Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #10--November 24, 1999

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Report) 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:


I. Reports and articles

1. NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS: UNITED STATES CATHOLIC CONFERENCE--"Blessings of Age: A Pastoral Message on Growing Older Within the Faith Community; A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops."

2. _LOS ANGELES TIMES_ EXTENDED ARTICLE: "A Legal Way Out: The New World of Physician Assisted Suicide," by Barry Siegel (_Los Angeles Times_, Nov. 14, 1999).

3. HRS JUNE 1999 _LABOR ECONOMICS_: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study is offering free copies of the June 1999 issue of _Labor Economics_ (special issue on "The Health, Weath and Work of Older People") on a first come, first served basis. More information can be found at:


A. "Replacement Arteries Made to Order," by L. E. Niklason (_Science_, Volume 286, Number 5444; Issue of 19 Nov 1999, pp. 1493 - 1494).

B. "NIH: Protests Win Changes to Peer-Review Proposal," by Bruce Agnew (_Science_, Volume 286, Number 5444; Issue of 19 Nov 1999, pp. 1453 - 1454). Note: This article may or may not be available to you in full text. Check your organization's library for availability.

Abstract with link to full text

5. NIA AGING AND GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY WORKING GROUP REPORT: "Genetic Epidemiologic Studies on Age Specified Traits," (November 1999). "The purpose of this report is to call attention to the value of epidemiologic studies to identify genetic effects on two types of age-specified traits: the age at which a specified outcome occurs or has not occurred ("survival traits"), and the rate at which a property changes over a specified age interval ("rate-of-change" traits). Information on an individual's genetic characteristics (genotype) is particularly useful for studies of age-specified traits because, unlike many risk factors, one's inherited genotype is stable over time; its ascertainment does not require sequential measurements or retrospective data. (This report does not address effects of somatic mutations that an individual may acquire over the life span.) We discuss insights to be gained by studying genetic factors affecting age-specified traits, and methodologic issues and resources relating to them."

6. NIH NEWS RELEASE: "'Untangling' Tau: New Mouse Model Shows Key Feature of Alzheimer's Disease," (November 23, 1999). The news release discusses an article: "Age-Dependent Emergence and Progression of a Tauopathy in Transgenic Mice Overexpress the Shortest Human Tau Isoform," by Ishihara, Takeshi; Hong, Ming; Zhang, Bin; Nakagawa, Yasushi; Lee, Michael K.; Trojanowski, John Q.; and Lee, Virginia M.-Y. (_Neuron_, Vol. 24, No. 1-20, November, 1999, pp. 751-762.) (Accompanied by a mini-review, "Neurodegenerative Tauopathies: Human Disease and Transgenic Mouse Models," pp. 507-510.)

7. HUD REPORT: The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released "Housing Our Elders," (November 1999, .pdf format, 60p.).

>From the Executive Summary:

This report, which updates a recent HUD report to Congress, uses the best available data--including the first analysis of a special supplement to the 1995 American Housing Survey (AHS) on home accessibility needs and modifications. HUD has developed a baseline of information on elderly housing conditions, needs, and strategies.

8. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "Just Saying No," by Michael Barone (Nov. 29, 1999).


II. Working Papers

9. EUROPEAN UNION ECONOMIC PAPERS: "The Economic Consequences of Ageing Populations," by K. McMorrow and W. Roeger (ECONOMIC PAPERS. No. 138. November 1999. European Commission. Brussels, .pdf format, 104 p.)

>From the Abstract:

This paper examines the economic implications of ageing populations. Simulations with the QUEST II model, which take explicit account of the labour force and public finance implications of ageing, suggest per capita living standards in the EU, US and Japan are likely to fall significantly over the next 50 years due to the direct influence of the ageing process. The effect of ageing populations in terms of slowing the rate of growth of potential output will also make the budgetary implications of ageing more difficult for the individual economies to bear. If the scenarios prove accurate, economic agents in Europe could be looking at an annual half point reduction in potential growth rates from the present 2.25 percent to an average rate of 1.75 percent over the period 2000-2050, representing a cumulative GDP loss of nearly 20 percent. Cumulative reductions of 10 percent and 21.5 percent are predicted for the US and Japan respectively. While it can be argued that the latter no policy change simulation may be unrealistic in that Governments are unlikely to stand idly by, it nevertheless gives an idea of the scale of the task faced by policy makers in devising policy measures aimed at avoiding, or at least cushioning, the potential shock to people's living standards.

Click on the "en" in the boxes next to "PDF files: Main Part" and "Appendix."


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

10. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents.

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_American Journal of Epidemiology_ (Vol. 150, No. 10, 1999).

_American Sociological Review_ (Vol. 64, No. 5, Oct. 1999). Note: This journal is available in full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of ProQuest and of this issue.


IV. Books

11. _Social Security: The Phony Crisis_, by Dean Baker and Mark Weisbrot, University of Chicago Press, 1999, 152p. Cloth $22.00, ISBN 0-226-03544-1.


V. Call for Papers

12. _JAMA_ NOVEMBER 2000 SPECIAL THEME ISSUE: The _Journal of the American Medical Association_ will devote a theme issue to end-of-life care in
November 2000. The November 24, 1999 issue (Vol. 282, No. 20, P. 1965) contains a call for papers for this issue. (HTML and .pdf formats).


VI. Legislation Information Updates

13. AOA OLDER AMERICANS APPROPRIATION ACT INFORMATION UPDATE: The Administration on Aging has updated its "Current Status of the Older
Americans Act Reauthorization" web site (discussed in CAAR #1) by adding a page that gives Conference Committee dollar figures on various aspects of the OAA.

Conference Committee Dollar Figures:

Current Status of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization


VII. Websites of Interest

14. AARP/NATIONAL CENTER ON WOMEN AND AGING (NCWA) FAAR: The AARP Andrus Foundation and National Center on Women and Aging have collaborated to launch FAAR (Financial Aspects of Aging Research). The site, at present, features over 100 abstracts (with selected links to full text when
available) of relevant literature in the subject areas of economic security, retirement income, and consumer expenditures.

15. INTERNET INFORMATION NOTES ADDITION: The Administration on Aging National Aging Information Center has added two sections on to its
Internet Information Notes (discussed in CAAR #1) meta-site. They are:

Care Case Management

Elder Law

Internet Information Notes

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology 4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706