Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #243--June 24, 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. IPUMS [UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA]: The following revisions and additions were announced at the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series on Jun. 23, 2004. Note: Users must register with IPUMS before extracting data.

A. "Posted new versions of all the 2000 samples. The RACE variable was expanded to incorporate all information in all other race variables. Details about multiple-race responses are now included, some value labels were clarified, and a few other categories were added. In addition, corrections were made to MOBLHOME and CITYPOP."

B. "American Community Survey (ACS) samples for 2000, 2001, and 2002 were released on the IPUMS."

For more information, as well as a link to the new IPUMS ACS beta-site, see:

2. NLS: The Bureau of Labor Statistics, via the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at the Ohio State University, has released the following National Longitudinal Survey documentation items in electronic format (all .pdf format), which may be of interest to researchers in aging.

NLS Mature Women and Young Women:

1968 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1368).
1969 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1369).
1971 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1371).
1974 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1374).
1976 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1376).
1977 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1377).
1979 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1379).
1981 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1381).
1982 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1382).
1984 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1384).
1986 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1386).
1987 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1387).
1989 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1389)
1992 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1392).
Codebook Supplement - Mature Women (W07).
Mature Women 1989 Pension Plan Documentation (W450).

II. Reports and articles:

3. NLS NEWSLETTER: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest version of its NLS (National Longitudinal Study) Newsletter (04-117, .pdf format, 5p.).

4. NCHS REPORT: "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Outpatient Department Summary," by Esther Hing and Kimberly Middleton (US National Center for Health Statistics Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 345, June 2004, .pdf format, 36p.).

5. PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION NEWS RELEASE: "Companies Report $278.6 Billion Pension Shortfall in Latest Filings with PBGC," (June 17, 2004).

6. DHHS NEWS RELEASE: "HHS Announces Appointments to New Commission on Needs of the Low-Income in the New Medicare Drug Benefit (US Department of Health and Human Services, Jun. 18, 2004).


A. "The Medicare Replacement Drug Demonstration" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, June 2004).

B. "NCD for Arthroscopic Lavage and Arthroscopic Debridement for the Osteoarthritic Knee (150.9)" (US Centes for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medicare Coverage Database National Coverage Determination, .pdf format, 6p.).

Click on the link under "Transmittal Link" at the bottom of the page for full NCD text.

8. UN PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Ageing in Nepal," by Rafiqul Huda Chaudhury (_Asia Pacific Population Journal_ [United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific], Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2004, .pdf format, p. 61-80).

9. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL [UK] REPORT: "Seven Ages of Man and Woman," edited by Iain Stewart and Romesh Vaitilingam, June 2004, .pdf format, 38p.).

10. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE COMPENDIUM: "Australia's Health 2004," (AIHW Cat. No. AUS-44, June 2004, .pdf format, 528p.). Note: "Australia's Health 2004 is the ninth biennial health report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the nation's authoritative source of information on patterns of health and illness, determinants of health, the supply and use of health services, and health services expenditure. The report also includes a special chapter on the health of older Australians."

11. KFF REPORT: "Trends in Medicare Supplemental Insurance and Prescription Drug Benefits, 1996-2001 Data Update," by Mary Laschober (June 2004, .pdf format, 15p.). "This data update provides estimates of supplemental insurance and prescription drug coverage rates and trends between 1996 and 2001, which will help to provide important context for assessing future changes in supplemental insurance and drug coverage rates after provisions of the Medicare drug benefit take effect."

12. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "The Financial Consequences of Fiscal Paralysis," by Rudolph G. Penner (UI National Budget Issues, June 2004, .pdf format, 5p.).

13. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUES IN BRIEF: "Should We Raise Social Security's Earliest Eligibility Age?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Kevin B. Meme, Natalia A. Jivan, and Kevin E. Cahill (IB #18, June 2004, .pdf format, 11p.).

14. HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH/METLIFE FOUNDATION INITIATIVE ON RETIREMENT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT REPORT: "Reinventing Aging: Baby Boomers and Civic Engagement," (June 2004, .pdf format, 160p.).

Press Release:

15. AARP REPORT: "Manufactured Housing Community Tenants: Shifting the Balance of Power," by Carolyn L. Carter, Odette Williamson, Elizabeth DeArmond, and Jonathan Sheldon (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2004, .pdf format, 147p.). "Manufactured homes (frequently referred to as 'mobile homes') are a major source of housing for older Americans. In 2001, owners age 50 or older accounted for 43 percent of the 7.2 million manufactured-housing units occupied year round as primary residences. Manufactured-home ownership does not necessarily imply ownership of the lot on which the home sits. In fact, nearly one-third of occupied manufactured homes are in land-lease communities. This type of housing arrangement is appealing to people with low or moderate income who may find it difficult to acquire land. However, the cost and risk of moving a manufactured home from one rental community to another create significant barriers for homeowners who need or want to move. These barriers make it possible for a segment of community operators to adopt exploitive rules and practices that are unique to this type of housing arrangement.The model statute presented in this report by the AARP Public Policy Institute provides a context in which to discuss the problems and issues facing residents in manufactured-home communities and to provide advocates and state legislators with a useful tool for evaluating their own statutory protections for these residents."

Click on "Download or view" at the bottom of the page for full text.

16. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Therapeutic immunization protects dopaminergic neurons in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease," by Eric J. Benner, R. Lee Mosley, Chris J. Destache, Travis B. Lewis, Vernice Jackson-Lewis, Santhi Gorantla, Craig Nemachek, Steven R. Green, Serge Przedborski, and Howard E. Gendelman (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 25, Jun. 22, 2004, p. 9435-9440).

17. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Gene regulation and DNA damage in the ageing human brain," by Tao Lu, Ying Pan, Shyan-Yuan Kao, Cheng Li, Isaac Kohane, Jennifer Chan and Bruce A. Yanker (_Nature_, Vol. 429, No. 6994, p. 883-891).


A. "Renewing licence in person cuts deaths among elderly drivers," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 328, No. 7454, Jun. 19, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1455).

B. _Forever Young: A Cultural History of Longevity_, by Lucian Boia, reviewed by Peter Crome (_British Medical Journal_ Book Review, Vol. 328, No. 7454, Jun. 19, 2004, p. 1504).


A. "Conjugated Equine Estrogens and Incidence of Probable Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Postmenopausal Women," by Sally A. Shumaker, Claudine Legault, Lewis Kuller, Stephen R. Rapp, Leon Thal, Dorothy S. Lane, Howard Fillit, Marcia L. Stefanick, Susan L. Hendrix, Cora E. Lewis, Kamal Masaki, and Laura H. Coker (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 291, No. 24, Jun. 23/30, 2004, p. 2947-2958).

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR, US National Institutes on Aging) News Release: "Estrogen-Alone Hormone Therapy Could Increase Risk of Dementia in Older Women" (Jun. 22, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Conjugated Equine Estrogens and Global Cognitive Function in Postmenopausal Women," by Mark A. Espeland, Stephen R. Rapp, Sally A. Shumaker, Robert Brunner, JoAnn E. Manson, Barbara B. Sherwin, Judith Hsia, Karen L. Margolis, Patricia E. Hogan, Robert Wallace, Maggie Dailey, Ruth Freeman, and Jennifer Hays (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 291, No. 24, Jun. 23/30, 2004, p. 2959-2968).

C. "Estrogen Receptor [Alpha] Gene Polymorphisms and Risk of Myocardial Infarction," by Stephanie C.E. Schuit, Hok-Hay S. Oei, Jacqueline C. M. Witteman, Corine H. Geurts van Kessel, Joyce B.J. van Meurs, Rogier L. Nijhuis, Johannes P.T.M. van Leeuwen, Frank H. de Jong, M. Carola Zillikens, Albert Hofman, Huibert A.P. Pols, and Andre G. Uitterlinden (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 291, No. 24, Jun. 23/30, 2004, p. 2959-2968).

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

A. "Osteoporosis in Women with Disabilities," by Sarina Schrager (_Journal of Women's Health_, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2004, p. 431-437 via Medscape.

B. "Medications and Cardiovascular Health in Older Adults: Room for Improvement in Prevention and Treatment," by Caroline S. Rhoads, Bruce M. Psaty, Jean L. Olson, and Curt D. Furberg (_The American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology_, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2004, p. 161-167 via Medscape).

21. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Moving a Lifetime: Helping a loved one pack up and leave a longtime home can be brutal. Relocation experts can help ease the pain," by Elizabeth Pope (_Time_, Vol. 163, No. 26, Jun. 28, 2004).,9171,1101040628-655420,00.html


A. "Hands up those who want to go back to work" (_Economist_, Jun. 24, 2004).

B. "Ulrich Inderbinen, the world's oldest mountain guide, died on June 14th, aged 103" (_Economist_, Jun. 24, 2004).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Measurement of Cumulative Physiological Dysregulation in an Older Population," by Christopher L. Seplaki, Noreen Goldman, Maxine Weinstein, and Yu-Hsuan Lin (WP 2004-02, 2004, .pdf format, 31p.).


Theories of allostatic load postulate that an important pathway connecting the social environment with health involves biological responses to stressful stimuli and subsequent dysregulation of interrelated physiological systems. We formulate a new measure for cumulative physiological dysregulation using a grade of membership model estimated with biodemographic data from a national sample of older Taiwanese. We investigate associations between the measure and physical, psychological, and cognitive function. The results provide insights into the relationships between a set of biological profiles and various health outcomes, identify limitations of earlier approaches, and underscore next steps in the development of improved formulations of physiological dysregulation.

B. "Variation in Living Environments Among Community-Dwelling Elders," by Christopher L. Seplaki, Maureen A. Smith, and Burton H. Singer (WP 2004-03, 2004, .pdf format, 32p.).


Introduction: Many studies examine the movement of elderly individuals across living arrangement and institutional care settings, but the rapidly evolving structure of elderly living environments makes traditional measurement paradigms less representative. We investigate the diverse health-related environmental characteristics of non-institutional elderly living environments in 1993 and their association with health. Methods: We use the 1993 wave of the Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest Old (AHEAD) survey, which includes both physical and social characteristics of the living environment for over 7,000 older Americans. Grade of membership (GoM) models are used to summarize variation in social and physical environment characteristics, and examine differences between males and females. We also estimate the cross-sectional association between living environment and several measures of physical and mental health status. Results: Results illustrate extensive within and between-sex heterogeneity in elderly living environments using five "idealized" environment types, as well as significant associations with physical and mental health status measures. Conclusion: As older individuals stay in the community for longer periods of time, traditional empirical representations of "home" need to be replaced by definitions of non-institutional environments that meaningfully represent the social and physical challenges faced by this rapidly growing segment of our population.

24. US CENSUS BUREAU: "People with Health Insurance: A Comparison of Estimates from Two Surveys," by Shailesh Bhandari (Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Working Paper 243, June 2004, .pdf format, 20p.).


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

25. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 59A, Nos. 6, June 2004). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

26. 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 Jun. 23, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 23, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 23, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 23, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

27. US INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Announcing the High Priority, Short-Term Project Award (R56)" (NOT-OD-04-047, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, Jun. 15, 2004). For more information see:

28. ACCESS TO BENEFITS COALITION: "Competitive Grants Program for Local and State ABC Coalitions." "The Access to Benefits Coalition" (ABC) will provide approximately 20 grants of up to $40,000 each to local and/or statewide ABC coalitions (including rural areas) for the implementation of coordinated community-wide strategies for maximizing outreach, education and enrollment in the Medicare drug discount cards and other prescription assistance programs." For more information see:

More information about ABC:


VI. Conferences:

29. IUSSP CALL FOR PAPERS: The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population has opened its website to paper submissions for its 25th International Population Conference, to be held in Tours, France, Jul. 18-23, 2005. For more information see:

Click on "Scientific Programme and Submission of Papers" on the left side of the page.

More information on IUSSP:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

30. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Medicaid In Crisis: Could Long Term Care Partnerships Be Part Of The Solution?" a hearing held June 22, 2004.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

Note: There is also a link to a video transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes, 31 seconds) at the site.

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