Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #245--July 8, 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. 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

1995 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1395)
1997 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1397)
1999 Mature Women Questionnaire (W1399)

2. MEPS Instruments:

A. "The 2002 Adult Self Administered Questionnaire (SAQ) (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, July 2004, .pdf format, 8p.).

English version:

Spanish version:

B. "2001 Diabetes Care" (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey July 2004).

English version:

Spanish version:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US DHHS OIG STATEMENT ON THOMAS SCULLY AND RICHARD FOSTER INVESTIGATION: "Statement of Dara Corrigan Acting Principal Deputy Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services on Thomas Scully and Richard Foster Investigation" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Jul. 6, 2004, .pdf format, 2p.).


A. "Medicare Takes Further Steps to Promote the Use of HIPAA Standards for Electronic Claims" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jun. 30, 2004).

B. "Medicare Boosts Payments for Ambulance Services: Includes 'Super-Rural' Bonus" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jun. 30, 2004).

C. "HHS Announces Grants to States to Tell Low-Income Beneficiaries About 2006 Drug Benefit" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jul. 7, 2004).

D. "CMS Approves Pennsylvania Plan to Help People Leave Institutions in Favor of Community Life" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jul. 7, 2004).

E. "The CMS Quarterly Provider Update (July, 2004, .pdf format).

Click on "View The July 2004 CMS Quarterly Provider Update Table of Contents" at the bottom of the page.

F. "NCD [National Coverage Determination] for Cardiac Pacemakers (20.8) (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Coverage Database, June 2004, .pdf format, 7p.).

Scroll to "Transmittal Link" at the bottom of the page, and click on the link, for full text.

5. ADEAR NEWS RELEASE: "Studies Suggest People with Early AD Can Still Learn" (US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center Jul. 2, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

6. NCHS REPORT: "Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2002," by Margaret Lethbridge-Cejku,Jeannine S. Schiller, and Luther Bernadel (National Center for Health Statistics Report, Vital and Health Statistics Series 10, No. 22, July 2004, .pdf format, 151p.).


A. "International Update, June 2004" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "How Many SSI Recipients Live with Other Recipients?" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, Policy Brief NO. 2004-03, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.). "The Office of Policy recently completed an analysis of the prevalence of multi-recipient households in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The study was based on Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data for December 1998 matched to administrative records from the Social Security Administration (SSA)."



8. USDA ERS REPORT: "Food Stamp Program--Elderly Nutrition Demonstrations: Interim Report on Elderly Participation Patterns," by Scott Cody (US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. (EFAN04009), June 2004, .pdf format, 37p.).


To raise participation in the Food Stamp Program (FSP) by low-income, elderly individuals, USDA implemented the Elderly Nutrition Demonstration in six States (Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Michigan, and North Carolina) in 2002. Each of the demonstrations is organized around one of three strategies to increase participation: simplifying the eligibility requirements for elderly individuals that apply for food stamps, directly assisting them with completing the application process, or offering them the option of receiving packages of commodities each month instead of getting benefits through an electronic benefits transfer card. Preliminary analysis indicates that FSP participation by the elderly rose substantially after the demonstrations started. In Arizona, Florida, Maine, and North Carolina, participation grew significantly more in demonstration counties than in non-demonstration counties. In Connecticut and Michigan, the more modest growth rates in the demonstration counties were similar to the rates in the rest of the State. The analysis also provides some evidence that the demonstrations attract elderly individuals eligible for relatively low FSP benefits, particularly in Maine and North Carolina, where a large number of individuals eligible for a 10 dollar benefit are applying.


A. "1.7 million dollars for local aged care homes" (Jul. 1, 2004).

B. "4.6 million dollars for new dementia research" (Jul. 7, 2004).

10. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Residential Aged Care in Australia 2002-03: A Statistical Overview" (Aged Care Statistics Series No. 18, June 2004, .pdf format, 90p., with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets). "This report presents statistics on the Australian residential aged care system over the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003. It is the sixth such report in the Aged Care Statistics Series produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, under an agreement with the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. The report contains sections on population and residential aged care service capacity; residents and their characteristics; admissions and separations; characteristics of newly admitted residents; and resident dependency."


A. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans, 2000 Through 2003" (May 2004, revised June 2004, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs used by Older Americans--First Quarter 2004 Update" (June 2004, .pdf format, 14p.).

Both reports are authored by David J. Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Susan O. Raetzman. "These reports present the results of studies of changes in manufacturers' prescription drug prices (i.e., prices charged to wholesalers) 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.) Specifically, these reports compare price changes with the rate of inflation from one year to the next for the years 2000 through 2003 and show changes on a quarterly basis beginning in 2004. They also present differences in average price changes by manufacturer and by major therapeutic category. The sample of drugs studied was identified using 2003 data from the AARP Pharmacy Service, and changes in prices charged by drug manufacturers to wholesalers were measured using changes in the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC)."

C. "Adequate Literacy and Health Literacy: Prerequisites for Informed Health Care Decision Making," by Joyce Dubow (AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Brief IB70, June 2004, .pdf format, 11p.). "Literacy and health literacy are skills that consumers must have to successfully navigate the health care system. This 11-page Issue Brief by Joyce Dubow of AARP's Public Policy Institute presents an overview of an under-recognized public policy issue. It addresses the importance of adequate literacy skills, the prevalence and effects of inadequate or marginal skills, and strategies to address the problems that arise from having poor skills. Finally, the public policy implications are identified, including the cost of poor health literacy to public and private payers and the importance of devising effective interventions to assist those with inadequate or marginal health literacy skills."

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

D. Selected articles from the July-August 2004 issue of the _AARP Bulletin_ are now available at the AARP website. There are links to selected articles from past _Bulletins_ back to 2001 at the site as well.

12. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "How Closely Do Spouses Coordinate Their Retirement Decisions?" by Richard W. Johnson (IB#19, July 2004, .pdf format, 7p.). "The movement of married women into the labor market is transforming retirement behavior. A generation ago, when few married women spent many years in the labor force, it was relatively simple for spouses to coordinate their retirement decisions. Couples typically focused on the generosity of the husbands retirement benefits and the impact of his retirement decision on future benefits. Today, however, retirement decisions are more difficult to coordinate, because many women have accumulated substantial retirement benefits in their own names. As a result, many couples now need to consider how the decision to stop work will affect income and retirement benefits for both spouses. The evidence suggests that couples like to retire together and, since husbands tend to be older than their wives, the increased labor force participation of women may lead to later retirement of men. This brief examines retirement behavior and measures the extent to which husbands and wives appear to coordinate their retirement decisions."


A. "The 'Clawback:' State Financing of Medicare Drug Coverage," by Andy Schneider (Medicaid and the Uninsured, June 2004, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Medicaid Prescription Drug Spending and Use," by Brian Bruen and Arunabh Ghosh (Medicaid and the Uninsured, June 2004, .pdf format, 16p.).

14. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Altered dopamine signaling and MPTP resistance in mice lacking the Parkinson's disease-associated GPR37/parkin-associated endothelin-like receptor," by Daniela Marazziti, Elisabetta Golini, Silvia Mandillo, Armando Magrelli, Walter Witke, Rafaele Matteoni, and Glauco P. Tocchini-Valentini (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 27, Jul. 6, 2004, p.10189-10194).

15. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Effect of Soy Protein Containing Isoflavones on Cognitive Function, Bone Mineral Density, and Plasma Lipids in Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Sanne Kreijkamp-Kaspers, Linda Kok, Diederick E. Grobbee, Edward H. F. de Haan, Andre Aleman, Johanna W. Lampe, and Yvonne T. van der Schouw (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 1, Jul. 7, 2004, p. 65-74).


A. "Preoperative PSA Velocity and the Risk of Death from Prostate Cancer after Radical Prostatectomy," by Anthony V. D'Amico, Ming-Hui Chen, Kimberly A. Roehl, and William J. Catalona (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 351, No. 2, Jul. 8, 2004, p. 125-135).

B. "Progress toward Identifying Aggressive Prostate Cancer," by Mario Eisenberger and Alan Partin (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 351, No. 2, Jul. 8, 2004, p. 180-181).

17. _BMJ_ NEWS: "Drug for Alzheimer's disease is of little benefit, study shows," by Debashis Singh (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 329, No. 7456, Jul. 3, 2004, HTML and .pdf format, p. 9).

18. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Functional and Cognitive Consequences of Silent Stroke Discovered Using Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an Elderly Population," by Wolf-Peter Schmidt, Andreas Roesler, Konrad Kretzschmar, Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Ralf Junker, and Klaus Berger (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 52, No. 7, 2004, p. 1045-1050 via Medscape).


III. Working Papers:

19. OECD: "Long-term budgetary implications of tax-favoured retirement plans," by Pablo Antolin, Alain de Serres and Christine de la Maisonneuve (Economics Department Working Paper (2004)16, June 2004, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 70p.).


Long-term budgetary implications of tax-favoured retirement saving plans This paper provides estimates of the implicit fiscal assets as well as of the evolution over time of fiscal costs and revenues related to tax-favoured retirement saving regimes in 17 OECD countries, taking into account current and future contributions, asset accumulation and withdrawals, all of which will be strongly influenced by future demographic developments. The main results show that in the case where tax incentives are assumed to lead essentially to saving diversion rather than creation, the net budgetary cost of tax-favoured schemes would remain large, despite the sharp rise in revenues collected from withdrawals as population ages. The paper shows that this cost would significantly be reduced if tax-favoured schemes succeed in promoting additional private savings. It then explores a number of policy options to maximise the amount of additional saving.


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

20. 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 Jul. 7, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 7, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 7, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 7, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. _Understanding Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health in Late Life: A Research Agenda_," edited by Rodolfo A. Bulatao and Norman B. Anderson (Panel on Race, Ethnicity, and Health in Later Life, National Research Council, 2004, OpenBook format, 165p.). Note: Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

B. _Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers_, edited by David H. Wegman and James P. McGee (Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers, National Research Council, 2004, OpenBook format, 320p.). Note: Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.

22. OECD MONOGRAPH: _Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi Czech Republic_ (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, July 2004). "The process of population ageing is far more pronounced in the Czech Republic than in most other OECD countries. By 2050, there will be more individuals age 65 and over than individuals age 20 to 64 -- the highest ratio in the OECD area. Exacerbating this problem is the tendency of older workers to exit the labour market early. In 2002, more than 54% of men aged 60 had retired, and this was the case for almost 60% of women aged 56. Improving the employment prospects among older workers will be essential to limiting the major socio-economic challenges arising from population ageing." For ordering information see:


VI. Conferences:

23. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Annual Conference of the Social Security Retirement Research Consortium," to be held Aug. 12-13, 2004, in Washington, D.C. For more information, including registration information, see:

VII. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Pension Underfunding Crisis: How Effective Have Reforms Been?" a hearing held Oct. 29, 2003 (US House Serial Publication 108-40, ASCII text and .pdf format, 85p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-40" (without the quotes).

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