Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #179--March 27, 2003


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 recently added the following datasets that may be of interest to researchers in aging:

A. Current Population Survey: Annual Demographic File, 2002

B. National Health Interview Survey, 2001

II. Reports and articles:


A. "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Asia and the Pacific, 2002" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, March 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 168p.). "This publication summarizes the five main social insurance programs in countries throughout the Asia and Pacific region: old-age, disability, and survivors; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances." Note: At the bottom of the page there is also a link to the Europe volume, released in September 2002, and the world volume for 1999. Note also that the report can be downloaded country by country, or in its entirety

B. "Stochastic Models of the Social Security Trust Funds," by Clark Burdick and Joyce Manchester (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, Research and Statistics Note 2003-01, March 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.).



3. NCHS HEALTH E-STATS: "Trends in Health Insurance Coverage by Poverty Status Among Persons Under 65 Years of Age: United States, 1997-2002," by Robin A. Cohen, Hanyu Ni, and Cathy Hao (US National Center for Health Statistics Health E-Stats, March 2003).

4. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, March 2003, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

5. GAO REPORT: "Retirement Income Data: Improvements Could Better Support Analysis of Future Retirees' Prospects" (US General Accounting Office GAO-03-337, March 2003, .pdf format, 81p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports will always be available at:

6. "BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH "JUST THE FACTS": "A Primer on IRAs," by Alicia H. Munnell (Just the Facts #7, March 2003, .pdf format, 4p.).

7. CMS HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY MARKET UPDATE: "Managed Care" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, March 2003, .pdf format, 44p.).

8. NIH ADEAR NEWS RELEASE: "New Studies in Mice Suggest Ways to Clear Damaging Alzheimer's Amyloid Plaques" (US National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, Mar. 25, 2003).

9. ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ACTUARIES [UK] REPORT: "ACA 2003 Pension Trends Survey" (ACA, March 2003, Microsoft Word format, 30p.).

For more information on ACA:

10. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Blood Lead, Blood Pressure, and Hypertension in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women," by Denis Nash, Laurence Magder, Mark Lustberg, Roger W. Sherwin, Robert J. Rubin, Rachel B. Kaufmann, and Ellen K. Silbergeld (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 289, No. 12, Mar. 26, 2003, p. 1523-1532).

11. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Silent Brain Infarcts and the Risk of Dementia and Cognitive Decline," by Sarah E. Vermeer, Niels D. Prins, Tom den Heijer, Albert Hofman, Peter J. Koudstaal, and Monique M.B. Breteler (_New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 348, No. 13, Mar. 27, 2003).

12. _LANCET MEDICINE AND HEALTH POLICY: "First autopsy results from Alzheimer vaccine trial released," by Jane Bradbury (_Lancet_ Medicine and Health Policy, Vol. 361, No. 9362, Mar. 22, 2003, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1020).



13. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Complications Associated With Lumbar Stenosis Surgery in Patients Older Than 75 Years of Age," by Michael Y. Wang, Barth A. Green, Sachin Shah, Steven Vanni, and Allan D.O. Levi (Neurosurgical Focus, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2003, via Medscape).

B. "Lack of Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Men and Women After Hip Fracture," by Sheryl L. Follin, Jennifer N. Black, and Michael T. McDermott (_Pharmacotherapy_, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2003, p. 190-198, via Medscape).


III. Working Papers:

14. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "The Retirement-Consumption Puzzle: Anticipated and Actual Declines in Spending at Retirement," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (NBER w9586, March 2003, .pdf format, 31p.).


The simple one-good model of life-cycle consumption requires consumption smoothing. However, British and U.S. households apparently reduce consumption at retirement and the reduction cannot be explained by the life-cycle model. An interpretation is that retirees are surprised by the inadequacy of resources. This interpretation challenges the life-cycle model where consumers are forward looking. However, data on anticipated consumption changes at retirement and on realized consumption changes following retirement show that the reductions are fully anticipated. Apparently the decline is due to the cessation of work-related expenses and the substitution of home production for market-purchased goods and services.

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

15. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Retirement Incentives and Couples' Retirement Decisions," by Courtney Coile (WP 2003-04, March 2003, .pdf format, 38p.).


The typical family in the US is now a dual-earner couple, yet there are relatively few studies that examine the retirement decision in a household context. This paper explores how husbands and wives retirement behavior is influenced by their own financial incentives from Social Security and private pensions and by spillover effects from their spouses incentives. Spillover effects are possible due to income effects and complementarity of leisure; if significant, their omission will bias estimates of the effect of changing Social Security policy on retirement. I find that men and women are similarly responsive to their own incentives: an increase of $1,000 in the return to additional work is associated with a reduction of 0.9% of baseline retirement for men and 1.3% of baseline retirement for women. I find that men are very responsive to their wives financial incentives but that women are not responsive to their husbands incentives and present evidence to suggest that this may be due to asymmetric complementarities of leisure. Policy simulations indicate that estimates of the effect of a policy change on the probability of men working at age 65 are biased by 13% to 20% if spillover effects are omitted.

Click on "here" above abstract for full text or executive summary.


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

16. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 93, No. 4, April 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

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

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "browse by publication"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "by words in the title" search box and click "search".
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 68, No. 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Demography (Vol. 40, No. 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Joural of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 22, No. 1, 2003). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 15, No. 1, 2003).

18. 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 Mar. 25, 2003:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 25, 2003:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 25, 2003:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 25, 2003:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

19. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PRESS: _The Well-Being of the Elderly in Asia: A Four-Country Comparative Study_, edited by Albert I. Hermalin (2003, 640p., $65.00, ISBN--0-472-11280-5). For more information, including ordering information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

20. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Medicare Challenge: It's Not Just About Prescription Drugs," a hearing held Mar. 20, 2003).

Hearing testimony:

Note: The hearing can be viewed in its entirety (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, at:

Under 3/20/03 hearing.

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