Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #610 -- October 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. US CENSUS BUREAU: "U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year PUMS" (October 2011).

Data: (.zip compressed ASCII text format):

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/pums_data/

Click on "2010 ACS 1-year PUMS via ftp server"

Documentation (.pdf or Microsoft Excel format):

http://www.census.gov/acs/www/data_documentation/pums_documentation/

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2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE:

End Stage Renal Disease (2011, tables 11.1-11.2, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).

https://www.cms.gov/MedicareMedicaidStatSupp/LT/itemdetail.asp?filterType=none&filterByDID=0&sortByDID=2&sortOrder=descending&itemID=CMS1253142

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II. Reports and articles:

3. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NATIONAL COVERAGE ANALYSIS FINAL DECISION MEMOS, FINAL RULE:

A. "Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse" (October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 59p.).

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=249

B. "Screening for Depression in Adults" (October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 44p.).

https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=251

C. "Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations" (via _Federal Register_, October 2011, .pdf format, 696p.).

http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-27461_PI.pdf

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4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "A Report on the Actuarial, Marketing, and Legal Analyses of the CLASS Program," (October 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 48p.).

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/Reports/2011/class/index.shtml

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5. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "Use of Tax Incentives for Retirement Saving in 2006" (October 2011, .pdf format, 31p., with supplemental data in Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=12472

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6. US GOVENMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORTS:

A. "Long-Term Care Hospitals: CMS Oversight Is Limited and Should Be Strengthened" (GAO-11-810, September 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-810

B. "Income Security: Older Adults and the 2007-2009 Recession" (GAO-12-76, October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 52p.).

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-76

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7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "New Go4Life campaign focuses on fitness for older adults" (Oct. 19, 2011).

http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2011/nia-19.htm

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8. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, RESEARCH, STATISITCS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS PERIODICAL: International Update, October 2011 (October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2011-10/index.html

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9. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS REPORT: "Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009," (October 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 65p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4436.0?OpenDocument

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10. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORTS:

A. "Trends in palliative care in Australian hospitals," (October 2011, .pdf format, 100p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420167

B. "Identifying palliative care separations in admitted patient data: technical paper," (October 2011, .pdf and rich text [.rtf] format, 37p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420172

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11. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Remaining life expectancy at age 25 and probability of survival to age 75, by socio-economic status and Aboriginal ancestry," by Michael Tjepkema and Russell Wilkins (in Health Reports, Vol. 22, No. 4, October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

HTML:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2011004/article/11560-eng.htm

.pdf:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2011004/article/11560-eng.pdf

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12. GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE [SCOTLAND] REPORT: "Life Expectancy for Areas in Scotland, 2008-2010," (October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 49p.).

http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/life-expectancy/scottish-areas/2008-2010/index.html

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13. STATISTICS SINGAPORE PERIODICAL: Statistics Singapore Newsletter (September 2011, .pdf format, 9p.). The title of this issue is "The Elderly in Singapore," by Wong Yuet Mei and Teo Zhiwei.

http://www.singstat.gov.sg/pubn/papers/people/ssnsep11-pg1-9.pdf

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14. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Preparing for automatic enrolment: Occupational pension membership by Government Office Region" (October 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://statistics.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/adhoc_analysis/2011/occ_pen_membership_by_geography.pdf

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15. AARP FACT SHEET, REPORT, PRIME TIME RADIO:

A. "The Employment Situation, September 2011: Good News for Older Jobseekers Remains Elusive," by Sara E. Rix (October 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-10-2011/fs240-employment.html

B. "A Snapshot of 2009 Utility Expenditures by Older Consumers," by Neal Walters (October 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2011/A-Snapshot-of-2009-Utility-Expenditures-by-Older-Consumers.html

C. Prime Time Radio: The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

Your Eyes and Age Related Blindness (Oct. 18, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-10-2011/your-eyes-age-related-blindness.html

Aging Our Way: The Oldest of the Old (Oct. 18, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/personal-growth/life-stories/info-09-2011/the-oldest-of-the-old.html

Our Aging Brains: Age Related Memory Loss (Oct. 11, 2011).

http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-10-2011/brain-age-related-memory-loss.html

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16. BENEVOLENT SOCIETY [PADDINGTON, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "New ways of restoring and supporting the independence of older people" (2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.bensoc.org.au/uploads/documents/Research%20Briefing%206%20FINAL%20WEB.pdf

More information about Benevolent Society:

http://www.bensoc.org.au/director/aboutus.cfm

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17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIRMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "How Prepared Are State and Local Workers for Retirement?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz, and Laura Quinb (SLP#22, October 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).

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

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18. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Oct. 14-Oct. 20, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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19. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] REPORTS:

A. "'Bridging the Gap: Exploring the potential for bringing older and younger LGBT people together': an evidence review examining the context of intergenerational project work in the LGBT community" (October 2011, .pdf format, 37p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=104

B. "Celebrating Intergenerational Diversity: An evaluation of three projects working with younger and older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people," by Dylan Kneale, Valentina Serra, Sally-Marie Bamford, and Lilly Diener (October 2011, .pdf format, 70p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=105

C. "Intergenerational projects for the LGBT community: A toolkit to inspire and inform" (October 2011, .pdf format, 34p.)

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=103

More information about ILC-UK:

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

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20. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION [UK] REPORT: "Not a one way street: Research into older people's experiences of support based on mutuality and reciprocity," by Helen Bowers, Marc Mordey, Dorothy Runnicles, Sylvia Barker, Neil Thomas and Anita Wilkins, National Development Team for Inclusion, and Sian Lockwood and Angela Catley (October 2011, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/older-peoples-experiences-support

More information about JRF:

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

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21. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION FACT SHEET, ISSUE BRIEF, WEBCAST:

A. "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Availability in 2012" (October 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7426.cfm

B. "Examining Medicaid Managed Long-Term Service and Support Programs: Key Issues To Consider" (October 2011, .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8243.cfm

C. "Inside Deficit Reduction: What It Means for Medicare" (Oct. 11, 2011, video and audio transcript, running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes, 22 seconds).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/ahr101111video.cfm

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22. RAND CORPORATION MONOGRAPH: Living Longer in Mexico: Income Security and Health, by Emma Aguila, Claudia Diaz, Mary Manqing Fu, Arie Kapteyn, and Ashley Pierson (October 2011, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG1179.html

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23. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION WEBCAST: "The Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Gap" (October 2011). "This short info-graphic video explains what the Medicare Part D donut hole is and how it changes under health reform."

http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=72919&topicid=1049

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24. SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA REPORT: "No home at the end of the Road? A survey of single women over 40 years of age who do not believe they will own their housing outright at retirement," by Andrea Sharam (2011, .pdf format, 34p.).

http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/salvwr/_assets/main/lib90185/no_home_at_the_end_of_the_road_2011.pdf

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25. SUN LIFE FINANCIAL REPORT: "Sun Life Financial U.S. Unretirement Index -- Fall 2011 Americans' trust in retirement reaches a tipping point" (October 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).

http://cdn.sunlife.com/static/unitedstates/Unretirement%20Index/files/2011%20files/UnretirementIndex2011_Result_Final.pdf

Related press release: "Americans Trust in Retirement Reaches a Tipping Point" (Oct. 19, 2011).

http://www.sunlife.com/us/Media+center/Press+releases/2011/Americans+Trust+in+Retirement+Reaches+a+Tipping+Point?vgnLocale=en_CA

More information about Sun Life Financial:

http://cdn.sunlife.com/Global/About+us/Who+we+are?vgnLocale=en_CA

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26. YAHOO! SHINE ARTICLE: "Bromance Keeps Men and Marriages Healthy" (Yahoo! Shine, Oct. 18, 2011).

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/sex/bromance-keeps-men-and-marriages-healthy-2589038/

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27. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "PDGF signalling controls age-dependent proliferation in pancreatic {Beta}-cells," by Hainan Chen, Xueying Gu, Yinghua Liu, Jing Wang, Stacey E. Wirt, Rita Bottino, Hubert Schorle, Julien Sage, and Seung K. Kim (Vol. 478, No. 7369, Oct. 20, 2011, p. 349-355).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v478/n7369/abs/nature10502.html

B. "Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of longevity in _Caenorhabditis elegans_, by Eric L. Greer, Travis J. Maures, Duygu Ucar, Anna G. Hauswirth, Elena Mancini, Jana P. Lim, Berenice A. Benayoun, Yang Shi, and Anne Brunet (Vol. 478, No. 7369, Oct. 20, 2011, 9p.).

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nature10572.html

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28. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "National and Regional Trends in Heart Failure Hospitalization and Mortality Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries, 1998-2008," by Jersey Chen, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Yun Wang, and Harlan M. Krumholz (Vol. 306, No. 15, Oct. 19, 2011, p. 1669-1678).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/15/1669.abstract

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29. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, VARIOUS:

A. "Elder abuse," by Martin Mulroy and Desmond ONeill (editorial extract, BMJ 2011; 343:d6027 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d6027, Vol. 343, No. 7827, Oct. 15, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6027.extract

B. "US Senate criticises home health companies for 'gaming' Medicare," by Fred Charatan (news extract, BMJ 2011;343:doi:10.1136/bmj.d6454, Vol. 343, No. 7827, Oct. 15, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6454.extract

C. "US expert panel recommends against prostate cancer screening," by Jeanne Lenzer and Shannon Brownlee (news extract, BMJ 2011; 343:d6479 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d647, Vol. 343, No. 7827, Oct. 15, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6479.extract

D. "Care homes shouldnt profit from delays in assessing their residents for discharge from hospital," by David Bryson (personal view extract, BMJ 2011; 343:d6570 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d6570, Vol. 343, No. 7827, Oct. 15, 2011).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6570.extract

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30. LANCET ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "The intensity and variation of surgical care at the end of life: a retrospective cohort study," by Alvin C. Kwok, Marcus E. Semel, Stuart R. Lipsitz, Angela M. Bader, Amber E. Barnato, Atul A. Gawande, and Ashish K. Jha (Vol. 378, No. 9800, p. 1408-1413).

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961268-3/abstract

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III. Working Papers:

31. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "How Did the Recession of 2007-2009 Affect the Wealth and Retirement of the Near Retirement Age Population in the Health and Retirement Study?" by Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier and Nahid Tabatabai (WP 2011-253, September 2011, .pdf format, 65p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.mrrc.isr.umich.edu/publications/index_abstract.cfm?ptid=1&pid=780

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32. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Lifecycle Portfolio Choice with Systematic Longevity Risk and Variable Investment-Linked Deferred Annuities by Vasily Kartashov, Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, Ralph Rogalla (w17505, October 2011, .pdf format, p.).

Abstract:

This paper assesses the impact of variable investment-linked deferred annuities (VILDAs) on lifecycle consumption, saving, and portfolio allocation patterns given stochastic and systematic mortality. Insurers have taken two approaches to manage systematic mortality risks, namely self-insurance and risk transfer to purchasers of the annuity products. We demonstrate that self-insurance leads to high loadings, so that households offered a choice would favor the risk transfer scheme. Reservation loadings on the actuarially fair VILDA price for non-participation are 0.5-8%; if insurers cannot hedge within this range, they will transfer systematic longevity risks to the annuitants. Our findings have implications for new payout products that may be attractive to older households seeking to protect against retirement shortfalls.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/w17505

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33. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) [MC MASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]:

A. "The Recent Evolution of Retirement Patterns in Canada," by Pierre Lefebvre, Philip Merrigan, and Pierre-Carl Michaud (SEDAP Working Paper No. 287, September 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

Using data from three waves of the General Social Survey on retirement and older workers (1994, 2002 and 2007), we document the evolution of retirement patterns over the last three decades. We combined the analysis of retirement ages of actual retirees with data on expected retirement ages of current workers to create a longer perspective on changes in retirement behaviour in Canada. We also investigate trends in work after retirement. Our findings are in line with findings from other countries. There is an upward trend in retirement ages which likely started around year 2000 for cohorts born after 1945. This trend contrasts with the slow decline in retirement ages observed prior to the end of the millennium. While the downward trend was likely due to factors such as the offering of early retirement programs in private firms, the upward trend is likely to be caused by a wider variety of sources, including better health, less pervasive defined benefit pensions and in general less generous pensions.

B. "The Canadian Elder Standard - Pricing the Cost of Basic Needs for the Canadian Elderly," by Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Doug Andrews, and Robert L. Brown (SEDAP Working Paper No. 286, August 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

Abstract:

We determined the after-tax income required to finance basic needs for Canadian elders living with different circumstances in terms of age, gender, city of residence, household size, homeowner or renter status, means of transportation, and health status. Using 2001 as our base year, we priced the typical expenses for food, shelter, medical, transportation, miscellaneous basic living items and home-based long-term care for elders living in five Canadian cities. This is the first Canadian study of basic living expenses tailored to elders instead of adults in general, prepared on an absolute rather than a relative basis. We also accounted for an individual's unique life circumstances and established the varying effect that they have on the cost of basic expenses, particularly for home care. We found that the maximum Guaranteed Income Supple ment and Old Age Security benefit did not meet the cost of basic needs for an elder living in poor circumstances.

Both are available at:

http://socserv.mcmaster.ca/sedap/papers11.htm

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34. 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 Oct. 9, 2011.

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

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

35. Age and Ageing (Vol. 40, No. 6, November 2011).

http://ageing.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/6.toc?etoc

36. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 59, No. 10, October 2011).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.2011.59.issue-10/issuetoc

37. Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 23, No. 4, 2011).

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wjwa20/23/4

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38. 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 Oct. 17, 2011:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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V. Books:

39. INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE MONOGRAPH: Geographic Adjustment in Medicare Payment: Phase I: Improving Accuracy, Second Edition, edited by Margaret Edmunds and Frank A. Sloan (National Academies Press, 2011, OpenBook and .pdf format, 300p.). Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy).

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

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VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

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

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

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VII. Conferences:

41. CENTRE FOR AGEING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI): Ageing Globally--Ageing Locally," to be held in Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 2-3, 2011. For more information see:

http://www.cardi.ie/conference2011

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42. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: "Business Forum: Aging Means Business: Design for a New Age," to be held on Nov. 18, 2011, in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information see:

http://www.geron.org/annual-meeting/aging-means-business

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43. SINGAPORE HOSPICE COUNCIL: "Singapore Palliative Care Conference 2012: A Tapestry of Care--Engaging Minds, Reaching Hearts," to be held Jul. 14-15, 2012. For more information see:

http://www.spcconference.org/

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VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

44. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRIMARY HEALTH AND AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Recession and Older Americans: Where Do We Go from Here," a hearing held Oct. 18, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a video transcript of the hearing (running time: approximately 1 hour, 38 minutes).

http://help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=fd793323-5056-9502-5d1f-16c3289892fb

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IX. Websites of Interest:

45. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATE HEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATES:

A. "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Gap Discounts, as of August 2011" (October 2011).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparereport.jsp?rep=95&cat=17&sortc=1&o=d

B. "Medicare Enrollment: Hospital Insurance and/or Supplementary Medical Insurance Enrollees, as of July 2010" (October 2011).

http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparereport.jsp?rep=70&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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