Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #160--November 7, 2002

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:


I. Data:

1. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan has made available the National Health Interview Survey, 1994: Second Longitudinal Study on Aging, Wave 2, 1997. This is a continuation of NHIS 1994 Second Supplement on Aging (ICPSR Study #2563), which is the baseline for this study.

Search on "3526" (without the quotes) in the study number.


2. NCHS: The US National Center for Health Statistics has released the National Health Interview Survey, 1994: Second Longitudinal Study on Aging, Wav3 Survivor file (1999-2000). Included are the data (ASCII format), SAS data statements (ASCII format), and a codebook and questionnaires (.pdf format).


II. Reports and articles:

3. CENSUS BUREAU CENSUS 2000 BRIEF: "The Older Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2000" (Census Brief: Current Population Survey CENBR/02-2, October 2002, .pdf format, 2p.).


A. "California Seniors and Prescription Drugs," by Tricia Newman, Michelle Kitchman, Teresa McMeans, Dana Gelb Safran, Wenjun Li, and Andrea Bowen (Kaiser Family Foundation and Tufts-New England Medical Center, November 2002, .pdf format, 34p.).

Abstract extract:

This report on California seniors and their prescription drugs, conducted by researchers at Tufts-New England Medical Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation, presents new analysis from survey responses of 2,380 California seniors collected in a 2001 survey of seniors in eight states, CA, CO, IL, MI, NY, OH, PA, TX, and released in July of 2002.

Click on "Report" for full text.

B. "Medicare and Prescription Drugs" (Kaiser Family Foundation, October 2002, .pdf format, 2p.). "This updated fact sheet profiles current sources of prescription drug coverage among the Medicare population, describes the characteristics of beneficiaries who lack drug coverage and the implications of being without such coverage, and provides current data on prescription drug use and spending."

Click on "Fact Sheet" for full text.

5. GAO CORRESPONDENCE: "Medicare Financial Management: Significant Progress Made to Enhance Financial Accountability" (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-151R, Oct. 31, 2002, .pdf format, 44p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO correspondence may be available later at:

Search on title or report number.

6. CBO POLICY BRIEF: "The Impact of Trust Fund Programs on Federal Budget Surpluses and Deficits" (US Congressional Budget Office Long-Range Fiscal Policy Brief No. 5, November 2002, HTML, .pdf, and WordPerfect format, 4p.).

7. GSA/ILC NEWSLETTER: "Economics of Aging Interest Group Newsletter" (Gerontological Society/International Longevity Center USA, Fall 2002, .pdf format, 6p.). The Economics of Aging Newsletter is a "bi-annual publication published by the Gerontological Society of America and the ILC."

8. HHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Approves Texas Plan to allow Elderly, Disabled, to Direct Their Own Services" (Oct. 31, 2002).


A. "Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) as a Bridge to Heart Transplantation (#CAG-00162N)" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oct. 10, 2002).

B. "Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Calendar Year 2003 Payment Rates; and Changes to Payment Suspension for Unfiled Cost Reports" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, October 2002, Microsoft Word .zip compressed documents).

10. ADEAR PRESS RELEASE: "Free Testosterone Predicts Memory, Cognition in Older Men" (Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, Nov. 4, 2002).


A. "Australians Could Gain Another Six Years Life Expectancy With Renewed Efforts in Health: World Health Report" (Nov. 1, 2002).

B. "Ageing Committee Tackles Mature-Age Employment" (Nov. 1, 2002).


A. "Therapeutically effective antibodies against amyloid-{beta} peptide target amyloid-{beta} residues 4--10 and inhibit cytotoxicity and fibrillogenesis," by J. McLaurin, R. Cecal, M.E. Kierstead, X. Tian, A.L. Phinney, M. Manea, J.E. French, M.H.L. Lambermon, A.A. Darabie, M.E. Brown, C. Janus, M.A. Chishti, P. Horne, D. Westaway, P.E. Fraser, H.T.J. Mount, M. Przybylski, and P. St George-Hyslop (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 8, No. 11, November 2002, p. 1263-1269).

B. "Generation of antibodies specific for {beta}-amyloid by vaccination of patients with Alzheimer disease," by Christoph Hock, Uwe Konietzko, Andreas Papassotiropoulos, Axel Wollmer, Johannes Streffer, Ruth C. von Rotz, Gabriela Davey, Eva Moritz, and Roger M. Nitsch (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 8, No. 11, November 2002, p. 1270-1275).


A. "Hormone Replacement Therapy and Incidence of Alzheimer Disease in Older Women: The Cache County Study," by Peter P. Zandi, Michelle C. Carlson, Brenda L. Plassman, Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer, Lawrence S. Mayer, David C. Steffens, and John C.S. Breitner (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 288, No. 17, Nov. 6, 2002, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2123-2129).

Note: Full text is freely available for this article.

B. "Crosswalk Markings and the Risk of Pedestrian Motor Vehicle Collisions in Older Pedestrians," by Thomas Koepsell, Lon McCloskey, Marsha Wolf, Anne Vernez Moudon, David Buchner, Jess Kraus, and Matthew Patterson (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ abstract, Vol. 288, No. 17, Nov. 6, 2002, p. 2136-2143).

14. AARP _PRIME TIME RADIO_: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, covering Sep. 10 through Oct. 1, 2002, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Sep. 10, 2002 Volunteering and Community Service
Sep. 24, 2002 My Father's Ghost
Sep. 24, 2002 Oldest American Workers
Oct. 1, 2002 Higher Education Online

Scroll to the story or stories of your choice.

15. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Missing M.D.s: Wanted: more geriatricians to treat the aging," by Andrew Goldstein (_Time_, Vol. 160, No. 20, Nov. 11, 2002).,9171,1101021111-386949,00.html


III. Working Papers:

16. NBER: "The Correlation of Wealth Across Generations," by Kerwin Kofi Charles and Erik Hurst (National Bureau of Economic Research w9314, November 2002, .pdf format, 39p.).


This paper examines the similarity in wealth between parents and their children, and explores alternative explanations for this relationship. We find that the age-adjusted elasticity of child wealth with respect to parental wealth is 0.37, before the transfer of bequests. Lifetime income and ownership of particular assets, both of which exhibit strong intergeneration similarity, jointly explain nearly two-thirds of the wealth elasticity. Education, past parental transfers, and expected future bequests account for little of the remaining elasticity. Using new experimental evidence, we assess the importance of risk tolerance. The risk tolerance measures vary as theory would predict with the ownership of risky assets, and are highly correlated between parents and children. However, they explain little of the intergenerational correlation in the propensity to own different assets, suggesting that children's savings propensities are determined by mimicking their parents' behavior, or the inheritance of preferences not related to risk tolerance. Additionally, these risk tolerance measures explain only a small part of the remaining intergenerational wealth elasticity.

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address for full text.

17. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Early Parental Death: Parental SES and Achieved SES at Midlife," by Karen C. Swallen and Steven A. Haas (WP 2002-01, 2002, .pdf format, 56p.).


Status attainment models indicate that one of the predictors of lifetime education, income and wealth is parental education. Education is also correlated with mortality rates. We examine how parental mortality may influence lifetime education, income and wealth of offspring, after controlling for parental education. We use the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a nationally representative sample of 9,678 men and women born 1931-1941. Using covariance matrices and LISREL 8.3 we fit a series of recursive structural models to estimate the direct and indirect effects of early parental death and parental education on later life SES. The best model differs by gender. For men, early parental death exerts no additional effect on lifetime SES. In agreement with the status attainment literature, we find that parental education exerts its effect on lifetime SES via education. For women, however, we find that early parental death is an independent factor that predicts lower wealth accumulation and educational attainment. For women, the influence of parent's education is felt through educational attainment as well as via direct effects on income and wealth. The results indicate that early parental death is especially detrimental to women's lifetime SES.


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

18. Ethics, Law and Aging Review (Vol. 8, 2002).

Click on "Volume 8" for table of contents.

19. Journal of Aging and Identity (Vol. 7, No. 4, 2002).

Click on "Issue 4, December 2002".

20. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 14, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 10, No. 4, 2002).

Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 16, No. 4, 2002). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your organization's library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 50, No. 10, 2002).

21. 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 Nov. 5, 2002:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 5, 2002:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 5, 2002:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

22. NIH: "Comparative Biology: Mechanisms of Aging" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, AG-03-003, Oct. 30, 2002). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

23. EARLY LIFE CONDITIONS AND LONGEVITY CALL FOR PAPERS: "Early life conditions and longevity: Reconstructing lives from cradle to grave", a workshop sponsored by the Department of Economic History, University of Geneva and the Early-life Conditions Project at the University of Indiana has issued a call for papers for a conference to be held June 12-14, 2003 in Geneva Switzerland. For more information see:

More information on ELCP:

VII. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "High-Tech Medicine: Reaching Out to Seniors Through Technology," a hearing held Jul. 2, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication 107-690, ASCII text and .pdf format, 20p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-690" (without the quotes).


A. "Alzheimer's Disease, 2002," a special hearing held Apr. 30, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication 107-628, ASCII text and .pdf format, 34p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-628" (without the quotes).

B. "Parkinson's Disease Research," a special hearing held May 22, 2002 (Senate Hearing Publication 107-655, ASCII text and .pdf format, 44p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-655" (without the quotes).

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