Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #604 -- September 8, 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 STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Medicare Cost Sharing," (2010 Edition, Tables 4.1-4.4, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

https://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1241474

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2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA UPDATE: The National Health Interview Survey has released the NHIS "2010 Imputed Family Income/Personal Earnings Files" (September 2011, .zip compressed ASCII text format, with documentation in .pdf format, and SAS and STATA input programs in ASCII text format.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/2010imputedincome.htm

2010 NHIS:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/nhis_2010_data_release.htm

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3. MISSOURI STATE DATA CENTER UPDATE: "Summary File 1 2010 Menu and Detailed Tables Profile." (September 2011) Note: the tab to detailed tables becomes available after a basic extract is requested. Data is available at all US geographic levels down to the block level. Extractions at small geographic areas may be limited per iteration. This is designed to be a ready reference tool at this time, but links are provided at the bottom of each extract to more detailed extraction choices.

http://mcdc1.missouri.edu/sf1_2010/sf1_2010_menu.html

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II. Reports and articles:

4. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER, REPORT:

A. AoA eNewsletter (Sep. 6, 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

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

B. "Key Census Data Sources for State and Area Agencies on Aging" (August 2011, via National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities .pdf format, 1p.).

http://www.nasuad.org/documentation/nasuad_materials/Key%20Census%20Data%20Sources%20on%20Aging-B-W.pdf

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5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASES:

A. "New Data: Affordable Care Act Delivers Lower Costs to More Seniors With Medicare" (Sep. 8, 2011).

https://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4076

B. "Medicare Steps Up Enforcement of Equal Visitation and Representation Rights in Hospitals (Sep. 8, 2011).

https://www.cms.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=4075

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6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Medicare Part B Avastin and Lucentis Treatments for Age-Related Macular Degeneration" (A-01-10-00514, September 2011, .pdf format, 25p.). Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.

http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region10/11000514.asp

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7. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Illicit Drug Use among Older Adults," (September 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k11/013/WEB_SR_013.cfm

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8. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Perceptions of income requirements in retirement," by Mehul Kotecha, Natalie Maplethorpe, Sue Arthur, Naomi Stoll, Rosie Green, Natasha Wood and David Hussey (Research Report 773, September 2011, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd5/report_abstracts/rr_abstracts/rra_773.asp

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9. AARP REPORT, ARTICLE:

A. "Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers," by Susan C. Reinhard, Enid Kassner, Ari Houser, and Robert Mollica (September 2011, .pdf format, 104p.).

http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-09-2011/ltss-scorecard.html

B. "AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award-InternationalRecognizing Employers for their Commitment to an Age-Diverse Workforce (September 2011).

http://www.aarpinternational.org/conference/conference_show.htm?doc_id=703995

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10. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Implications of a 'Chained' CPI," by Alicia H. Munnell and William M. Hisey (IB No. 11-12, September 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

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

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11. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Aug. 26-Sep. 7, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 32, No. 9, September 2011, .pdf format, 11p.). The topic of this issue is "Is There a Future for Retirement?" by Stephen Blakely.

http://www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=4879

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13. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION DATA SPOTLIGHT: "Medicare Part D 2011 Data Spotlight: The Coverage gap," by Jack Hoadley, Laura Summer, Elizabeth Hargrave, Juliette Cubanski, and Tricia Neuman (September 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8222.cfm

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14. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATES UNITED FOR AGING AND DISABILITIES REPORT: "The Senior Community Service Employment Program: A Primer for State Aging and Disability Directors," by Kelsey Walter (2011, .pdf format, 14p.).

http://www.nasuad.org/documentation/nasuad_materials/SCSEP%20Primer.pdf

More information about NASUAD:

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

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15. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORTS:

A. "How Lifetime Benefits and Contributions Point the Way Toward Reforming Our Senior Entitlement Programs," by C. Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane (August 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/1001553.html

B. "Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Medicare Program Through Coverage Policy," by Sean R. Tunis, Robert A. Berenson, Steve E. Phurrough, Penny E. Mohr (August 2011, .pdf format, 18p.).

http://www.urban.org/publications/412392.html

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16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Serotonin signaling is associated with lower amyloid-{beta} levels and plaques in transgenic mice and humans," by John R. Cirrito, Brianne M. Disabato, Jessica L. Restivo, Deborah K. Verges, Whitney D. Goebel, Anshul Sathyan, Davinder Hayreh, Gina D'Angelo, Tammie Benzinger, Hyejin Yoon, Jungsu Kim, John C. Morris, Mark A. Mintun, and Yvette I. Sheline (Vol. 108, No. 36, September 6, 2011, p. 14968-14973).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/36/14968.abstract?etoc

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17. BIOMED CENTRAL ARTICLE: "Home care in Europe: a systematic literature review," by Nadine Genet, Wienke G.W. Boerma, Dionne S. Kringos, Ans Bouman, Anneke L. Francke, Cecilia Fagerstrom, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Cosetta Greco, and Walter Deville (Biomed Central Health Services Research, 2011, 11:207doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-207, August 2011, .pdf format, 42p.).

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/11/207

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18. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) MEDICINE ARTICLE: "Alcohol Consumption at Midlife and Successful Ageing in Women: A Prospective Cohort Analysis in the Nurses' Health Study," by Qi Sun, Mary K. Townsend, Olivia I. Okereke, Eric B. Rimm, Frank B. Hu, Meir J. Stampfer, and Francine Grodstein (PLoS Med 8(9): e1001090.doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001090, Vol. 8, No. 9, September 2011, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001090

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

A. "Impairment of Gradual Muscle Adjustment during Wrist Circumduction in Parkinson's Disease," by Carolien M. Toxopeus, Bauke M. de Jong, Gopal Valsan, Bernard A. Conway, Johannes H. van der Hoeven, Klaus L. Leenders, and Natasha M. Maurits (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24572. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024572, Vol. 6, No. 9, September 2011, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024572

B. "Differential Susceptibility of Interneurons Expressing Neuropeptide Y or Parvalbumin in the Aged Hippocampus to Acute Seizure Activity," by Ramkumar Kuruba, Bharathi Hattiangady, Vipan K. Parihar, Bing Shuai, Ashok K. Shetty (PLoS ONE 6(9): e24493. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024493, Vol. 6, No. 9, September 2011, XML, HTML, and .pd format, 10p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024493

C. "C-Reactive Protein and Genetic Variants and Cognitive Decline in Old Age: The PROSPER Study," by Mingyan Lin, Erika Pedrosa, Abhishek Shah, Anastasia Hrabovsky, Shahina Maqbool, Deyou Zheng, and Herbert M. Lachman (PLoS ONE 6(9): e23890. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023890, Vol. 6, No. 9, September 2011, XML, HTML, and .pd format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0023890

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20. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL CLINICAL REVIEW EXTRACT, PERSONAL VIEW EXTRACT:

A. "Functional assessment in older people," by T.J. Quinn, K. McArthur, G. Ellis, and D.J. Stott (BMJ 2011; 343:d4681, Vol. 343, No. 7821, Sep. 3, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d4681.extract

B. "Social care homes: what the media forget to tell us," by Graham Mulley (BMJ 2011; 343:d5391, Vol. 343, No. 7821, Sep. 3, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d5391.extract

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III. Working Papers:

21. HARVARD UNIVERSITY PROGRAM ON THE GLOBAL DEMOGRAPHY OF AGING: "Long-Run Trends of Human Aging and Longevity," by Holger Strulik and Sebastian Vollmer (PGDA Working Paper#73.2011, August 2011, .pdf format, 38p.).

Abstract:

Over the last 200 years humans experienced a huge increase of life expectancy. These advances were largely driven by extrinsic improvements of their environment (for example, the available diet, disease prevalence, vaccination, and the state of hygiene and sanitation). In this paper we ask whether future improvements of life-expectancy will be bounded from above by human life-span. Life-span, in contrast to life-expectancy, is conceptualized as a biological measure of longevity driven by the intrinsic rate of bodily deterioration. In order to pursue our question we first present a modern theory of aging and show that immutable life-span would put an upper limit on life-expectancy. We then show for a sample of developed countries that human life-span thus defined was indeed constant until the 1950s but increased since then by about eight years in sync with life-expectancy. In other words, we find evidence for manufactured life-span.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/pgda/WorkingPapers/2011/PGDA_WP_73.pdf

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22. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Effects of the Economic Crisis on the Older Population: How Expectations, Consumption, Bequests, and Retirement Responded to Market Shocks," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WP2011-09, September 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

Abstract:

We study the effects of the 2007-2009 recession on the population age 55+. Households in and near retirement have suffered sizeable losses in assets as a result of the economic crisis. There are a number of ways in which households might respond: reduce spending and with that increase saving, work longer, and/or bequeath less. Using longitudinal data from the Health and Retirement Study and its supplemental surveys, we find that all of these adjustments have been important.

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=979

B. "Retirement Behavior and the Global Financial Crisis," by Jason J. Fichtner and John W.R. Phillips (WP2011-10, September 2011, .pdf format, 20p.).

Abstract:

Recent economic conditions have vastly changed the retirement landscape. Declines in assets as well as high unemployment changed the retirement plans of many Americans. Shocks to employment and wealth have likely influenced retirement behavior. This chapter provides a survey of the current literature on the influence of employment and wealth shocks on retirement and then makes use of administrative records on benefit applications to provide a preliminary analysis of changes in early retirement (age 62) claiming resulting from the recent economic downturn and implications. Since early claiming can have long lasting implications for retirement well being, we address how Americans learn about their retirement options.

http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/publications/document.php?file=980

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23. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]:

A. "Target-Driven Investing: Optimal Investment Strategies in Defined Contribution Pension Plans under Loss Aversion," by David Blake, Douglas Wright, and Yumeng Zhang (PI-1112, September 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

Assuming loss aversion, stochastic investment and labour income processes, and a path-dependent target fund, we show that the optimal investment strategy for defined contribution pension plan members is a target-driven 'threshold' strategy. With this strategy, the equity allocation is increased if the accumulating fund is below target and decreased if it is above. However, if the fund is sufficiently above target, the optimal investment strategy switches discretely to 'portfolio insurance'. We show that under loss aversion, the risk of failing to attain the target replacement ratio is significantly reduced compared with target-driven strategies derived from maximising expected utility.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1112.pdf

B. "Age Dependent Investing: Optimal Funding and Investment Strategies in Defined Contribution Pension Plans when Members are Rational Life Cycle Financial Planners," by David Blake, Douglas Wright, and Yumeng Zhang (PI-1111, September 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

A defined contribution pension plan allows consumption to be redistributed from the plan member's working life to retirement in a manner that is consistent with the member's personal preferences. The plan's optimal funding and investment strategies therefore depend on the desired profile of consumption over the lifetime of the member. We investigate these strategies under the assumption that the member is a rational life cycle financial planner and has an Epstein-Zin utility function, which allows a separation between risk aversion and the elasticity of intertemporal substitution. We also take into account the member's human capital during the accumulation phase of the plan and we allow the annuitisation decision to be endogenously determined during the decumulation phase.

We show that the optimal funding strategy involves a contribution rate that is not constant over the life of the plan but is age-dependent and reflects the trade-off between the desire for current versus future consumption, the desire for stable consumption over time, the member's attitude to risk, and changes in the level of human capital over the life cycle. We also show that the optimal investment strategy during the accumulation phase of the plan is stochastic lifestyling, with an initial high weight in equity-type investments and a gradual switch into bond-type investments as the retirement date approaches in a way that depends on the realised outcomes for the stochastic processes driving the state variables. The optimal investment strategy during the decumulation phase of the plan is to exchange the bonds held at retirement for life annuities and then to gradually sell the remaining equities and buy more annuities, i.e., a strategy known as 'phased annuitisation'.

http://www.pensions-institute.org/workingpapers/wp1111.pdf

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

24. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 18, No. 5, 2011).

http://www.ejpc.eu.com/ejpc/ejpcIssue.asp?Z=836071&IssueID=111

25. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 68, No. 5, October 2011).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/68/5.toc

26. Public Health (Vol. 125, No. 9, September 2011).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00333506

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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 September 5, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of September 5, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of September 5, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of September 5, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of September 5, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of September 5, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

28. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Basic Research on Decision Making: Cognitive, Affective, and Developmental Perspectives (R01)" (RFA-MH-12-130, application deadline is Jan. 18, 2012, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-12-130.html

B. "Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) in Minority Institutions (R25)" (PAR-11-325, reissue of RFA-RR-07-005, application deadlines are Nov. 2, 2011, 2012, US National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-11-325.html

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29. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Sept. 8, 2011.

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

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VI. Conferences:

30. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES:

Feb. 14-17, 2012: 14th Advanced Bioethics Course 'Suffering, Death and Palliative Care'--Nijmegen, Netherlands.

http://www.conferencealerts.com/hospice.htm

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VII. Legislation Information Updates:

31. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, LABOR, AND PENSIONS HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Security: Challenges Confronting Pension Plan Sponsors, Workers, and Retirees," a hearing held Jun. 14, 2011 (House Serial Publication 112-28, ASCII text and .pdf format, 90p.)

ASCII text:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=112_house_hearings&docid=f:66794.wais

.pdf:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=112_house_hearings&docid=f:66794.wais.pdf

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VIII. Websites of Interest:

32. PHI: PHI State Data Center (2011). This website "provides state-by-state data on the direct-care workforce."

http://phinational.org/policy/states/

More information about PHI:

http://phinational.org/policy/about-us/mission/

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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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