Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #395--July 12, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Retirement Decisions: Federal Policies Offer Mixed Signals about When to Retire," (GAO-07-753, July 2007, .pdf format, 73p.).


2. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, June 2007," (June 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Payments for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Pumps in 2004," (OEI-02-05-00370, June 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).



A. "Decision Memorandum for the Clinical Trial Policy," (July 9, 2007).

B. Health Care Financing Review (Vol. 28, No. 4, Summer 2007, zipped .pdf format, p).

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the zip archive with the Summer 2007 issue.


5. STATISTICS CANADA ARTICLE: "Gaining and Losing Literacy Skills Over the Lifecourse," by J. Douglas Willms and T. Scott Murray (July 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 26p.).


6. POLAND CENTRAL STATISTICAL OFFICE REPORT: "Transition from work into retirement" (July 2007, .pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format, 210p.).


7. OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS [UK] PRESS RELEASE: "Occupational pension schemes survey 2006," (July 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).


8. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Changes in Characteristics, Needs, and Payment for Care of Elderly Nursing Home Residents: 1999 to 2004," by Judith Kasper and Molly O'Malley (June 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).



A. "Sources of Income of People Age 50 to 64 with Work," by Ke Bin Wu and Laurel Beedon (May 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Automatic IRAs: Are They Administratively Feasible, What Are The Costs To Employers And The Federal Government, And Will They Increase Retirement Savings?" by Mary M. Schmitt and Judy Xanthopoulos (March 2007, .pdf format, 88p.).


10. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Retirement Income Adequacy After PPA and FAS 158: Part One-Plan Sponsors' Reactions," by Jack VanDerhei (No. 307, July 2007, .pdf format, 29p.).


11. MANHATTAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Why Has Longevity Increased More in Some States than in Others? The Role of Medical Innovation and Other Factors," by Frank R. Lichtenberg (Medical Progress Report No. 4, July 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 31p.).


12. AMERICAN GERIATRIC SOCIETY TIP SHEET: "Tips For Avoiding Caregiver Burnout," (July 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


13. COUNCIL FOR QUALITY RESPIRATORY CARE REPORT: "Home Oxygen Therapy / An Analysis of Recent Medicare Payment Policy," by Jon Glaudemans, Lovisa Gustafsson, Jessica Matz, John Richardson, and Amy Rousseau (July 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

About the Council:


14. C.D. HOWE INSTITUTE [TORONTO] COMMENTARY: "Ill-Defined Benefits: The Uncertain Present and Brighter Future of Employee Pensions in Canada," by David Laidler and William B. P. Robson (June 2007, .pdf format, 22p.).

About the Institute:


15. ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ACTUARIES [UK] REPORT: "2007 Pension trends survey Report 2," (July 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).

Scroll down to "July 10, 2007" to locate the link to the report.


16. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Use of Health Services by Previously Uninsured Medicare Beneficiaries," by J. Michael McWilliams, Ellen Meara, Alan M. Zaslavsky, and John Z. Ayanian (Vol. 357, No. 2, July 12, 2007, p. 143-153).


II. Working Papers:

17. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS: "Forecasting The Global Burden Of Alzheimer's Disease," by Ron Brookmeyer, Elizabeth Johnson, Kathryn Ziegler-Graham, and H. Michael Arrighi (2007, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


18. RESEARCH PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES [PRINCETON UNIVERSITY]: "Income, aging, health and wellbeing around the world: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll," by Angus Deaton (Working Paper 130, July 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).


During 2006, the Gallup Organization collected World Poll data using an identical questionnaire from national samples of adults from 132 countries. This paper presents an analysis of the data on life-satisfaction (happiness) and health satisfaction and their relationships with national income, age, and life-expectancy. Average happiness is strongly related to per capita national income, with each doubling of income associated with a near one point increase in life satisfaction on a scale from 0 to 10. Unlike previous findings, the effect holds across the range of international incomes; if anything, it is slightly stronger among rich countries. Conditional on national income, recent economic growth makes people unhappier, improvements in life-expectancy make them happier, but life-expectancy itself has little effect. Age has an internationally inconsistent relationship with happiness. National income moderates the effects of aging on self-reported health, and the decline in health satisfaction and rise in disability with age are much stronger in poor countries than in rich countries. In line with earlier findings, people in much of Eastern Europe and in the countries of the former Soviet Union are particularly unhappy and particularly dissatisfied with their health, and older people in those countries are much less satisfied with their lives and their health than are younger people. HIV prevalence in Africa has little effect on Africans' life or health satisfaction; the fraction of Kenyans who are satisfied with their personal health is the same as the fraction of Britons and higher than the fraction of Americans. The US ranks 81st out of 115 countries in the fraction of people who have confidence in their healthcare system, and has a lower score than countries such as India, Iran, Malawi, or Sierra Leone. While the strong relationship between life-satisfaction and income gives some credence to the measures, the lack of such correlations for health shows that happiness (or self-reported health) measures cannot be regarded as useful summary indicators of human welfare in international comparisons.


19. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Gender, Older People and Social Exclusion. A Gendered Review and Secondary Analysis of the Data," by Emilia Del Bono, Emanuela Sala, Ruth Hancock, Caroline Gunnell, and Lavinia Parisi (Working Paper No. 2007-13, July 2007, .pdf format, 105p.).


This study describes the conditions of older men and women in the UK and highlights gender differences in their degree of social inclusion, here defined with respect to: (i) use of services, (ii) provision of care, and (iii) participation in social networks. Using the 2001 Sample of Anonimised Records (SARs) we look at the current situation of older people (here defined as people aged 65 and over) in Britain. We document important gender imbalances in the age structure and marital status of older people, but point out that these differences will become less marked in the future according to the Government Actuary's projections. Using data from the General Household Survey we then investigate the extent of gender differences in older people's degree of social inclusion. We find evidence that differences among older men and women with respect to service utilization, provision of informal care and participation in social networks are often the consequence of differences in marital status and living arrangements rather than gender differences per se.


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

20. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 19, No. 3, 2007).


21. 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 July 11, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of July 11, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of July 11, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of July 11, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of July 11, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of July 11, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Advanced Tools and Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation in Movement Disorders - STTR (R41/R42)," (PA-07-395, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, July 12, 2007).

B. "Advanced Tools and Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation in Movement Disorders - SBIR (R43/R44)," (PA-07-396, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, July 12, 2007).


V. Conferences:

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

Newly added conference listings (click on the titles at for more information).

1st International Congress on Aging and Dependence 18 October 2007 A Coruna , Spain Spain

Workshop on Human Longevity 26 November 2007 Bangi-Putrajaya Malaysia


24. NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE: "Medicare Advantage Overpayments: Undermining Traditional Medicare, Shortchanging Beneficiaries," a presentation to be held July 17, 2007 (Washington, DC, 2218 Rayburn Building).


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

25. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Physician-Owned Specialty Hospitals: Profits Before Patients?" a hearing held May 17, 2006 (S. Hrg. 109-905, .pdf format, 227p.).


VII. Websites of Interest:

26. HRS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATES: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study has recently updated its bibliography. The full bibliography can be found at:

HRS has also added a new page that enables users to search for online citations. The search page can be found at:


Eberhardt, B., Essays on Retirement Economics 2006. The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Liu, F., Three Essays on Health Insurance and Health Care Consumption 2007. Indiana University.

Olsho, L. E. W., Three Essays on Health and Aging 2006. The University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Robnett, R. H., The Correlates of Cognitive and Metacognitive Stability and Change in the First Five Waves of the Health and Retirement Study (1992-2000) 2007. University of New England.

Springer, K. W., His and Her Marriage Today: The impact of wives' employment on husbands' later mid-life health 2006. The University of Wisconsin - Madison.


Akamigbo, A. B. and Wolinsky, F. D., New Evidence of Racial Differences in Access and Their Effects on the Use of Nursing Homes Among Older Adults Medical Care, vol. 45, pp. 6722007.

Bassett, W. F., Medicaid's Nursing Home Coverage and Asset Transfers Public Finance Review, vol. 35, pp. 414-439, 2007.

Benitez-Silva, H. and Heiland, F., The Social Security Earnings Test and Work Incentives Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 26, pp. 5272007.

Choi, N. G., Burr, J. A., Mutchler, J. E., and Caro, F. G., Formal and Informal Volunteer Activity and Spousal Caregiving Among Older Adults Research on Aging, vol. 29, pp. 992007.

Chung, S., Popkin, B. M., Domino, M. E., and Stearns, S. C., Informal Caregiving and Body Mass Index among Older Adults Obesity, vol. 15, pp. 1053-60, 2007.

Clark, D. O., Stump, T. E., Miller, D. K., and Long, J. S., Educational Disparities in the Prevalence and Consequence of Physical Vulnerability The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 62, pp. S193-7, 2007.

Hughes, M. E., Waite, L. J., LaPierre, T. A., and Luo, Y., All in the Family: The Impact of Caring for Grandchildren on Grandparents' Health Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 62, pp. S108-19, 2007.

Jenkins, K. R., Kabeto, M. U., Fultz, N. H., and Langa, K. M., Informal Caregiving and Body Mass Index among Older Adults Journal of Gerontological Nursing, vol. 33, pp. 42-51, 2007.

Kim, K. and Frongillo, E. A., Participation in Food Assistance Programs Modifies the Relation of Food Insecurity with Weight and Depression in Elders The Journal of Nutrition, vol. 137, pp. 1005-10, 2007.

Lee, Y. G., Lown, J. M., and Sharpe, D. L., Predictors of Holding Consumer and Mortgage Debt among Older Americans Journal of Family and Economic Issues, vol. 28, pp. 3052007.

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. 62, pp. :S169-78, 2007.

van Houtven, C. H. and Norton, E. C., Informal Care and Medicare Expenditures: Testing for Heterogeneous Treatment Effects Journal of Health Economics, vol. 2007.


Brown, M., Mazzocco, M., Scholz, J.K., and Seshadri, A., Tied Transfers 2006. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Economics.

Brown, M., Scholz, J.K., and Seshadri, A., A New Test of Educational Borrowing Constraints 2007. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Economics.

Love, D.A. and Smith, P.A., Measuring Dissaving Out of Retirement Wealth 2007. Social Science Research Network.

Love, D.A., Smith, P.A., and McNair, L.C., Do Households Have Enough Retirement Wealth? 2007. Social Science Research Network.

Scholz, J.K., Children and Household Wealth 2006. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dept. of Economics.




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