Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #615 -- November 23, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, RESEARCH, STATISTICS, AND POLICY ANALYSIS PERIODICAL:

A. International Update, November 2011 (November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2011-11/index.html

B. "State Assistance Programs for SSI Recipients, January 2011," (November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 118p.).

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/ssi_st_asst/2011/index.html

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2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Design and Operation of the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities," by Abigail J. Moss, Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin, Manisha Sengupta, Eunice Park-Lee, Christine Caffrey, Emily Rosenoff, Joshua M. Wiener, and Angela M. Greene (_Vital and Health Statistics_, Series 1, No. 54, November 2011, .pdf format, 131p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_01/sr01_054.pdf

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3. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Nov. 21, 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).

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

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4. CANADIAN PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON PALLIATIVE AND COMPASSIONATE CARE REPORT: "Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians," by Harold Albrecht, Joseph Comartin, Frank Valeriote, Kelly Block, and Francis Scarpaleggia (November 2011, .pdf format, 192p.).

http://pcpcc-cpspsc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ReportEN.pdf

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5. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Family Resources Survey: Estimates of Private Pension Participation Rates 1999/00 - 2009/10," (November 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).

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

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6. UK EQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION REPORTS:

A. "Close to home: An inquiry into older people and human rights in home care," (November 2011, .pdf and Word format, 111p.).

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/legal-and-policy/inquiries-and-assessments/inquiry-into-home-care-of-older-people/close-to-home-report/

B. "Older peoples experiences of home care in England," by Wendy Sykes and Carola Groom (Research Report No. 79, Autumn 2011, .pdf and Word format, 77p.).

PDF:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/79_older_peoples_experiences.pdf

Word:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/rr79.docx

C. "Older people and human rights in home care: a report of two surveys," by Liz Speed (Research Report No. 80, Autumn 2011, .pdf and Word format, 80p.).

PDF:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/80_older_people_and_human_rights.pdf

Word:

http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/rr80.doc

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7. UK PARLIAMENT REPORT: "NHS Pension Scheme," by Djuna Thurley (Commons Library Standard Note, November 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN03281

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8. INDEPENDENT HEALTH AND CARE PROVIDERS [UK] REPORT: "Social Care in Northern Ireland: A Better Future for all of us," (November 2011, .pdf format, 53p.).

http://www.ihcp.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=60&Itemid=39

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9. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Nov. 18-23, 2011).

http://www.cardi.ie/directory

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10. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORTS, BRIEF:

A. "Restructuring Medicare's Benefit Design: Implications for Beneficiaries and Spending," by Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, Zachary Levinson, Monica Brenner, and James Mays (November 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8256.cfm

B. "Medicare Advantage Plan Star Ratings and Bonus Payments in 2012," (November 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8257.cfm

C. "Medicare Advantage 2012 Spotlight: Plan Availability and Premiums," by Marsha Goldi, Gretchen Jacobson, Anthony Damico, and Tricia Neuman (November 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/8258.cfm

D. "The Ups and Downs of Medicare Part B Premiums: Frequently Asked Questions," (November 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicare/7912.cfm

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11. AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL REPORT: "New Retirement Mindscape: 2011 City Pulse index," (November 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).

http://newsroom.ameriprise.com/images/20018/City%20Pulse_Key%20Points%20by%20Metro_FINAL.pdf

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12. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] REPORT: "Gradual retirement and pensions policy," by Dr. Craig Perry (November 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/record.jsp?type=publication&ID=108

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13. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Age dynamics in scientific creativity," by Benjamin F. Jones and Bruce A. Weinberg (Vol. 108, No. 47, November 22, 2011, p. 18910-18914).

http://www.pnas.org/content/108/47/18910.abstract

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14. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "5-hmC-mediated epigenetic dynamics during postnatal neurodevelopment and aging," by Keith E. Szulwach, Xuekun Li, Yujing Li, Chun-Xiao Song, Hao Wu, Qing Dai, Hasan Irier, Anup K. Upadhyay, Marla Gearing, Allan I. Levey, Aparna Vasanthakumar, Lucy A. Godley, Qiang Chang, Xiaodong Cheng, Chuan He and Peng Jin (Vol. 14, No. 12, December 2011, p. 1607-1616).

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v14/n12/abs/nn.2959.html

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

A. "Isoflurane-Induced Spatial Memory Impairment in Mice is Prevented by the Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor Donepezil," by Diansan Su, Yanxing Zhao, Beilei Wang, Huan Xu, Wen Li, Jie Chen, and Xiangrui Wang (PLoS ONE 6(11): e27632. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027632, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0027632

B. "Selenomethionine Incorporation into Amyloid Sequences Regulates Fibrillogenesis and Toxicity," by Javier Martez, Silvia Lisa, Rosa Schez, Wioleta Kowalczyk, Esther Zurita, Meritxell Teixido, Ernest Giralt, David Andreu, Jesus Avila, and Mar Gasset (PLoS ONE 6(11): e27999. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027999, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, p.).

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0027999

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16. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACTS:

A. "Association of Coronary CT Angiography or Stress Testing With Subsequent Utilization and Spending Among Medicare Beneficiaries," by Jacqueline Baras Shreibati, Laurence C. Baker, and Mark A. Hlatky (Vol. 306, No. 19, November 23/30, 2011, p. 2128-2136).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/19/2128.abstract

B. "Level of Systolic Blood Pressure Within the Normal Range and Risk of Recurrent Stroke," by Bruce Ovbiagele, Hans-Christophe Diener, Salim Yusuf, Renee H. Martin, Daniel Cotton, Richard Vinisko, Geoffrey A. Donnan, and Philip M. Bath, for the PROFESS Investigators (Vol. 306, No. 19, November 23/30, 2011, p. 2137-2146).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/19/2137.abstract

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17. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults admitted to hospital: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials," by Graham Ellis, Martin A. Whitehead, David Robinson, Desmond O'Neill, and Peter Langhorne (BMJ 2011;343:bmj.d6553, .pdf and HTML format).

http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6553

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II. Working Papers:

18. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "The Effects of Grandparents on Children's Schooling: Evidence from Rural China," by Zhen Zeng and Yu Xie (CDE Working Paper No. 2011-11, November 2011, .pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:

Past studies of intergenerational mobility in the U.S. have found that the influence of grandparents on their grandchildren's socioeconomic outcomes is completely mediated through the middle generation. Drawing on data from the 2002 Chinese Household Income Project, we investigate the direct effects of grandparents on grandchildren's educational attainment in rural China. The results show that the U.S. pattern does not apply to China, primarily due to the high prevalence of multigenerational coresidence in China. We find that the educational level of coresident grandparents directly affects the educational attainment of their grandchildren, with an effect size equivalent to that of parental education. In contrast, the education of non-coresident and deceased grandparents does not have any effect. These findings lead to the conclusion that coresidence is a critical condition for grandparents' influences on grandchildren. Thus, the finding of no direct effect of grandparents in the prior literature may be attributable to a low rate of multigenerational coresidence in the U.S.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2011-11.pdf

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19. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "How Does the Personal Income Tax Affect The Progressivity of OASI Benefits?" by Norma B. Coe, Zhenya Karamcheva, Richard Kopcke, and Alicia H. Munnell (WP No. 2011-21, November 2011, .pdf format, 28p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

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

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20. MERCATUS CENTER [GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY]: "Rhode Island's Local Pension Debts," by Eileen Norcross and Benjamin VanMetre (Working Paper No. 2011-43, November 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

Abstract:

Rhode Island's state and municipal pension systems face large and growing unfunded pension liabilities. The governor and state treasurer have identified pension reform as a key to stabilizing the state's finances and also to ensuring a sustainable retirement fund for Rhode Island's public employees. According to government estimates, the unfunded liability for municipal plans and state plans totals $9.3 billion. These figures are calculated under assumed discount rates based on the expected return on pension asset investments. However, according to economic theory, pension liabilities should be valued based on their relative risk and thus the return on Treasury Bonds is currently the appropriate discount rate to use when valuing liabilities. Under this valuation, the unfunded liability for municipal governments including MERS and locally administered plans (and excluding the local portion of the teachers' plan) swells from $2.4 billion to $6 billion. The unfunded liability for the state plans increases from $6.8 billion to $12 billion.

The result of this miscalculation is that many municipal governments are in far worse shape than is currently reported, which presents serious revenue challenges for a number of Rhode Island municipalities. Unfunded municipal pension liabilities currently exceed municipal revenues by $2.6 billion in Rhode Island. The revenue index created in this paper indicates that Johnston, Providence, Cranston, Newport, and Central Falls are all in particularly bad shape relative to other municipalities in the state.

http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/RhodeIsland_NorcrossVanMetre_WP1143.pdf

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21. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK: "Population Aging and Aggregate Consumption in Developing Asia," by Gemma Estrada, Donghyun Park, and Arief Ramayandi (Economic Working Paper No. 282, October 2011, .pdf format, 15p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://beta.adb.org/publications/population-aging-and-aggregate-consumption-developing-asia

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22. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA: "Income Adequacy in Retirement: Accounting for the Annuitized Value of Wealth in Canada," by John R. Baldwin, Marc Frenette, Amelie Lafrance and Patrizio Piraino (Economic Analysis Research Paper, November 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 35p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/11f0027m/11f0027m2011074-eng.htm

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23. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Risk Sharing in Defined-Contribution Funded Pension Systems," by Roel Beetsma and Alesandro Bucciol (WP3640, November 2011, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

http://www.cesifo-group.de/portal/page/portal/ifoHome/b-publ/b3publwp/_wp_abstract?p_file_id=17086287&category=

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24. 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 Nov. 14, 2011.

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

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

25. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 38, No. 1, January 2012).

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uedg/2012/00000038/00000001

26. Gerontologist (Vol. 56, No. 6, December 2011).

http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/6.toc

27. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 73, No. 3, 2011).

http://baywood.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=issue&issn=0091-4150&volume=73&issue=3

28. International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 24, No. 1, January 2012).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?decade=2010&jid=IPG&volumeId=24&issueId=01&iid=8438945

29. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 59, No. 11, November 2011).

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.2011.59.issue-11/issuetoc

30. Journal of Population Ageing (Vol. 4, No. 3, September 2011).

http://www.springerlink.com/content/1874-7884

31. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 38, No. 6, December 2011).

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/68/6.toc

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32. 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 November 21, 2011:

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

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 21, 2011:

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

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 21, 2011:

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

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 21, 2011:

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

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 21, 2011:

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

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 21, 2011:

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:

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

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IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

33. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH:

A. "Practical Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence in Primary Care (R01)," (PA-12-022, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application due dates Feb. 5, June 5, and Oct. 5). Note: There is a companion award "Practical Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence in Primary Care (R21)," (PA-12-023, application due dates February 16, June 16, and October 16). A link to that program announcement is included under "Companion FOA."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-022.html

B. "Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)," (PA-12-024, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application due dates Feb. 5, June 5, and Oct. 5).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-024.html

C. "NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) through Undergraduate Education (R25)," (PAR-12-016, National Institute on Aging, application due dates Jan. 25, May 25, and Sept. 25).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-016.html

D. "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Etiology, Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment (R01)," (PAR-12-032, a reissue of PA-08-246, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-032.html

E. "Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging (R01)," (PA-12-019, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application due dates Feb. 5, June 5, and Oct. 5). Note: There is a companion award "Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging (R21)," (PA-12-018, application due dates February 16, June 16, and October 16). A link to that program announcement is included under "Companion FOA."

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-019.html

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34. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 22, 2011.

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

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V. Websites of Interest:

35. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: "Resources on Deficit-Reduction Plans." (November 2011). "These Foundation resources shed light on how the ongoing national debate about deficit reduction may affect Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs. These resources include summaries and comparisons of relevant elements of major deficit-reduction plans, analysis of specific savings proposals, and explanatory briefs and backgrounders describing key issues related to the debate."

http://www.kff.org/medicare/Medicare-Medicaid-Deficit-Resources.cfm

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Charlie

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