Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #15--January 6, 2000

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. Data:

1. HRS/AHEAD: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) survey has made available a public release of Wave 2 (1995) data. Data, codebooks, and data alerts can be accessed from the HRS/AHEAD What's New page.


A. The Census Bureau has announced the availability of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 1996 Wave 2 Topical Module Microdata File 1996 Wave 3 Core Microdata File in multiple machine readable formats. For more information see Census Bureau Data Developments XXII-16 and XXII-17 (two page information bulletins available in .pdf format) at the Census Bureau's 1999 Data Developments page.

B. Census Bureau and BLS FERRET extractor has added SIPP 1996 Panel Wave 4 Core to its collection. Note: Although the Wave 4 data is not alluded to on the home page, it is available.

The raw data file (in multiple compressed formats) and data dictionary can be downloaded from the FERRET ftp site.


II. Reports and articles

3. PBS ONLINE NEWSHOUR HEALTH SPOTLIGHT FOCUS: Exploring Eldercare. This segment was part of the PBS Online Newshour for Dec. 24, 1999. Portions are available in RealPlayer video or audio, and a print transcript is available as well.

4. GAO REPORT: "Skilled Nursing Facilities: Medicare Payment Changes Require Provider Adjustments but Maintain Access," (General Accounting Office Report HEHS-00-23, December 1999, .pdf format, 34p.).

Note: GAO Internet addresses are valid for only a limited period of time. After that time, documents can be found by searching the Government Printing Office:

and searching on title or report number.


A. "Method for Constructing Complete Annual U.S. Life Tables," by Robert N. Anderson (Vital and Health Statistics Series 2, No. 129, December 1999, .pdf format, 36p.).

>From the Abstract:

The purpose of this report is to describe a method for constructing complete annual U.S. life tables. The method, similar to that used to construct the decennial life tables, uses vital statistics and census data to calculate death rates for ages under 85 and Medicare data for ages 85 and older. Complete life tables based on 1996 mortality data are presented and compared with published life expectancies from the 1996 abridged life tables and with the 1989-91 decennial life tables. The methodology was implemented beginning with final mortality data for 1997.

B. "Detailed Diagnoses and Procedures, National Hospital Discharge Survey, 1997," by Maria F. Owings and Linda Lawrence (Vital and Health Statistics Series 13, No. 145, December 1999, .pdf format, 163p.).

>From the Abstract:

A compilation of hospital utilization statistics for 1997 has been published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). These comprehensive hospitalization data are presented by NCHS annually in [this] report. The 1997 edition of the report presents statistics on diagnosed conditions and surgical and nonsurgical procedures performed in non-Federal short-stay hospitals. Data are shown by age and sex of the patient and by geographic region of the hospitals. The report is intended as a source document for researchers and others who need data for detailed diagnostic and procedure categories.

6. _NEJM_ ARTICLES. Note: Electronic full text of these articles may be available at your organization.

A. "Underrepresentation of Patients 65 Years of Age or Older in Cancer-Treatment Trials," by Laura F. Hutchins, Joseph M. Unger, John J. Crowley, Charles A. Coltman, Jr., and Kathy S. Albain. (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Dec. 30, 1999, Vol. 341, No. 27, p. 2061-7).


B. "The Relation between Blood Pressure and Mortality Due to Coronary Heart Disease among Men in Different Parts of the World," by Peggy C.W. van den Hoogen, Edith J.M. Feskens, Nico J.D. Nagelkerke, Alessandro Menotti, Aulikki Nissinen, and Daan Kromhou (_New England Journal of Medicine_, January 6, 2000, Vol. 342, No. 1, p. 1-8).


C. "Blood Pressure and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease," (_New England Journal of Medicine_, January 6, 2000, Vol. 342, No. 1, p. 50-51). Note: This is a _NEJM_ editorial.

Full Text:

7. AARP GRANDPARENTING SURVEY NEWS RELEASE AND PRESS KIT: AARP has released the first results from a national survey of more than 800
grandparents aged 50 or older. Included at the site is a press release and a link to a "press kit" that includes a research survey report (.pdf format, 120p.) containing findings and the survey instrument, a comparison of grandparent visitation statutes nationwide, and a link to AARP's Grandparent Information Center.

8. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE: "Nota Bene: Sensing Old Age," by Orla Smith (_Science_ January 7, 2000, Vol. 287, No. 5450, p. 54). Note: Electronic full text of this article may be available at your organization.


III. Working Papers

9. SIPP: "Preliminary Estimates on Caregiving from Wave 7 of The 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation," by John M. McNeil (Census Bureau SIPP Working Paper 231, December 1999, .pdf format, 29p.).


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

10. _Journal of Health Economics_ (Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2000). Click on "Abstracts" in the left frame. Note: Full text of this journal may be available at your organization.

11. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides document delivery service for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button "Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

_Journal of the American Geriatric Society_ (Vol. 47, No. 12, December 1999).

V. Funding Opportunities:


13. NIH FUNDING: "INTERNATIONAL TRAINING AND RESEARCH IN POPULATION AND HEALTH" (RFA TW-00-004, announced Dec. 20, 999). Note: The deadline for this opportunity is March 29, 2000.

14. NIH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT AWARD (RFA W-00-005, announced Dec. 21, 1999). Note: The deadline for letter of intent is February 18, 2000.


VI. Conferences

15. CONFERENCE ON CROSS-NATIONAL COMPARATIVE RESEARCH USING PANEL SURVEYS CALL FOR PAPERS: This is a call for papers for a conference to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan October 26-27, 2000. "The Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS), and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) are jointly sponsoring a conference on comparative research using international panel surveys with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Institute on
Aging.... The main purpose of the conference is to advance basic research on the value and use of panel surveys for international comparative research.... For papers using U.S. surveys, some priority will be given to those based on longitudinal data sets sponsored by NSF, BLS or NIA, namely the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, any of the cohorts of the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, the Health and Retirement Study, and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old survey. However, by the nature of this conference, we anticipate that many submissions will be using panel or repeated cross-sectional data sets for countries other than the U.S." Abstracts should be sent by March 1, 2000. Further information is available at the site.


VII. Websites of Interest

16. RAND CONTEXTUAL DATA LIBRARY: This site, funded by the RAND Population Research Center and the RAND Center for the Study of Aging provides 20 datasets at this time that are intended to be "used in analyses to characterize a time and/or place." Datasets may include any or all of the
following: SAS data set; SAS format definition; STATA data file; tab-delimited file; and readme file. Data are bundled in compressed PC and UNIX formats. Among currently available data are: Remaining Life Expectancy; US Federal Minimum Wage; Divorce Rate; Annual Social Security Contribution Base; Average Poverty Thresholds by Family Size and Elderly/NonElderly; and State and U.S. Population by Gender, Race, Age.

and click on "The datasets currently available" for access to the data.

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