Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #239--May 27, 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. Data:

1. UK DATA ARCHIVE [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER]: Note: There may be restrictions and costs associated with UK Data Archive data. For more information see:

Technology and Natural Death: A Study of Older People, 2001-2002 (SN 4840)

Health Survey for England, 2002 (SN 4912)


II. Reports and articles:

2. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "A Profile of Older Workers in Iowa," by Nick Caroll and Cynthia Taeuber (Local Employment Dynamics LED/OW-IA, May 2004, .pdf format, 22p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "As It Ages, Iowas Work Force Remains on the Job" (CB04-80, May 13, 2004).

Click on "A Profile of Older Workers in Iowa" for link to full text.

3. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Announces New Collaborative Enrollment Initiative to Help Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries Sign Up for Drug Discount Card: New Funding and Partnership Included in Initiative" (May 27, 2004).


A. "CMS Announces Jump in Number of Hospitals Reporting Quality of Care Data" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May 20, 2004).

B. "Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards Provide Mail-Order and Internet Savings" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May 24, 2004).

5. GAO REPORT: "Assisted Living: Examples of State Efforts to Improve Consumer Protections" (US General Accounting Office GAO-04-684, April 2004, .pdf format, 39p.).

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

6. NBER PERIODICAL: _National Bureau of Economic Research Bulletin on Aging and Health_ (Issue No. 7, Spring 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).




A. "How Will Boomers Fare at Retirement?" by Barbara Butrica and Cori Uccello (AARP Public Policy Institute #2004-05, May 2004, .pdf format, 93p.).

B. _Global Report on Aging_ (AARP Global Aging Program, Spring 2004, .pdf format, 11p.).

C. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans, 2000 Through 2003," by David J. Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Susan O. Raetzman (AARP Public Policy Institute #2004-06, May 2004, .pdf format, 45p.). "This report presents the results of a study of changes in manufacturers' prescription drug prices (i.e., prices charged to wholesalers) from 2000 to 2003 for the roughly 200 brand name prescription drugs most widely used by Americans age 50+. (The manufacturer's charge to wholesalers is the most substantial component of a prescription drug's retail price.) These historical trends in price change provide a useful point of reference for examining changes in drug prices subsequent to 2003, particularly as the prescription drug provisions of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 are implemented."

D. "AARP Rx Watchdog Report" (Summer 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.). Note: Both (C) above and the "Watchdog Report" are linked to from an AARP news release: "Drug Price Increases in 2003 Nearly Triple the Rate of Inflation According to New AARP Study: Organization introduces two new tools to understand drug pricing" (May 25, 2004).

Click on "Rx Watchdog Report" for link to (D) above. Click on ""Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans, 2000-2003" and then click on "Download or View" at the bottom of the page for link to (C) above.


A. "Recent Growth in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Waivers," by Heidi Reester, Raad Missmar, and Anne Tumlinson (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, April 2004, .pdf format, 28p.). "Medicaid spending on home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers dominates spending on community-based long-term care services offered through the Medicaid program. This paper examines trends in HCBS waiver enrollment and spending in recent years."

B. "Medicaid and Long-Term Care," by Ellen O'Brien and Risa Elias (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, May 2004, .pdf format, 24p.)."This report examines Medicaid's role in providing long-term care services, including the services provided, the population needing services, and how the services are delivered. Current policy issues and challenges for Medicaid's role in providing these services are also discussed."

9. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Annuitized Wealth at Older Ages: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study," by Richard W. Johnson, Leonard E. Burman and Deborah Kobes (May 2004, .pdf format, 38p.).


A. "Methionine sulfoxide reductase regulation of yeast lifespan reveals reactive oxygen species-dependent and -independent components of aging," by Ahmet Koc, Audrey P. Gasch, Julian C. Rutherford, Hwa-Young Kim, and Vadim N. Gladyshev (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 21, May 25, 2004, p. 7999-8004).

B. "Measurements of age-related changes of physiological processes that predict lifespan of _Caenorhabditis elegans_," by Cheng Huang, Chengjie Xiong, and Kerry Kornfeld (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 21, May 25, 2004, p. 8084-8089).

C. "Forebrain degeneration and ventricle enlargement caused by double knockout of Alzheimer's _presenilin-1_ and _presenilin-2_," by Ruiben Feng, Huimin Wang, Jianlin Wang, David Shrom, Xuemei Zeng, and Joe Z. Tsien (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 21, May 25, 2004, p. 8162-8167).

11. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Premature ageing in mice expressing defective mitochondrial DNA polymerase," by Aleksandra Trifunovic, Anna Wredenberg, Maria Falkenberg, Johannes N. Spelbrink, Anja T. Rovio, Carl E. Bruder, Mohammad Bohlooly, Sebastian Gidlof, Anders Oldfors, Rolf Wibom, Jan Tornell, Howard T. Jacobs, and Nils-Goran Larsson (_Nature_, Vol. 429, No. 6990, May 27, 2004, p. 417-423).

12. _SCIENCE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Hormone Therapy: Physiological Complexity Belies Therapeutic Simplicity," by Judith L. Turgeon, Donald P. McDonnell, Kathryn A. Martin, and Phyllis M. Wise (_Science_, Vol. 304, No. 5675, May 28, 2004, p. 1269-1273).


A. "Aspirin and Breast Cancer Prevention: The Estrogen Connection," by Raymond N. DuBois (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Editorial, Vol. 291, No. 20, May 26, 2004, p. 2488-2489).

B. "Association of Frequency and Duration of Aspirin Use and Hormone Receptor Status With Breast Cancer Risk," by Mary Beth Terry, Marilie D. Gammon, Fang Fang Zhang, Heba Tawfik, Susan L. Teitelbaum, Julie A. Britton, Kotha Subbaramaiah, Andrew J. Dannenberg, and Alfred I. Neugut (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 291, No. 20, May 26, 2004, p. 2433-2440).

C. "Palliative Care for Patients With Heart Failure," by Steven Z. Pantilat and Anthony E. Steimle (_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life, Vol. 291, No. 20, May 26, 2004, p. 2476-2482).


A. "Prevalence of Prostate Cancer among Men with a Prostate-Specific Antigen Level Less than or Equal to 4.0 ng per Milliliter," by Ian M. Thompson, Donna K. Pauler, Phyllis J. Goodman, Catherine M. Tangen, M. Scott Lucia, Howard L. Parnes, Lori M. Minasian, Leslie G. Ford, Scott M. Lippman, E. David Crawford, John J. Crowley, and Charles A. Coltman, Jr. (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 350, No. 22, May 27, 2004, p. 2239-2246).

B. "Prostate Cancers in Men with Low PSA Levels -- Must We Find Them?" by H. Ballentine Carter (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 350, No. 22, May 27, 2004, p. 2292-2294).

15. _BMJ_ NEWS ROUNDUP: "Fourteen cases of euthanasia to be referred to French police," by Brad Spurgeon (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 328, No. 7450, May 22, 2004, p. 1221).


A. "Makeover Nation: Americans are opting for cosmetic surgery in record numbers. But do they know the risks?" by Nancy Shute (_US News and World Report_, May 31, 2004).

B. "Considering Remodeling?" (_US News and World Report_, May 31, 2004).


III. Working Papers:

17. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Volunteering protects older adults at risk for loss of purpose in life," by Emily A. Greenfield and Nadine F. Marks (WP 2003-20, 2004, .pdf format, 35p.).


OBJECTIVE. Guided by interactional role theory and employing a resilience framework, this study aimed to investigate whether volunteering protects older adults with more role-identity absences (partner, employment, and parent) from poorer mental health (hedonic and eudaimonic).
METHOD. We use data from 589 participants, aged 60-74, in the 1995 Midlife Development in the U.S. (MIDUS) survey. Multivariate regression models estimated the effects of role-identity absences, volunteering, and the interaction between role-identity absences and volunteering on negative affect, positive affect, and purpose in life.
RESULTS. Participants with greater numbers of role-identity absences reported more negative affect, less positive affect, and less purpose in life. Being a volunteer was associated with a positive, main effect on positive affect and moderated the negative effect of role-identity absences on respondents' feelings of purpose in life.
DISCUSSION. Consistent with previous studies, findings indicate that having multiple role-identity absences constitutes a risk factor for poorer mental health. Results further demonstrate that being a volunteer can protect older adults with multiple role-identity absences from decreased feelings of purpose in life. Findings also suggest that the associations between volunteering and mental health may be contingent upon the volunteer's role-identity status and the dimension of mental health examined.

18. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Parent and Adult-child Interactions: empirical evidence from Britain," by John F. Ermisch (WP 2004-02, March 2004, .pdf format, 36p.).


The paper uses new data from the British Household Panel Survey to study frequency of contact of parents with their adult children, and help received by parents from them. It also investigates the extent to which adult children benefit from their parents help, both financial and in-kind, such as childcare. The empirical analysis is motivated by a theoretical model of an efficient extended family, and a number of predictions about the impact of parents and childrens economic resources on these interactions are consistent with the model. But there are also some findings that are hard to reconcile with it or other economic theories of family interaction.


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

19. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 39, No. 1, July/August 2004).

Click on "Table of Contents & Abstracts" on the right side of the page.

20. 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.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 27, No. 4, 2004).

International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 16, No. 1, 2004).

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 41, No. 3/4, 2004).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 47, No. 4, 2004).

Research on Aging (Vol. 26, No. 4, July 2004). 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.

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 May 26, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 26, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 26, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 26, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Legislation Information Updates:

22. HOUSE EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS/HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT REVENUE MEASURES HEARING PUBLICATION: "Examining Pension Security and Defined Benefit Plans: The Bush Administration's Proposal to Replace the 30-Year Treasury Rate," a hearing held Jul. 15, 2003 (House Serial Publication No. 108-26, ASCII text and .pdf format, 104p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-26" (without the quotes).

23. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Retirement Planning: Do We Have a Crisis in America?" a hearing held Jan. 27, 2004 (Senate Hearing No. 108-425, Serial Publication No. 108-27, ASCII text and .pdf format, 75p.).

Scroll to or "find in page "108-425" (without the quotes).

24. SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Nursing Home Quality Revisited: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," a hearing held Jul. 17, 2003 (Senate Hearing 108-325, .pdf format, 627p.).

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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