Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #384--April 26, 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. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2004 National Nursing Home Survey Prescribed Medications Public-use File," (April 2007, .pdf (documentation) ASCII text and SAS (data) format, SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements can be downloaded). Follow the "2004" links to download the data and programming statements, as well as the documentation


II. Reports and articles:

2. US SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL REPORT: "The 2007 OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Trustees Report" (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 218p.). The report is linked to from a SSBT news release: "Social Security Board of Trustees Issues Annual Report: Long-Range Financing Challenges Continue" (Apr. 23, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

Click on "" link at the bottom of the news release for link to full text.


3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "State Statistics, December 2005" (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 112p.).



A. "Nursing Homes: Efforts to Strengthen Federal Enforcement Have Not Deterred Some Homes from Repeatedly Harming Residents" (GAO-07-241, March 2007, .pdf format, 93p.).

B. " Medicaid Long-Term Care: Few Transferred Assets before Applying for Nursing Home Coverage; Impact of Deficit Reduction Act on Eligibility Is Uncertain" (GAO-07-280, March 2007, .pdf format, 55p.).

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


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Report on Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care," by Eric A. Coleman, Karis May, Rachael E. Bennett, David Dorr, and Jennie Harvell (February 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 56p.).


6. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Hospices: Certification and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Oversight" (OEI-06-05-00260, April 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).


The study objectives were to assess, for hospices certified for Medicare by the State agencies, (1) the timeliness and results of hospice certification surveys by State agencies and (2) the extent of CMS oversight of the Medicare hospice program. The report findings are based primarily on CMS survey and certification data for 2,537 Medicare hospices as of July 5, 2005. We also completed a written survey of State agencies and interviewed staff of CMS headquarters and regional offices, State agencies, and professional organizations knowledgeable about hospice issues. We found that 86 percent of hospices were certified within 6 years, as required by CMS policy, while 14 percent averaged 3 years past due; i.e., they were not surveyed for 9 years. Health deficiencies were cited for 46 percent of hospices surveyed and for 26 percent of hospices investigated for complaints. The most frequently cited health deficiencies centered on patient care planning and quality. Finally, CMS and State agencies rarely use methods other than certification surveys and complaint investigations to monitor and enforce hospice performance. CMS rarely includes hospices in Federal comparative surveys or annual State performance reviews. Both CMS and State agencies infrequently analyze existing hospice performance data, although CMS directed State agencies for FY 2006 to target 5 percent of hospices most at risk for having quality problems. We recommended that CMS (1) provide guidance to State agencies and CMS regional offices regarding analysis of existing data and identification of at-risk hospices; (2) include hospices in Federal comparative surveys and annual State performance reviews; (3) seek regulatory or statutory changes to establish specific requirements for the frequency of hospice certification because neither law nor regulation currently specifies frequency; and (4) seek legislation to establish enforcement remedies, in addition to termination, for poor hospice performance. CMS concurred with providing increased guidance and including hospices in State performance reviews. However, it did not concur with greater inclusion of hospices in CMS validation surveys and establishing frequency requirements for hospice certification. CMS cited resource constraints. Finally, CMS neither concurred nor nonconcurred with our last recommendation but is continuing to consider the recommendation.


7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH REPORT: "Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts," (2007).


8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Cortex Area Thinner in Youth with Alzheimer's-Related Gene" (Apr. 23, 2007).


9. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING NEWS RELEASE: "NIA Statement: Early Findings from ADAPT (Alzheimer's Disease Anti-inflammatory Prevention Trial) Indicate NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) Do Not Prevent Alzheimer's Disease" (Apr. 25, 2007).



A. "The Graying of North Dakota," by Richard Rathge (April 2007, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 35 slides).


B. Economic Brief (Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2007, .pdf format, 3p.). The title of this month's article is "Social Security - Beneficiaries, Annual Payments, and Average Monthly Benefits in North Dakota: 2005."



A. "3.4 million dollar (2.8 million US dollar) boost to Tasmanian Home and Community Care" (CP 35/07. Apr. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Gastroenteritis outbreak: Broughton Hall" (CP 36/07, Apr. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


12. SWEDISH NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH REPORT: "Healthy Aging: A Challenge for Europe" (2007, .pdf format, 226p.).


13. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Pensions Analysis 2006" (April 2007, .pdf format, 1p.). Note: the .pdf report links to several Microsoft Excel tables).



A. "The Social Security Fix-It" (April 2007, .pdf format, 52p.).

B. "Social Security's Financial Outlook: The 2007 Report in Perspective," by Alicia H. Munnell (IB #7-6, April 2007, .pdf format, 5p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "AARP 2006 Prescription Drug Study with Hispanics and African Americans," by Gail Kutner (April 2007, .pdf format, 46p.).

B. The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) have been added to the PTR site:

Aging Nation (Apr. 24, 2007)

Parenting Adult Children (Apr. 24, 2007)

Note: this is a temporary address. When new PTR shows are released, these will be available at:


16. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION WEBCAST: "Medicare 101: What You Really Need to Know" (Apr. 20, 2007, Windows Media and .mpg format, running time, 1 hour, 35 minutes, 20 seconds. A print transcript is also available (.pdf format, 57p.)).



A. "Forthcoming Medicare Trustees' Report May Contain Dubious "Medicare Funding Warning," by Robert Greenstein and James Horney (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Private Plan Overpayments Weaken Medicare's Financing And Hasten The Program's Insolvency," by Edwin Park and Robert Greenstein (April 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

More information about CBPP:


18. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER USA PERIODICAL: ILC Policy Report (April 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Older Worker Recruiting and Retention Survey : Global Results," (April 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).

B. "The New Agenda for an Older Workforce," (April 2007, .pdf format, 25p.)



A. "Medicare's Phony Problem: The 45 Percent Threshold" (Health Policy Memo, April 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).

Related press release: "Medicare Trustees' Report Will Trigger a Correction to a Nonexistent Problem That Could Do Serious Harm to Medicare Beneficiaries" (Apr. 23, 2007).

B. "Medicare Part D Drug Prices Are Climbing Quickly" (April 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

Related press release: "New Report Shows Prices For Top Medicare Part D Drugs Grew by 9.2 Percent in Last Year" (Apr. 18, 2007).

C. "Rhetoric versus Reality: Comparing Medicare Part D Prices to VA (Veterans Administration) Prices (April 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).

More information about Families USA:


21. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Human prostate epithelium lacks Wee1A-mediated DNA damage-induced checkpoint enforcement," by Taija M. Kiviharju-af Hallstrom, Sari Jaamaa, Mia Monkkonen, Karita Peltonen, Leif C. Andersson, Rene H. Medema, Donna M. Peehl, and Marikki Laiho (Vol. 104, No 17, Apr. 24, 2007, p. 7211-7216).



A. "Pathological gambling in Parkinson's disease," by Sui H. Wong and Malcolm J. Steiger (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7598, Apr. 21, 2007, p. 810-811).

B. "A better way to die," by Tessa Richards (Observations extract, Vol. 334, No. 7598, Apr. 21, 2007, p. 830).

C. "Delirium in older people," by John Young and Sharon K. Inouye (Clinical Review extract, Vol. 334, No. 7598, Apr. 21, 2007, p. 842-846).


23. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Association of CFH Y402H and LOC387715 A69S With Progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Johanna M. Seddon, Peter J. Francis, Sarah George, Dennis W. Schultz, Bernard Rosner, and Michael L. Klein (Vol. 297, No. 16, Apr. 25, 2007, p. 1793-1800).


24. NEW YORKER ARTICLE: "The Way We Age Now: Medicine has increased the ranks of the elderly. Can it make old age any easier?" by Atul Gawande (Apr. 30, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

25. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Neighborhoods and Disability in Later Life," by Vicki A. Freedman, Irina B. Grafova, Robert F. Schoeni, and Jeannette Rogowski (PSC Research Report 07-622, April 2007, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

Click on the PDF icon for link to full text.


26. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON [Massachusetts]: "Optimal Retirement Asset Decumulation Strategies: The Impact of Housing Wealth," by Wei Sun, Robert K. Triest, and Anthony Webb (Public Policy Discussion Paper No. 07-2, April 2007, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


27. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Older Couples' Labour Market Reactions to Family Disruptions," by David Haardt (ISER Working Paper No. 2007-08, April 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).


In this paper, I analyse how spouses in older couples react to 'shocks' or 'surprises' in their partner's labour income using data from the British Household Panel Survey, 1991-2004. Wives' labour supply proves to be much more sensitive to shocks than husbands'. After a divorce or separation, wives reduce their labour supply while the effect on husbands' labour supply is positive or not statistically significant. If a wife becomes unemployed, it does not affect her husband's labour supply while wives whose husband becomes unemployed reduce their labour supply, too. A decline in husband's health causes the wife to reduce her working hours while husbands tend to increase their labour supply when facing a decline in wife's health. Partner's death does not have statistically significant labour supply effects. Negative income shocks due to other reasons (such as choice) tend to reduce partner's labour supply and vice versa, but only slightly.



A. "Retirement, Pensions, and Ageing," by Ben J. Heijdra and Ward E. Romp (WP 1974, April 2007, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=14117

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

B. "The Role of Immigration in Sustaining the Social Security System: A Political Economy Approach," by Edith Sand and Assaf Razin (WP 1979, April 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).,302752&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_file_id=14122

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


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

29. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 165, No. 10, May 15, 2007).

30. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 15, No. 5, May 2007).

31. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 97, No. 5, May 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library of availability of these databases and this issue.

32. Health and Social Work (Vol. 32, No. 1, February 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library of availability of this database and this issue.

33. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 2, April 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library of availability of these databases and this issue.

34. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 62, Nos. 4, April 2007). Note: Full text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library of availability of these databases and these issues.

35. Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 5, May 2007).

36. Research on Aging (Vol. 29, No. 3, May 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library of availability of these databases and this issue.


37. INGENTACONNECT: INGENTACONNECT provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 48, No. 1, March 2007). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library of availability of this database and this issue.


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 Apr. 23, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 23, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 23, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 23, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 23, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 23, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. Comprehensive Nursing Care for Parkinson's Disease, edited by Lisette K. Bunting-Perry and Gwyn M. Vernon (2007, 336p., ISBN: 0826102379). For more information, including pricing and ordering information see:

B. Dementia and Social Work Practice: Research and Interventions, by Carole B. Cox (2007, 456p., ISBN: 0826102492). For more information, including pricing and ordering information see:


40. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT MONOGRAPH: Economic survey of New Zealand 2007: Public pensions and retirement savings (2007, .pdf format, 124p., ISBN: 9789264027558). For more information, including pricing and ordering information see:,2340,en_2649_37435_38417645_1_1_1_37435,00.html

Link to ordering information is at the bottom of the page.


VI. Funding Opportunities:

41. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION: "Physicians, Dentists, And Behavioral And Mental Health Professions" (HRSA-07-109, Apr. 23, 2007). For more information see:

Link to full text of grant is available under "Link to Full Announcement" at the bottom of the announcement.


VII. Conferences:

42. WORKSHOP FOR USERS OF THE GERMAN SOCIO-ECONOMIC PANEL (GSOEP) AND THE CROSS-NATIONAL EQUIVALENT FILES (CNEF), to be held at Cornell University, Ithaca New York, Sep. 7-8, 2007. For more information see:


43. NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SYMPOSIUM: "Planning Today for Tomorrow: Statewide Symposium 2007," to be held Jun. 21, 2007 in Albany, New York. For more information see:

and click on "Save the Date Flyer" (.pdf format, 1p.).


44. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA's Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

May 1, 2007--La Grulla, Texas

May 1, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 1-31, 2007--Ridgeway, Pennsylvania

May 3, 2007--Casper, Wyoming

May 4, 2007--Broomfield, Colorado

May 4, 2007--Belen, New Mexico

May 8, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 8-9, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 9, 2007--Grand Junction, Colorado

May 9, 2007--Limon, Colorado

May 9, 2007--Brighton, Colorado

May 9, 2007--Winnebago, Nebraska

May 10, 2007--Bismarck, North Dakota

May 10, 2007--Midland, Texas

May 10, 2007--Talledega, Alabama

May 11, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 14, 2007--Salt Lake City, Utah

May 15, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 16, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 16, 2007--Belen, New Mexico

May 17, 2007--Reno, Nevada

May 17, 2007--Washington, DC

May 17, 2007--Cheyenne, Wyoming

May 17, 2007--Syracuse, New York

May 17, 2007--Atmore, Alabama

May 18, 2007--Florence, Alabama

May 18, 2007--New Haven, Connecticut

May 19, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 19, 2007--Concord, California

May 21, 2007--Las Vegas, Nevada

May 22, 2007--Henderson, Nevada

May 23, 2007--Dayton, Nevada

May 23, 2007--Saddle Brook, New Jersey

May 23, 2007--Dallas, Texas

May 23, 2007--Columbus, Ohio

May 24, 2007--Pending, Vermont

May 24, 2007--Lodi, California

May 24, 2007--Coer d'Alene, Idaho

May 25, 2007--Amarillo, Texas

May 25, 2007--Bellwood, Illinois

May 30, 2007--Roseville, California

May 30, 2007--Urbana, Illinois

May 30, 2007--Carson City, Nevada

May 30, 2007--Indian Head, Maryland


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

45. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on the 2007 Medicare Trustees Report," a hearing held Apr. 25, 2007 (.pdf format).


46. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act," a hearing held April 17, 2007 (.pdf and Windows Media Player format).


IX. Bibliography Updates:

47. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL STUDY: These citations, along with all of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study bibliography, can be found at:

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Freese J. "When do older adults turn to the internet for health information? Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study." J Gen Int Med 2006; 21:1295-301.

Esther M. Friedman and Judith A. Seltzer. "Providing for Parents: Is It a Family Affair?" Paper presented at session on "Intergenerational Transfers to the Elderly," of the annual meeting of the Population of America, New York, NY, March 29, 2007.


48. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: HRS at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, has added items to its online bibliography. The entire bibliography is available at:

Journal articles:

Aneshensel, C. S., Wight, R. G., Miller-Martinez, D., Botticello, A. L., Karlamangla, A. S., and Seeman, T. E., Urban Neighborhoods and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 62, pp. S52-59, 2007.

Angel, J. L., Jimenez, M. A., and Angel, R. J., The Economic Consequences of Widowhood for Older Minority Women The Gerontologist, vol. 47, pp. 224-234, 2007.

Arcidiacono, P., Sieg, H., and Sloan, F., Living Rationally Under the Volcano? An Empirical Analysis of Heavy Drinking and Smoking International Economic Review, vol. 48, pp. 37 2007.

Berry, B., Does Money Buy Better Health? Unpacking the income to health association after midlife Health, vol. 11, pp. 199-226, 2007.

Choi, N. G. and Bohman, T. M., Predicting the Changes in Depressive Symptomatology in Later Life: How much do changes in health status, marital and caregiving status, work and volunteering, and health-related behaviors contribute? Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 19, pp. 152-77, 2007.

Copeland, C., How Are New Retirees Doing Financially in Retirement? Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief #302, vol. 2007.

Forman-Hoffman, V. L., Yankey, J. W., Hillis, S. L., and Wallace, R. B., Weight and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults: Direction of influence? Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 62, pp. S43-51, 2007.

Haas, S. A., The Long-Term Effects of Poor Childhood Health: An assessment and application of retrospective reports Demography, vol. 44, pp. 113-135, 2007.

Hamil-Luker, J. and O'Rand, A. M., Gender Differences in the Link Between Childhood Socioeconomic Conditions and Heart Attack Risk in Adulthood Demography, vol. 44, pp. 137-158, 2007.

Kirang, K. and Frongillo, E. A., Participation in Food Assistance Programs Modifies the Relation of Food Insecurity with Weight and Depression in Elders Journal of Nutrition, vol. 134, pp. 1005-10, 2007.

Lusardi, A. and Mitchell, O. S., Baby Boomer Retirement Security: The Roles of Planning, Financial Literacy, and Housing Wealth Journal of Monetary Economics, vol. 54, pp. 205 2007.

Miller, T. R. and Wolinsky, F. D., Self-Rated Health Trajectories and Mortality Among Older Adults Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 62, pp. S22-27, 2007.

Muramatsu, N., Yin, H., Campbell, R., Hoyem, R., Jacob, M., and Ross, C., Risk of nursing home admission among older Americans: Does states' spending on home and community-based services matter? Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. Forthcoming.

Ramoni-Perazzi, J. and Bellante, D., Do Truly Comparable Public and Private Sector Workers Show Any Compensation Differential? Journal of Labor Research, vol. 28, pp. 117 2007.

Ross, J. S., Bernheim, S. M., Bradley, E. H., Teng, H.-M., and Gallo, W. T., Use of Preventive Care by the Working Poor in the United States Preventive Medicine, vol. 44, pp. 254-9, 2007.

Szinovacz, M. and Davey, A., Changes in Adult-Child Caregiver Networks The Gerontologist, vol. Forthcoming.


Au, A., Mitchell, O.S., and Phillips, J.W.R., _Saving Shortfalls and Delayed Retirement 2005. Michigan Retirement Research Center. University of Michigan.

Working Papers:

Bloom, D.E., Canning, D., Moore, M., and Song, Y., The Effect of Subjective Survival Probabilities on Retirement and Wealth in the United States 2007. World Demographic Association. University of St. Gallen. WDA-HSG Discussion Paper No. 2007/1.

Lusardi, A. and Mitchell, O.S., Financial Literacy and Planning: Implications for Retirement Well-Being 2005. Michigan Retirement Research Center. MRRC Working Paper #2005-108

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