Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #396--July 19, 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. US CENSUS INTERNATIONAL DATA BASE (IDB) UPDATE: As of Jul. 16, 2007. IDB contains revised estimates and projections for 35 countries." Also, it has incorporated expansion of the estimates and projections to age 100+ for the following 14 countries: "Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, El Salvador, French Polynesia, Lebanon, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Netherlands Antilles, Pakistan, Paraguay, Samoa, Uruguay, and Yemen.



2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS has announced:

A. "HRS 2006 Core (Early, Version 1.0)".

Data access:

B. "The Concordance has been updated to reflect the early release of the HRS 2006 Core biennial survey"

C. "The HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table has been updated for HRS 2006 Core"


3. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL STUDY: The US Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research MEPS has released "Survey Questionnaires -- Insurance Component" for private sector establishments and state & local governments (July 2007, HTML and .pdf formats for 1996-2005).


4. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. On July 10, 2007, HMD added data for Belarus (1959-2005) to the database.

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Monthly Statistics, June 2007" (July 2007, HTML and .pdf format).

B. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Monthly Statistics, June 2007" (July 2007, HTML and .pdf format).



A. "2005 National Hospital Discharge Survey," by Carol J. DeFrances and Margaret J. Hall (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 385, July 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

B. "National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2005 Summary," by Donald K. Cherry, David A. Woodwell, and Elizabeth A. Rechtsteiner (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 387, July 2007, .pdf format, 40p.).

C. "National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2005 Outpatient Department Summary," by Kimberly Middleton, Esther Hing, and Jianmin Xu (Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics No. 389, July 2007, .pdf format, 36p.).


7. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Governance Structure Needs Improvements to Ensure Policy Direction and Oversight" (GAO-07-808, July 2007, .pdf format, 37p.).

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


8. US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT WORKSHOP REPORT: "Summary Report of a Peer Involvement Workshop on the Development of An Exposure Factors Handbook for the Aging," a workshop held Feb. 14-15, 2007 in Arlington, Virginia (2007, .pdf format, 212p.).

Link to full text is available at the bottom of the page, under "Downloads/Related Links".


9. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA CENSUS 2006 REPORT: "Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex: Findings," by Laurent Martel and Éric Caron Malenfant (July 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

Link to .pdf version is on the left side of the page.


10. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "More older people consult medical specialist and physiotherapist," by Marleen Wingen (Jul. 12, 2007).


11. STATISTICS NORWAY NEWS RELEASE: "Increased contribution in the AFP (Agreement Based Pension)-scheme" (Jul. 12, 2007).


12. HELP THE AGED [UK] REPORT: "Meeting the challenge: defeating pensioner poverty" (July 2007, .pdf format, 6p.). The report is linked to from a Help the Aged press release: "Government could save half a million pensioners from poverty, says new report" (Jul. 16, 2007).

Link to full text is available at the bottom of the press release.

More information on Help the Aged:


13. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON] REPORT: "Pensioner poverty over the next decade: what role for tax and benefit reform?" by Mike Brewer, James Browne, Carl Emmerson, Alissa Goodman, Alastair Muriel and Gemma Tetlow (July 2007, .pdf format, 109p.).



A, "Population Projections by Race / Ethnicity, Gender and Age for California and Its Counties 2000-2050" (July 2007, Microsoft Excel format). Links to individual county data are at the bottom of the page).

B. "Race / Ethnic Population Projections with Age and Sex Detail, 2000-2050" (July 2007, Microsoft Excel format).



A. "Employer Awareness and Attitudes About Automatic 401(k) Plans," by Colette Thayer (June 2007, .pdf format, 26p.).

B. "Enhancing 401(k) Value and Participation: Taking the Automatic Approach," by Towers Perrin (June 2007, .pdf format, 20p.).

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

Reconciling Family Differences (Jul. 17, 2007).

Aging with Dignity (Jul. 17, 2007).

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


16. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "An Annuity People Might Actually Buy," by Anthony Webb, Guan Gong, and Wei Sun (IB #7-10, July 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).


17. RAND CORPORATION REPORT: "Regulating Older Drivers: Are New Policies Needed?" by David S. Loughran, Seth A. Seabury, and Laura Zakaras (Rand Institute for Civic Justice Occasional Paper, 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).


18. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: EBRI Notes (Vol. 28, No. 7, July 2007, .pdf format, 10p.). The theme article of this issue is "Experts Track Continuing Evolution of U.S. Pension System."


19. AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ACTUARIES ISSUE BRIEF: "Women and Social Security," (June 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).



A. "Physiology versus pathology in Parkinson's disease," by Ken Nakamura and Robert H. Edwards (Vol. 104, No. 29, Jul. 17, 2007, p. 11867-11868).

B. "Neural stem cells for Parkinson's disease: To protect and repair," by Paul R. Sanberg (Vol. 104, No. 29, Jul. 17, 2007, p. 11869-11870).

C. "Behavioral improvement in a primate Parkinson's model is associated with multiple homeostatic effects of human neural stem cells," by D. Eugene Redmond, Jr., Kimberly B. Bjugstad, Yang D. Teng, Vaclav Ourednik, Jitka Ourednik, Dustin R. Wakeman, Xuejun H. Parsons, Rodolfo Gonzalez, Barbara C. Blanchard, Seung U. Kim, Zezong Gu, Stuart A. Lipton, Eleni A. Markakis, Robert H. Roth, John D. Elsworth, John R. Sladek, Jr., Richard L. Sidman, and Evan Y. Snyder (Vol. 104, No. 29, Jul. 17, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 12175-12180). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Telomere length is paternally inherited and is associated with parental lifespan," by Omer T. Njajou, Richard M. Cawthon, Coleen M. Damcott, Shih-Hsuan Wu, Sandy Ott, Michael J. Garant, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Braxton D. Mitchell, Alan R. Shuldiner, and Wen-Chi Hsueh (Article abstract, Vol. 104, No. 29, Jul. 17, 2007, p. 12135-12139).


21. NATURE LETTER ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Delayed ageing through damage protection by the Arf/p53 pathway," by Ander Matheu, Antonio Maraver, Peter Klatt, Ignacio Flores, Isabel Garcia-Cao, Consuelo Borras, Juana M. Flores, Jose Vina, Maria A. Blasco, and Manuel Serrano (Vol. 448, No. 7151, July 19, 2007, p. 375-379).


22. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE SPECIAL 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, Jul. 12, 2007, p. 143-153).


23. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Appropriate prescribing in elderly people: how well can it be measured and optimised?" by Anne Spinewine, Kenneth E. Schmader, Nick Barber, Carmel Hughes, Kate L. Lapane, Christian Swine, and Joseph T. Hanlon (Series, Prescribing In Elderly People, Vol. 370, No. 9582, Jul. 14, 2007, p. 173-184).


24. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Filling the Moguls' Shoes: Asia's family dynasties are handing the reins to a new generation--but can the kids ever live up to dad?" by George Wehrfritz (Newsweek International, Jul. 23, 2007).


25. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "The long and the short of it" (Jul. 12, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

26. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: " "Fertility and the Real Exchange Rate," by Andrew K. Rose and Saktiandi Supaat (w13263, July 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).


We use a quinquennial data set covering 87 countries between 1975 and 2005 to investigate the relationship between fertility and the real effective exchange rate. Theoretically a country experiencing a decline in its fertility rate can be expected to have higher savings, lower investment, a current account surplus, and accordingly a real depreciation. We test and confirm this hypothesis, controlling for a host of potential determinants such as PPP deviations and the Balassa-Samuelson effect. We find a statistically significant and robust link between fertility and the exchange rate. Our point-estimate is that a decline in the fertility rate of one child per woman is associated with a depreciation of approximately .15% in the real effective exchange rate.


27. SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH NETWORK: "Private Pensions, the Tax Code, and the Erosion of Retirement Income Security," by John C. Scott (July 2007, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

This paper is available free of charge.


28. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Pension Reform and Labor Market Incentives," by Walter H. Fisher and Christian Keuschnigg (WP 2057, July 2007, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

29. Age and Ageing (Vol. 36, No. 4, July 2007).

30. British Journal of Social Work (Vol. 37, No. 3, April 2007). This is a special issue on "Caring for People: Social Work with Adults in the Next Decade and Beyond."

31. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 30, No. 4, 2007).

32. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 14, No. 4, 2007).

33. Journals of Gerontology (A) Biological and Medical (Vols. 62A, Nos. 7, July 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and these issues.

34. Research on Aging (Vol. 29, No. 4, July 2007). Note: Full electronic text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.


35. 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 Jul. 18, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 18, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

36. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "New Interventions for Menopausal Symptoms (U01) (RFA-AG-08-004, Jul. 18, 2007, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:



A. "Alzheimer's Disease Demonstration Grants to States (ADDGS) Program" (Letter of Intent deadline, Jul. 31, 2007). (HHS-2007-AoA-AZ-0718, Microsoft Word and Excel format). For more information see:

B. "Evidence-Based Disease and Disability Prevention Program: National Resource Center" (Letter of Intent deadline, Aug. 3, 2007). (HHS-2007-AoA-BP-0719, Microsoft Word format).

Scroll to title or opportunity number.


38. AGEWORK.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The Gerontological Society of America's site has announced new employment opportunities for the week of Jul. 12-19, 2007. See the opportunities dated between those dates.


VI. Conferences:

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:

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2007--Dallas, Texas


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Listening Session: Abuse Of Our Elders: How We Can Stop It," a hearing held Jul. 18, 2007 (.pdf format). Note: a webcast of this hearing (RealPlayer format, running time 1 hour, 5 minutes, 55 seconds) is available at the site.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

41. US NATIONAL CENTER ON SENIOR TRANSPORTATION: "The site offers extensive resources toward the advancement of transportation options for older adults who wish to live more independently within their communities. The Web site is the NCST's most important way of extending its information and resources to the public, including announcements, facts and tips, publications, special events, opportunities of others, and technical assistance for the aging and human service community, transit providers, and older adults and caregivers. The National Center on Senior Transportation is administered by Easter Seals Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration."



A. has added "Medicare Advantage Tutorial" to is site. "Michelle Kitchman Strollo, principal policy analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation, presents an overview of the Medicare Advantage program in this narrated slide tutorial. The tutorial reviews the basics of Medicare Advantage and the different types of Medicare Advantage plans available. Trends in Medicare Advantage plan participation and enrollment as well as characteristics of Medicare Advantage enrollees are presented. Key policy issues such as the payment system, plan benefits and the impact of Medicare Advantage plans on the traditional Medicare program are also discussed."

B. "Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker" Update: "The Kaiser Family Foundation also this week updated its interactive online resource, the Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker, with June 2007 enrollment data for Medicare Advantage plans. The tracker provides local, regional, and national information about Medicare Advantage plans, including HMOs, regional and local PPOs, private fee-for-service plans, and special needs plans, which can be used to examine historical trends. It also has data about Medicare stand-alone prescription drug plans."

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