Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #291--June 9, 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. HRS: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced: "HRS 2002 Imputation Final Release (Version 1)."

Data access:


2. NCHS: The US National Center for Health Statistics has announced the release of _International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification, Sixth Edition_ (June 2005, .pdf format).

3. NLS NEWS: The National Longitudinal Survey has released its newest newsletter: "NLS News (05-119, 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

4. UK NATIONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF DATASETS: "Public Health Common Dataset--1988-1999": The NDAD has released these datasets, available for download in multiple formats or interactive query. "The Public Health Common Dataset is an annual dataset of aggregate statistics. The dataset includes Health of the Nation, Public Health and Population Health Outcome Indicators. The dataset is largely derived from data supplied by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This sub-series holds the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators (CCHI) for 1999, including indicators from the Public Health Common dataset (PHCDS), Population Health Outcome indicators and Our Healthier Nation indicators. The PHCDS, comprising several subsets of indicators, forms a significant part of the CCHI. The 1999 PHCDS, providing data for years up to and including 1998, was released in its conventional format to Health Authorities in England in February 2000. It provided data for Health Authorities with boundaries as at April 1999 and for Local Authorities with boundaries as at April 1998. The entire dataset is open to the public without restriction."


II. Reports and articles:


A. "International Update, May 2005" (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, May 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "_Social Security Bulletin_ (Vol. 65, No. 4, May 2005, HTML and .pdf format).

6. CMS NEWS RELEASE: "CMS Outlines Next Steps as Moratorium on New Specialty Hospitals Expires" (US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jun. 9, 2005).


A. "Private Pensions: Government Actions Could Improve the Timeliness and Content of Form 5500 Pension Information (US Government Accountability Office GAO-05-491, June 2005, .pdf format p.).

B. "The Future of the Defined Benefit System and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation," (US Government Accountability Office, GAO-05-578SP, June 2005, .pdf format, 59p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

8. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Chilean Pension Reform: the Good, the Bad, and the In Between," by Mauricio Soto (IB #31, June 2005, .pdf format, 9p.).

9. CENTER ON AN AGING SOCIETY (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) [WASHINGTON, D.C.] DATA PROFILE: "How Do Family Caregivers Fare?" (Caregivers of Older Persons Data Profile Number 3, June 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

10. CEPR REPORT: "Things That Will Happen Before Social Security Faces a Shortfall," by Dean Baker (Center for Economic and Policy Research, June 2005, .pdf format, 15p.). The report is linked to from a CEPR press release: "Focus on Social Security Misses Disturbing Trends Such as Rising Healthcare Costs and Falling Dollar" (Jun. 1, 2005).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the press release.

More information on CEPR:


A. "Workshop On Low-Income Medicare Drug Assistance," a workshop held Jun. 8, 2005 in Washington D.C. (Windows Media Player format, running time: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 8 seconds, with support files in .pdf format). A complete print transcript is expected at the site shortly.

B. "Fact Sheet on Low-Income Assistance Under the Medicare Drug Benefit" (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2005, .pdf format, 2p.). "Beginning in 2006, 42 million elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries will have access to prescription drug coverage through Part D of the Medicare program, including an estimated 14.4 million who will be eligible for low-income subsidies. This fact sheet provides an overview of the drug benefit and the low-income subsidies and explores how such changes will affect participation and eligibility."

12. CATO INSTITUTE BRIEFING PAPER: "Keep the Cap: Why a Tax Increase Will Not Save Social Security," by Michael D. Tanner (Briefing Paper No. 93, June 2005, .pdf format, 12p.).

Link to paper is at the bottom of the page.

More information on Cato Institute:

13. URBAN INSTITUTE BOOK REVIEW: "Review of _Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes_, by William H. Gates Sr. and Chuck Collins, reviewed by Leonard E. Burman (May 2005).

14. CABINET OFFICE [JAPAN] REPORT: "Annual Report on the Aging Society: 2004," (June 2005).


A. "Influ-Info Influenza Kit for Aged Care" (June 2005, .pdf format, 21p.). The brochure is linked to from an ADHA Media Release: "Influ-Info Influenza Kit for Aged Care - 2005" (JB074/05, Jun. 9, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 1p).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the media release.

B. "Funding boost delivers 3.5 million extra meals on wheels - 2005" (JB073/05, Jun. 9, 2005).

16. _MMWR_ QUICKSTATS: "QuickStats: Number of Nursing Assistants Per 100 Nursing Home Residents --- United States, 1985 and 1999" (US Centers for Disease Control, _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 54, No. 22, Jun. 10, 2005, HTML and .pdf format, p. 561).




A. "Structural insights into a yeast prion illuminate nucleation and strain diversity," by Rajaraman Krishnan and Susan L. Lindquist (_Nature_, vol. 435, no. 7043, June 9, 2005, p. 765-772).

B. "Structure of the cross-[beta] spine of amyloid-like fibrils," by Rebecca Nelson, Michael R. Sawaya, Melinda Balbirnie, Anders O. Madsen, Christian Riekel, Robert Grothe and David Eisenberg (_Nature_, vol. 435, no. 7043, June 9, 2005, p. 773-778).

C. "Average remaining lifetimes can increase as human populations age," by Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov (_Nature_, vol. 435, no. 7043, June 9, 2005, format, p. 811-813).

18. _NATURE MEDICINE_ NEWS AND VIEWS ABSTRACT: "Less stress, longer life," by M. Flint Beal (_Nature Medicine_ Vol. 11, No. 6, June 2005, p. 598-599).


A. "Managing Conflict at the End of Life," by M. Gregg Bloche (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 352, No. 23, Jun. 9, 2005, p. 2371-2373).

B. "Vitamin E and Donepezil for the Treatment of Mild Cognitive Impairment," by Ronald C. Petersen, Ronald G. Thomas, Michael Grundman, David Bennett, Rachelle Doody, Steven Ferris, Douglas Galasko, Shelia Jin, Jeffrey Kaye, Allan Levey, Eric Pfeiffer, Mary Sano Christopher H. van Dyck, Leon J. Thal, , for the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study Group (_NEJM_, Vol. 352, No. 23, June 9, 2005, p. 2379-2388).


A. "US president and Congress set to clash over stem cell research," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (_British Medical Journal News, Vol. 330, No. 7503, Jun. 4, 2005, p. 1285).

B. "Exaggerated claims of cures threaten stem cell research," by Kaye McIntosh (_British Medical Journal News, Vol. 330, No. 7503, Jun. 4, 2005, p. 1285).

C. "Age discrimination denies elderly people a 'dignified death'," by Roger Dobson (_British Medical Journal News, Vol. 330, No. 7503, Jun. 4, 2005, p. 1288).

D. "Epidemiological modelling of routine use of low dose aspirin for the primary prevention of coronary heart disease and stroke in those aged> 70," by Mark R. Nelson, Danny Liew, Melanie Bertram, and Theo Vos (_British Medical Journal Primary Care, Vol. 330, No. 7503, Jun. 4, 2005, 6p.).

21. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show, for Jun. 8, 2005, is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

Sex and Older America[n]s

22. _FORBES_/MSNBC SPECIAL REPORT: "Graying Global Cities" (Jun. 8, 2005).


A. "Future Shock," by Michael Barone (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

B. "The Big Squeeze: The pressure is on baby boomers saving for retirement. Many also face college tuition and caring for a parent," by Paul J. Lim (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

C. "A Ripe Old Age: The right foods, moderate exercise, and regular medical checkups can add years to your life," by Christopher J. Gearon (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

D. "Finding Income in retirement: An immediate annuity offers a guarantee for those fearful of the stock market," by Paul J. Lim (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

E. "Good Riddance to the Rat Race: Today's retirees are looking for the good life in all the small places," by Nisha Ramachandran (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

F. "Cashing in on your home: It's no surprise that reverse mortgages are becoming popular among seniors," by Leonard Wiener (_US News and World Report_, Jun. 13, 2005).

24. _THE NATION_ ARTICLE: "Riding Into the Sunset: The Geezer Threat," by William Grieder (_The Nation_, Jun. 13, 2005).


III. Working Papers:

25. NBER: "Price and the Health Plan Choices of Retirees," by Thomas C. Buchmueller (w11395, June 2005, .pdf format, 32p.).


This study analyzes health plan choices of retirees in an employer-sponsored health benefits program that resembles "premium support" models proposed for Medicare. In this program, out-of-pocket premiums depend on when an individual retired and his or her years of service as of that date. Since this price variation is exogenous to unobserved plan attributes and retiree characteristics, it possible to obtain unbiased premium elasticity estimates. The results indicate a significantly negative effect of premiums. The implied elasticities are at the low end of the range found in previous studies on active employees.

26. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK [AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS]: "Understanding Bequest Motives An Empirical Analysis of Intergenerational Transfers," by Günther Fink and Silvia Redaelli (Working Paper no. 42, May 2005, .pdf format, 25p.).


This paper analyzes one of the major factors underlying old agents - saving and consumption decisions - the individual intentions to leave bequests. We present two simple model of altruistically motivated bequests and use data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to confront the theoretical implications of the two model with empirical evidence from the survey data provided. The main findings from the data are the following: First, there is strong evidence against a strictly accidental, and in favor of intentional bequest motive for a significant share of agents aged sixty and older. Second, we find the probability to leave an inheritance is mainly driven by wealth and individual characteristics such as health, education, race and religion, but not directly dependent on the heirs' wellbeing, contradicting the standard altruistic model of bequest.


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

27. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 9, No. 3, May 2005).

28. American Economic Review (Vol. 95, No. 3, June 2005). 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 this database and this issue.

29. Journals of Gerontology A (Biological and Medical Sciences) (Vols. 60, Nos. 4, April 2005). 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.

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Educational Gerontology (Vol. 31, No. 6, June/July 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

31. 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. 8, 2005:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 8, 2005:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 8, 2005:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 8, 2005:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 8, 2005:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

32. NIH:

A. "Extension of Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (SBIR) Program Announcement" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-02-125, May 31, 2005. For more information see:

B. "Inflammation, Inflammatory Mediators and Aging" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, RFA-AG-05-011, Jun. 8, 2005). For more information see:

33. CDC:

A. "Disparities in Elderly Pneumococcal Vaccination" (US Centers for Disease Control, RFA IP05-093, Jun. 9, 2005). For more information see:

B. "Improving Vaccination Coverage in the Greater than 65 Years of Age Population" (US Centers for Disease Control, letter of intent deadline Jun. 13, 2005). For more information see:

34. AOA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The US Administration on Aging has announced several employment opportunities.


VI. Conferences:

35. NIA: "Taking the Next Step: Technical Assistance Workshop," to be held Nov. 17-18, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

36. NEI SYMPOSIUM: "Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Complement Factor H," to be held Jun. 14, 2005 in Bethesda, Maryland (US National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute). For more information see:

37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its Gerontology conference listings:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: " Preventing the Next Pension Collapse: Lessons from the United Airlines Case," a hearing held Jun. 7, 2005 (.pdf format).

39: US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Exploring the Promise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research," a hearing held June 8, 2005 (RealPlayer and .pdf format, running time: 2 hours, 9 minutes, 9 seconds).


A. "Protecting America's Pensions Plans from Fraud: Will Your Savings Retire Before You do?" a hearing held June 9, 2005.

B. "A Pension Double Header: Reforming Hybrid and Multi-Employer Pension Plans," a hearing held June 7, 2005

41. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY, HEARING TESTIMONY: "Fourth in a Series of Subcommittee Hearings on Protecting and Strengthening Social Security," a hearing held June 9, 2005.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. NATIONAL ACADEMY ON AN AGING SOCIETY: NAAS has provided page which links to "1995 White House Conference on Aging Resolutions" (.pdf format).

More information on NAAS:


Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
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