Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #224--February 12, 2004


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. Reports and articles:

1. US CENSUS BUREAU COMPENDIUM: _2003 Statistical Abstract of the United States_ (.pdf format, 1030p.). Note: Individual tables can be most easily found by referring to the Index to find table numbers, and then finding the table(s) of interest in the table of contents, which is listed by table number. _Statistical Abstracts_ going back to 1995 are available at the site. _SA_ is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "From Spuds to Duds, New Statistical Abstract Has It All" (Feb. 12, 2004).

Click on "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2003" for links to full text.


A. Summary Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2001," by J.W. Lucas, J.S. Schiller, and V. Benson (US National Center for Health Statistics, Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 218, January 2004, .pdf format, 134p.).

B. "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2002," by Kenneth D. Kochanek and Betty L. Smith (National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 52, No. 13, February 2004, .pdf format, 48p.). The report is linked to from a NCHS news release: "U.S. Life Expectancy at All-Time High, But Infant Mortality Increases" (Feb. 11, 2004).

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY ISSUE PAPER: "Treatment of Married Couples in the SSI Program" (Issue Paper No. 2003-01, December 2003, HTML and .pdf format, 16p.).




A. "OIG Advisory Opinion No. 04-01," "concerning the waiver of Part B cost-sharing obligations for equipment and supplies used by Medicare beneficiaries to monitor blood glucose levels in a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health" (Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Feb. 9, 2004, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "St. Francis Hospital to Pay $9.5 million in Settlement Under OIGs Self-Disclosure Protocol" (Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Feb. 11, 2004, .pdf format, 1p.).


A. "Medicare Reports High Response by Companies to Sponsor Approved Drug Discount Cards" (Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Feb. 5, 2004).

B. "Revisions to the Notice of One-Time Appeal Process for Hospital Wage Index Classification" (Feb. 11, 2004, HTML, ASCII text, Microsoft Word and/or .pdf format).

6. US FDA NEWS RELEASE: "FDA Updates Hormone Therapy Information for Post Menopausal Women" (Food and Drug Administration News P04-18, Feb. 10, 2004).


A. "The State of 50+ America," (AARP, 2004, .pdf format, 40p.). The report is linked to from an AARP press release: "AARP Releases New Quality-of-Life Index for 50+ America."

Click on "The State of 50+ America" for link to full text.

B. _Global Report on Aging_ (Winter 2004, .pdf format, 15p.).

AARP Global Aging Program:

C. Selected articles from the February 2004 _AARP Bulletin_ have been made available.

Note: This is a temporary address. When the next _AARPB_ is released, selected articles from this one, along with others back to 2001, can be found by clicking the drop-down menu on the right side of the page.

8. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News," (US Administration on Aging, February 2004, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 6p.).

9. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report," (International Longevity Center, USA, February 2004, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."


A. "80,000 More Receiving Pension Credit In January," (February 9, 2004).

B. "Small firms tapping into rich resource of older workers," (February 10, 2004).


A. The Department of Health and Ageing announced the availability of thousands of new aged care places across the country. See the announcements for South Australia, the Australia Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, as well as an announcement covering the entire country (Feb. 6-10, 2004 announcements) at:

B. "Principles to improve care of older Australians" (Feb 12, 2004).

12. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Obesity Trends in Older Australians" (AIHW Bulletin 12, February 2004, .pdf format, 15p.).

News release:

"Obesity a weighty challenge for older Australians too," (February 12, 2004).


A. "A pituitary gene encodes a protein that produces differentiation of breast and prostate cancer cells," by Micsunica Platica, Elena Ivan, James F. Holland, Alin Ionescu, Sheryl Chen, John Mandeli, Pamela D. Unger, and Ovidiu Platica (_Proceedings of the National Academies of Science_, Vol. 101, No. 6, Feb. 10, 2004, P. 1560-1565).

B. "Microtransplantation of functional receptors and channels from the Alzheimer's brain to frog oocytes," by R. Miledi, Z. Duenas, A. Martinez-Torres, C.H. Kawas, and F. Eusebi (_Proceedings of the National Academies of Science_, Vol. 101, No. 6, Feb. 10, 2004, P. 1760-1763).

C. "Notch is required for long-term memory in _Drosophila_," by Asaf Presente, Randy S. Boyles, Christine N. Serway, J. Steven de Belle, and Andrew J. Andres (_Proceedings of the National Academies of Science_, Vol. 101, No. 6, Feb. 10, 2004, P. 1764-1768).

14. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association Between C-Reactive Protein and Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Johanna M. Seddon, Gary Gensler, Roy C. Milton, Michael L. Klein, and Nader Rifai (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Vol. 291, No. 6, Feb. 11, 2004, p. 704-710).


A. "Another HRT trial is stopped early," by Owen Dyer (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 328, No. 7435, Feb. 7, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 305).

B. "Scottish general practitioners' willingness to take part in a post-retirement retention scheme: questionnaire survey," by Margaret Chambers, Iain Colthart, and Brian McKinstry (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 328, No. 7435, Feb. 7, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 328-329).

16. _LANCET_ RESEARCH LETTER ABSTRACT, FEATURE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "HABITS (hormonal replacement therapy after breast cancer--is it safe?), a randomised comparison: trial stopped," by L. Holmberg and H. Anderson (_Lancet_, Vol. 363, No. 9407, Feb. 7, 2004).

B. "Boom in Latin American and Caribbean elderly population," by Michael McCarthy (_Lancet_ feature, Vol. 363, No. 9407, Feb 7, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 458-459).



17. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "The Medicare Drug Coverage Debate: Focus Turns to Changing the Plan," by Daniel B. Moskowitz (_Drug Benefit Trends_, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004, p. 11-12, via Medscape).


A. "Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson: No pains. No Viagra. No excuses. Why older women date younger men," by Stephanie Clifford (_Time_, Feb. 10, 2004).,9171,1101040216-588851,00.html

B. "Geared Up For Health: New technology may enable us to live longer and happier lives at home--and even cure our ailing health-care system," by Elizabeth Weil (_Time_, Feb. 10, 2004).,9171,1101040216-588850,00.html

19. AARP ARTICLE: "Population Aging: National Differences Make a Difference," by Martha Farnsworth Riche (AARP Global Aging Program Perspectives, January 2004).

AARP Global Aging Perspectives:


II. Working Papers:

20. EconPapers (Washington University at St. Louis Archive): "Elimination of Social Security in a Dynastic Framework," by Luisa Fuster, Ayse Imrohoroglu and Selahattin Imrohoroglu (January 2004, .pdf format, 30p.).


In this paper we study the welfare effects of eliminating social security in a model with two sided altruism where social security provides insurance against lifetime and individual income uncertainty. Our findings indicate that households are able to shift the efficiency gains, generated through privatization of social security, across parents and children quite successfully. Contrary to a pure life-cycle setup, our framework yields significant support for even an uncompensated elimination of unfunded social security.

Click on the address below "Downloads" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

21. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Generational Accounting as a Tool to Assess Fiscal Sustainability: An Overview of the Methodology," by Holger Bonin and Concepcio Patxot (Discussion Paper DP No. 990, January 2004, .pdf format, 41p.).


The paper surveys the methodology of generational accounting, a tool for gauging intertemporal imbalance in government finances facing demographic transition. Starting from the fiscal balance rule providing the theoretical background, we review the methods of generational accountants for generating empirical projections of the items building up to the intertemporal government budget. We debate indication of generational redistribution by lifetime expected net tax payments and several indicators for fiscal sustainability found in the literature. Finally, the performance of generational accounts, which ignore behavioral and policy dynamics, is compared with that of generational welfare indicators based on overlapping generations general equilibrium models.

Click on "Discussion Paper No. 990" at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

22. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Coping With Ageing: A Dynamic Approach to Quantify the Impact of Alternative Policy Options on Future Labour Supply in OECD Countries," by Jean-Marc Burniaux, Romain Duval and Florence Jaumotte (WP 371, November 2003, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 86p.).

In the face of the substantial ageing of population expected to occur in OECD countries over coming decades, policies that boost labour-force participation attract considerable interest. There remain large cross-country divergences in participation rates that are largely accounted for by differences in participation of specific groups, in particular prime-age women, older workers and also youth. This suggests that policies targeting these groups could have important effects. The aim of this paper is to examine whether the potential impact of several policy reforms is able to attenuate or to offset the adverse trend in aggregate participation rates that would otherwise occur because of ageing population. It uses a simple dynamic modelling framework that generates longer-term projections of participation rates and labour supplies in OECD countries and alternative scenarios of policy reforms. The main outcome of this analysis is that the combined effect of possible reforms targeting prime-age women, older workers and youth might suffice to stabilize the average participation rate in OECD countries over the next 25 years but will be insufficient to offset the additional reduction of participation likely to be caused by demographic changes beyond 2025.

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

23. Age and Ageing (Vol. 33, No. 2, March 2004).

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 159, No. 4, Feb. 15, 2004).

25. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 109, No. 4, January 2004). 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.

26. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 52, No. 2, February 2004).

27. 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. Click the "fax/ariel" radio button, 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.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Joural (Vol. 32, No. 3, March 2004). 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.

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 40, No. 4, 2003).

28. 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 Feb. 10, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 10, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 10, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 10, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


IV. Conferences/Workshops:

29. BOSTON UNIVERSITY GERONTOLOGY CENTER SUMMER INSTITUTE: "The annual Summer Institute in Gerontology offers academic courses and continuing education workshops on a variety of timely topics pertaining to aging. The F. Marott Sinex Certificate of Continuing Education in Gerontology is available to practicing professionals taking continuing education courses in the summer institute." For more information see:

More information on BU Gerontology Center:

30. CONFERNCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its gerontology conference update page.


V. Legislation Information Updates:

31. US HOUSE GOVERNMENT REFORM HEARING PUBLICATION: "A Medicare Prescription Drug Safety Net: Creating a Targeted Benefit for Low-Income Seniors," a hearing held Sep. 24, 2003 (Serial Publication 108-86, ASCII text and .pdf format, 82p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-86" (without the quotes).


A. "Families Helping Families: Tax Relief Strategies For Eldercare," a hearing held Feb. 10, 2004). Note: A video hearing transcript is available at the site (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, running time: 1 hour 1 minute 25 seconds.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format) and link to video transcript:

B. "Ensuring the Integrity of Social Security Programs: Protecting Seniors from Representative Payee Fraud," a hearing held Sep. 9, 2003 (Senate Hearing 108-240, Serial Publication 108-21, ASCII text and .pdf format, 53p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-240" (without the quotes).

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