Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #315--December 1, 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. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan has recently released the following dataset, which may be of interest to researchers in aging. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Current Population Survey: Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Survey, 2005 (#4312)

2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: "2000 HRS Core (Final Release, Version 1.0): Correction to two cases in the 2000 HRS Core Final Release data," (November 29, 2005).

3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: "MEPS HC-079: 2003 Full Year Consolidated Data File," (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, November 2005, data in .zip and .exe self-decompressing ASCII and SAS transport format, SAS and SPSS programming statements, documentation in HTML, .pdf or ASP codebook format). Note: "This file consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3, 4, and 5 of Panel 7 and Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of Panel 8 (i.e., the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2003) and consolidates all of the final 2003 person-level variables onto one file. This file contains the following variables previously released on HC-073: survey administration, language of interview variable, demographics, parent identifiers, health status, disability days variables, access to care, employment, quality of care, patient satisfaction, health insurance and use variables. The HC-079 file also includes these variables: income variables and expenditure variables."


II. Reports and articles:

4. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION AND REFERRAL CENTER [ADEAR] REPORT: "2004-2005 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: New Discoveries, New Insights," (November 2005, .pdf format, 80p.). Note: "The 2004-2005 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease summarizes recent research by the Federal Government on:

- Characteristics and causes of AD
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Disease progression
- Clinical trials
- Outlook for the future"


A. "Medicare: CMS's Beneficiary Education and Outreach Efforts for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program,"(GAO-06-139R, November 2005, .pdf format, 26p.).

B. "Medicare: CMS's Implementation and Oversight of the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card and Transitional Assistance Program," (GAO-06-78R, October 2005, .pdf format, 63p.).

C. "Medicaid: States' Payments for Outpatient Prescription Drugs," (GAO-06-69R, October 2005, .pdf format, 38p.).

6. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "International Update: November 2005," (Office of Policy, November 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

7. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICE DECISION MEMORANDUM: "Decision Memo for Stem Cell Transplantation (CAG-00287R)," (Nov. 28, 2005).

8. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Study Links Progressive Aphasia Syndrome to Prion Gene," (November 28, 2005).

9. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS PRESS RELEASE: "Australia in 2051: almost half the population older than 50 years," (November 29, 2005).!OpenDocument

10. FAMILIES USA REPORT: "Getting the Best Price: Lessons Learned from the Medicare Discount Card," (September 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 27p.).

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. For more on Families USA:

11. _MILBANK QUARTERLY_ SPECIAL ISSUE: _Milbank Quarterly_ Special Centennial Issue (Vol. 83, No. 4, 2005, .pdf format). This special issue, freely available to the public, contains 34 articles covering various issues, beginning with " The Economics of Public Health and Medical Care," by Ray Lyman Wilbur (Summer 1932) and ending with "How Good Is the Quality of Health Care in the United States?" by Mark A. Schuster, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, and Robert H. Brook (Fall 1998).


A. "Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care," by Paul Saucier and Wendy Fox-Grage (November 2005, .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "The Effects of Energy Costs On U.S. Adults," by Jean Kalata (November 2005, .pdf format, 5p.).

C. Prime Time Radio: "AARP Bulletin's November Roundtable," (November 2005).

Prime Time Radio's monthly roundtable with the editors of the AARP Bulletin covers the spectrum of issues impacting the lives of older Americans. This month's topics include Iowa's plan to take care of the frail and elderly in the event of emergencies, a look at the issue of assisted suicide, or "doctor assisted dying," recently argued before the Supreme Court, and an update on evidence that exercise can diminish the chances of dementia in old age.

13. UK PENSIONS COMMISSION REPORT: "A New Pension Settlement for the Twenty-First Century: The Second Report of the Pensions Commission," (November 2005, .pdf and .zip format, 460p.). Notes from the Commission home page: "The Second Report of the Pensions Commission sets out our conclusions on the likely evolution of the UK pension system if policy is unchanged, and our recommendations for a new policy direction."

14. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING (NATSEM) [UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA] REPORT: "May the labour force be with you," by Simon Kelly, Tom Bolton and Ann Harding (AMP NATSEM Income and Wealth Report 12, December 2005, .pdf format, 28p.).,2449,CH5273%255FSI3,00.html

15. PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION PERIODICAL: _Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública_ (Vol. 17, No. 5/6, May/June 2005). Note: This issue focuses on aging in Latin America (some articles are not available in English).

16. _PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "3D structure of Alzheimer's amyloid-{beta}(1-42) fibrils," by Thorsten Lührs, Christiane Ritter, Marc Adrian, Dominique Riek-Loher, Bernd Bohrmann, Heinz Döbeli, David Schubert, and Roland Riek (Vol. 102, No. 48, November 29, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 17342-17347).


A. "NMDA receptor-independent long-term depression correlates with successful aging in rats," by Hey-Kyoung Lee, Sun Seek Min, Michela Gallagher, and Alfredo Kirkwood (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1657-1659).

B. "K-ATP channels promote the differential degeneration of dopaminergic midbrain neurons," by Birgit Liss, Olga Haeckel, Johannes Wildmann, Takashi Miki, Susumu Seino, and Jochen Roeper (Vol. 8, No. 12, December 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1742-1749).

18. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Risk of Death in Elderly Users of Conventional vs. Atypical Antipsychotic Medications," by Philip S. Wang, Sebastian Schneeweiss, Jerry Avorn, Michael A. Fischer, Helen Mogun, Daniel H. Solomon, and M. Alan Brookhart (Vol. 353, No. 22, December 1, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2335-2341).

19. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing access. "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in five Latin American cities (the PLATINO study): a prevalence study," Ana Maria B. Menezes, Rogelio Perez-Padilla, JoséRoberto B. Jardim, Adriana Muiño, Maria Victorina Lopez, Gonzalo Valdivia, Maria Montes de Oca, Carlos Talamo, Pedro C. Hallal, and Cesar G. Victora, for the PLATINO Team (Vol. 366, No. 9500, November 16, 2005, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1875-1881).


III. Working Papers:

20. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Should you Take a Lump-Sum or Annuitize? Results from Swiss Pension Funds," by Monika Butler and Federica Teppa (CESifo Working Paper No. 1610, November 2005, .pdf format, 33p.).


We use a unique dataset on individual retirement decisions in Swiss pension funds to analyze the choice between an annuity and a lump sum at retirement. Our analysis suggests the existence of an "acquiescence bias", meaning that a majority of retirees chooses the standard option offered by the pensions fund or suggested by common practice. Small levels of accumulated pension capital are much more likely to be withdrawn as a lump sum, suggesting a potential moral hazard behavior or a magnitude effect. We hardly find evidence for adverse selection effects in the data. Single men, for example, whose money's worth of an annuity is considerably below the corresponding value of married men, are not more likely to choose the capital option.

21. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "The Importance of Mortality Tempo-Adjustment: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations," by Marc Luy (MPIDR Working Paper WP 2005-035, November 2005, .pdf format, 34p.).


Bongaarts and Feeney's papers on tempo distortions stirred the world of demographers and divided their community into tempo supporters and tempo opponents. The number of scholars following the tempo approach in fertility continues to grow, whereas tempo-adjustment in mortality still is generally rejected. This rejection is irrational in principle, as the basic idea behind the tempo approach is independent of the kind of demographic event. Whereas tempo adjustments in the TFR mainly lead to higher estimates on the hypothetical family size under current fertility conditions, this paper shows that tempo-adjustments in life expectancy can provide a very different picture of current mortality conditions compared to conventional life expectancy. An application of the Bongaarts and Feeney method to the analysis of the mortality gap between western and eastern Germany yields remarkable results: The differences in survival conditions between the two regions still are considerably higher than generally expected, and the survival gap between the two entities began to narrow some years later than trends in conventional life expectancy suggest. Since life expectancy without adjustment for tempo effects is one of the demographic tools most frequently used to analyze mortality, the conclusion is that we may need to revise our current knowledge of mortality trends and the driving factors behind them.


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

22. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 12, No. 6, 2005).

23. Journal of Social Work (Vol. 5, No. 3, December 2005).

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.

Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 28, No. 4, 2005).

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 17, No. 3, 2005).

Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 16, No. 4, 2004).

Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 45, No. 4, 2005).

Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 17, No. 3, 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. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 30, 2005:

B. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 30, 2005:

C. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 30, 2005:

D. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 30, 2005:

E. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 30, 2005:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

26. OECD MONOGRAPH: _Ageing and Employment Policies -- Denmark_ (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, November 2005, non-printable .pdf format). Note: At the time of distribution, the .pdf version was browse-only. Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site.


VI. Funding Opportunities:

27. NIH:

A. "Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (SBIR [R43/R44])," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-055, Nov. 25, 2005).

B. "Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (STTR [R41/R42])," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-056, Nov. 25, 2005).

C. "Request for Information (RFI): Tools and Resources for Neurodegeneration Research (Neuroscience Blueprint)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, NOT-MH-05-023, Nov. 22, 2005).

28. INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF POPULATION: "International seminar on Longevity: Early-life Conditions, Social Mobility and Other Factors that Influence Survival to Old Age: Call for Junior Demographer--Junior Demographer Travel Grant." "The IUSSP Scientific Committee on Historical Demography invites applications for junior demographers to attend the IUSSP seminar on Longevity: Early-life Conditions, Social Mobility and Other Factors that Influence Survival to Old Age, organized by the Scientific Committee on Historical Demography. The seminar will be held in Lund, Sweden, on 8-10 June 2006, in collaboration with the Research Group in Economic Demography, Lund University." For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Living Stronger, Earning Longer: Redefining Retirement in the 21st Century Workplace," a hearing held April 27, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-137, .pdf and ASCII format, 96p.).

B. "HIV Over Fifty: Exploring the New Threat," a hearing held May 12, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-147, .pdf and ASCII format, 49p.).

C. "The Role of Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans in Increasing National Savings," a hearing hold April 12, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-129, .pdf and ASCII format, 296p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-129", "109-137", or "109-147" (without the quotes).


A. "Drug Importation: Would the Price Be Right?, on Examining the Price of Drug Reimportation, Focusing on Implications for United States Consumers, Pricing, Research and Development, and Innovation," a hearing hold February 17, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-87, .pdf and ASCII format, 105p.).

B. "Protecting America's Pension Plans from Fraud: Will Your Savings Retire Before You Do?, on Examining Protecting America's Pension Plans from Fraud, Focusing on the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration's Enforcement Strategy, Efforts to Address Weakness in its Enforcement Program along with the Challenges That Remain," a hearing hold June 9, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-144, .pdf and ASCII format, 93p.).

C. "PBGC Reform: Mending the Pension Safety Net, on Examining Proposals to Reform the Pension Funding Rules and Premiums Payable to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation," a hearing held April 26, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-122, .pdf and ASCII format, 68p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-87" or "109-144" (without the quotes). For the third hearing, look for "109-121" or "109-122". Right now the hearing is listed as "109-121", which is incorrect and may be changed in the future.

31. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Financial Status of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Administration's Defined Benefit Plan Funding Proposal," a hearing held March 1, 2005 (S.Hrg. 109-125, .pdf format, 185p.).

32. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Long-Term Care and Medicaid: Spiraling Costs and the Need for Reform," a hearing held April 27, 2005 (Serial No. 109-24, .pdf and ASCII format, 174p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-24" (without quotes).

33. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES HEARING PUBLICATION: "Generations Working Together: Financial Literacy and Social Security Reform," a hearing held April 20, 2005 (Serial No. 109-19, .pdf and ASCII format, 129p.).

Scroll down to or "find in page" "109-19" (without quotes).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

34. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "The Center for Retirement Research developed and provides without charge Get Rich Slow, an interactive game that motivates women to become actively engaged in retirement planning.

Get Rich Slow targets the key impediments women face by providing hands-on education through a fun, non-threatening group experience. In the Game, women make decisions - and experience the implications of their decisions and chance events, like stock market booms and busts, job loss, and health shocks. Women will get a clear overview of the financial planning process, their unique retirement income needs, and the hands-on experience essential to feel confident in moving ahead."




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