Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #287--May 12, 2005


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. US CENSUS BUREAU: "Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator." " The CPS Table Creator gives you the ability to create customized tables from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement."

2. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following dataset to its holdings. Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

Innovative Health Technologies at Women's Midlife : Theory and Diversity Among Women and 'Experts', 2001-2003:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "A Profile of Older Workers in Pennsylvania," by Nick Carroll and Cynthia Taeuber (Local Employment Dynamics LED/OW-PA, May 2005, .pdf format, 22p.). The report is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Census Bureau Releases Analysis of Pennsylvania's Older Workers" (CB05-67, May 10, 2005).

4. AARP REPORT: "Beyond 50.05 A Report to the Nation on Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging," by Andrew Kochera, Audrey Straight, and Audrey Straight (AARP Beyond 50, May 2005, .pdf format, 108p.).

Report is linked to at the bottom of the page under "Download Report."

5. COMMONWEALTH FUND MEDICARE CHARTBOOK: "Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook," by Sheila Leatherman and Douglas McCarthy (May 2005, .pdf format, 182p.).

More information on Commonwealth Fund:

6. _MMWR_ NOTICE: "Notice to Readers: National Nursing Home Week --- May 8--14, 2005" (US Centers for Disease Control, _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_, Vol. 54, No. 17, May 6, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 438).


7. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: Note: _DR_ is a free, expedited, peer-reviewed journal of the population sciences published by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research [Rostock, Germany]. "Mathematical Models for Human Cancer Incidence Rates," by Konstantin G. Arbeev, Lyubov S. Arbeeva, Svetlana Ukraintseva, and Anatoli I. Yashin (Vol. 12, No. 10, May 2005, .pdf format, p. 237-272).


The overall cancer incidence rate declines at old ages. Possible causes of this decline include the effects of cross-sectional data which transform cohort dynamics into age pattern, population heterogeneity which selects out individuals susceptible to cancer, decline in some carcinogenic exposures in the old, effects of individual aging which slow down major physiological processes in an organism, etc. We discuss several mathematical models contributing to the explanation of this phenomenon. We extend the Strehler and Mildvan model of aging and mortality and apply it to the analysis of data on cancer incidence at old ages. The model explains time trends and age patterns of cancer incidence rates. Applications to cancer incidence data provided by the International Agency for Research on Cancer illustrate the models.

8. CMS DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Decision Memo for Mobility Assistive Equipment (CAG-00274N)" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, May 2005).

9. DHHS OIG REPORT: "Nursing Facility Performance in Assessing Residents Timely and Submitting Required Minimum Data" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, OEI-06-02-00730, April 2005, .pdf format, 20p.).

"Overall, OIG found a high degree of facility performance resulting in a national MDS Repository that is current and representative of its intended resident population. Facilities completed 95 percent of resident assessments on time and submitted 94 percent of records timely. We also found that facilities submitted records for 99.9 percent of residents in Medicare/Medicaid-certified beds, as required. However, a subgroup of facilities incorrectly coded records for an estimated 1,812 residents in beds not certified for Medicare/Medicaid. As a result, these records were inappropriately included in the national MDS Repository. We recommend that CMS ensure that nursing facilities correctly code records of residents in noncertified beds so that no such records are included in the national MDS Repository. In response, CMS indicated specific actions it plans to take to ensure that records for residents in noncertified units are not transmitted and stored in the MDS Repository."

10. US FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION PRESS RELEASE: "FDA Warns Consumers About Counterfeit Drugs Purchased in Mexico," (May 10, 2005).

11. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE: "Options for Social Security Reform," (GAO-05-649R, May 6, 2005, .pdf format, 18p.).

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


A. "Is Private Long-Term Care Insurance the Answer?" by Richard W. Johnson and Cori E. Uccello (IB #29, March 2005, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Are the Social Security Trust Funds Meaningful?" by Alicia H. Munnell (IB #30, May 2005, .pdf format, 7p.).

13. PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS' RETIREMENT SECURITY PROJECT REPORT: "The Retirement Security Project: Saving Incentives for Low and Middle Income Families: Evidence From a Field Experiment With H&R Block," by Esther Duflo, William Gale, Jeffrey Liebman, Peter Orszag and Emmanuel Saez (No. 2005-05, May 2005, .pdf format, 32p.).

More information about Pew Charitable Trusts:

14. NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING/RESPECTABILITY REPORT: "RespectAbility Web Survey Executive Summary" (May 2005, .pdf format, 13p.). The summary is linked to from a NCOA press release: "Research Shows Non-Profit Organizations Unprepared to Use Older Volunteers" (May 10, 2005).

Link is at the bottom of the press release:

More information about NCOA:


A. "Palliative Care in the Final Days of Life: "They Were Expecting It at Any Time," by James Hallenbeck (_JAMA_ Perspectives, Vol. 293, No. 18, May 11, 2005, p. 2265-2271).

B. "In Europe, as in US, Climate for Embryo Stem Cell Research Is One of Extremes," by Xavier Bosch (_JAMA_ News and Analysis, Vol. 293, No. 18, May 11, 2005, p. 2202-2203).

C. "Stem Cell Debate," by Tracy Hampton (_JAMA_ Capitol Health Call, Vol. 293, No. 18, May 11, 2005, p. 2204).

D. "Drug Reimportation Talks," by Tracy Hampton (_JAMA_ Capitol Health Call, Vol. 293, No. 18, May 11, 2005, p. 2204).

E. _Parkinson's Disease_, edited by Manuchair Ebadi and Ronald F. Pfeiffer, reviewed by Francis O. Walker (_JAMA_ Book Review Extract, Vol. 293, No. 18, May 11, 2005, p. 2281-2282).

16. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Radical Prostatectomy versus Watchful Waiting in Early Prostate Cancer," by Anna Bill-Axelson, Lars Holmberg, Mirja Ruutu, Michael Häggman, Swen-Olof Andersson, Stefan Bratell, Anders Spångberg, Christer Busch, Stig Nordling, Hans Garmo, Juni Palmgren, Hans-Olov Adami, Bo Johan Norlén, Jan-Erik Johansson, for the Scandinavian Prostate Cancer Group Study No. 4 (vol. 352, no. 19, May 12, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1977-1984).


A. "Dutch approve euthanasia for a patient with Alzheimer's disease," by Tony Sheldon (Vol. 330, No. 7499, p. 1041).

B. "Aggressive treatment of low grade prostate cancer is unnecessary," by Susan Mayor (Vol. 330, No. 7499, p. 1042).

18. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing articles. "Oral vitamin D3 and calcium for secondary prevention of low-trauma fractures in elderly people (Randomised Evaluation of Calcium Or vitamin D, RECORD): a randomised placebo-controlled trial," by The RECORD Trial Group (Vol. 365, No. 9471, May 7, 2005, p. 1621-1628).

19. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Motivations for Physician-Assisted Suicide: Patient and Family Voices," by Robert A. Pearlman, Clarissa Hsu, Helene Starks, Anthony L. Back, Judith R. Gordon, Ashok J. Bharucha, Barbara A. Koenig, and Margaret P. Battin (_Journal of General Internal Medicine_, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2005, p. 234-239 via Medscape).

20. _TIME_ SECTION: "A Female Midlife Crisis?" The May 16, 2005 (Vol. 165, No. 20) issue of _Time_ Magazine contains a special section on the female midlife crisis.


III. Working Papers:

21. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Estimating Life-Cycle Parameters from Consumption Behavior at Retirement," by John Laitner and Dan Silverman (WP 2005-099, February 2005, .pdf format, 35p.).


Using pseudo-panel data, we estimate the structural parameters of a life-cycle consumption model with discrete labor supply choice. A focus of our analysis is the abrupt drop in consumption upon retirement for a typical household. The literature sometimes refers to the drop, which in the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey we estimate to be approximately 16%, as the 'retirement-consumption puzzle." Although a downward step in consumption at retirement contradicts predictions from life-cycle models with additively separable consumption and leisure, or with continuous work-hour options, a consumption jump is consistent with a setup having nonseparable preferences over consumption and leisure and requiring discrete work choices. This paper specifies a life-cycle model with these latter two elements, and it uses the empirical magnitude of the drop in consumption at retirement to provide an advantageous method of identifying structural parameters--most importantly, the intertemporal elasticity of substitution.

22. CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE [UNIVERSITY OF SALERNO, ITALY]: "Welfare Effects of Social Security Reforms Across Europe: the Case of France and Italy," by Raquel Fonseca and Thepthida Sopraseuth (WP 138, April 2005, .pdf format, 31p.).


This paper uses a calibrated life cycle model to quantify the distributional effects of Social Security reforms. We focus only on two countries: Italy and France because they adopted two different strategies to cope with aging. While France marginally modified its defined pension plan, Italy switched from a defined pension plan to a contributive system. We find both reforms redistributes welfare unevenly: high skilled workers are the primary winners of the French reform and self employed individuals, especially unskilled workers, are the losers under the new Italian Social Security arrangement.


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

23. American Economic Review (Vol. 95, No. 1, March 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

Note: This is a temporary address. When the next _AER_ TOC is released, this one, along with all others back to 1999, will be available at:


24. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "advanced search"
C. Type in your publication name and click "Exact title" radio button
D. Under "Show", click the "fax/ariel" radio button.
E. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 50, No. 2, 2005).


25. 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 11, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 11, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 11, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 11, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 11, 2005:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 11, 2005:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

26. OECD: _Pensions at a Glance - Public Policies across OECD Countries 2005 Edition_. (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2005, 116p.).

Ordering information:



VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. NIH: "Extension of Bioengineering Research Grant (BRG) Program Announcement" (NOT-EB-05-005 relating to PA-02-011, US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

28. has recently updated its Gerontology section.

All conferences:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Alternatives to Strengthen Social Security," a hearing held May 12, 2005.


A. "Combating the Flu: Keeping Seniors Alive," a hearing held on Sep. 28, 2004 (Senate Hearing 108-775, Serial Publication 108-45, ASCII text and .pdf format, 103p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "108-775" (without the quotes).

B. "Senate Special Committee on Aging Committee Prints, 109th Congress (a list of print reports of committee hearings 105th-108th Congresses--June 1997-December 2004, S. Prt 109-23, ASCII text and .pdf format, 14p.).

31. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Implementing the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit and Medicare Advantage Program: Perspectives on the Proposed Rules," a hearing held Sep. 14, 2004 (Senate Hearing 108-767, .pdf format, 302p.).


IX. Websites of Interest:

32. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION MEDICARE FACTSHEETS: KFF maintains this website, with brief factsheets about various aspects of the topic.




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