Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #364--November 30, 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. UK DATA ARCHIVE (ESSEX UNIVERSITY, COLCHESTER, UK]: "The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets, which may be of interest to researchers in aging, to its holdings. Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 5535 -Quality of Life of the Healthy Elderly: Residential Setting and Social Comparison Processes, 2000-2002

SN 5455 -Attitudes to Inheritance, 2004

SN 5445 -Pensions Online: Producer, Distributor and User Attitudes and Behaviour, 2004-2005

SN 5050 -English Longitudinal Study of Ageing: Wave 0 (1998, 1999 and 2001) and Waves 1-2 (2002-2005): "The following additions and updates have been deposited: data and documentation from Wave 0; an updated version of the Wave 2 Nurse data; and the Wave 2 mortgage derived data with accompanying documentation (including a new version of the Wave 2 interview questionnaire).


II. Reports and articles:

2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Total, Free, and Percent Free Prostate-Specific Antigen Levels among U.S. Men, 2001-04," by David A. Lacher, Trevor D. Thompson, Jeffery P. Hughes, and Mona Saraiya (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics, No. 379, December 2006, .pdf format, 16p.).

3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "A Comparison of Person Characteristics and Reported Conditions for Adult Medicare Beneficiaries with High and Low Annual Prescription Medicine Expenditures, 2003," by Marie N. Stagnitti (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 148, November 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).


A. "Private Pensions: Changes Needed to Provide 401(k) Plan Participants and the Department of Labor Better Information on Fees" (GAO-07-21, November 2006, ASCII text and .pdf format, 76p.).

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B. "Medicare: Payment for Ambulatory Surgical Centers Should Be Based on the Hospital Outpatient Payment System" (GAO-07-86, November 2006, .pdf format, 27p.).

Note: These are temporary addresses. GAO reports are always available at:

5. WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES REPORT: "Nursing Homes and Residents, 2005" (November 2006, .pdf format, 74p.).

Click on "Wisconsin Nursing Homes and Residents, 2005" for link to full text.


A. "153 million dollar (119.2 million US dollars) for Home and Community Care in WA (Western Australia)"(SS98/06, Nov. 21, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "New web site improves continence information" (SAN102/06, Nov. 24, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

C. "Support for older Australians in retirement villages (SS100/06, Nov. 22, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Groundbreaking aged-care web site launched" (SAN104/06, Nov. 30, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

E. "Speech to the Aged Care Association Australia 25th Annual Congress: Government Direction 2007 and Beyond," by Santo Santoro (Nov. 21, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 15p.).

F. "Retirement Villages Association Conference 'Advant-Age 06' Gold Coast (Speech by Santo Santoro, Nov. 22, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).


A. "Over 50s Outreach Pilot: qualitative research" by Gerwyn Jones and Rita Griffiths (Research Report 401, November 2006, .pdf format, 105p.).

B. "Independence and well-being of older people: baseline report: A social portrait of ageing in the UK" (October 2006, .pdf format, 70p.).

8. HEALTH AFFAIRS ARTICLE: "Status Report On Medicare Part D Enrollment In 2006: Analysis Of Plan-Specific Market Share And Coverage," by Juliette Cubanski and Patricia Neuman (Web Exclusive, Nov. 21, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.).

9. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "The Cost of Privatization: Extra Payments to Medicare Advantage Plans--Updated and Revised," by Brian Biles, Lauren Hersch Nicholas, Barbara S. Cooper, Emily Adrion, and Stuart Guterman (November 2006, .pdf format, 14p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

More information about CF:

10. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Gay and Lesbian Boomers," by (November 2006, .pdf format, 18p.).

More information on MMMI:,2752,P2801,00.html

11. EUROPEAN CENTER FOR SOCIAL WELFARE AND POLICY RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Transition from Work to Retirement in EU25," by Asghar Zaidi and Michael Fuchs (December 2006, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

More information about ECSWP:

12. PENSION POLICY INSTITUTE [UK] REPORT: "Are Personal Accounts suitable for all?" by Adam Steventon (November 2006, .pdf format, 55p.).

More information about PPI:


14. CPA AUSTRALIA REPORT: "Confidence in Corporate Reporting 2006: Detailed Findings," (November2006, .pdf format, 37p.). Note: The report also details responses to questions about retirement savings by Australians.

Related Press Release:

More information about CPA:


A. "Change in chronic disability from 1982 to 2004/2005 as measured by long-term changes in function and health in the U.S. elderly population," by Kenneth G. Manton, XiLiang Gu, and Vicki L. Lamb (Vol. 103, No. 48, Nov. 28, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 18374-18379). This article is freely available to the public.

B. "3D structure of amyloid protofilaments of beta2-microglobulin fragment probed by solid-state NMR," by Kentaro Iwata, Toshimichi Fujiwara, Yoh Matsuki, Hideo Akutsu, Satoshi Takahashi, Hironobu Naiki, and Yuji Goto (Abstract, Vol. 103, No. 48, Nov. 28, 2006, p. 18119-18124).

16. NATURE BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS ABSTRACT: "Oenology: Red wine procyanidins and vascular health," by R. Corder, W. Mullen, N.Q. Khan, S.C. Marks, E.G. Wood, M.J. Carrier and A. Crozier (Vol. 444, No. 7119, Nov. 30, 2006, p. 566).


A. "NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) faces legal challenge over restriction on dementia drugs," by Clare Dyer (News extract, Vol. 333, No. 7578, Nov. 25, 2006, p. 1085).

B. "NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) emphasises social care for people with dementia," by Michael Day (News extract, Vol. 333, No. 7578, Nov. 25, 2006, p. 1085).

C. "Judge over-rules family's wish that patient should be allowed to die," by Clare Dyer (News extract, Vol. 333, No. 7578, Nov. 25, 2006, p. 1089).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Population Projections for non EU / non EFTA Countries in Europe," by Marija Mamolo and Sergei Scherbov (European Demographic Research Papers 2, 2006, .pdf format, 39p.).


In this study we develop population projections for the non EU/non EFTA countries in Europe. The natural population dynamics recently observed in these countries are moving in a similar direction as in the rest of Europe, even though there is significant, country-specific heterogeneity regarding the intensity and timing of these changes. Contrary to other European countries, the majority of these countries will see a favourable period in terms of the characteristics of their population age profiles in the near future. With a low share of young and elderly populations on the one hand, and a prominent working-age population on the other hand, this demographic window could trigger socio-economic development. Yet this situation will only prevail during a short period, until the dependency ratio once more increases as the ageing process advances, which also seems to be an item on the future demographic agenda of these countries.

B. "Children and Mental Health of Elderly," by Isabella Buber and Henriette Engelhardt (European Demographic Research Papers 3, 2006, .pdf format, 45p.).


Only very few studies document a positive effect of social support on mental health. However, the contact with one's children might be of a different quality as compared to that with friends or neighbours. Based on the international comparative data of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), we analysed how the number of children, their proximity and the frequency of contact between elderly parents and their children affect the mental health of the elderly. In view of decreasing fertility rates in Europe, this determinant of mental health is of special importance, as we might expect mental health to deteriorate if it is true that the existence of and contact with children has a positive effect on the mental health of their parents. Our results indicate a protective function of children. On the one hand, childless people had higher levels of depression; on the other hand, few contacts with children also had a negative effect on the mental health of elderly parents. Moreover, family status had a strong protective effect on mental health: elderly people who lived with a spouse or a partner had the lowest levels of depression. When limiting the analysis to persons without a partner, divorce seemed to have a stronger effect on depressions as compared to widowhood. Furthermore, the presence of a spouse or partner had a much stronger protective effect on the mental health of elderly than the presence of or the contact with children. Among the ten countries participating in SHARE, Spain, Italy and France had high levels of depression whereas the elderly in Denmark seemed to be least depressed.


19. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Can Subjective Mortality Expectations and Stated Preferences Explain Varying Consumption and Saving Behaviors among the Elderly?" by Martin Salm (Discussion Paper No. 2467, November 2006, .pdf format, 34p.).


This study investigates how subjective mortality expectations and heterogeneity in time and risk preferences affect the consumption and saving behavior of the elderly. Previous studies find that the large wealth disparities observed among the elderly cannot be explained by differences in preferences. In contrast, this study identifies a strong relationship between answers to survey questions about time and risk preferences and consumption and saving behaviors. This paper uses data on information about preferences and subjective mortality expectations from the Health and Retirement Study merged with detailed consumption data from two waves of the Consumption and Activities Mail Survey. The main results are: 1) consumption and saving choices vary with subjective mortality rates in a way that is consistent with the life cycle model; 2) different answers to survey questions about time and risk preferences reflect differences in actual saving and consumption behavior; and 3) there is substantial heterogeneity in estimated time discount rates and risk aversion parameters.


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

20. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 14, No. 12, December 2006).

21. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 96, No. 12, December 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.

22. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 54, No. 11, November 2006).

23. Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 18, No. 3, 2006).

Click on "Complete Contents..." on the right side of the page, then click on the issue of interest.

24. Medical Care (Vol. 44, No. 12, December 2006).

25. Research in Nursing and Health (Vol. 29, No. 6, December 2006).

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Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 14, No. 3, 4 2006).


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V. Funding Opportunities:

28. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "NIH R01 Grant Applications Go Electronic" (News release, Nov. 28, 2006).

29. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY: Geriatrics for Specialty Residents: Jul. 1, 2007-Jun. 30, 2009. For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

30. FAMILY CAREGIVING ALLIANCE: "National Conference on Caregiving," to be held in Chicago, Illinois Mar. 6, 2007). For more information see:

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