Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #248--July 29, 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. UNICON: Unicon has announced the availability of Beta Version 2.0 of SIPP (Survey of Income and Program Participation) Utilities, a data extraction system. For more information about the data, program and pricing information, see:



II. Reports and articles:


A. "Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS-4068-P, July 2004, .pdf format, 1342p.).

B. "Establishment of the Medicare Advantage Program," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS-4069-P, July 2004, .pdf format, 614p.).

DHHS Press Release:

C. "Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2005," (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS-1429-P, July 27, 2004, compressed Word and Excel format). Note: "This document went on display at the Office of the Federal Register on July 27, 2004, and will be published on August 5, 2004. The comment period will close on September 24, 2004."


A. "HHS Approves West Virginia Plan to Help Elderly and Disabled Individuals Remain in Their Communities," (July 22, 2004).

B. "CMS Implements $1 Billion Program to Help Hospitals, Others Recoup Unpaid Emergency Room Costs," (July 22, 2004).

C. "CMS Announces Pilot Program to Improve Safety and Quality of Care in Long-Term Care Facilities," (July 23, 2004).

4. CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Grandparents Day 2004: Sept. 12, 2004," (CB04-FF.15, July 29, 2004).

5. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Community Aged Care Packages in Australia 2002-03: A Statistical Overview," (Aged Care Statistics Series No. 19, July 2004, .pdf format, 53p.).

6. UK GOVERNMENT ACTUARY DEPARTMENT/OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS REPORT: "National Population Projections 2002-based," (GAD/ONS Series PP2 No. 24, 2004, .pdf format, 72p.). Note: Click on "GAD's Report on National Population Projects 2002-based".

Press Release (.pdf format):

7. UK DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Combined Pension Forecasts: A report on the experiences and views of CPF providers and recipients," by Karen Bunt, Lorna Adams and Catherine Mottram (DWP Research Report No. 212, July 2004, .pdf format, 90p.).


This report presents findings of research designed to explore the experiences of those who both issue and receive Combined Pension Forecasts (CPF). CPFs bring together state pension forecast information with a forecast of an individual's current occupational or private pension. They can be provided by pension providers, employers or administrators acting on behalf of employers. As part of the Informed Choice strategy, this gives people personalised information to make them more aware of their financial situation in retirement and to help them to plan accordingly. The study was based on case studies with 36 different employers or administrators, including depth interviews with 53 key staff involved with administering the scheme and 110 of their employees who received a CPF. The research was carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions by IFF Research.

8. FACULTY OF ACTUARIES/INSTITUTE OF ACTUARIES [UK] REPORT: "Longevity in the 21st Century," by R. C. Willets, A. P. Gallop, P. A. Leandro, J. L. C. Lu, A. S. Macdonald, K. A. Miller, S. J. Richards, N. Robjohns, J. P. Ryan and H. R. Waters (2004, .pdf format, 148p.).


A. "Older age becomes common late in human evolution," by Rachel Caspari and Sang-Hee Lee (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 30, July 27, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10895-10900).

B. "Effects of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on brain gene expression," by Klára Kitajka, Andrew J. Sinclair, Richard S. Weisinger, Harrison S. Weisinger, Michael Mathai, Anura P. Jayasooriya, John E. Halver, and László G. Puskás (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 30, July 27, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 10931-10936).

C. "Therapeutic effects of PKC activators in Alzheimer's disease transgenic mice," by René Etcheberrigaray, Mathew Tan, Ilse Dewachter, Cuno Kuipéri, Ingrid Van der Auwera, Stefaan Wera, Lixin Qiao, Barry Bank, Thomas J. Nelson, Alan P. Kozikowski, Fred Van Leuven, and Daniel L. Alkon (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 30, July 27, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11141-11146).

D. "A role for heme in Alzheimer's disease: Heme binds amyloid and has altered metabolism," by Hani Atamna and William H. Frey, II (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 101, No. 30, July 27, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 11153-11158).


A. "Functional Decline in Peripheral Arterial Disease: Associations With the Ankle Brachial Index and Leg Symptoms," by Mary McGrae McDermott, Kiang Liu, Philip Greenland, Jack M. Guralnik, Michael H. Criqui, Cheeling Chan, William H. Pearce, Joseph R. Schneider, Luigi Ferrucci, Lillian Celic, Lloyd M. Taylor, Ed Vonesh, Gary J. Martin, and Elizabeth Clark (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 4, July 28, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 453-461).

B. "Clinical Implications of the Osteoprotegerin/RANKL/RANK System for Bone and Vascular Diseases," by Lorenz C. Hofbauer and Michael Schoppet (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 292, No. 4, July 28, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 490-495).


A. "Passive smoking and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: prospective study with cotinine measurement," by Peter H. Whincup, Julie A. Gilg, Jonathan R. Emberson, Martin J. Jarvis, Colin Feyerabend, Andrew Bryant, Mary Walker, Derek G. Cook (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 329, No. 7459, July 24, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 200-205).

B. "Treating depression in later life," by Carolyn Chew-Graham, Robert Baldwin, Alistair Burns (_British Medical Journal_, Vol. 329, No. 7459, July 24, 2004, .pdf and HTML format, p. 181-182).

12. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medicare Drug Discount Cards: A Work In Progress," by Health Policy Alternatives (KFF, July 2004, .pdf format, 43p.).

From the summary:

This report examines the early experience with the Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card Program, prices offered by card sponsors, and potential savings for enrollees. The report presents information about approved discount card programs, including sponsors, enrollment fees, and drugs covered, as well as beneficiary education and outreach efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The pricing analysis shows that discount cards can deliver savings off of full retail drug prices, but also that savings for individual beneficiaries can vary significantly across card programs. In contrast to predictions that market forces would result in lower drugs prices, no notable price changes were observed after the program's initial start up period.

A webcast of the report briefing is available at (RealPlayer and Windows Media Player format, running time 1:29:02):

13. DEMOS [UK] REPORT: "Eternal Youths," by James Harkin and Julia Huber (Demos, July 2004, .pdf format, 113p.). "The baby boomers are more affluent than their parents, and they are determined to enjoy themselves. Many seem to be trying to 'have their time again' by revisiting their younger selves and dominating youth culture. Eternal Youths is based on in-depth attitudinal research, which sought to understand this generation up close. The authors warn that politicians and marketers patronise them at their peril."

Click on "Download full text of Eternal Youths".

For more information about Demos go to:

14. AGE CONCERN [UK] REPORT: "Choose, not lose the right to work," (Age Concern, July 2004, .pdf format, 35p.).

Press Release:

15. AOA NEWSLETTER: "AoA e-News," (US Administration on Aging, July 2004, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 7p.).


A. "The Distribution of Financial Wealth Among Boomers," by John Gist, Ke Bin Wu, and Satyendra Verma (AARP PPI, July 2004, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "State Government Retiree Health Benefits: Current Status and Potential Impact of New Accounting Standards," by Stan Wisniewski and Lorel Wisniewski (AARP PPI Issue Paper 2004-08, July 2004, .pdf format, 105p.).

17. AARP INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ARTICLE: "The New Old-How Baby Boomers are Redefining Retirement," by Julia Huber (AARP International Perspectives, July 2004).

18. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ shows, for July 13 - July 20, 2004, are now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

July 20, 2004: Retirement: Medical Costs And The Bottom Line

19. US NEWS & WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Vanishing Minds," by Josh Fischman (August 2, 2004).

20. TIME ARTICLE: "Delaying Alzheimer's," by Sanjay Gupta (Time, Vol. 164, No. 5, August 2, 2004).,9171,1101040802-672601,00.html


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

21. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 8, No. 4, July 2004).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "Table of Contents" (without the quotes).

22. 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.

American Sociological Review (Vol. 69, No. 3, June 1, 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.

Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2004).

Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 23, No. 3, September 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.

Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology (Vol. 19, No. 3, 2004).

Research on Aging (Vol. 26, No. 5, September 2004).


23. 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 July 28, 2004:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 28, 2004:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 28, 2004:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 28, 2004:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities:

24. AOA: "Alzheimer's Disease Social Research Project Announcement and Grant Application Instructions," (Administration on Aging, July 2004, .pdf and Word format). The deadline for applications is August 31, 2004.

Scroll down to "Instructions for Preparing Competitive Grant Applications for the Alzheimer's Disease Social Research Project." Select the instructions in Word or .pdf format.

25. NIH:

A. "Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging," (US National Institutes on Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other foundations, RFA-AG-05-001, July 19, 2004).

B. "NIH Announces Change in Process-Centralizing the receipt of Progress Reports for all NIH Institutes/Centers Effective October 1, 2004," (US National Institutes on Health, NOT-OD-04-054, July 23, 2004).


V. Conferences:

26. AOA: "2005 White House Conference on Aging," to be held October 23-26, 2005 in Washington, D.C.


VI. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Predatory Lending: Are Federal Agencies Protecting Older Americans from Financial Heartbreak?" a hearing held February 24, 2004 (S. Hrg. 108-453, .pdf and ASCII text format, 301p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-453" (without the quotes).

B. "The New Medicare Drug Discount Card: An Advance Prognosis," a hearing held March 9, 2004 (S. Hrg. 108-467, .pdf and ASCII text format, 119p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "108-467" (without the quotes).




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