Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #376--March 1, 2007

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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY DATA UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced: "HRS 2004 Exit (Final, Version 1.0)" (Feb. 26, 2007).

Data access:



A. "The introduction of Wave V, Release 2"

B. "The introduction of Wave 6"

See Feb. 28, 2007 announcements. Announcements link to more information about each data item, along with which parts of each wave are now available.

Data access:


3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE UPDATE: HMD has announced the following updates between Feb. 20 and Feb. 23, 2007: Norway data updated through 2005; Iceland data updated through 2005; Finland data updated through 2005; Canada data updated through 2004; Australia data updated through 2004.

Data availability:

More information, including data access information:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Older Americans Month: May 2007 (CB07-FF.06, Mar. 1, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

See under Mar. 1, 2007 listing.


5. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTATS: "Life Expectancy at Age 65 Years, by Sex and Race --- United States, 1999--2004" (Vol. 56, No. 7, Feb. 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 147.




6. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS COMPENDIUM Health, United States, 2006 Special Excerpt: Trend Tables on 65 and Older Population (March 2007, .pdf format, 149p.).



A. "Highlights of a GAO Forum: Engaging and Retaining Older Workers," a forum held Dec. 5, 2006 (GAO-07-438SP, February 2007, .pdf format, 21p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. This Forum Highlights may be available at:

B. "Fiscal, Retirement, and Health Care Challenges" by David M. Walker, comptroller general of the United States," presented before the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's 2007 Savings and Retirement Symposium (GAO-07-526CG, March 2007, .pdf format slide show, 51 slides).


8. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT: "Neurological disorders: Public health challenges" (February 2007, .pdf format, 218p.). The report is linked to from a WHO news release: "Neurological disorders affect millions globally: WHO report" (Feb. 27, 2007).


9. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT: "Ageing: population Pyramids in 2000 & 2050" (2007, Microsoft Excel format).


10. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "13.3 million dollar (10.5 million US dollars) boost for Home and Community Care in SA (South Australia)" (SS16/07, Feb. 22, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).



A. "A Portrait of Seniors in Canada: 2006," by Martin Turcotte and Grant Schellenberg (February 2007, .pdf format, 301p.). The report is linked to from a SC The Daily article: "A portrait of seniors: 2006" (Feb. 27, 2007).

Click on "89-519-XWE" near the bottom of the page and follow the "View" link to full text.

B. Perspectives on Labour and Income (Vol. 8, No. 2, February 2007, HTML and .pdf format). The two articles in this issue are: "Young pensioners," by Ted Wannell, and "Defining retirement," by Geoff Bowlby.


12. STATISTICS DENMARK WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "One in eleven old age pensioners live abroad," by Djaentie Bajnath and Harrie Hartman (Feb. 20, 2007).


13. INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ETUDES DEMOGRAPHICS (INED) [PARIS, FRANCE] PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "Baby boomers: towards the end of an era," by Alain Monnier (in Population & Societies No. 431, February 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


14. SCOTTISH COMMISSION FOR THE REGULATION OF CARE REPORT: "The Quality of Care Services in Scotland," (February 2007, .pdf format, 121p.). The report is linked to from a SCRC news release: "Care Regulator Releases Care Quality Findings" (Feb. 27, 2007).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the news release.


15. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE [DUBLIN, IRELAND]: "A Social Portrait of Older People in Ireland," by Tony Fahey, Bertrand Maitre, Brian Nolan, and Christopher T. Whelan (February 2007, .pdf format, 40 p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


16. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: ""The Rising Burden of Health Spending on Seniors," by Liqun Liu, Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Zijun Wang (NCPA Policy Report No. 297, February 2007, 19p.)

More information on NCPA:



A. "Work and Well-Being Among the Self-Employed at Older Ages," by Julie Zissimopoulos and Lynn A. Karoly (AARP Policy and Research Reports #2007-04, February 2007, .pdf format, 83p.).

B. "Quality Assurance for Long-Term Care: The Experiences of England, Australia, Germany and Japan," by Joshua M. Wiener, Jane Tilly, Anna Howe, Colleen Doyle, Alison Evans Cuellar, John Campbell, and Naoki Ikegami (AARP Policy and Research Report Long Term Care Quality Research Report #2007-05, February 2007, .pdf format, 91p.).

C. "Perceptions of an Aging Workforce Trend," by Jennifer H. Sauer and David Cicero (AARP Policy and Research Reports, February 2007, .pdf format). There are links to survey reports for three states: Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon).

D. "Missouri Grandparenting Issues: A Survey of AARP Members," by Regina Sims and Joanne Binette (AARP Policy and Research Report, February 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

E. "Survey of AARP Nevada Members: Prescription Drug Affordability," by Jennifer H. Sauer and Brittne M. Nelson (AARP Policy and Research Report, February 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).

F. "LEAP: The Rest of Your Life" (AARP Prime Time Radio, Feb. 27, 2007, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required to hear this audio transcript, running times are usually between about 25 and 30 minutes).

Note: this is a temporary address. When future PTRs are released, these will be available at:


18. ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY [UK] REPORT: "Dementia UK," (February 2007, .pdf format, 75p.). The report is linked to from an AS news release: "Major new report shows the impact of dementia in the UK" (Feb. 27, 2007).

Links to full text are at the bottom of the news release.

More information about AS.


19. LONGTERM CARE PHARMACY ALLIANCE REPORT: "State by State Formulary Variability In Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for Auto-Assigned Long-Term Care Residents" (February 2007, .pdf format, 77p.).

More information about LCPA:



A. "The pRb/E2F cell-cycle pathway mediates cell death in Parkinson's disease," by Gunter U. Höglinger, Joshua J. Breunig, Candan Depboylu, Caroline Rouaux, Patrick P. Michel, Daniel Alvarez-Fischer, Anne-Laurence Boutillier, James DeGregori, Wolfgang H. Oertel, Pasko Rakic, Etienne C. Hirsch, and Stéphane Hunot (Vol. 104, No. 9, February 27, 2007, p. 3585-3590).

B. "Phosphorylation of tau antagonizes apoptosis by stabilizing {tau}-catenin, a mechanism involved in Alzheimer's neurodegeneration," by Hong-Lian Li, Hai-Hong Wang, Shi-Jie Liu, Yan-Qiu Deng, Yong-Jie Zhang, Qing Tian, Xiao-Chuan Wang, Xiao-Qian Chen, Ying Yang, Jia-Yu Zhang, Qun Wang, Huaxi Xu, Francesca-Fang Liao, and Jian-Zhi Wang (Vol. 104, No. 9, February 27, 2007, p. 3591-3596).


21. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION COMMENTARY ABSTRACT: "Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Gap: Navigating the 'Doughnut Hole' With Patients," by Scott A. Berkowitz, Gary Gerstenblith, and Gerard F. Anderson (Vol. 297, No. 8, February 28, 2007, p. 868-870).


22. TIME ARTICLE: "The Fine Art of Dying Well," by Charles Krauthammer (Mar. 1, 2007).,9171,1595226,00.html


23. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Getting the Focus Back: There's new hope for people with age-related macular degeneration," by Sarah Baldauf (Feb. 25, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Money in Motion: Dynamic Portfolio Choice in Retirement," by Wolfram J. Horneff, Raimond H. Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Michael Z. Stamos (w12942, February 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).


Retirees confront the difficult problem of how to manage their money in retirement so as to not outlive their funds while continuing to invest in capital markets. We posit a dynamic utility maximizer who makes both asset location and allocation decisions when managing her retirement financial wealth and annuities, and we prove that she can benefit from both the equity premium and longevity insurance in her retirement portfolio. Even without bequests, she will not fully annuitize; rather, her optimal stock allocation amounts initially to more than half of her financial wealth and declines with age. Welfare gains from this strategy can amount to 40 percent of financial wealth (depending on risk parameters and other resources). In practice, it turns out that many retirees will do almost as well by purchasing a variable annuity invested 60/40 in stocks/bonds.


25. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Economic Well-Being at Older Ages: Income- and Consumption-Based Poverty Measures in the HRS," by Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WR-410, November 2007, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Golden Years? The Labor Market Effects of Caring for Grandchildren," by Ying Wang and Dave E. Marcotte (Discussion Paper 2629, February 2007, .pdf format, 38p.).


The number of Americans raising grandchildren has been rising steadily. In this paper, we add to what is known about the implications of this trend by focusing on the economic effects of raising a grandchild. We make use of a unique data set compiled from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics along with its Parent Identification File. Using this nationally representative sample of 3,240 grandparents who are heads of households, we estimate the effect of taking in a grandchild on a grandparent's labor force participation and hours worked. We estimate ordinary and two-stage models that distinguishing between grandparents living only with grandchildren (skipped generation families) and those who also have taken in their own children (three-generation families). The results suggest that caring for grandchildren leads to greater attachment to the labor force, especially in skipped-generation families, for grandfathers, and among married grandparents.

B. "The German Social Long-Term Care Insurance: Structure and Reform Options," by Melanie Arntz, Ralf Sacchetto, Alexander Spermann, Susanne Steffes, and Sarah Widmaier (Discussion Paper 2625, February 2007, .pdf format, 25p.).


Regarding social needs in Germany long-term care is an important issue due to an ageing population. Shrinking social networks are leading to a greater need for a public long-term care system. In 1995 the social long-term care insurance was introduced in Germany. In recent years some drawbacks of the social long-term care insurance structure turned out to be in need of reform: While health insurance is a fully comprehensive system, long-term care insurance only provides limited cover. Therefore, insurance funds have an incentive to shift some services from health care to long-term care insurance. Additionally, there is no free competition on the long-term care market because care packages included in the in-kind transfers are negotiated (with respect to services and prices) between insurance funds and professional care providers. Finally, the financial situation of the German social long-term care insurance is tight. While in the first years after introduction the net results of revenues and expenditures were positive they have been negative since 1999 which is due to an increasing number of benefit recipients. Therefore, we discuss several reform options which have been proposed in order to overcome the financial and structural problems. Suggestions for the income side include the introduction of fixed premiums, a fully funded system, a private insurance, or a citizens' insurance. The introduction of individual budgets is the most popular option for the outcome side. A social experiment is under way in order to evaluate the impact of so-called matching transfers.


27. NATIONAL TREASURY [REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA] DISCUSSION PAPER: "Social Security and Retirement Reform," (February 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).


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

28. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 44, No. 3, May-June 2007, Vol. 44, Supplement 1, 2007).

Vol. 44, No. 3:

Vol. 44, Supplement 1: "Affective, Behavior and Cognitive Disorders in the Elderly, Selected papers form the 4th Bologna International Meeting on affective, Behavior and Cognitive disorders in the elderly"

Scroll down the left side of the page to "Volume 44, Supplement 1".

29. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 6, Mar. 15, 2007).

30. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 15, No. 3, March 2007).

31. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 3, March 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and EBSCO Host Academic Elite database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

32. The Gerontologist (Vol. 47, No. 1, February 2007). 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.

33. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 64, No. 3, 2007).

34. The Journal of Monetary Economics (Vol. 54, No. 1, January 2007) is a special issue devoted to "Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy: Economic Consequences of Demographic Change in a Global Economy April 21-22, 2006."

35. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 54, No. 2, 2006-2007).


36. 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 Feb. 28, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 28, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 28, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 28, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 28, 2007:

F. Opthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 28, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Global Research Initiative Program, Basic/Biomedical Sciences (R01)" (PAR-07-239, Mar. 1, 2007, a conversion of PAR-06-394, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Multidisciplinary Translational Research in Critical Care (R01)" (PA-07-233, Feb. 23, 2007, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies,). For more information see:


38. AARP SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: AARP has released a list of summer internship opportunities. For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

39. TEXAS CONFERENCE ON AGING: "The Sky's the Limit: Aging in Style," to be held Apr. 22-25, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. Registration information will be available soon.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING WEBCAST: "The Aging Workforce: What Does it Mean for Businesses and the Economy?" a hearing held Feb. 28, 2007, RealPlayer plug-in or helper application required so see this video transcript, running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes, 41 seconds. No print transcripts are available from the site at this time.

One testimony is available in print at this time: "Older Workers: Some Best Practices and Strategies for Engaging and Retaining Older Workers, by David M. Walker (US Government Accountability Office, February 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO testimonies may be available at:


41. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on MedPAC's Annual March Report with MedPAC Chairman Glenn M. Hackbarth," a hearing held March 1, 2007.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS WEBSITE UPDATE: "Trends in Health and Aging" has recently added a section of tables on "Use and Cost of Prescription Medication".


43. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Landscape of Local Plans State-by-State Breakdown" (January 2007, .pdf format).

State links can be accessed via a map or direct links toward the bottom of the page.



A. Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker Update: "The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its interactive online resource, the Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker, with new 2007 data about Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans as well as enrollment data from December 2006.... The updated online tool also includes current information about stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. It can be used to track whether the number of plans has increased or decreased since 2006, and to compare access to plans across states and regions. It also breaks out 2006 stand-alone plan enrollment by state and region."

B. update. Kaisers has updated several tables between Feb. 1, 2007 and Mar. 1, 2007 that may be of interest to researchers in aging.

Updates continue on page two of the site.



A. "Aging Everywhere": AARP has added the following countries to its "Aging Everywhere" meta-site: Canada, Mexico, and Sweden.

B. "Global Aging Program: Portfolio": AARP has added the following topic to its "Global Aging Program: Portfolio meta-site: "Portfolio on Pensions"


46. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE: "Federal and State Caregiving Legislation." FCA has created this meta-page of relevant links to federal and state legislation, as well as all legislation organized by topic.

More information about FCA:


47. CITIZENS INFORMATION BOARD [IRELAND]: The Irish Department of Social and Family Affairs maintains this collection of factsheets about aging in Ireland.

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