Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #17--January 20, 2000

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. NCHS TRENDS IN HEALTH AND AGING UPDATE: The National Center for Health Statistics has enhanced its Trends in Health and Aging (discussed in CAAR #8, November 11, 1999). There are now 21 interactive tables and users have the choice of using the "Beyond 20/20" extraction system or viewing and/or downloading data via direct web extraction ("expedited query"). Note that the expedited query system requires Netscape 4.51 or Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher.

Ready Reference Database:

More information about "Trends in Health and Aging":

2. ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NAPIS UPDATE: The National Aging Program Information System (NAPIS) 1997 State and National Program Performance Report Tables (discussed in CAAR #13, December 6, 1999) have been updated as of Jan. 7-10, 2000. AOA requests that users discard any printed or saved versions from before that date and replace them with the updated versions. Tables are available in HTML and Microsoft Excel formats.

3. SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION CURRENT OPERATING STATISTICS: The following tables have been updated through November, 1999: Currently Payable Benefits--1B1, 1B2, 1B4, 1B5, 1B6, 1B7; Awards--1C1, 1C2, 1C3, 1C4, 1C5. Note that these tables are in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. Note also that while tables are labeled only through October 1999 at this time, they do cover data through November 1999.

II. Reports and articles

4. SSA COMPENDIUM: The Social Security Administration has released _Annual Statistical Supplement, 1999_. (January 2000, .pdf format).

>From the Abstract:

"The Supplement has 400+ pages of the most comprehensive data available on the Social Security and SSI programs. The data cover many aspects of these programs -- from beneficiary counts and amounts of benefits to the status of the trust funds. The statistical tables also contain data on Medicare, Medicaid, veterans' benefits, and other related income-security programs. At the beginning of the Supplement are historical program summaries of the major programs and summaries of current legislative developments. The Supplement also has a glossary of program terms -- an essential reference for understanding the data in this compendium." Note that the publication can only be downloaded in small sections at this time. Ordering information is available at the site (click on "How to order publications" at the bottom of the page). There is also a link to the _Annual Statistical Supplement, 1998_.

5. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: The Census Bureau has released "Geographic Mobility: March 1997 to March 1998," by Carol S. Faber (Current Population Report P20-520, January 2000, .pdf format, 7p.). The report is accompanied by 30 detailed tables, several of which are broken out by age.

and scroll to "CPS March 98".

6. _NEJM_ ARTICLE: "Rethinking the Role of Tube Feeding in Patients with Advanced Dementia," by Muriel R. Gillick (_New England Journal of Medicine_ "Sounding Board," Vol. 342, No. 3, Jan. 20, 2000).


III. Working Papers

7. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Older People and AIDS: Quantitative Evidence of the Impact in Thailand," by John Knodel, Mark VanLandingham, Chanpen Saengtienchai, and Wassana Im-em (PSC Research Report No. 00-443, January 2000, .pdf format, 31p.).

>From the Abstract:

Discussions of the AIDS epidemic rarely consider the impact on older persons and when they do, focus is typically on those who are infected themselves. Virtually no systematic quantitative assessments exist of the involvement of parents or other older generation relatives in the living and caretaking arrangements of persons with AIDS in either the West or the developing world. We assess the extent of such types of involvement in Thailand and examine the parental characteristics associated with them. Interviews with local key informants in the public health system in an extensive sample of rural and urban communities provided quantitative information on a total of 963 adult cases who either had died of AIDS or were currently symptomatic. The results indicate that a substantial proportion of persons with AIDS move back to their communities of origin at some stage of the illness. Two-thirds of the adults who died of AIDS either lived with or adjacent to a parent by the terminal stage of illness and a parent, usually the mother, acted as a main caregiver for about half. For 70 percent, either a parent or other older generation relative provided at least some care. The vast majority of the parents were age 50 or more and many were age 60 or older. This extent of older generation involvement appears to be far greater than in Western countries such as the US. We interpret the difference as reflecting the contrasting epidemiological and socio-cultural situations in Thailand and the West. The fact that older people in Thailand, and probably many other developing countries, are extensively impacted by the AIDS epidemic through their involvement with their infected adult children has important implications for public health programs that address caretaker education and social and economic support.

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8. BOSTON COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS WORKING PAPERS IN ECONOMICS: "Retirement Trends and Policies to Encourage Work Among Older Americans," by Gary Burtless and Joseph F. Quinn (Working Paper 436, January 2000, .pdf format, 41p.). Note: If you have the Acrobat plug-in and the paper does not appear in your browser, click on "file, save as" and save it to your computer.

>From the Abstract:

The United States and other industrial nations face key challenges associated with a graying population. Depressed birth rates and rising longevity have increased the dependency ratio throughout the industrialized world. Population projections of the Social Security Trustees suggest the U.S. aged-dependency ratio -- the ratio of Americans older than 64 to Americans aged 20 to 64 -- will increase almost 70 percent between 2000 and 2030. The increase will be even larger in some other rich countries. As the U.S. population grows older, the cost of paying for pension and health benefits must rise, boosting tax burdens and impairing the nation's ability to pay for other government obligations. The burden imposed by an aging population would rise more gradually if workers could be persuaded to delay their retirements and continue contributing to the health and pension systems. In this paper we consider the long-term trends in retirement as well as recent trends that signal at least a pause in the historical pattern of earlier withdrawal from the work force. We also discuss public policies that might reinforce the very recent trend toward greater labor force participation among older workers.

9. CENSUS Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP):

A. "SIPP Quality Profile, 1998," by Graham Kalton (3rd Edition, Westat, SIPP Working Paper No. 230, .pdf format, 215p.).

>From the Introduction:

The purpose of the Quality Profile is to summarize, in convenient form, what is known about the sources and magnitude of errors in estimates from SIPP. Without such a summary, anyone wanting information about the quality of SIPP estimates would have to search through a large body of literature, some of it not easily accessible. The Quality Profile draws on that literature and provides references for readers who want more detailed information. The report covers both sampling and nonsampling error; however, the primary emphasis is on the latter.

B. "The Survey of Income and Program Participation - Recent History and Future Developments," by Daniel H. Weinberg (SIPP Working Paper No. 232, .pdf format). This paper (discussed in CAAR #14, December 22, 1999) has been updated and renumbered from No. 230.


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

10. _Abstracts in Social Gerontology_ (Vol. 42, No. 4, December 1999). Full text of December 1999 abstracts are electronically available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your organization's library for the availability of ProQuest.

11. _The Gerontologist_ (Vol. 39, No. 6, December 1999). Note: This journal is available in full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and of this issue.

12. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

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F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

_Journal of the American Geriatrics Society_ (Vol. 48, No. 12, January 2000).

_American Journal of Sociology_ (Vol. 105, No. 3, November 1999). Note: This journal is available in full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and of this issue.

_Educational Gerontology_ (Vol. 25, No. 8, 1999). Note: This journal is available in full text in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and of this issue.

_Journal of Aging and Identity (Vol. 4, No. 4, December 1999).


V. Books

13. _Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers_, edited by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving (University of Chicago Press, 1999, 176p. 15 charts, 35 tables). For more information, including ordering information, see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates

14. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM HEARING: "Improving Care at the End of Life With Complementary Medicine" (October 19, 1999).

15. SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARINGS: The Senate Special Committee on Aging has released two Hearings Publications (print availability only). They are: _The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women_ (106-8) and _Learning to Save: Innovations in the Pursuit of Income Security_ (106-10). These publications are available free of charge and can be ordered from the site.


VII. Websites of Interest

16. NATIONAL ACADEMY ON AN AGING SOCIETY DATA PROFILES: The NAASD Data Profiles web site (discussed in CAAR #12, December 9, 1999) has added a new data profile: "Heart Disease: A Disabling Yet Preventable Condition" (Challenges for the 21st Century: Chronic and Disabling Conditions No. 3, January 2000, .pdf format, 6p.). Data sources are the 1994 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 1993 panel of the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and Wave 1 of the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD).

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