Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #329--March 16, 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. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "WHO Mortality Database Update: Note: All files are .zip compressed (data in ASCII format, documentation in Microsoft Word format). The following files from the WHO Mortality Database were updated on Mar. 14, 2006: "", "", "", "", "", and " ".,whsa,mort_download&language=english

Links to data files and documentation are at the bottom of the page.

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2004 National Hospital Discharge Survey Data and Documentation," (March 2006, data in compressed ASCII format, documentation in .pdf format.



3. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Mar. 8, 2006, 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:

New data:

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

Click on "list".


II. Reports and articles:

4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2004" (March 2006, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format, 171p.).

Scroll down the page to find links to full text.

5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING REPORTS: "The Administration on Aging is pleased to present Choices for Independence (Choices), our proposal for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (Act). Choices, a 28 million dollar demonstration project, builds on the mission and success of the Act and aims to strengthen and modernize its role in promoting consumer choice, control, and independence in long-term care."

A. "Choices for Independence" (March 2006, Microsoft Word format, 5p.).

B. "Technical Clarifying Amendments" (March 2006, Microsoft Word format, 1p.).

Both articles are available at present from the AOA home page:

If the news release announcing these papers is not on the page, try clicking on "Previous" or "Next" under Top Stories box, until a news release with the headline "Choices for Independence" appears. This release contains links to full text.

6. _MONTHLY LABOR REVIEW_ ARTICLE: "Trends in retirement plan coverage over the last decade," by Stephanie L. Costo (Vol. 129, No. 2, February 2006, .pdf format, p. 58-64). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

7. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR QUICK FACTS: "Older Women Workers, ages 55 and over" (March 2006).


A. "30 million dollar (22.160 million US dollars)boost for frail aged and disability services in NSW (New South Wales)."

B. "Santoro issues abuse prevention challenge to aged-care industry" (SAN026/06, Mar. 15, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Medicare rebates for cataract surgery" (ABB028/06, Mar. 15, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

9. PARLIAMENTARY AND HEALTH SERVICE OMBUDSMAN [UK] REPORT: "Trusting in the pensions promise: Government bodies and the security of final salary occupational pensions'," by Ann Abraham (March 2006, .pdf format, 254p.).

Press Release:

10. _DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH_ ARTICLE: "Ages of origin and destination for a difference in life expectancy," by Elwood Carlson (Vol. 14, Article 11, March 2006, .pdf format, p. 217-236). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


A. "Ahead of the Curve: Emerging Trends and Practices in Family Caregiver Support," by Lynn Friss Feinberg, Kari Wolkwitz, and Cara Goldstein (AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper #2006-09, March 2006, .pdf format, 55p.).

B. "2005 Missouri Member Survey on Long-Term Care, Assisted Living, and Medicaid," by Brittne M. Nelson and Joanne Binette (February 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

C. "Financing Long-term Care in Hawai'i: A Survey of Residents 18 and Older," by Jennifer H. Sauer (March 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

D. "Extending Preferences for Dividends and Capital Gains: Who Gains the Most?" by John Gist (AARP Public Policy Institute Data Digest 133, March 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).

12. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION MEDICARE ISSUE BRIEFS: KFF has released two issue briefs: "The Growth of Private Plans in Medicare, 2006" (March 2006, .pdf format, 25p.), and "The Landscape of Private Firms Offering Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage in 2006" (March 2006, .pdf format, 32p.). Both are authored by Marsha Gold. Links to abstracts and full text are available at:


A. "The State of Private Pensions: Current 5500 Data," by Marric Buessing and Mauricio Soto (IB #42, February 2006, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "401(k) Plans are Still Coming Up Short," by Alicia H. Munnell and Annika Sunden (IB #43, March 2006, .pdf format, 9p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

14. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION POLICY BRIEF: "Building Automatic Solvency into U.S. Social Security: Insights from Sweden and Germany," by James C. Capretta (Policy Brief #151, March 2006, .pdf format, 8p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

15. _NATURE_ LETTER EXTRACT: "A specific amyloid-beta protein assembly in the brain impairs memory," by Sylvain Lesne, Ming Teng Koh, Linda Kotilinek, Rakez Kayed, Charles G. Glabe, Austin Yang, Michela Gallagher and Karen H. Ashe (Vol. 440, No. 7082, Mar. 16, 2006).


A. "Play It Again, Sam -- Depression Is Recurring," by Burton V. Reifler (editorial extract, Vol. 354, No. 11, Mar. 16, 2006, p. 1130-1138).

B. "Maintenance Treatment of Major Depression in Old Age," by Charles F. Reynolds, III, Mary Amanda Dew, Bruce G. Pollock, Benoit H. Mulsant, Ellen Frank, Mark D. Miller, Patricia R. Houck, Sati Mazumdar, Meryl A. Butters, Jacqueline A. Stack, Mary Ann Schlernitzauer, Ellen M. Whyte, Ariel Gildengers, Jordan Karp, Eric Lenze, Katalin Szanto, Salem Bensasi, and David J. Kupfer (article abstract, Vol. 354, No. 11, Mar. 16, 2006, p. 1130-1138).

Related US National Institutes of Health News Release: "Maintenance Treatment Prevents Recurrence in Older Adults with Single-Episode Depressions" (Mar. 15, 2006).

C. "Delirium in Older Persons," by Sharon K. Inouye (review article extract, Vol. 354, No. 11, Mar. 16, 2006, p. 1157-1165).

17. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE: "Effectiveness of hip protectors for preventing hip fractures in elderly people: systematic review," by Martyn J. Parker, William J. Gillespie, and Lesley D. Gillespie (Vol. 322, No. 7541, Mar. 11, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 571-574). Note: this article is freely available to the public.

18. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Oral melphalan and prednisone chemotherapy plus thalidomide compared with melphalan and prednisone alone in elderly patients with multiple myeloma: randomised controlled trial," by Antonio Palumbo, Sara Bringhen, Tommaso Caravita, Emanuela Merla, Vincenzo Capparella, Vincenzo Callea, Clotilde Cangialosi, Mariella Grasso, Fausto Rossini, Monica Galli, Lucio Catalano, Elena Zamagni, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Valerio De Stefano, Manuela Ceccarelli, Maria Teresa Ambrosini, Ilaria Avonto, Patrizia Falco, Giovannino Ciccone, Anna Marina Liberati, Pellegrino Musto, and Mario Boccadoro (Vol. 367, No. 9513, Mar. 11, 2006, p. 825-831).


III. Working Papers:

19. CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR POPULATION RESEARCH (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES): "A Dynamic Model of Retirement in Indonesia," by Douglas McKee (CCPR-005-06, February 2006, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


A. "Working for a Good Retirement," by Barbara A. Butrica, Karen E. Smith and C. Eugene Steuerle (WP #2006-8, March 2006, .pdf format, 38p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Personalized Retirement Advice and Managed Accounts: Who Uses Them and How Does Advice Affect Behavior In 401(k) Plans?" by Julie Agnew (WP #2006-9, March 2006, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Can Heterogeneity of Populations Explain Differences In Mortality?" by James W. Vaupel, Roland Rau, Carlo Giovanni Camarda, and Kristin G. von Kistowski (WP #2006-10, March 2006, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

21. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY: "Characteristics and Medical Expenses of Adults 18 to 64-Years Old with Functional Limitations, Combined Years 1997-2002," by Gary Olin and Deborah D. Dougherty (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, WP #00006, March 2006, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:


A. "Inter-provincial Migration of Income Among Canada's Older Population: 1996-2001," by K. Bruce Newbold (SEDAP Research Paper No. 148, February 2006, .pdf format, 34p.).


Much of the literature on internal migration in Canada has focused on the determinants of migration, as opposed to the impacts. Yet, it is likely that migration has a large impact upon the distribution and re-distribution of income across regions. Such impacts may be magnified within the older population, as their relocation involves the transfer of savings such as pensions, retirement investments, or other income supplements from province to province. Using methods proposed by Plane (1999), income-based versions of demographic effectiveness and efficiency are applied to evaluate the movement of non-earned income in the Canadian context among Canada's older population. The analysis uses data drawn from the 2001 Census, and focuses upon the older population (aged 60+ in 2001), distinguishing between three types of income, including (i) Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplements; (ii) Canada/Quebec pension plan benefits; and (iii) Retirement Investment income. In addition to evaluating the magnitude of income redistribution, the impact of primary, return, and onward migration on regional income distributions is also evaluated, illustrating the importance of return migration in transferring incomes over space.

B. "What Ownership Society: Debating Housing and Social Security Reform in the United States," by Daniel Béland (SEDAP Research Paper No. 150, February 2006, .pdf format, 39p.).


This article explores President George W. Bush's "ownership society" blueprint in comparative and historical perspective. By taking the "ownership society" seriously, it is possible to understand how it is deeply rooted in the American cultural repertoire, and how it offers a coherent neo-liberal discourse aimed at constructing the "need to reform" existing social policy legacies in the sense of a greater reliance on private savings and ownership. Although grounded in the American repertoire, President Bush's "ownership society" is inspired by a foreign model: Thatcher's "popular capitalism," another neo-liberal blueprint that featured a similar celebration of personal ownership. Discussing Thatcherism briefly before analyzing the debate over President Bush's "ownership society" in the fields of housing and pensions, this article underlines the relationship between ideational processes and institutional legacies in policy-making.

23. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Informal Care and Employment in England: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey," by Axel Heitmueller and Pierre-Carl Michaud (Discussion Paper 2010, March 2006, .pdf format, 55p.).


More than 40% of the respondents in the British Household Panel Survey provide informal care at least for one year within the period 1991-2003 and carers are usually less likely to hold simultaneously a paid job. There is little evidence on the mechanism that links informal care provision and labour market outcomes. This paper provides evidence on the pathways through which this pattern arises using a multivariate dynamic panel data model that accounts for state-dependence, feedback effects and correlated unobserved heterogeneity. We find evidence of a causal link from informal care to employment with employment rates reduced by up to 6 percentage points. However, this effect is only found for co-residential carers who account for one third of the population of carers and less than 5 percent of the overall labor force. For the same group, a significantly smaller link from employment to care provision is found. A micro-simulation exercise using the model estimates suggest that the overall potential pressure on the provision of informal care created by a rise in the employment rate is minimal.

24. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Probabilistic Aging," by Dominik Grafenhofer, Christian Jaag, and Christian Keuschnigg (Working Paper No. 1680, March 2006, .pdf format, 38p.).


The paper develops an overlapping generations model with probabilistic aging of households. We define age as a set of personal attributes such as earnings potential, health and tastes that are characteristic of a person's position in the life-cycle. In assuming a limited number of different states of age, we separate the concepts of age and time since birth. Agents may retain their age characteristics for several periods before they move with a given probability to another state of age. Different generations that share the same age characteristics are aggregated analytically to a low number of age groups. The probabilistic aging model thus allows for a very parsimonious yet rather close approximation of demographic structure and life-cycle differences in earnings, wealth and consumption. Existing classes of overlapping generations models follow as special cases.


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

25. American Economic Review (Vol. 96, No. 1, March 2006). 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.

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

26. Population and Development Review (Vol. 32, No. 1, March 2006).

27. Research in Nursing & Health (Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2006).

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Educational Gerontology (Vol. 32, No. 4, April 2006). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

29. 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 Mar. 15, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2006:

F. Opthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

30. US NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL: _Medicare's Quality Improvement Organization Program: Maximizing Potential_ (Series: Pathways to Quality Health Care) (Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Performance Measures, Payment, and Performance Improvement Programs, National Academies Press, 2006, OpenBook format, 383p.). Note: ordering information for a print or .pdf format copy is available at the site.


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Research on Sleep and Sleep Disorders (R21)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-06-238, reissue, Mar. 16, 2006).

B. "Change in Expiration Dates for PA-05-036 and PA-05-136" (National Institute on Aging, NOT-AG-06-007, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

C. "Testing Stem Cell Therapy in Mouse Models of Premature Aging (R21) (National Institute on Aging, PA-06-137, reissue, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

D, "Retirement Economics (R03)" (National Institutes on Aging, PA-06-235, reissue, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

E. "Retirement Economics (R21)" (National Institute on Aging, PA-06-236, reissue, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

F. "Research on Social Work Practice and Concepts in Health (R03)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-06-233, reissue, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

G. "Research on Social Work Practice and Concepts in Health (R21)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PA-06-234, reissue, Mar. 10, 2006). For more information see:

H. "International Neuroscience Fellowship (F05)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAR-06-227, Mar. 9, 2006). For more information see:

I. "Gene Discovery for Complex Neurological and Neurobehavioral Disorders (R21)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAS-06-204, Mar. 8, 2006). For more information see:

J. "Interactions Between Stem and Progenitor Cells and the Microenvironment (R03)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAS-06-207, reissue, Mar. 9, 2006). For more information see:

K. "Interactions Between Stem and Progenitor Cells and the Microenvironment (R21)" (National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies, PAS-06-208, reissue, Mar. 9, 2006). For more information see:

VII. Conferences:


A. Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of California, San Diego: "Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease," a conference to be held Apr. 28-29, 2006 in San Diego, California. For more information, including registration information see:

or call: 858/534-3940

B. Joseph & Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Duke University [Durham, North Carolina]: "20 Years: Creative New Directions in Research and Care, 1987-2006," a conference to be held in Durham, North Carolina, Apr. 27-28, 2006). For more information see:

Conference brochure: (.pdf format, 8p.).

or call: 919/660-7510 or 800/646-2028

C. Sun Health Research Institute: "Living Well in the Circle of Life: 3rd Annual Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Update Conference a forum for review and discussion of cultural issues and specific views regarding dementia in American Indians," to be held in Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, Arizona, May 12, 2006. For more information

or call: 623/875-6524

D. Memory and Aging Center, University of California, San Francisco: "5th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias," a conference to be held in San Francisco, Sep. 6-8, 2006. For more information see (.pdf format, 2p.):

or call: 415/476-4251

E. "University Center on Aging and Health, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland Ohio): "Reflecting on 100 Years of Alzheimer's: The Global Impact on Quality of Lives," a conference to be held Nov. 6-7, 2006, in Cleveland. For more information see:

or call: 216/368-4945

33. INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOGERIATRIC ASSOCIATION: "European Regional Meeting," to be held May 3-6, 2006 in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information see:

More information about IPA:

VIII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Bridging the Gender Gap: Eliminating Retirement Income Disparity for Women," a hearing held Mar. 15, 2006.

Hearing testimony (.pdf format):

B. "Mandatory or Optional? The Truth About Medicaid," a hearing held Jun. 28, 2005 (Senate Hearing 109-224, ASCII text and .pdf format, 126p.).

Hearing Publication:

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-224" (without the quotes).

35. US SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "A Pension Double Header: Reforming Hybrid And Multi-Employer Pension Plans, on Examining Reforming Hybrid and Multi-Employer Pension Plans, Focusing on the Causes of Uncertainty for Hybrids and Multi-Employer Plans, Including Funding Problems And Proposals to Restore Stability and Solvency," a hearing held Jun. 7, 2005 (Senate Hearing 109-165, ASCII text and .pdf format, 94p.).

Search under "109th Congress" "Senate Hearings" for "109-165" (WITH the quotes). Search box is at the bottom of the page.

36. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH, HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals," a hearing held March 15, 2006.

Hearing testimony:


IX. Websites of Interest:

37. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION: "" Update: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from Feb. 21 - Mar 16, 2006 have been updated. (P. 1 of the "New or Updated Topics).

38. AARP GLOBAL AGING PROGRAM: "Portfolio on Health and Aging." This is a "collection of recently released international resources on health and aging topics including prescription drug importation, health IT, and health care quality and affordability.

39. MEDSCAPE MENOPAUSE RESEARCH CENTER UPDATE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. The Menopause Research Center, with "Collections of Medscape's key clinical content" was most recently updated Mar. 7, 2006).

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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