Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #321--January 19, 2006


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. "DETERMINANTS OF HEALTHY LONGEVITY IN CHINA: A LONGITUDINAL SURVEY BIBLIOGRAPHY: DHLC has provided a partial bibliography of publications, presentations, books, chapters, and theses based on the survey at:

At present there is a listing of 180 items.

2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has recently updated its bibliography. The bibliography is available at:

New items:

Book Chapters:

Coile, C. and Gruber, J. The Effect of Social Security on Retirement in the United States. In: Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World, eds. Jonathan Gruber and David Wise. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2004

Lusardi, A. Financial Education and Saving. In: Pension Design and Structure: New Lessons from Behavioral Economics, eds. Mitchell, O. and Utkus, S. Oxford University Press, 2004.


Glymour, M. M., Identifying Social Determinants of Old Age Cognitive Function 2004. Harvard University.

Journal Articles:

Chan, S. and Stevens, A. H., Do Changes in Pension Incentives Affect Retirement? A Longitudinal Study of Subjective Retirement Expectations Journal of Public Economics, vol. 88, pp. 1307-1333, 2004.

Keating, N. L., Norredam, M., Landrum, M. B., Huskamp, H. A., and Meara, E., Physical and Mental Health Status of Older Long-Term Cancer Survivors Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 53, pp. 2145-2152, 2005.

Langa, K. M., Plassman, B. L., Wallace, R. B., Herzog, A. R., Heeringa, S. G., Ofstedal, M. B., Burke, J. R., Fisher, G. G., Fultz, N. H., Hurd, M. D., Potter, G. P., Rodgers, W. L., Steffens, D. C., Weir, D. R., and Willis, R. J., The Aging, Demographics and Memory Study: Study Design and Methods Neuroepidemiology, vol. 25, pp. 181-191, 2005.

Ostermann, J. and Sloan, F. A., The Effect of Heavy Drinking on Social Security Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Contributions and Benefits The Milbank Quarterly, vol. 82, pp. 507-46, 2004.

Siegel, M. J., Bradley, E. H., Gallo, W. T., and Kasl, S. V., The Effect of Spousal Mental and Physical Health on Husbands' and Wives' Depressive Symptoms, Among Older Adults: Longitudinal Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 16, pp. 398-425, 2004.


Glymour, M.M., Berkman, L.F., Robins, J.M., and Kawachi, I., Does Childhood Schooling Affect Old Age Cognitive Function? Evidence from Natural Experiments 2004. Harvard University.

3. MISSOURI STATE DATA CENTER: The Missouri State Data Center has added the following data sets to its collection:

A. "A complete set of 1990 Summary Tape File 4 datasets for the U.S.  These are 'File C' sets with data for the nation, states, counties, places over 10,000 and other large-area geographies. And, being STF4, the data are available for a variety of race/hispanic groups. [The] collection includes 12 'chariters' for the B Table files in addition to the A Table file.

B. "A set of custom-generated population estimates done by the Census Bureau for the National Center for Health Statistics covering the years from 1990 to 2004 (intercensal 199X and post-2k numbers packaged separately). These are akin to the CASRH estimates except that race has been recoded so that each estimated person falls into only 1 of 4 'bridged' race categories,  and the age detail is single years instead of 5-year cohorts. We have only converted these data for Missouri (because of their large size and because the audience for such data may be limited to demographer types). But we downloaded data for the entire US and can easily convert other states if there is interest." Access to both datasets is via the Uexplore/Dexter web based extraction system.

For more information on Uexplore/Dexter see:

More on MCDC:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US SUPREME COURT OPINIONS AND DISSENTS--OREGON ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW: "Gonzalez, Attorney General, et al. v. Oregon, et al. (argued Oct. 5, 2005, Decided Jan. 17, 2006) (HTML and .pdf format, 62p.).



5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Nursing Homes: Despite Increased Oversight, Challenges Remain in Ensuring High-Quality Care and Resident Safety," (GAO-06-117, December 2005, .pdf format, 75p.).

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

6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Barriers to Implementing Technology in Residential Long-Term Care Settings," by Vicki A. Freedman, Maggie Calkins, Robert DeRosiers, and Kimberly Van Haitsma (December 2005, HTML and .pdf format, 52p.).

7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Deaths: Final Data for 2003," by Donna L. Hoyert, Melonie Heron, Sherry L. Murphy, and Hsiang-Ching Kung (January 2006, .pdf format).

8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES FINAL DECISION MEMO: "NCA Tracking Sheet for Cardiac Catheterization Performed In Other Than A Hospital Setting (CAG-00166N)" (Jan. 12, 2006).


A. "Study Links Alzheimer's Disease to Abnormal Cell Division" (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Jan. 17, 2006).

B. "For Hispanic Men 50 Plus--Learning About Prostate Problems Can Save Your Life" (National Institute on Aging, Jan. 17, 2006).

10. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "Exercise Associated with Reduced Risk of Dementia in Older Adults" (Alzheimer's Disease Education&Referral Center (ADEAR), Jan. 16, 2006).

11. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "Nearly 24 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Now Have Prescription Drug Coverage"(Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Jan. 17, 2006).

12. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY REPORT: "The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expenses for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003," by Marie N. Stagnitti (US Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief 109, January 2006, .pdf format, 5p.).

13. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT NEWSLETTER: "Older Workers -- Living longer, working longer," (Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA) Newsletter Issue No. 2, January 2006, .pdf format, 12p.).

14. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "Home away from home for older Australians gives carers a break" (JB01/06, Jan. 13, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

Note: There are additional "Home away from home" news releases (HTML and .pdf format) for each state at:

All "Home away from Home" news releases are dated 13/01/2006.

15. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Older people's income catching up," by Henk-Jan Dirven (January 2006).

16. NORTH DAKOTA STATE DATA CENTER REPORT: "Hearing Impairment Among North Dakotans, 2005 Report," by by Richard Rathge and Ramona Danielson (January 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).


A. "The 50+ Workforce: An AARP Wyoming Survey of Businesses," by Jennifer H. Sauer (January 2006, .pdf format, 35p.).

B. _AARP Bulletin_ (January 2006). Selected articles from the latest _Bulletin_ are available at the site.

18. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "A Critical Window for Policymaking on Population Aging in Developing Countries," by Toshiko Kaneda (January 2006).

19. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER: _EBRI Notes_ (Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

20. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, January 2006, .pdf format, 6p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad."

21. NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR CAREGIVING BROCHURE: "Care for the Family Caregiver: A Place to Start" (December 2005, .pdf format, 42p.).

More information on NAC:


A. "Is Adverse Selection in the Annuity Market a Big Problem?" by Anthony Webb (IB#40, January 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "Empirical Regularity Suggests Retirement Risks," by Luke Delorme, Alicia H. Munnell and Anthony Webb (IB#41, January 2006, .pdf format, 4p.).


A. "Obesity in middle age is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease," by Susan Mayor (news roundup, Vol. 332, No. 7533, Jan. 14, 2006, p. 71).

B. "Screening for prostate cancer may not reduce mortality," by Fred Charatan (news extra, Vol. 332, No. 7533, Jan. 14, 2006, p. 72).



A. "A Map for the Medicare Maze: For Part D, the biggest problem lies ahead: persuading seniors to sign up. Of those with the choice, only 1 million have joined so far," by Jane Bryant Quinn (_Newsweek_, Jan. 16, 2006).

B. "Help for Hot Flashes: Hormone therapy is risky for some menopausal women. But new thinking says it could still benefit others," by Barbara Kantrowitz and Pat Wingert (_Newsweek_ Web Exclusive, Jan. 17, 2006).

26. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "What Comes Next? Scientists are now grappling with a major setback to stem cell research," by Helen Fields (_US News and World Report_, Jan. 23, 2006).


A. "Medicare for All," by Pete Stark (_Nation_, Feb. 6, 2006).

B. " Part D From Outer Space," by Trudy Lieberman (_Nation_, Jan. 30, 2006).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Gender, Marriage, and Asset Accumulation in the United States," by Lucie Schmidt and Purvi Sevak (WP 2005-109, December 2005, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Financial Literacy and Planning: Implications for Retirement Wellbeing," by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP 2005-108, December 2005, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Technological Progress and Worker Productivity at Different Ages," by John P. Laitner and Dmitriy Stolyarov (WP 2005-107, December 2005, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

29. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Measuring the Value of a Statistical Life: Problems and Prospects," by Orley Ashenfelter (w11916, January 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).


Tradeoffs between monetary wealth and fatal safety risks are summarized in the value of a statistical life (VSL), a measure that is widely used for the evaluation of public policies in medicine, the environment, and transportation safety. This paper demonstrates the widespread use of this concept and summarizes the major issues, both theoretical and empirical, that must be confronted in order to provide a credible estimate of a VSL. The paper concludes with an application of these issues to a particular study of speed limits and highway safety.

30. PRINCETON UNIVERSITY RESEARCH PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES: "The Determinants of Mortality," by David Cutler, Angus Deaton, and Adriana Lleras-Muney (Unnumbered working paper, December 2005, .pdf format, 43p.).


Mortality rates have fallen dramatically over time, starting in a few countries in the 18th century, and continuing to fall today. In just the past century, life expectancy has increased by over 30 years. At the same time, mortality rates remain much higher in poor countries, with a difference in life expectancy between rich and poor countries of also about 30 years. This difference persists despite the remarkable progress in health improvement in the last half century, at least until the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In both the time-series and the cross-section data, there is a strong correlation between income per capita and mortality rates, a correlation that also exists within countries, where richer, better-educated people live longer. We review the determinants of these patterns: over history, over countries, and across groups within countries. While there is no consensus about the causal mechanisms, we tentatively identify the application of scientific advance and technical progress (some of which is induced by income and facilitated by education) as the ultimate determinant of health. Such an explanation allows a consistent interpretation of the historical, cross-country, and within-country evidence. We downplay direct causal mechanisms running from income to health.

31. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Intergenerational Earnings Mobility: changes across cohorts in Britain," by John F. Ermisch, and Cheti Nicoletti (WP 2005-19, January 2006, .pdf format, 36p.).


The aim of this paper is to analyse intergenerational earnings mobility in Britain for cohorts of sons born between 1950 and 1972. Since there are no British surveys with information on both sons and their fathers' earnings covering the above period, we consider two separate samples from the British Household Panel Survey: a first sample containing information on sons' earnings and a set of occupational and education characteristics of their fathers and a second one with data on the same set of fathers' characteristics and their earnings. We combine information from the two samples by using the two-sample two-stage least square estimator described by Arellano and Meghir (1992) and Ridder and Moffit (2005).


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

32. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 163, No. 3, Feb. 1, 2006).

33. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 13, No. 1, 2006).

34. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 18, No. 1, February 2006). 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 issues.

35. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 60, Nos. 12, December 2005). Note: Full electronic text of these journals is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

36. 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 Jan. 18, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 18, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 18, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 18, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 18, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 18, 2006:

AMADEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. _Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, Sixth Edition_, edited by James Birren and K. Schaie (Academic Press, 2005, 600p. ISBN: 0-12-101265-4). For more information, see:

B. _Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Sixth Edition_, edited by Robert Binstock and Linda George (Academic Press, 2006, 544p., ISBN: 0-12-088388-0). For more information see:

C. _Towards an Interdisciplinary Perspective on the Life Course, 10_, edited by Rene Levy, Paolo Ghisletta, Jean-Marie Le Goff, Dario Spini, and Eric Widmer (Advances in Life Course Research Series) (JAI, 2005, 412p. ISBN: 0-7623-1251-3), For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Change in Status of Program Announcement PA-05-036 - Retirement Economics," (NOT-AG-06-002, National Institute on Aging January 12, 2006).

B. "NIA Intervention Testing Program Solicits Proposals for Compounds to Test for Anti-Aging Activity in Mice," (NOT-AG-06-001, National Institute on Aging, January 13, 2006).

C. "Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)" (PAR-06-117, National Institute on Aging, Jan. 11, 2006).


VII. Conferences/Request for Proposals:

39. RAND CORPORATION SUMMER INSTITUTE: The 13th annual Rand Summer Institute will take place Jul. 12-15, 2006, in Santa Monica California. "It will consist of two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (Jul. 12-13), and Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging (Jul. 14-15). For more information, including registration information, see:

40. CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND HUMAN ECOLOGY/INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL STUDIES/INSTITUTE NATIONAL D'ETUDES DEMOGRAPHIQUES/MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH/INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF POPULATION CALL FOR PAPERS: "Mortality in countries of the former USSR. Fifteen years after break-up: change or continuity? International seminar to be held in Oct. 12-14, 2006 in Kiev, Russia. Announcement is available in .pdf format (3p.). For more information see

See "12 to 14 October 2006, Kiev, Ukraine" announcement.

41. AMD [AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: "International White Paper on Quality of Life with AMD. (.pdf format, 4p.)" "AMD Alliance International invites proposals for the fulfillment of a project of literature review and writing on quality of life with age related macular degeneration. The AMD Alliance International seeks a qualified social, medical, or applied research department or individual to prepare a White Paper on Quality of Life with Age related macular degeneration for use in AMD Alliance campaigns." Deadline for proposals is Jan. 30, 2006. For more information see:

More information on AMD Alliance International:


VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION KAISEREDU.ORG UPDATE: has added a new tutorial on "Financing Long-Term Care. (Multi-media audio and/or Microsoft PowerPoint format).

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