ole Isacson (PLoS ONE 6(5): e19926. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019926, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0019926

C. "Chronic Apocynin Treatment Attenuates Beta Amyloid Plaque Size and Microglial Number in hAPP(751)SL Mice," by Melinda E. Lull, Shannon Levesque, Michael J. Surace, and Michelle L. Block (PLoS ONE 6(5): e20153. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020153, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020153

D. "Immunolocalization of Influenza A Virus and Markers of Inflammation in the Human Parkinson's Disease Brain," by Troy T. Rohn and Lindsey W. Catlin (PLoS ONE 6(5): e20495. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020495, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020495

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III. Working Papers:

16. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE:

A. "Social Security Reform and Male Labor Force Participation Around The World," by Jocelyn E. Finlay And Gunther Fink (WP No. 2011-12, June 2011, .pdf format, 78p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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

B. "An In-Depth Look Into Intergenerational Flows," by Oksana Leukhina and Marika Santoro (WP No. 2011-11, May 2011, .pdf format, 54p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://crr.bc.edu/working_papers/an_in-depth_look_into_intergenerational_flows.html

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17. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Mortality in the 20th Century: Evidence from the Carolinas," by Trevon Logan and John M. Parman (PSC Research Report No. 11-739, May 2011, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.psc.isr.umich.edu/pubs/abs/7304

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18. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Childhood Health and Differences in Late-Life Health Outcomes Between England and the United States," by James Banks, Zoe Oldfield, and James P. Smith (w17096, May 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

In this paper we examine the link between retrospectively reported measures of childhood health and the prevalence of various major and minor diseases at older ages. Our analysis is based on comparable retrospective questionnaires placed in the Health and Retirement Study and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing - nationally representative surveys of the age 50 plus population in America and England respectively. We show that the origins of poorer adult health among older Americans compared to the English trace right back into the childhood years - the American middle and old-age population report higher rates of specific childhood health conditions than their English counterparts. The transmission into poor health in mid life and older ages of these higher rates of childhood illnesses also appears to be higher in America compared to England. Both factors contribute to higher rates of adult illness in the United States compared to England although even in combination they do not explain the full extent of the country difference in late-life health outcomes.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17096

B. "Funding in Public Sector Pension Plans - International Evidence," by Eduard Ponds, Clara Severinson, and Juan Yermo (w17082, May 2011, .pdf format, 25p.).

Abstract:

Most countries have separate pension plan for public sector employees. The future fiscal burden of these plans can be substantial as the government usually is the largest employer, pension promises in the public sector tend to be relatively generous, and future payments have to be paid out directly from government revenues (pay-as-you-go) or by funded plans (pension funds) which tend to be underfunded. The valuation and disclosure of these promises in some countries lacks transparency, which may be hiding potentially huge fiscal liabilities that are being passed on to future generations of workers.

In order to arrive at a fair comparison between countries regarding the fiscal burden of their DB public sector pension plans, this paper gathers more evidence on public sector pension plans regarding the type of pension promise and quantifies the future tax burden related to these pension promises. The reported liabilities are recalculated using both a fair value approach (local market discount rates) and a common, fixed discount rate across all countries which reflects projected growth in national income. We also estimate for a number of plans from a sample of OECD countries the size of the net unfunded liabilities in fair value terms as of the end of 2008. This fiscal burden can also be interpreted as the implicit pension debt in fair value terms.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17082

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19. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Effects of Cooperation: A Structural Model of Siblings' Caregiving Interactions," by Marike Knoef and Peter Kooreman (Discussion Paper No. 5733, May 2011, .pdf format, 47p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=5733

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20. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "Longevity Hedge Effectiveness: A Decomposition," Andrew J.G. Cairns, Kevin Dowd, David Blake, and Guy D. Coughlan (Discussion Paper PI-1105, May 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).

Abstract:

We use a case study of a pension plan wishing to hedge the longevity risk in its pension liabilities at a future date. The plan has the choice of using either a customised hedge or an index hedge, with the degree of hedge effectiveness being closely related to the correlation between the value of the hedge and the value of the pension liability. The key contribution of this paper is to show how correlation and, therefore, hedge effectiveness can be broken down into contributions from a number of distinct types of risk factor. Our decomposition of the correlation indicates that population basis risk has a significant influence on the correlation. But recalibration risk as well as the length of the recalibration window are also important, as is cohort effect uncertainty. Having accounted for recalibration risk, parameter uncertainty and Poisson risk have only a marginal impact on hedge effectiveness. Our case study shows that longevity risk can be substantially hedged using index hedges as an alternative to customised longevity hedges and that, as a consequence, index longevity hedges - in conjunction with the other components of an ALM strategy - can provide an effective and lower cost alternative to both a full buy-out of pension liabilities or even to a strategy using customised longevity hedges.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1106.pdf

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

21. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 34, No. 4, 2011).

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792303983~db=all/title~db=all~content=g938297410

22. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 6, June 2011).

http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/pages/currenttoc.aspx

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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 May 30, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 30, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 30, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 30, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 30, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 30, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

24. NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS: Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy, edited by Margaret Edmunds and Frank A. Sloan (June 2011, ISBN-10: 0-309-21145-X, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-21145-1, OpenBook and .pdf format, 227p.). Note: Free registration is required to access the .pdf version.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13138

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VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

25. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through June 1, 2011.

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

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VII. Websites of Interest:

26. ROYAL COLLEGE OF NURSING/ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS: "End of Life Care Patient Charter," (May 2011, .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/pdf/CIRC_EOLCPatientCharter.pdf

Thanks,

Charlie

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