Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #387--May 17, 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: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS has announced: "Cross-Wave HRS 1992-2004 Respondent Region and Mobility Dataset (v1.0)." (May 9, 2007).

Data availability:


2. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: "The Third round of Wave V, Release 2 data is online. It includes: Switzerland 2000, Switzerland 2002, Luxembourg 2000, Estonia 2000, Hungary 1999, and Taiwan 2000."

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Can an Omega-3 Fatty Acid Slow the Progression of Alzheimer~Rs Disease? NIH-Supported Researchers Launch Nationwide Trial" (May 10, 2007).


4. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE FINAL DECISION MEMO: "Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Resistant Depression (TRD)" (CAG-00313R, May 4, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 39p.).


5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Part D: Challenges in Enrolling New Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries" (GAO-07-272, May 2007, .pdf format, 66p.).

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:


6. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Long-Term Care: Trends in Public and Private Spending," by Karen Tritz (RL33357, 2006, .pdf format, 25p.).


7. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING STRATEGIC PLAN: AOA has released its strategic action plan (Fiscal Year 2007-2012) (April 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

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


8. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING NEWS RELEASE: "309 million dollars (256 million US dollars) for care for Queensland aged and disabled."



A. "Women & Long-Term Care," by Ari N. Houser (AARP Public Policy Institute, May 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. Global Report on Aging (Spring 2007).


10. URBAN INSTITUTE COMMENTARY: "Pension Plan Discrimination Against the Short-Lived," by C. Eugene Steuerle (The Government We Deserve, May 2007).


11. BOSTON (MASSACHUSETTS) COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE IN BRIEF: "Employers Lukewarm About Retaining Older Workers," by Andrew D. Eschtruth, Steven A. Sass, and Jean-Pierre Aubry (WOB 10, May 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).


12. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 28, No. 5, May 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).


13. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "It's Not Your Mother's Retirement: A MetLife Study of Women and Generational Differences," (MMMI in conjunction with Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and Mathew Greenwald & Associates, May 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

More information about MMMI:,4132,P2801,00.html


14. CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT REPORT: "Women, Health, and Aging: Building a Statewide Movement"(May 2007, .pdf format, 122p.).

More information about CE:


15. AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION REPORT: "When I'm 64: How Boomers Will Change Health Care" (May 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).

Related press release: "Baby Boomers to Challenge and Change Tomorrow's Health Care System" (May 8, 2007).

More information about AHA:


16. NATIONAL ACADEMY ON AN AGING SOCIETY NEWSLETTER: Public Policy& Aging E-Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 3, May 2007).

More information on NAAS:



A. "Involvement of beta-site APP cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) in amyloid precursor protein-mediated enhancement of memory and activity-dependent synaptic plasticity," by Huifang Ma, Sylvain Lesné, Linda Kotilinek, Jill V. Steidl-Nichols, Mathew Sherman, Linda Younkin, Steven Younkin, Colleen Forster, Nicolas Sergeant, André Delacourte, Robert Vassar, Martin Citron, Paulo Kofuji, Linda M. Boland, and Karen H. Ashe (Vol. 104, No. 19, May 8, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 8167-8172). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Two molecular pathways initiate mitochondria-dependent dopaminergic neurodegeneration in experimental Parkinson's disease," by Celine Perier, Jordi Bove, Du-Chu Wu, Benjamin Dehay, Dong-Kug Choi, Vernice Jackson-Lewis, Silvia Rathke-Hartlieb, Philippe Bouillet, Andreas Strasser, Jorg B. Schulz, Serge Przedborski, and Miquel Vila (Article abstract: Vol. 104, No. 19, May 8, 2007, p. 8161-8166).



A. "Legal Regulation of Physician-Assisted Death -- The Latest Report Cards," by Timothy E. Quill (Vol. 356, No. 19, May 9, 2007, p. 1911-1913).

B. "End-of-Life Practices in the Netherlands under the Euthanasia Act," by Agnes van der Heide, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Mette L. Rurup, Hilde M. Buiting, Johannes J.M. van Delden, Johanna E. Hanssen-de Wolf,Anke G.J.M. Janssen, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Judith A.C. Rietjens, Cornelis J.M. Prins, Ingeborg M. Deerenberg, Joseph K.M. Gevers, Paul J. van der Maas, and Gerrit van der Wal (Vol. 356, No. 19, May 9, 2007, p. 1957-1965).

C. The Menopause: Endocrinologic Basis and Management Options, edited by Bernard A. Eskin, reviewed by Kirtly Parker Jones (Vol. 356, No. 19, May 9, 2007, p. 2009-2010).

D. Management of the Perimenopause, edited by James H. Liu and Margery L.S. Gass, reviewed by Lorraine A. Fitzpatrick (Vol. 356, No. 19, May 9, 2007, p. 2010-2011).



A. "Health and welfare of older people in care homes," by Marion E.T. McMurdo and Miles D. Witham (Editorial extract, Vol. 334, No. 7600, May 5, 2007, p. 913-914).

B. "Medicare proposes to expand payments to encourage trials of effectiveness," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (News extract, Vol. 334, No. 7600, May 5, 2007, p. 925).


20. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles: "The Role of Herbs and Probiotics in GI Wellness for Older Adults," by Timothy O. Lipman (_Geriatrics and Aging_, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2007, p. 182-191 via Medscape).


21. NEWSWEEK FILM REVIEW: "Love's Labor's Lost: Away From Her is a heartbreaking look at a marriage broken by Alzheimer's. But it's far from sentimental," by David Ansen (May 14, 2007).


22. US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: "Days of Wine and...Today's active-adult communities appeal to aging boomers with spas, hiking trails-even vineyards," by Eileen P. Gunn (May 14, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

23. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Effects of Job Displacement on Social Participation: Findings over the Life Course of a Cohort of Joiners," by Jennie Brand and Sarah Andrea Burgard (PSC Research Report No. 07-623, May 2007, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

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24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "New Estimates of the Future Path of 401(k) Assets," by James Poterba, Steven Venti, and David A. Wise (w13083, May 2007, .pdf format, 30p.).


Over the past two and a half decades there has been a fundamental change in saving for retirement in the United States, with a rapid shift from employer-managed defined benefit pensions to defined contribution saving plans that are largely controlled by employees. To understand how this change will affect the well-being of future retirees, we project the future growth of assets in self-directed personal retirement plans. We project the 401(k) assets at age 65 for cohorts attaining age 65 between 2000 and 2040. We also project the total value of assets in 401(k) accounts in each year through 2040 and we project the value of 401(k) assets as a percent of GDP over this period. We conclude that cohorts that attain age 65 in future decades will have accumulated much greater retirement saving (in real dollars) than the retirement saving of current retirees.


25. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "The Repeal of the Retirement Earnings Test and the Labor Supply of Older Men," by Gary V. Engelhardt and Anil Kumar (WP2007-1, May 2007, .pdf format, 29p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full text can be found at:



A. "Pension Reform and Macroeconomic Stability in Latin America," by Jorge Roldos (Working Paper No. 07/108, May 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Pension Reform in China: The Need for a New Approach," by Steven Vincent Dunaway and Vivek B. Arora (Working Paper No. 07/109, May 2007, .pdf format, 15p.).Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF RESEARCH (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Using Stated Preferences Data to Analyze Preferences for Full and Partial Retirement," by Arthur van Soest, Arie Kapteyn, and Julie Zissimopoulos (Discussion Paper 2785, May 2007, .pdf format, 28p.).


Structural models explaining retirement decisions of individuals or households in an intertemporal setting are typically hard to estimate using data on actual retirement decisions, since choice sets are for a large part unobserved by the researcher. This paper describes an experiment in which both perceived retirement opportunities and preferences for retirement are measured. For the latter, respondents evaluate how attractive they find a number of hypothetical, simplified, retirement trajectories involving early retirement, late retirement, and gradual retirement, each with its own corresponding income path. The questions were fielded in the Dutch CentERpanel. The answers are used to estimate a stylized structural life-cycle model of retirement preferences. The results suggest that, for example, many respondents could be convinced to work part-time after age 65 before retiring completely at age 70 for a reasonable financial compensation. Simulations combining the information on perceived opportunities with estimated preferences illustrate the importance of employer imposed restrictions on retirement and the scope for increasing labor force participation of the elderly by creating opportunities for gradual retirement.


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

28. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 64, No. 4, 2007).

29. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 26, No. 3, June 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.

30. Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 26, No. 2, April 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.


31. 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 May 6, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of May 6, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of May 6, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of May 6, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of May 6, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of May 6, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

32. UNITED NATIONS: World Population Ageing 2007 (2007, ISBN-10: 9211514320, ISBN-13: 9789211514322, 568p.). Note: This monograph is forthcomming.


33. CRC PRESS: Ageing Well: Nutrition, Health, and Social Interventions, edited by Alan Dangour, Emily M. D. Grundy, and Astrid Fletcher (Society for the Study of Human Biology Vol. 47, 2007, 192p., ISBN: 9780849374746). For more information see:


VI. Employment Opportunities/Funding Opportunities:

34. GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA: GSA'S has recently added several employment opportunities in aging. The new opportunities are data on and after Apr. 11, 2007.



A. "Administrative Supplements for Translational Aging Research leading to New Interventions, Health Practices and Policies" (NOT-AG-07-006, National Institute on Aging, May 4, 2007). For more information see:

B. "Announcement of the US-JAPAN Brain Research Cooperative Program - US Component" (NOT-NS-07-009), National Institute on Aging, in Conjunction with several other agencies, May 3, 2007). For more information see:


VII. Conferences:

36. KECK FUTURES INITIATIVE: "The Future of Human Healthspan," to be held Nov. 14-16, 2007 in Irvine, California. For more information see:


37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its gerontology conferences page.

Newly added conference listing (click on the title at for more information).

Active Aging and the Built Environment: Health for All (08 Jun. 2007, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).


38. US FEDERAL INTERAGENCY FORUM ON AGING-RELATED STATISTICS: "Conference on Methodologies for Measuring Pension Wealth," to be held Aug. 8, 2007 in Washington, DC. For more information see (.pdf format, 2p.).


39. 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 14, 2007--Baltimore, Maryland

May 16, 2007--Salt Lake City, Utah

May 17, 2007--Syracuse, New York

May 23, 2007--Sherman, Texas

May 24, 2007--Memphis, Tennessee

May 30, 2007--Urbana, Illinois

May 30, 2007--Carson City, Nevada

Jun. 11, 2007--Jamesburg, New Jersey

Jul. 24-27--Washington, DC

Oct. 11-13, 2007--Arlington, Virginia


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on Options to Improve Quality and Efficiency Among Medicare Physicians," a hearing held May 10, 2007.


41. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR HEARING TESTIMONY: "Retirement Security: Strengthening Pension Protections," a hearing held May 3, 2007 (.pdf format).


42. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Future of Medicare: Recognizing the Need for Chronic Care Coordination," a hearing held May 9, 2007 (.pdf format).


43. US SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: Review and Oversight," a hearing held May 8,2007 (.pdf Format).


IX. Websites of Interest:

44. NATIONAL CAREGIVERS ALLIANCE: "Caregivers Count Too: An Online Toolkit to Help Practitioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers" (2007). NCA provides this "step-by-step resource filled with practical information and resources. It's designed for program administrators and practitioners to: sharpen (caregivers) awareness of family caregivers as an at-risk population in need of assessments to determine their own physical, emotional and financial problems; and give (caregivers) new knowledge and skills so you can create and put to use a caregiver assessment that works in your particular practice setting."

More information about NCA:


X. Bibliography Updates:

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

Ruel, Erin and Robert M. Hauser. 2007. "Gender, Education, Ability, and Wealth: A Prospective Study." CDE Working Paper.Madison, Wisconsin: Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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