Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #404--September 20, 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 Memorandum to Institutional Review Boards/Human Subjects Review Committees: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS has announced the following, to all Institutional Review Boards/Human Subjects Review Committees:

From: David R. Weir, Principal Investigator, Health and Retirement Study Re: Health and Retirement Study Public Use Datasets

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is an ongoing longitudinal survey of Americans over the age of 50, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (U01 AG009740) with support from the Social Security Administration. HRS makes available to researchers both unrestricted datasets, available to all researchers, and restricted datasets, available only under agreement to researchers who meet rigorous conditions.

No individual identifiers or links to individual identifiers are provided to researchers under any conditions. Moreover, unrestricted datasets from the HRS have been sufficiently purged of secondary identifying information that they pose no significant threat to respondent anonymity. These files are public-use and are distributed via download from our website. We assert that in most cases the HRS public use files qualify as anonymized datasets and that secondary data analysis using these files may qualify for exempt IRB status, under 45 CFR 46.101(b).

The entire Health and Retirement Study is under current IRB approval by the relevant committees at the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Aging, the primary sponsor of HRS.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact:

Cathy Liebowitz
Survey Research Center
426 Thompson, Room 3050
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2321
phone: 734-763-4180
fax: 734-647-1186

The announcement is also available at:


2. US CENSUS BUREAU: American Factfinder Update: American Factfinder has recently been updated with "Social, economic and housing characteristics, demographic and housing estimates, and Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) data" from the 2006 American Community Survey:

American Factfinder:

Related Census Bureau News Release: "New Census Bureau Data Reveal More Older Workers, Homeowners, Non-English Speakers" (CB07-CN.10, Sep. 12, 2007).


3. National Center for Health Statistics: "Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) Linked Mortality Data," (September 2007, .pdf (documentation) and ASCII (data) format, SAS and Stata programming statements). "NCHS has conducted a mortality linkage of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) to death certificate data found in the National Death Index (NDI). Linkage of the NHANES III survey participants with the NDI provides the opportunity to conduct a vast array of outcome studies designed to investigate the association of a wide variety of health factors with mortality." A public-use and restricted version of the file is available:

Public Use:

Restricted Use File:


4. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database.

Sep. 19, 2007--Data for Russia updated through 2006

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Health and Health Care of the Older Population in Urban and Rural China: 2000," by Manisha Sengupta, Kaiti Zhang, and Ping Guo (International Population Reports P95/07-2, September 2007, .pdf format, 71p.).

Detailed tables (Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format:

B. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Vermont: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (Local Employment Dynamics LED-OW2007-VT, September 2007, .pdf format, 12p.).


6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT: "Medicare Short-Stay Hospitals: 2007" (tables 5.1-5.12, May 2007, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).


7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Fall Injury Episodes Among Noninstitutionalized Older Adults: United States, 2001-2003," by Jeannine S. Schiller, Ellen A. Kramarow, and Achintya N. Dey (Advance Data From Vital and Health Statistics No. 392, September 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).


8. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Aberrant Billing in South Florida for Beneficiaries With HIV/AIDS (OEI-09-07-00030, September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).


OIG analyzed the claims patterns of HIV/AIDS infusion therapy providers and beneficiaries in three South Florida counties and assessed the effectiveness of past and current efforts to control inappropriate payments to these providers. In the last half of 2006, these counties accounted for half of the total amount, and 79 percent of the amount for drugs, billed nationally for Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS. Other metropolitan areas exhibited similar patterns of aberrant billing, though to a much lesser extent. CMS has had limited success controlling the aberrant billing practices of South Florida infusion therapy providers. The approaches CMS and its contractors have used have not proven effective over time as aberrant HIV infusion providers have adjusted their billing patterns and circumvented controls. In addition, CMS has taken limited action to address the enrollment of new infusion providers. We recommend that CMS mandate site visits for certain providers in high-risk jurisdictions. In addition, we recommend that CMS afford contractors more time to review new applications from certain providers in high-risk jurisdictions, modify the Statement of Work for the jurisdiction that includes South Florida to require activities to fight fraud and abuse, require extensive review all reassignments in high-risk areas to confirm that they are legitimate, and strengthen revocations to prevent further fraud and abuse. CMS generally concurred with our recommendations and indicated that it is taking steps to address them.




10. UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS ISSUE BRIEF: "Managing Health Care in an Ageing World," (September 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


11. AUSTRALIA BUREAU OF STATISTICS REPORT: "Population Ageing and the Accumulation of Human Capital in Australia, 1981-2001," by Ewa Orzechowska-Fischer and Hui Wei (September 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).$File/1351055022_sep%202007.pdf



A. "Aged care to 'come home' with 100 million dollar (83.462 million US dollars) boost" (CP100/07, Sep. 13, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Grants to improve eye health care" (ABB118/07, Sep. 20, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "More respite for carers of people with high care needs" (PYN104/07. Sep. 20, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


13. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY REPORT: "Older people and credit card fraud," by Jeromey Temple (September 2007, .pdf format, 6p.).


14. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Mortality further down," by Joop Garssen and Jan Hoogenboezem (Sep. 11, 2007).



A. "Hispanics Age 65 and Older: Sources of Retirement Income in 2005," by Ke Bin Wu (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

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

Secret Lives of Women over 50 (Sep. 18, 2007).

The Wisdom of the Ages (Sep. 18, 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: "The Role of Private Insurance in Financing Long-Term Care," by Howard Gleckman (IB#7-13, September 2007, .pdf format, 9p.).


17. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (Summer 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


18. RAND CORPORATION ISSUE BRIEF: "A Look inside the "Doughnut Hole": How Drug-Benefit Limits Affect Retiree Prescription Use," by Geoffrey F. Joyce, Dana P. Goldman, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, and Yuhui Zheng (2007, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


19. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS: "Assessing the Fiscal Impact of Aging" (Research Highlights No. 9, September 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


20. WATSON WYATT REPORT: "The World's 300 Largest Pension Funds," (September 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

More information about WW:


21. A.G. EDWARDS REPORT: "2007 Nest Egg Index: How Well Are Americans Saving Money?" (September 2007, .pdf format).

More information about AGE:


22. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Asset Accumulation across the Life Course," by Richard Boreham and James Lloyd (September 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).

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

More information about ILC-UK:


23. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL OBSERVATIONS EXTRACT: "Alzheimer's Society replies to Iain Chalmers," by Neil Hunt (Vol. 335, No. 7619, Sep. 15, 2007, p. 541).


24. LANCET ARTICLE: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Epidemiology of major depressive disorder in elderly Nigerians in the Ibadan Study of Ageing: a community-based survey," by Oye Gureje, Lola Kola, and Ebenezer Afolabi (Vol. 370, No. 9591, Sep. 15, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 957-964). This article is available free of charge.



A. "Power to the People: Computers once filled entire rooms. Now they fit in our pockets. How a generation formed our tech landscape," by Steven Levy (Sep. 24, 2007).

B. "Early Retirement: Start Planning Now," by Jane Bryant Quinn (Sep. 24, 2007).



A. "Making History: From World War II soldiers to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, more people are sharing their own memories to bring the past back to life,' by Alex Kingsbury (Sep. 14, 2007).

B. "An Intimate View of 'The War'," by Alex Kingsbury (Sep. 14, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

27. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Tax Issues and Life Care Annuities," by David Brazell, Jason Brown, and Mark Warshawsky (WP 2007-22, September 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


28. RESEARCH PROGRAM IN DEVELOPMENT [PRINCETON UNIVERSITY]: "Labor supply responses to large social transfers: Longitudinal evidence from South Africa," by Cally Ardington, Anne Case, and Victoria Hosegood (WP 9/07, September 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).


The South African old-age social pension has been much studied by both researchers and policy makers, in part for the larger lessons that might be learned about behavioral responses to cash transfers in developing countries. In this paper, we quantify the labor supply responses of prime-aged individuals to changes in the presence of old-age pensioners in their households, using longitudinal data recently collected in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Our ability to compare households and individuals before and after pension receipt, and pension loss, allows us to control for a host of unobservable household and individual characteristics that may determine labor market behavior. We find that large cash transfers to elderly South Africans lead to increased employment among prime-aged members of their households, a result that is masked in cross-sectional analysis by differences between pension and non-pension households. Pension receipt also influences where this employment takes place. We find large, significant effects on labor migration upon pension arrival. The pension's impact is attributable both to the increase in household resources it represents, which can be used to stake migrants until they become self-sufficient, and to the presence of pensioners who can care for small children, which allows prime-aged adults to look for work elsewhere.


29. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS [MISSOURI]: "Optimal Response to a Transitory Demographic Shock in Social Security Financing," by Juan Carlos Conesa and Carlos Garriga (Working Paper 2007-041A, September 2007, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


30. WORLD BANK POLICY RESEARCH PROGRAMME: "Assessing the distortions of mandatory pensions on labor supply decisions and human capital accumulation : how to bridge the gap between economic theory and policy analysis," by Andras Bodor, David Robalino, and Michal Rutkowski (WPS4355, September 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, 26p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


31. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, GERMANY]: "Are the Elderly a Threat to Educational Expenditures?" by Alejandra Cattaneo and Stefan C. Wolter (WP 2089, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


32, INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [LONDON, UK]: "Asset Accumulation in Focus: The Challenges Ahead," by James Lloyd (September 2007, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

33. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 11, No. 5, 2007). Note: this is a special issue on "ICT in older people."

34. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 14, No. 5, 2007).

35, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 15, No. 4, October 2007).

36. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 64, No. 5, 2007).

37. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 55, No. 4, 2007).

Search for "Omega" (without the quotes), return "Publications."

38. Population and Development Review (Vol. 33, No. 3, September 2007).


39. 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 Sep. 19, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 19, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Sep. 19, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Sep. 19, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 19, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Sep. 19, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

40. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "NIA Intervention Testing Program Solicits Proposals for Compounds to Test for Anti-Aging Activity in Mice" (NOT-AG-07-009, Sep. 13, 2007). For more information see:


41. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON VISITING GERONTOLOGY INSTITUTE FELLOW: "The Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants for a visiting fellow during the 2007/8 and 2008/9 academic years. The fellow is expected to pursue a research project that fits within the Institute's priority areas and to contribute to Institute endeavors through such activities as lectures, workshops, brief seminars, assistance with publications, assistance with grant writing, or participation in program development. We are particularly interested in contributions that will lead to joint projects with Institute faculty. One fellow will be appointed and will receive a stipend of $24,000 each academic year. One fellow will be in residence for three months during the Spring semester of 2008 (January 28 through May 14), the second fellow will be in residence either during the 2008 Fall or 2009 Spring Semester. The fellow should have an established record in Gerontology. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae; a letter of application specifying semester of residence; their research plans during residence, as well as their plans for other contributions to the Institute; and copies of 4-5 recent publications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be sent as soon as possible to:

Maximiliane E. Szinovacz,
Director, Gerontology Institute
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393.

for further information about the Institute. For additional information contact Maxi Szinovacz at 617 287 7320 or


VI. Conferences:

42. INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE/GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION: "Aging America: Can We Learn From Japan?" to be held in Washington, DC Oct. 3, 2007 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. "Over the course of the next 50 years, the U.S. population, age 65 and older, is likely to double; so too will the number of people likely to have chronic conditions and need long-term care. How will we meet this challenge? During the next 30 years, the proportion of the population in the United States that is age 65 or older is likely to reach the proportion of the population age 65 and older currently in Japan. One way to better prepare for our future is to understand a bit more about how Japan has dealt with these changes. To better understand the challenges we face, and better plan for our future, the Institute of Medicine and the Georgetown University Department of Health Systems Administration are co-hosting a conversation with one of Japans leading health care experts, Naoki Ikegami, MD, PhD, MA. Dr. Ikegami is not only expert in Japans long-term care experience; he also has expertise in the U.S. health system, and is well positioned to contrast the two and to discern critical lessons for both. Professor Ikegami is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Keio School of Medicine, from which he received his MD and PhD. He also received a Master of Arts degree in health services studies with Distinction from Leeds University (United Kingdom). During 1990-1991, he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Medical School, and has continued to be a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School. The conversation with Dr. Ikegami will be moderated by James Knickman, Ph.D. Dr. Knickman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York State Health Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Knickman was Vice President of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout his 14-year tenure at RWJF, Dr. Knickman led grant making teams in three areas: clinical care for the chronically ill, long term care services, and population health. This event is free of charge and takes place at the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center, 500 5th Street, NW Washington, DC."



43. The 2007 National Positive Aging Conference: "Beyond the Cutting Edge," to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dec. 6-8, 2007). For more information see:


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:

Sep. 28, 2007--San Francisco, California

Oct. 14-16, 2007--Denver, Colorado

Oct. 17-18, 2007--Plymouth, Indiana

Nov. 3-7, 2007--Washington, DC

Nov. 27-29, 2007--Albuquerque, NM


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

45. US Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing Testimony, Publications:

A. "Preparing For The Digital Television Transition: Will Seniors Be Left In The Dark?" a hearing held Sep. 19, 2007. (Hearing testimony, .pdf format).

B. "The Aging Workforce: What Does it Mean for Businesses and the Economy?" a hearing held Feb. 28, 2007 (Senate Serial Publication 110-3, ASCII text and .pdf format, 200p.).

Search 110th Congress Senate Hearings for "110-3" (with the quotes).

C. "Medicare Part D: Is it Working for Low-Income Seniors?" a hearing held Jan. 31, 2007 (Senate Serial Publication 110-1, ASCII text and .pdf format, 199p.).

Search 110th Congress Senate Hearings for "110-1" (with the quotes).


46. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Frozen Out: A Review of Bank Treatment of Social Security Benefits," a hearing held September 20, 2007. (.pdf format).


47. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION HEARING TESTIMONY: "Oversight of the NFL (National Football League) Retirement System," a hearing held Sep. 18, 2007). There is also a video transcript of the hearing (running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes, 52 seconds).

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