Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #343--June 22, 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. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE "NIH, University of Michigan Renew Major Survey on Older Adults' Health, Retirement" (Jun. 19, 2006).

2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY UPDATE: HRS at the University of Michigan has released the following data alert: "Maintenance Release for Pension Estimation Program: Release Version 1.2.2" (Jun. 20, 2006).

Data access:

3. NATIONAL LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS: "National Longitudinal Surveys CD-Rom, All Cohorts, May 2006" (DNLS-05/2006, June 2006, data on CD-ROM). The cost of the CD-ROM is 20 US dollars. It can be ordered from the Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research.

Scroll to "DNLS-05/2006," check the box under "Order Hardcopy,' scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Review Selected Items."

4. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: National Health Interview Survey Updates: NCHS has released complete National Health Interview Survey data and documentation for the years 1987-1996 at its website. Data is available in Windows self-decompressing (.exe) ASCII format. Documentation is available in .pdf format. SAS input statements are available in ASCII format.

5. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA UPDATE: "Update Note for HC-070: 2002 Full Year Consolidated Data File." (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Jun. 21, 2006). "The HC-070 codebook, data files (both ASCII and SAS Transport), user's notes, and documentation files have been revised to reflect the correct ordering of the SAQ variables ADILCR42, ADILWW42, ADRTCR42, and ADRTWW42. No values have changed." For more information see:

6. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on June 19, 2006, 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:

Of possible interest to researchers in aging:

Biodemographic Models of Reproductive Aging (BIMORA) Project, 1998-2002 [United States] (#4452).

Note: This data is restricted. For more information on ICPSR restricted data, see:


II. Reports and articles:

7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Recipients by State and County, 2005" (June 2006, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).

8. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT: "Medicare Announces Special Election Period For Low-Income Beneficiaries and Those Affected by Katrina" (Medicare Fact Sheet, Jun. 14, 2006, Microsoft Word format, 2p.).

9. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES REPORT: "Medicare Rx: Secretary's Progress Report IV on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit,"by Mike Leavitt (June 2006, .pdf format, 5p.).

10. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data From the 2005 National Health Interview Survey" (June 2006, .pdf format).

11. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "Updated Long-Term Projections for Social Security" (June 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 26p.).

12. SOUTH CAROLINA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S OFFICE ON AGING REPORT: "Mature Adults Count 2006 State Report" (June 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 63p.).

13. UNITED NATIONS POPULATION WALL CHART: "Population Aging 2006" (June 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 2p.).


A. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Compendium: _Australia's Health 2006_ (June 2006, .pdf format, 512p.).

B. ""Residential aged care in Australia 2004-05" (Aged Care Statistics series No. 22, June 2006, .pdf format, 103p.).

15. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA "THE DAILY" ARTICLE: "Employer pension plans (trusteed pension funds): Fourth quarter 2005," (_The Daily_, June 20, 2006).

16. NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS OF CHINA NEWS RELEASE: "Statistical Communique on Labor and Social Security Undertakings in 2005" (Jun. 19, 2006). Note: cancel any request to download a Chinese language character set. This article is in English.

17. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Most people in their fifties still married to first partner," by Arie de Graaf (Jun. 13, 2006).


A. "Comparing Long-Term Care Insurance Policies: Bewildering Choices for Consumers," by Bonnie Burns (Issue Paper, May 2006, .pdf format, 29p.).

B. "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans," by Clifford Binder, Leigh Gross, David Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Susan Raetzman (AARP Public Policy Institute 1st Quarter 2006 Update, June 2006, .pdf format, 15p.).

C. "2006 Utah Transportation Survey: Aging and Mobility," by Anita Stowell-Ritter (AARP Public Policy Research Report, June 2006, .pdf format, 53p.).

D. "In Their Dreams: What Will Boomers Inherit?" by John Gist (Data Digest, June 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

E. "The Role of Grandmothers in Developing Countries," by Michael Gubser and Kristina Gryboski (AARP Global Aging Program, May 2006).

F. "Keeping the Wolves from Grandma's Door: Financial Exploitation of the Elderly," by Sally Hurme (Speech given to the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, United Nations, Jun. 15, 2006).

G. Prime Time Radio Webcasts (RealPlayer format, running time, between 24 and 30 minutes).

The Trip of a Lifetime (Jun. 13, 2006)

Hunger Hits Home (Jun. 20, 2006)


A. "Advancing age has differential effects on DNA damage, chromatin integrity, gene mutations, and aneuploidies in sperm," by A.J. Wyrobek, B. Eskenazi, S. Young, N. Arnheim, I. Tiemann-Boege, E.W. Jabs, R.L. Glaser, F.S. Pearson, and D. Evenson (Vol. 103, No. 25, Jun. 20, 2006, p. 9601-9606).

B. "Nonviral A{beta} DNA vaccine therapy against Alzheimer's disease: Long-term effects and safety," by Yoshio Okura, Akira Miyakoshi, Kuniko Kohyama, Il-Kwon Park, Matthias Staufenbiel, and Yoh Matsumoto (Vol. 103, No. 25, Jun. 20, 2006, p. 9619-9624).

20. _NATURE_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Increased cell-to-cell variation in gene expression in ageing mouse heart," by Rumana Bahar, Claudia H. Hartmann, Karl A. Rodriguez, Ashley D. Denny, Rita A. Busuttil, Martijn E. T. Dolle, R. Brent Calder, Gary B. Chisholm, Brad H. Pollock, Christoph A. Klein, and Jan Vijg (Letter, Vol. 441, No. 7096, Jun. 22, 2006, p. 1011-1014).

21. _JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION_ THE WORLD IN MEDICINE EXTRACT: "Prostate Cancer Gene," by Joan Stephenson (Vol. 295, No. 23, Jun. 21, 2006, p. 2711).

22. _NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE_ BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: _Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care_, by Christine K. Cassel, reviewed by Chad Boult (Vol. 354, No. 25, Jun. 22, 2006, p. 2736-2737).

23. _BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Randomised, controlled trial of alternating pressure mattresses compared with alternating pressure overlays for the prevention of pressure ulcers: PRESSURE (pressure relieving support surfaces) trial," by Jane Nixon, Gillian Cranny, Cynthia Iglesias, E. Andrea Nelson, Kim Hawkins, Angela Phillips, David Torgerson, Su Mason, and Nicky Cullum, (Vol. 332, No. 7555, June 17, 2006, p. 1413- 1415).

24. _LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content. "Osteoporosis," by Philip Sambrook and Cyrus Cooper (Seminar, Vol. 367, No. 9527, June 17, 2006, p. 2010-2018).


A. "The boomer bust," by Yuval Rosenberg (June 19, 2006).

B. "The end of a dream," by Geoffrey Colvin (June 22, 2006).

26. _TIME_ ARTICLE: "The Marathon Generation," by Daniel Kadlec ((Vol. 167, No. 26, Jun. 26, 2006).,9171,1205356,00.html

27. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ ARTICLE: "The Greening of Aging," by Caroline Hsu (June 19, 2006).


III. Working Papers:

28. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Early Retirement, Social Security and Well-Being in Germany," by Axel Borsch-Supan and Hendrik Jurges (w12303, June 2006, .pdf format, 42p.).


Germans retire early. On the one hand, early retirement is very costly and amplifies the burden which the German public pension system has to carry due to population aging. On the other hand, however, early retirement is also seen as a much appreciated social achievement which increases the well-being especially of those workers who suffer from work-related health problems. This paper investigates the relation between early retirement and well-being using the GSOEP panel data. The general picture that emerges from our analysis is that early retirement as such seems to be related to subjective well-being, in fact more so than normal retirement. Early retirement most probably is a reaction to a health shock. Individuals are less happy in the year of early retirement than in the years before and after retirement. After retirement, individuals attain their pre-retirement satisfaction levels after a relatively short while. Hence, the early retirement effect on well-being appears to be negative and short-lived rather than positive and long. Whether this is an effect of retirement itself or a psychological adaptation to an underlying shock cannot be identified in our data and remains an open research issue waiting for a more objective measurement of health.

29. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "An Age Perspective on Economic Well-Being and Social Protection in Nine OECD Countries," by Thai-Thanh Dang, Herwig Immervoll, Daniela Mantovani, Kristian Orsini, Holly Sutherland (Discussion Paper No. 2173, June 2006, .pdf format, 52p.).


This paper quantifies the economic well-being of different age groups and the extent of their reliance on incomes from public and private sources. The aim is to establish how social benefits, and the taxes needed to finance them, affect income levels and disparities across different age groups. Results are compared across nine OECD countries using household micro-data and microsimulation models to illustrate the influence of market income patterns, household structures and social protection measures on the income distribution among and between different age groups. We use information from the late 1990s to establish a "distributional baseline" that refers to an early phase of the projected increase in dependency ratios and also pre-dates some of the major reforms that are introduced to address these. Results even for this period show that social protection was already largely "old-age" protection, with those aged 65 and over typically receiving almost three times the (net) cash transfers of the average person. In most countries, the incidence of " low" incomes was nevertheless higher among old-age individuals than for the population as a whole. We argue, however, that the cross-country evidence suggests some scope for re-balancing social protection spending without necessarily compromising distributional objectives.

30. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) [MC MASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Income Inequality over the Later-Life Course: A Comparative Analysis of Seven OECD Countries," by Robert L. Brown and Steven G. Prus (WP 154, June 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).

This paper examines income inequality over stages of the later-life course (age 45 and older) and systems that can be used to mitigate this inequality. Two hypotheses are tested: (i) Levels of income inequality decline during old age because public benefits are more equally distributed than work income; (ii) Because of the progressive nature of government benefits, countries with stronger public income security programs are better able to reduce income inequalities during old age. The analysis is performed by comparing age groups within seven OECD countries (Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States) using Luxembourg Income Study data. Both hypotheses are supported. Several conclusions are drawn from the findings.

31. INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS, HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: "Social Security Reform in the US: Lessons from Hungary," by Andras Simonovits (IEHAS Discussion Paper 0602, 2006, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

32. UNIVERSITY OF OSLO [NORWAY]: "The Welfare Implications of Social Security for Homeowners," by Kaiji Chen (March 2006, .pdf format, 44p.).


For most households in the U.S., the largest proportion of net worth is owner-occupied housing. We show that incorporating frictions associated with housing market into the life cycle framework generates a long-run welfare gain of eliminating social security almost twice as much as in a standard life-cycle economy. The key reason for this difference is that as mandatory savings for future retirement, social security is a worse substitute for household savings when a sizable fraction of household assets is held for immediate consumption of housing durable services


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

33. Age and Ageing (Vol. 35, No. 4, July 2006).

34. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 2, No. 3, July 2006).

35. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 43, No. 1, July-August 2006).

36. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 63, No. 1, 2006).

Click on "Browse" and scroll to the above title.

37. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2006).

38. 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. 21, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 21, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 21, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 21, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 21, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 21, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)" (PA-06-468, Jun. 16, 2006, reissue of PA-02-109, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Postdoctoral Training in Research on Aging in Canada (F32)" (PA-06-469, Jun. 16, 2006, National Institute on Aging and Institute of Aging [Canada]). For more information see:

C. "The Role of Nuclear Receptors in Tissue and Organismal Aging (R01)" (PAS-06-467, Jun. 14, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other organizations). For more information see:

D. "Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (K12)" (RFA-OD-06-004, Jun. 13, 2006, reissue of RFA-OD-05-002, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other organizations). For more information see:

E. "Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) [R01]" (PAR-06-459, Jun. 12, 2006, reissue of PAR-04-023, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other organizations). For more information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Managing Retirement Assets: Ensuring Seniors Don't Outlive Their Savings," a hearing held Jun. 21, 2006 (.pdf format).


VII. Websites of Interest:

41. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from May 17 - Jun. 22, 2006 have been updated.

View page 1 and 2 for all updates.

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for
Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706