Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #334--April 20, 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. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "Health Data for All Ages (HDAA)." "This site presents interactive tables with pretabulated health statistics by age, gender, race/ethnicity and geography."

2. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: The WLS 11.11 data set is now available. This dataset includes new data from the current round of interviews, as well as updates to the 1957-1994 data. For more information see:

Data and documentation access:

3. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Part D Enrollment Data," (April 2006, Excel format). "The Medicare Drug Coverage Enrollment Data page is designed to be a central location for Medicare drug plan enrollment figures. Data include enrollment figures by state, by county, and by number of prescription drug claims, and include figures for both standalone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage Plans that include Medicare prescription drug coverage (MA-PDs). This page also contains links to press releases regarding Medicare prescription drug coverage enrollment.

Press Release:

Links to tables.


II. Reports and articles:

4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2003" (April 2006, HTML, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

5. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PROPOSED RULES: "Medicare Program; Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2007 Rates," (April 2006, .pdf format, 1192p.).

Press Release:

6. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: _Advisory Opinion document, 06-03_ (concerning a pharmaceutical company patient assistance program that provides free outpatient prescription drugs to financially-needy Medicare Part D enrollees entirely outside of the Part D benefit) (April 18, 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

7. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PRESS RELEASE: "Lifestyle Changes Can Help Older Hispanics Manage Diabetes," (April 18, 2006).

8. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO RESEARCH LETTER: "State and Local Government Public Pension Forum: A conference summary," by Rick Mattoon (No. 226a, May 2006, .pdf format, 4p.).

9. MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Minnesota mortality rates decline between 2000 and 2003," by Martha McMurry (April 2006, .pdf format, 6p.).


A. "Insuring Occupational Pensions," by Lawrence Churchill (Global Report on Aging, Spring 2006).

B. The following AARP _Prime Time Radio_ show is now available (RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required, audio transcripts run between 24 and 30 minutes).

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A. "Medicaid Long-Term Services Reforms in the Deficit Reduction Act," by Jeffrey S. Crowley (April 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).

B. "Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use: Empirical Evidence and Policy Significance," by Timothy Waidmann and Korbin Liu (April 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

C. "Beyond Cash and Counseling: An Inventory of Individual Budget-based Community Long-Term Care Programs," by Brenda C. Spillman, Kirsten J. Black and Barbara A. Ormond (April 2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

D. "Nursing Home Transition Programs: Perspectives of State Medicaid Officials," by Judy Kasper and Molly O'Malley (April 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

E. "Home Transition Programs: Perspectives of Medicaid Care Planners," by Judy Kasper and Molly O'Malley (April 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).

12. UK HEALTH AND SOCIAL INFORMATION SERVICE REPORT: "Prescription Cost Analysis, 2005" (April 2006, .pdf format, 606p. with tables in Microsoft Excel, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel, and .pdf format, and a glossary (.pdf format, 5p.).

13. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH [UK] REPORT: "NHS End of Life Care Programme: Progress Report March 2006," by Ian Philp and Mike Richards (March 2006, .pdf format, 34p.).

14. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Health inequalities in Australia," (Health Inequalities Monitoring Series No. 2, April 2006, .pdf format, 158p.).

15. GERMAN STATISTICAL OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: "New model calculation on life expectancy for birth cohorts" (Apr. 13, 2006). Note: the English version is linked to a more detailed German version, which contains a relevant table.


A. "The care of older people," by Christopher Deeming and Justin Keen (Vol. 332, No. 7546, April 15, 2006, p. 867-868).

B. "Clinical value of the metabolic syndrome for long term prediction of total and cardiovascular mortality: prospective, population based cohort study," by Johan Sundström, Ulf Risérus, Liisa Byberg, Björn Zethelius, Hans Lithell, and Lars Lind (Vol. 332, No. 7546, April 15, 2006, p. 878-882).

C. "Metabolic syndrome and mortality," by Andrew Farmer (Vol. 332, No. 7546, April 15, 2006, p. 883).

17. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "Estrogen Again," by Christine Gorman (Vol. 167, No. 17., April 24, 2006).,9171,1184071,00.html

18. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Menopause: Anatomy of a Hot Flash," by Carolyn R. Schatz and Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. (April 24, 2006).


III. Working Papers:

19. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: "Health Insurance for the Elderly - Issues in Measurement Workshop, April 2003," by D.E.B. Potter and Jessica Vistnes (Working Paper #06003, March 2006, .pdf format, 103p.).

20. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: Macroeconomic Impact of an Aging Population in a Highly Open Economy," by Lamin Leigh (Working Paper No. 06/87, March 2006, .pdf format, 19p.). Note: Abstract and full-text are available at:

21. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Fairness in the Family: Implications for Parent-Adult Child Interactions," by John F. Ermisch (WP 2006-13, April 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).


This paper advances the hypothesis that transfers of contact/in-kind help and money between parents and an adult child reflect concerns for fairness and reciprocity, and may be interpreted as a "gift exchange". It is inspired by recent evidence from experiments that suggests that even strangers behave in accordance with concerns for fairness and reciprocity. The implications of this hypothesis for the relationship between parents' resources and frequency of contact/in-kind are contrasted with those of efficient exchange and family constitution models of intergenerational transfers. Empirical evidence from the British Household Panel Study provides stronger support for the gift exchange model than the efficient exchange or binding constitution models.


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

22. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2006).

23. Research on Aging (Vol. 28, No. 3, May 1, 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 these databases and this issue.


24. 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 April 19, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 19, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 19, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 19, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 19, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 19, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. _Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Practices for Older Adults: A Guide to Implementation_ by Sue Levkoff, Hongtu Chen, Jane Fisher, and John McIntyre (May 2006, ISBN: 0826169651, 240p.). Ordering information can be found at:

B. _Vulnerable Older Adults: Health Care Needs and Interventions_ by Patricia Burbank (May 2006, ISBN: 0826102085, 272p.). Ordering information can be found at:


VI. Funding Opportunities:

26. NIH:

A. "Methodology And Measurement In The Behavioral And Social Sciences (R03)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-344, April 14, 2006).

B. "Methodology And Measurement In The Behavioral And Social Sciences (R21)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, PA-06-343, April 14, 2006).

C. "Global Partnerships for Social Science AIDS Research (R24)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, RFA-HD-06-007, April 13, 2006).


VII. Conferences:

27. PENN STATE 14th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON FAMILY ISSUES: CARING AND EXCHANGE WITHIN AND ACROSS GENERATIONS, to be held at University Park, Pennsylvania, Oct. 5-6 2006. "Intergenerational dependent care will be the focus of Penn State's 14th annual Symposium on Family Issues, October 5-6, 2006. "Caring and Exchange Within and Across Generations" will be addressed by 16 of the top scholars in gerontology, sociology, economics, demography, and human development from major institutions.  The symposium is innovative for the integration of perspectives from multiple social sciences as well as for addressing policy implications. The intent of the symposium is to consider factors that account for variation and change in relationships within and among generations, the strengths and weaknesses of existing information that can be used to understand change in inter- and intra-generational relationships, and implications for social policies, in light of the dramatic changes in family composition.  Lead speakers will include Kathleen McGarry (Economics, UCLA), Donald Cox (Economics, Boston College), Karl Pillemer (Human Development, Cornell), and Steven Nock (Sociology, U. of Virginia)." For more information see:

or contact Carolyn Scott at:

28. EUROPEAN GROUP FOR RESEARCH INTO ELDERLY AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: "Physical Activity and Successful Aging: Xth International Conference," Sept. 14- Sept. 16, 2006. "The Xth EGREPA Conference is oriented towards researchers, clinicians, practitioners, trainers, healthcare-professionals, service-providers, family and professional geriatric caregivers, decision makers in the private and public sectors in the field of physical activity, sports and aging for older adults."


VIII. Websites of Interest:

29. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHELATHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from Mar. 10 - Apr. 13, 2006 have been updated. (P. 1-2 of the "New or Updated Topics).

Items of particular interest to aging researchers:

- Medicare Drug Benefit Low-Income Subsidy Applications, as of 3/31/06
- Medicare Beneficiaries with Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage by Type, as of March 18, 2006
- Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries with Creditable Prescription Drug Coverage by Type, as of March 18, 2006

30. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR WORK AND FAMILY: The Center has recently released the latest in their Executive Briefing Series, "Exploring the Complexities of Exceptional Caregiving". "This briefing explores the pressures felt by caregivers who are facing extraordinary situations that are becoming more common place for those in the "sandwich generation."" For ordering information go to (Series 2, Issue III):

31. HRS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has recently updated its bibliography. The full bibliography can be found at:

HRS has also added a new page that enables users to search for online citations. The search page can be found at:


Donahue, D. On The Use and Misuse of Socioeconomic Status: A Study of Mortality Among the Elderly, Univ. of Texas at Austin Population Research Center: Population Association of America, 2001.


Chanprasert, P., Transitions of Functional Disabilities in the United States Elderly with Diabetes Mellitus 2004. University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Dougherty, D. D., Potential to Privately Pay for Long-Term Care Services 2000. Syracuse University.

Godwin, J. W., Elderly Parents' Expectations and Realizations of Informal Care from Adult Children: Economic perspective 2004. University of Maryland, College Park.

Lee, J., Planned Bequests: Decision to have a will and distributive preferences among the very old 2000. Purdue University.

Mikolas-Peters, C. J., Nursing Home Residents' and Family Caregivers' Strategies in Financing the Costs of Long-Term Care 2001. University of Chicago.

Zhu, C. W., Intergenerational Transfers in the Families of Older Adults 1999. Duke University.

Journal Article:

Baker, D. W., Sudano, J. J., Durazo-Arvizu, R., Feinglass, J., Witt, W. P., and Thompson, J., Health Insurance Coverage and the Risk of Decline in Overall Health and Death Among the Near Elderly, 1992-2002 Medical Care, vol. 44, pp. 277-282, 2006.

Brown, S. L., Lee, G. R., and Bulanda, J. R., Cohabitation Among Older Adults: A national portrait Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, vol. 61, pp. S71-9, 2006.

Davies, P. S., SSI Eligibility and Participation Among the Oldest Old: Evidence from the AHEAD Social Security Bulletin, vol. 64, pp. 38-63, 2001.

Degenholtz, H. B., Rhee, Y., and Arnold, R. M., Brief Communication: The Relationship Between Having a Living Will and Dying in Place Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 141, pp. 113-117, 2004.

Divani, A., Hoonjan, A., Hesselbirg, J., Halik, L., Dunbar, S., and Khan, S., Analysis of post stroke sleep abnormality from health and retirement study survey, 2002 STROKE, vol. 37, pp. 687-688, 2006.

Divani, A., Hoonjan, A., Nasar, A., Dunbar, S., and Hesselbrig, J., Incidence and frequency of falling accidents among persons with and without stroke: Health and Retirement Study survey 2002 STROKE, vol. 37, pp. 631 2006.

Engen, E. M., Gale, W. G., and Uccello, C. E., Lifetime Earnings, Social Security Benefits, and the Adequacy of Retirement Wealth Accumulation Social Security Bulletin, vol. 66, 2005.

Farnham, M. and Sevak, P., State fiscal institutions and empty-nest migration: Are Tiebout voters hobbled? JOURNAL OF PUBLIC ECONOMICS, vol. 90, pp. 407-427, 2006.

Fitzgerald, K. G., The Effect of Military Service on Wealth Accumulation Research on Aging, vol. 28, pp. 56, 2006.

Glymour, M. M., Weuve, J., Berkman, L. F., Kawachi, I., and Robins, J. M., When Is Baseline Adjustment Useful in Analyses of Change? An example with education and cognitive change American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 162, pp. 267-278, 2005.

Goetting, M. A., Martin, P., and Johnson, C., Older Adults and Financial Bequests International Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol. 50, pp. 227-244, 2000.

Hadley, J. and Waidmann, T., Health insurance and health at age 65: Implications for medical care spending on new Medicare beneficiaries HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, vol. 41, pp. 429-451, 2006.

Han, B., The Impact of Age, Gender, and Race on the Relationship Between Depression and Self-Rated Health in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A longitudinal study Home Health Care Services Quarterly, vol. 20, pp. 27-43, 2001.

Jacob, M., Perceived discrimination, cumulative disadvantage and the life course: Women's mental health in retirement/old age GERONTOLOGIST, vol. 45, pp. 307 2005.

Jenkins, K. R. and Fultz, N. H., Functional Impairment as a Risk Factor for Urinary Incontinence Among Older Americans Neurology and Urodynamics, vol. 24, pp. 51-55, 2005.

Karoly, L. A. and Zissimopoulos, J., Self-Employment Among Older U.S. Workers Monthly Labor Review, vol. 127, pp. 24-27, 2004.

Kennison, R. F. and Zelinski, E. M., Estimating Age Change in List Recall in Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest Old: Attrition bias and missing data treatment Psychology and Aging, vol. 20, pp. 460-475, 2005.

Klein, D., Turvey, C., and Wallace, R., Elders Who Delay Medication Because of Cost: Health Insurance, demographic, health, and financial correlates The Gerontologist, vol. 44, pp. 779-787, 2004.

Lawton, M. P., Moss, M., Hoffman, C., Kleban, M. H., Ruckdeschel, K., and Winter, L., Valuation of Life: A Concept and a Scale Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 13, pp. 3-31, 2001.

Lee, S. J., Lindquist, K., Segal, M. R., and Covinsky, K. E., Development and validation of a prognostic index for 4-year mortality in older adults Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 295, pp. 801-808, 2006.

Lee, Y. G., Financial Status of Older Americans Aged 70 and Above: A comparison of successive age cohorts Hallym International Journal of Aging, vol. 6, pp. 37-55, 2004.

Liu, X., Engel, C. C., Kang, H., and Cowan, D., The Effect of Veteran Status on Mortality Among Older Americans and Its Pathways Population Research and Policy Review, vol. 24, pp. 573-592, 2005.

London, A. S. and Wilmoth, J. M., Military Service and (Dis)Continuity in the Life Course: Evidence on Disadvantage and Mortality from the Health and Retirement Study and the Study of Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old Research on Aging, vol. 28, pp. 135, 2006.

Lum, T. Y., Understanding the Racial and Ethnic Differences in Caregiving Arrangements Journal of Gerontological Social Work, vol. 45, pp. 3-21, 2005.

McGarry, K. and Schoeni, R. F., Widow(er) Poverty and Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures Near the End of Life Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, vol. 60B, pp. S160-S168, 2005.

Melzer, D., Guralnik, J., and Wallace, R., Epidemiologic studies on disability prevention - Perspectives from the English longitudinal study of ageing (ELSA) and the US health and retirement study GERONTOLOGIST, vol. 45, pp. 153-154, 2005.

Min, M. O., Townsend, A. L., Miller, B., and Rovine, M. J., Supplemental Private Health Insurance and Depressive Symptoms in Older Married Couples International Journal of Aging & Human Development, vol. 61, pp. 293-312, 2005.

Nicholas, L. and Kelly, B., Is marriage good for male health in retirement? GERONTOLOGIST, vol. 45, pp. 584-585, 2005.

Oldrige, N. B. and Stump, T. E., Heart Disease, Comorbidity, and Activity Limitation in Community-Dwelling Elderly European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, vol. 11, pp. 427-434, 2004.

Ozawa, M. N. and Lum, T. Y., Men Who Work at Age 70 or Older Journal of Gerontological Social Work, vol. 45, pp. 41-63, 2005.

Palloni, A., McEniry, M., Wong, R., and Pelaez, M., The tide to come - Elderly health in Latin America and the Caribbean JOURNAL OF AGING AND HEALTH, vol. 18 , pp. 180-206, 2006.

Short, P. and Mallonee, E., Income disparities in the quality of life of cancer survivors MEDICAL CARE, vol. 44, pp. 16-23, 2006.

Weiss, C. O., Gonzales, H. M., Kabeto, M. U., and Langa, K. M., Differences in Amount of Informal Care Received by Non-Hispanic Whites and Latinos in a Nationally Representative Sample of Older Americans Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 53, pp. 146-151, 2005.


Fisher, G.D., Faul, J.D., Weir, D.R., and Wallace, R.B., Documentation of Chronic Disease Measures in the Health and Retirement Study 2005. HRS Documentation Report DR-009.

Fonda, S. and Herzog, A.R., Documentation of Physical Functioning Measures in the Health and Retirement Study and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old Study 2004. HRS Documentation Report DR-008.




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