Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #591 -- June 9, 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: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced on Jun. 7, 2011: "RAND HRS Family Data Files Release for the 1998, 2000, and 2002 Core Waves (Early, v.A). For more information see:

http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/news/index.php?p=shownews3x1&hfyle=news312

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2. UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK) Data Update: The UK Data Archive has recently added the following dataset to its holdings, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 6768 - Survey of Carers in Households, 2009-2010

http://www.esds.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=6768

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (June 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Press_Room/Enews/index.aspx

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4. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Major New Effort To Give Consumers And Employers Better Information About Quality Of Care" (Jun. 3, 2011).

http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=3977

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5. US NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE: "Moral Responses Change as People Age" (Jun. 2, 2011).

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=119702

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6. EUROSTAT PERIODICAL: Statistics In Focus (23/2011, June 2011, .pdf format, 12p.). The title of this issue is "The greying of the baby boomers," by Giampaolo Lanzieri.

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/product_details/publication?p_product_code=KS-SF-11-023

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7. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS REPORTS:

A. "Life expectancy at birth and at age 65 for health areas in the United Kingdom, 2003-05 to 2007-09," (June 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 15p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=8841

B. "Probability of survival to age 75 for local authorities in England and Wales Product," (June 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 9p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=15105

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8. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Does Medicare Part D Protect the Elderly from Financial Risk?" by Gary V. Engelhardt and Jonathan Gruber (IB#11-8, June 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

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

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9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL, ISSUE BRIEF:

A. EBRI Notes (Vol. 32, No. 4, April 2011, .pdf format, 20p.). Note: The articles in this issue are: "Innovations in Employment-Based Health Benefits," by Tracey Young; and, "Retirement Income Adequacy: Alternative Thresholds and the Importance of Future Eligibility in Defined Contribution Retirement Plans," by Jack VanDerhei.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4795

B. "The Impact of Deferring Retirement Age on Retirement Income Adequacy," by Jack VanDerhei and Craig Copeland (June 2011, .pdf format, 33p.).

http://www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=4831

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10. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 11, No. 10, Jun. 8, 2011).

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

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11. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] REPORT: "Resuscitating Retirement Saving: How to help today's young people plan for later life," by Craig Berry 66p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=91

More information about ILCUK:

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=requiredPage&ID=2

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12. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEFS:

A. "The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare Premium Support Proposals," by Beth Fuchs and Lisa Potetz (June 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8191.cfm

B. "Affordable Care Act Provisions Relating to the Care of Dually Eligible Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries" (June 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.kff.org/healthreform/8192.cfm

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13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE ARTICLE" "QuickFACTS" (June 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/quick-facts/2011/mmi-quick-facts-june-2011.pdf

More information about MMI:

http://www.metlife.com/mmi/about/index.html?WT.ac=GN_mmi_about

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14. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE ISSUE BRIEF: "Social Security Beneficiaries Face 19% Cut; New Revenue Can Restore Balance," by Virginia P. Reno, Thomas N. Bethell, and Elisa A. Walker (June 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.nasi.org/research/2011/social-security-beneficiaries-face-19-cut-new-revenue-can-re

More information about NASI:

http://www.nasi.org/about

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15. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATES UNITED FOR AGING AND DISABILITIES REPORT: "The Use of Volunteers in State Agencies on Aging and Disabilities" (May 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.nasuad.org/documentation/nasuad_materials/The%20Use%20of%20Volunteers%20in%20State%20Agencies%20on%20Aging%20and%20Disabilities.pdf

More information about NASUAD:

http://www.nasuad.org/about_nasuad/about_nasuad.html

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16. SCOTTISH WIDOWS REPORT: "The Scottish Widows UK Pensions Report 2011" (June 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.scottishwidows.co.uk/about_us/media_centre/reports_pensions.html

More information about SW:

http://www.scottishwidows.co.uk/about_us/index.html

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17. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLES.

A. "Genetic Polymorphisms of a Novel Vascular Susceptibility Gene, Ninjurin2 (NINJ2), Are Associated with a Decreased Risk of Alzheimer's Disease," by Kun-Pei Lin, Shih-Yuan Chen, Liang-Chuan Lai, Yi-Ling Huang, Jen-Hau Chen, Ta-Fu Chen, Yu Sun, Li-Li Wen, Ping-Keung Yip, Yi-Min Chu, Wei J. Chen, and Yen-Ching Chen (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20573. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020573, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020573

B. "Association between Urinary Excretion of Cortisol and Markers of Oxidatively Damaged DNA and RNA in Humans," by Anders Joergensen, Kasper Broedbaek, Allan Weimann, Richard D. Semba, Luigi Ferrucci, Martin B. Joergensen, and Henrik E. Poulsen (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20795. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020795, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020795

C. "Accumulation of Long-Chain Glycosphingolipids during Aging Is Prevented by Caloric Restriction," by Maria Jose Hernandez-Corbacho, Russell W. Jenkins, Christopher J. Clarke, Yusuf A. Hannun, Lina M. Obeid, Ashley J. Snider, and Leah J. Siskind (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20411. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020411, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0020411

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18. NATURE CLINICAL REVIEWS: "Osteoporosis." (2011, HTML and .pdf format). "The articles from _Nature Reviews Endocrinology_ and _Nature Reviews Rheumatology_ that are part of this collection cover the developments within this field relating to the clinical assessment of patients with osteoporosis, approaches for the prevention and management of this disease, as well as the impact of osteoporosis on health and economics worldwide. These articles, and the accompanying library of the most relevant recent publications from Nature Publishing Group, reflect the current understanding of this field." Articles are available free of charge until the end of June 2011.

http://www.nature.com/reviews/collection/osteoporosis/index.html

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19. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT, VIEWS AND REVIEWS EXTRACT:

A. "Three out of 12 hospitals fail to meet essential standards of care of older people, finds watchdog," by Helen Mooney (BMJ 2011; 342:d3346, Vol. 342, No. 7809, Jun. 4, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3346.extract

B. "Reflections on ageing," by Desmond O'Neill (BMJ 2011; 342:d3395, Vol. 342, No. 7809, Jun. 4, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d3395.extract

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III. Working Papers:

20. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH:

A. "Americans' Financial Capability," by Annamaria Lusardi (w17103, June 2011, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

This paper examines Americans financial capability, using data from a new survey. Financial capability is measured in terms of how well people make ends meet, plan ahead, choose and manage financial products, and possess the skills and knowledge to make financial decisions. The findings reported in this work paint a troubling picture of the state of financial capability in the United States. The majority of Americans do not plan for predictable events such as retirement or childrens college education. Most importantly, people do not make provisions for unexpected events and emergencies, leaving themselves and the economy exposed to shocks. To understand financial capability, it is important to look not only at assets but also at debt and debt management, as an increasingly large portion of the population carry debt. In managing debt, Americans engage in behaviors that can generate large expenses, such as sizable interest payments and fees. Moreover, more than one in five Americans has used alternative (and often costly) borrowing methods (payday loans, advances on tax refunds, pawn shops, etc.) in the past five years. The most worrisome finding is that many people do not seem well informed and knowledgeable about their terms of borrowing; a sizeable group does not know the terms of their mortgages or the interest rates they pay on their loans. Finally, the majority of Americans lack basic numeracy and knowledge of fundamental economic principles such as the workings of inflation, risk diversification, and the relationship between asset prices and interest rates.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17103

B. "Financial Literacy around the World: An Overview," by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (w17107, June 2011, .pdf format, 17p.).

Abstract:

In an increasingly risky and globalized marketplace, people must be able to make well-informed financial decisions. Yet new international research demonstrates that financial illiteracy is widespread when financial markets are well developed as in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States, or when they are changing rapidly as in Russia. Further, across these countries, we show that the older population believes itself well informed, even though it is actually less well informed than average. Other common patterns are also evident: women are less financially literate than men and are aware of this shortfall. More educated people are more informed, yet education is far from a perfect proxy for literacy. There are also ethnic/racial and regional differences: city-dwellers in Russia are better informed than their rural counterparts, while in the U.S., African Americans and Hispanics are relatively less financially literate than others. Moreover, the more financially knowledgeable are also those most likely to plan for retirement. In fact, answering one additional financial question correctly is associated with a 3-4 percentage point higher chance of planning for retirement in countries as diverse as Germany, the U.S., Japan, and Sweden; in the Netherlands, it boosts planning by 10 percentage points. Finally, using instrumental variables, we show that these estimates probably underestimate the effects of financial literacy on retirement planning. In sum, around the world, financial literacy is critical to retirement security.

http://www.nber.org/papers/w17107

C. "Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning in the United States," by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (w17108, June 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

We examine financial literacy in the United States using the new National Financial Capability Study, wherein we demonstrate that financial literacy is particularly low among the young, women, and the less-educated. Moreover, Hispanics and African-Americans score the least well on financial literacy concepts. Interestingly, all groups rate themselves as rather well-informed about financial matters, notwithstanding their actual performance on the key literacy questions. Finally, we show that people who score higher on the financial literacy questions are also much more likely to plan for retirement, which is likely to leave them better positioned for old-age. Our results will inform those seeking to target financial literacy programs to those in most need.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w17108

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21. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]:

A. "Cash by any other name? Evidence on labelling from the UK Winter Fuel Payment," by Timothy K.M. Beatty, Laura Blow, Thomas F Crossley and Cormac O'Dea (IFS Working Paper No. 10/11, May 2011, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5603

B."Is there a 'heat or eat' trade-off in the UK?" by Timothy K.M. Beatty, Laura Blow and Thomas F. Crossley (W11/09, June 2011, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5602

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22. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH [ROSTOCK, GERMANY]: "Maternal age and offspring adult health: evidence from the Health And Retirement Study," by Mikko Myrskyla and Andrew T. Fenelon (WP-2011-009, June 2011, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/cgi-bin/publications/paper.plx?debug=0&listtype=4&personalid=&pubid=4147

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23. 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 May 24, 2011.

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

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

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 173, No. 12, Jun. 15, 2011).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/173/12.toc?etoc

25. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 7, July 2011).

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/content/vol101/issue7/index.dtl?etoc

26. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 72, No. 3, 2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0091-4150&volume=72&issue=3

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27. 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 Jun. 6, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 6, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 6, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 6, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 6, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jun. 6, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

28. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Handbook of Sociology of Aging, edited by Richard A. Settersten and Jacqueline L. Angel (2011, 792p., ISBN: 978-1-4419-7373-3).

http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/population+studies/book/978-1-4419-7373-3

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29. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS: Explorations in the Economics of Aging, edited by David. A. Wise (2011, 400p., ISBN: 9780226903378). For more information see:

http://www.press.uchicago.edu/books/detail.html?bookId=bo9976249

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

30. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Health Care Fraud Program Expansion and SMP Capacity Building Grants" (HHS-2011-AoA-MP-1112, application deadline: Jul. 18, 2011). For more information see (.pdf 53p.):

http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/docs/2011/SMP_HCFAC_PA_060611.pdf

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31. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through June 9, 2011.

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

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VII. Conferences:

32. ASSOCIATION FOR GERONTOLOGY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: "38th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference: Engaging Aging in Higher Education," to be held Feb. 23-26, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia. For more information (.pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aghe.org/clientimages/40634/annualmeeting/2012_annual_mtg/call%20for%20abstracts2012.pdf

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

33. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Levels and Investment Advice Rules," a hearing held Oct. 1, 2009 (House Serial Publication No. 111-31, ASCII text and .pdf format, 180p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_house_hearings&docid=f:63011.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_house_hearings&docid=f:63011.wais.pdf

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34. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, COMMERCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW HEARING PUBLICATION: "Role of Public Employee Pensions in Contributing to State Insolvency and the Possibility of a State Bankruptcy Chapter," a hearing held Feb. 14, 2011 (House Serial Publication No. 112-25, ASCII text and .pdf format, 169p.).

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=112_house_hearings&docid=f:64585.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=112_house_hearings&docid=f:64585.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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