Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #36--June 1, 2000

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. SSA COMPENDIUM DATA: The Social Security Administration has provided more statistical tables from the forthcoming _Annual Statistical Supplement 2000_ (discussed in CAAR #30, April 21, 2000

item #4).

Tables are available in HTML and .pdf formats. Interested users should bookmark the site and return periodically. The following tables have been added as of June 1, 2000: Retired Workers 5B1-9; Disabled Workers 5D1-6; and Dependents and Survivors 5F1-13. 1998 and 1999 _Annual Statistical Supplements_ are also available at the site.


II. Reports and articles:

2. JSTOR--ADDITIONS: The JSTOR project ("a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation [that] is dedicated to helping the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information technologies"), has released electronic full text of two journals that may be of interest. JSTORE journal articles are searchable, browsable, and printable.

A. _Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America_ (Vols. 77-94, 1980-1997). Moving Wall: 2 years. Note: The moving wall "is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue and the date of the most recent issues available in JSTOR. In calculating the moving wall, the current, incomplete year is not counted."

B. _Science_ (Vols. 207-266, 1980-1994. Moving Wall: 5 years.)

To see if your organization is a participant in JSTOR (and therefore, provides full text services), see:

Your organization must be part of the General Science Collection to have access to the above journals.

3. BROOKINGS INSTITUTE P2K (PRIORITIES 2000) ISSUES FORUM: "Living Longer: The Challenges of an Aging Population," a forum held May 25, 2000. Participants included Michael Armacost, Daniel Schorr, Glenn Hubbard, Chris Edley, Henry Aaron, Stuart Butler, and Robert Reischauer,


Panelist Credentials:

4. _BMJ_ ARTICLE AND EDITORIALS: Note: Full electronic text of all _BMJ_ articles is freely available at this time.

A. "Incidence and remission rates of lower urinary tract symptoms at one year in women aged 40-60: longitudinal study," by Lars Alling Moller, Gunnar Lose, and Torben Jorgensen, (_British Medical Journal_, May 27, 2000, Vol. 320, No. 7247, HTML and .pdf formats, p. 1429-1432).

B. "Fluctuations in lower urinary tract symptoms in women" (_British Medical Journal_, May 27, 2000, Vol. 320, HTML and .pdf formats, p. 1418-1419). Note: This is a _BMJ_ editorial.

C. "Dereliction of duty in an ageist society" (_British Medical Journal_, May 27, 2000, Vol. 320, No. 7247, HTML and .pdf formats, p. 1422). Note: This is a _BMJ_ editorial.


A. _Endocrinology of Aging_ (Contemporary Endocrinology. No. 20.), edited by John E. Morley and Lucretia van den Berg (270 p., illustrated, Totowa, N.J., Humana Press, 2000, $99.50, ISBN 0-89603-756-8), reviewed by Gerhard Baumann (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol 342, No. 22, June 1, 2000).

B. _Osteoporosis: Genetics, Prevention and Treatment_, edited by John S. Adams and Barbara P. Lukert (308 p., Boston, Kluwer Academic, 1999, $180, ISBN 0-7923-8366-4), reviewed by Tim D. Spector (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol 342, No. 22, June 1, 2000).

6. _NATURE_ ABSTRACT: "Neurobiology: Presenilin-1 mutations in Alzheimer's disease," by C. Russo, G. Schettini, T.C. Saido, C. Hulette, C. Lippa, L. Lannfelt, B. Ghetti, P. Gambetti, M. Tabaton, and J.K. Teller. (_Nature_, Vol. 405, No. 6786, June 1, 2000, p. 531-532). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text of this article (HTML and .pdf formats). Check your organization's library.

7. _NATURE MEDICINE_ ABSTRACT: "Receptor-dependent cell stress and amyloid accumulation in systemic amyloidosis," by Shi Du Yan, Huaijie Zhu, Aiping Zhu, Adam Golabek, Hong Du, Alex Roher, Jin Yu, Claudio Soto, Ann Marie Schmidt, David Stern, and Mark Kindy (_Nature Medicine_, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2000, p. 643-651). Note: Your organization may have access to full electronic text of this article (HTML and .pdf formats). Check your organization's library.

8. _LANCET_ BOOK REVIEW: "Aspects of Alzheimer's disease," a review of _An Atlas of Alzheimer's Disease_, edited by Mony J. de Leon (Carnforth: Parthenon Publishing, 1999, 120p. 59.00 Pounds, ISBN 1850709122). Reviewed by Philip Scheltens (The _Lancet_, Vol. 355, No. 9218, May 27, 2000, p. 1920). Note: The _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

9. SSA ENEWS: The Social Security Administration has released Issue 4 of _Social Security E-News (discussed in CAAR #21, February 17, 2000

Item #4).

The issue highlights a link to the Social Security frequently asked questions (FAQ) search engine, with its underlying database of over 300 FAQs in various topics, aimed at the lay person.

10. NIA NEWS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESEARCH UPDATE: "Enzyme may protect nerve cells against decreased function and premature death."

11. _US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT_ RETIREMENT GUIDE: The June 5, 2000 issue of _US News and World Report_ contains a special section on retirement. The 2000 Retirement Guide contains 14 articles, an interactive retirement budget worksheet, and a retirement calculator.


III. Working Papers:


A. "Sexual Activity among the Older Population in Thailand: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Survey," by John Knodel and Napaporn Chayovan (PSC Research Report 00-445, May 2000, .pdf format, 35p.) is now available in electronic full text.

>From the Abstract:

This study examines sexual activity among the population aged 50 and over in Thailand in relation to age, gender and health status. It is the first study of older persons based on a large nationally representative survey in any non-Western or developing country. The results indicate that substantial proportions of older married Thais remain sexually active, although at levels that are lower than found among older persons in Western countries. Sexual activity and desire decline steadily with age for both married men and women but at any given age both are lower for women. Overall, the sexual desire of husbands is a far more important determinant of sexual activity within marriage than that of wives. Poor health depresses activity and desire but can not account for the decline of either with age. Comparisons of sexual desire and activity reveal that for the majority of older married Thai men and women behavior and desires are concordant. Levels of discordance are higher for married women, however, and arise primarily from being active but lacking desire. Possible reasons for the low activity levels relative to Western countries are considered as are the implications for the AIDS epidemic and for discussions of the quality of life of older persons. Dataset(s) used: Survey of the Welfare of Elderly in Thailand (SWET).

B. "AIDS and the Elderly of Thailand: Projecting Familial Impacts," by Kenneth W. Wachter, John E. Knodel and Mark VanLandingham (Elderly in Asia Report 00-446, May 2000, .pdf format, 29p.).

>From the Abstract:

We apply computer microsimulation and aggregate demographic analysis to project the numbers of older Thais who will lose children to AIDS during their own lifetimes and to assess involvement with an ill child through caregiving and coresidence. Despite only 2 percent HIV prevalence, 11 percent of Thais over age 50 as of 1995 are likely to experience the loss of at least one adult child to AIDS, and 13 percent of these will lose multiple children. The chance of losing an adult child during one's lifetime will be 76 percent higher than if there were no AIDS epidemic. Dataset(s) used: Survey of the Welfare of the Elderly in Thailand, 1995; National Statistical Organization Survey of Elderly in Thailand, 1994; National Statistical Organization Survey of Population Change, Thailand, 1995-1996.


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

13. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button "Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 151, No. 10, May 15, 2000).

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal (Vol. 28, No. 4, June 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 7, No. 2, April 2000).

V. Books:

14. _Pension Fund Capitalism_, by Gordon Clark (Oxford University Press, 364p., ISBN-Hardback-0-19-924047-7, 40.00 Pounds; ISBN-Paperback--0-19-924048-5, 17.99 Pounds. Note: A 46 page excerpt of the book (.pdf format) is available at the site.


VI. Websites of Interest:

15. AGING SOCIETY CHRONIC AND DISBABLING CONDITIONS PROFILES UPDATE: The Aging Society has added a new profile: "Caregiving: Helping the elderly with activity limitations" (Challenges for the 21st Century: Chronic and Disabling Conditions No. 7, May 2000, .pdf format, 6p.). Most of the data in this profile are taken from Wave 1 of the study of Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD).

Chronic and Disabling Conditions Data Profiles:

16. INTERNET INFORMATION NOTES ADDITION: The Administration on Aging National Aging Information Center has added a new section to its Internet Information Notes metasite (discussed in CAAR #1, Sep. 16, 1999

item #16).

Federal Portals and Aging Information Sites:

Internet Information Notes:

17. AOA OLDER AMERICANS ACT APPROPRIATION UPDATE: This website includes figures from FY 2001 House and Senate Committee markup.

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