Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #360--November 2, 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. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: "Wisconsin Longitudinal Study Handbook 2006," (2006, .pdf format, 215p.). "The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) Handbook is a useful resource for researchers who want to use WLS data. The handbook is designed to direct readers to appropriate sources of the WLS data, methodology, and documentation information."

2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has announced: "HRS 2004 Post-Exit (Final, Version 1.0)" (October 24, 2006).

Data access:

3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: On Oct. 31, 2006, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format, and a codebook in ASP format):

A. MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2004 Replicates for Calculating Variances File

B. MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File

C. MEPS HC-085A: 2004 Prescribed Medicines File

D. MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2004 Pooled Estimation Linkage File

E. MEPS HC-086: MEPS Panel 8 Longitudinal Weight File

4. SOCIOECONOMIC DATA AND APPLICATION CENTER (SEDAC) [Columbia (New York) University]: "US Census Grids". "The U.S. Census Grids, 2000 Web site provides raster data sets describing the distribution of population, housing units, minorities, poverty rates, the elderly, and other census-derived population and housing characteristics. Produced by the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), which is operated by CIESIN, these gridded data sets transform irregularly shaped census block and block group boundaries into a regular surface--a raster grid--for faster and easier analysis." Data sets are available in Excel format, maps can be downloaded in .pdf and JPG format.

5. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at the University of Michigan released several new datasets on Oct. 30, 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:

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II), 2001-2004 (#4354):

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

Click on "list".

II. Reports and articles:

6. US CENSUS BUREAU COMPENDIUM: State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006 (6th Edition, 2006, .pdf format, 448p., with selected tables available in Microsoft Excel format).


A. "Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Europe, 2006" (September 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 335p.).

B. OASDI (Old age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, September 2006 (October 2006, HTML and .pdf format).

C. SSI (Supplementary Security Income) Monthly Statistics, September 2006 (October 2006, HTML and .pdf format)

D. "OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, 2005," (September 2006, HTML, Excel and .pdf format, 185p.).


A. "A Profile of Older Americans: 2005," (Sept. 2006, .pdf, HTML and Word format (report), Excel format (tables), 16p.).

B. "AoA eNews," (October 2006, .pdf and Word format, 5p.).


A. "Laser Treatment Does Not Prevent Vision Loss for People with Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration," (Nov. 1, 2006).

B. "Study Demonstrates Improved Health, Survival In Aged Overweight Male Mice on Resveratrol" (Nov. 1, 2006).

10. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "Background Paper: Projecting Labor Force Participation and Earnings in CBO's Long-Term Microsimulation Model," by Amy Rehder Harris, John Sabelhaus, and Jonathan A. Schwabish (October 2006, .pdf format, 110p.).

11. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES DECISION MEMO: "Decision Memo for Infrared Therapy Devices (CAG-00291N)" (Oct. 24, 2006).

12. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Review of Organ Acquisition Costs Claimed by Certified Transplant Centers" (A-09-05-000034, September 2006, .pdf format, 20p.).


A. "31.4 million dollar (24.3 million US dollars) boost for home and community care in NSW (New South Wales)" (Oct. 25, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "1.8 million dollar (1.4 million US dollars) funding boost for home and community care in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory)" (Oct. 27, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

C. "24.9 million dollars (19.3 million US dollars) to expand Victorian Home and Community Care" (Oct. 30, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

14. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INTSTITUT CANDIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE (CIHI/ICIS) REPORT: "2006 CJRR (Canadian Joint Replacement Registry) Report: Total Hip and Total Knee Replacements in Canada," (October 2006, .pdf format, 88p.). Note: CIHI/ICIS requires free before providing reports.

15. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQE CANADA "THE DAILY" ARTICLE: "Canada's population by age and sex: As of July 1, 2006," (The Daily, October 26, 2006, .pdf and HTML format).



16. AARP REPORTS: Three reports on aging and migration, by Robert Prisuta, Linda L. Barrett, and Edward L. Evans. Reports are .pdf format and are titled:

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

18. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON [MASSACHUSETTS] CONFERENCE PAPERS: "The Future of Life-Cycle Saving & Investing," a conference held Oct. 25-27, 2006. Papers and presentations are in .pdf format. For more information see:

19. MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION REPORT: "Housing Trends Among Baby Boomers," by Gary V. Engelhardt (2006, .pdf format, 69p.). The report is linked to from a MBA press release: "Study on Housing Trends Among Baby Boomers" (Oct. 23, 2006).

Click on report Internet address under "To obtain a copy of the report..." at the bottom of the press release.

More information about MBA:

20. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "2006 Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs," (October 2006, .pdf format, 10p.).

21. RAND CORPORATION DISSERTATION: "Caring for Depression and Comorbid Pain: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey and the Healthcare for Communities Survey," by Haijun Tian (2006, .pdf format, 106p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


A. "Generic hydrophobic residues are sufficient to promote aggregation of the Alzheimer's A42 peptide," by Woojin Kim and Michael H. Hecht (Vol. 103, No. 43, Oct. 24, 2006, p. 15824-15829).

B. "Androgen receptor phosphorylation and stabilization in prostate cancer by cyclin-dependent kinase 1," by Shaoyong Chen, Youyuan Xu, Xin Yuan, Glenn J. Bubley, and Steven P. Balk (Vol. 103, No. 43, Oct. 24, 2006, p. 15969-15974).


A. "Relationship Between Quality of Care and Racial Disparities in Medicare Health Plans," by Amal N. Trivedi, Alan M. Zaslavsky, Eric C. Schneider and John Z. Ayanian (Vol. 296, No. 16, October 25, 2006, p. 1998-2004).

B. Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine, vols 1 & 2, 4th Edition, edited by M.S. John Pathy, Alan J. Sinclair, and John E. Morley, reviewed by Aman Nanda (Vol. 296, No. 16, October 25, 2006, p. 2148-2149).


A. "Osteoarthritis in primary care," by Peter Croft and Elaine Hay (Editorial Extract, Vol. 333, No. 7574, Oct. 28, 2006, p. 867-868).

B. "Age related macular degeneration," by Usha Chakravarthy (Editorial Extract, Vol. 333, No. 7574, Oct. 28, 2006, p. 869-870).

C. "Self management of arthritis in primary care: randomised controlled trial," by Marta Buszewicz, Greta Rait, Mark Griffin, Irwin Nazareth, Anita Patel, Angela Atkinson, Julie Barlow, and Andy Haines Vol. 333, No. 7574, Oct. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.). This article is freely available to the public.

25. TIME ARTICLE: "Buying Your New Face," by Dody Tsiantar (Oct. 30, 2006).,9171,1552061,00.html

26. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "The Big Value of Small Increases," by Allan Sloan (Nov. 6, 2006).


A. "The Class Goes Gray: Retirees head back to college, and what's not to like? They often don't need to study for exams-or even pay tuition," by Emily Brandon (Oct. 29, 2006).

B. "A Permanent Homecoming," by Emily Brandon (Oct. 29, 2006).


III. Working Papers:

28. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Sexual Behavior at Ages 62 to 67: A Biopsychosocial Approach," by John DeLamater, Janet S. Hyde, and Mei-Chia Fong (CDE Working Paper 2006-08, 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).


The purpose of this research is to present and interpret data on the sexual behavior of men and women in their mid-sixties. These results fill an important gap in our understanding of human sexual activity across the life course. The data are from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study 2003 mail survey; this analysis involves 2,409 men and 2,717 women. The original sample consisted of graduates of Wisconsin high schools in 1957. Regression analyses were used to identify variables independently associated with sexual behavior and satisfaction. Reported frequency of sexual behavior was positively associated with physical health and marital satisfaction, and negatively associated with psychological distress. Satisfaction with one's sexual relationship was negatively associated with distress, and positively associated with frequency of behavior, and two measures of relationship quality. The results are consistent with a biopsychosocial model of the influences on sexual expression.


A. The Impact of Health Insurance Availability on Retirement Decision Reversals," by Joshua Congdon-Hohman (WP 2006-137, October 2006, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to the abstract and full-text are available at:

B. "Planning and Financial Literacy: How Do Women Fare?" by Annamaria Lusardi (WP 2006-136, October 2006, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full-text paper are available here:

C. "How Did the Elimination of the Earnings Test Above the Normal Retirement Age Affect Retirement Expectations?" by Pierre-Carl Michaud and Arthur van Soest (WP 2006-135, October 2006, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full-text paper are available here:

D. "A Dynamic Model of Retirement and Social Security Reform Expectations: A Solution to the New Early Retirement Puzzle," by Hugo A. Benítez-Silva, Debra Sabatini Dwyer and Warren C. Sanderson (WP 2006-134, October 2006, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full-text paper are available here:

E. "Discouraged Workers? Job Search Outcomes of Older Workers," by Nicole Maestas and Xiaoyan Li (WP 2006-133, October 2006, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full-text paper are available here:

F. "Alternative Measures of Replacement Rates," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2006-132, October 2006, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full-text paper are available here:

30. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Winners and Losers: 401(k) Trading and Portfolio Performance," by Takeshi Yamaguchi, Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary R. Mottola, and Stephen P. Utkus (WP2006-26, October 2006, .pdf format, 29p). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

31. RESEARCH PAPERS IN ECONOMICS: "Macroeconomic Implications of Early Retirement in the Public Sector: The Case of Brazil," by Gerhard Glomm, Juergen Jung, and Chung Tran (Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, University of Indiana, WP 2006-008, September 2006, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on "download the selected file" for full text.


A. "Demographic Change, Social Security Systems, and Savings," by David E. Bloom, David Canning, Rick Mansfield, and Michael Moore (w12621, October 2006, .pdf format, 39p.).


In theory, improvements in healthy life expectancy should generate increases in the average age of retirement, with little effect on savings rates. In many countries, however, retirement incentives in social security programs prevent retirement ages from keeping pace with changes in life expectancy, leading to an increased need for life-cycle savings. Analyzing a cross-country panel of macroeconomic data, we find that increased longevity raises aggregate savings rates in countries with universal pension coverage and retirement incentives, though the effect disappears in countries with pay-as-you-go systems and high replacement rates.

B. "Simplification and Saving," by John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian (w12659, October 2006, .pdf format, 23p.).


Many financial decisions that individuals face are complicated and daunting for those who are not financial experts. One important consequence of this complexity is that individuals procrastinate in making these decisions. In this paper, we evaluate a low-cost intervention designed to simplify the retirement saving decision. Individuals received the opportunity to enroll in their workplace savings plan at a pre-selected contribution rate and asset allocation. By collapsing a multidimensional set of options into a binary choice between the status quo and the pre-selected alternative, this intervention increases participation rates by 10 to 20 percentage points among affected employees. We find that similar mechanisms can be used to increase contribution rates among employees who are already participating.

C. "Is the Eldest Son Different? The Residential Choice of Siblings in Japan," by Midori Wakabayashi and Charles Y. Horioka (w12655, October 2006, .pdf format, 32p.).


In this paper, we analyze the determinants of the living arrangements of elderly parents and their children (whether elderly parents live with their children, and if so, with which child) in Japan using micro data from a household survey. We find that the proportion of elderly parents living with their eldest sons is much higher than that of elderly parents living with children other than the eldest son, even if the eldest son is not the eldest child. Moreover, we find that elderly parents are more likely to live with their eldest sons if the father was a self-employed worker before retirement, whereas they are more likely to live with a child other than the eldest son if the father was an executive before retirement. In addition, daughters whose husbands adopt the daughter's surname are more likely to live with the daughter's parents. All of these findings are consistent with the dynasty and/or strategic bequest (selfish life cycle) models. We also find that the living arrangements of elderly parents are still very much based on Japanese social norms and traditions. Thus, we find support for all models of household behavior other than the altruism model.

33. NORWEGIAN SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION [BERGEN]: "Optimal Pension Insurance Design," by Trond M. Doskeland and Helge A. Nordahl (Working Paper 2006/14, September 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).


In this paper we provide a framework for how the traditional life and pension contracts with a guaranteed rate of return can be optimized to increase customers' welfare. Given that the contracts have to be priced correctly, we use individuals' preferences to find the preferred design. Assuming CRRA utility, we cannot explain the existence of any form of guarantees. Through numerical solutions we quantify the difference (measured in security equivalents) to the preferred Merton solution of direct investments in a fixed proportion of risky and risk free assets. The largest welfare loss seems to come from the fact that guarantees are effective by the end of each year, not only by the expiry of the contract. However, the demand for products with guarantees may be explained through behavioral models accounting for loss aversion, e.g. cumulative prospect theory. In this case, the optimal design seems to be a simple contract with a life-time guarantee.


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

34. American Economic Review (Vol. 96, No. 4, September 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.

35. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2006).

36. American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 112, No. 2, Sept. 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 issue.

37, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 43, No. 3, November/December 2006).

38. Demography (Vol. 43, No. 3, August 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 issue.

39. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 63, No. 3; Vol. 63, No. 4, 2006).

40, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 54, No. 10, October 2006).

41. Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 47, No. 1/2; Vol. 47, No. 3/4, 2006).

Contents lists are at the bottom of the page.

42. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 68, No. 4, November 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 issue.

43. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences: (Vols. 61(A), Nos. 10, October 2006). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

44. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 11, November 2006).

Supplement 3 (Nov. 2006).

45. OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 53, No. 3, 2006)

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47. 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 October 25/November 1, 2006:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25/November 1, 2006:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 25/November 1, 2006:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 25/November 1, 2006:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of October 25/November 1, 2006:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of October 25/November 1, 2006:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

48. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS: Social Security and the Stock Market: How the Pursuit of Market Magic Shapes the System, by Alicia H. Munnell and Steven A. Sass (2006, ISBN: Cloth: 0880992913; Paper: 0880992905). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Resource Centers and Coordinating Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (RFA-AG-07-005, reissue of RFA-AG-02-004, National Institute on Aging, Oct 27, 2006). For more information see:

B. "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R03)" (PAR-07-019, reissue of PAR-06-132, Oct. 27, 2006, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "RFA-Announcement of a Limited Competition for the Continuation of the Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas (U19)," (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, RFA-DK-06-503, October 18, 2006).

D. "Request for Information (RFI): To Solicit Input and Ideas for Roadmap Trans-NIH Strategic Initiatives" (NOT-OD-07-011, Oct. 20, 2006). For more information see:

50. The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Awards:

A. "The MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures BreakThrough Award is for innovative organizations that tap the passion and experience of people over 50 to improve society. It's a salute to any nonprofit or public sector agency that takes on local, national, or international challenges by engaging this vast and vibrant workforce for good." For more information see:

especially the Frequently Asked Questions section.

B. "Civic Ventures Awards Purpose Prize." "The Purpose Prize provides five awards of 100,000 US dollars and ten awards of 10,000 US dollars to people over 60 who are taking on society's biggest challenges." For more information see:



51. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: "Chaired Professorship": The University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for a tenured faculty member to hold the Boettner Chair. The candidate must have demonstrated significant scholarly achievement commensurate with that required for a tenured faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzing relationships between the economic wellbeing of the elderly, and their social, legal, psychological, physical, and/or environmental wellbeing. It is anticipated that the faculty member would carry out research pertinent to economic security and the quality of life in an aging society. The Chair will reside in the School of Arts and Sciences, The Wharton School, or another school in the University as appropriate.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. Please forward a letter of interest and CV to:

Attn: Boettner Chair Search Committee
Office of the Deputy Provost, 120 College Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6303

The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

52. US National Institute on Aging: "NIA's program in Behavioral and Social Research is recruiting a Demographer to serve as Health Scientist Administrator." "Responsibilities of this position include: providing scientific leadership, defining short-range and long-term goals for research on the demography of aging; developing areas of focused research emphasis by inviting grant applications from the scientific community; identifying research areas warranting increased or decreased funding emphasis; serving as project officer on a wide-range of research and training grants in the social sciences related to aging; working with aging-related offices and projects at the Census Bureau,  National Center for Health Statistics, and other Federal agencies, and with the United National Office of Population, the World Health Organization, and other international agencies dealing with aging; and serving as a spokesperson for agency programs in dealing with the scientific community, the Congress, and other Federal Agencies." For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

53. US HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Planning for Long-Term Care," a hearing held May 17, 2006 (US House Serial Publication 109-100, .pdf format, 161p.).

54. US HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Banking on Retirement Security: A Guaranteed Rate of Return," a hearing held Jun. 23, 2005 (US House Serial Publication 109-41, ASCII text and .pdf format, 71p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-41" (without the quotes).

55. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM MINORITY OFFICE REPORT: "Benefits of Proposed Democratic Medicare Drug Program Reforms,"(2006, .pdf format, 19p.).

Scroll to the bottom of the page for link to full text.


A. "Caring for Seniors in a National Emergency: Can We Do Better," a hearing held May 18, 2006 (US Senate Serial Publication 109-23, .pdf format, 107p.).

B. "Innovation in the Aging Network: The Future of Social Services for Older Americans," a hearing held May 3, 2006 (US Senate Serial Publication 109-22, .pdf format, 407p.).

C. "Safeguarding America's Seniors: What We Can Do to Prepare for National Emergencies,"(Committee Print S. Prt. 109-69, .pdf and ASCII text format, 5p.).

57. US SENATE BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Role of the Financial Markets in Social Security Reform," a hearing held Jun. 14, 2005 (Senate Hearing 109-554, ASCII text and .pdf format, 77p.).

Scroll to or "find in page" "109-554" (without the quotes).

58. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Improving Quality in Medicare: The Role of Value-Based Purchasing," a hearing held Jul. 27, 2005 (US Senate Hearing 109-486, .pdf format, 214p.).

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