Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #406--October 4, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS released the following datasets (all, September 2007, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII or SAS transport format, documentation in HTML and .pdf format, with SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format)

A. MEPS HC-094F: 2005 Outpatient Visits File

B. MEPS HC-094G: 2005 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File

C. MEPS HC-094E: 2005 Emergency Room Visits File

D. In addition, MEPS has made available "Household Component Summary Tables" (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, September 2007). "New health insurance deductible, copayment, and coinsurance tables added for 2002-2005 MEPS Insurance Component Survey."


II. Reports and articles:


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

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

C. "Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2007" (September 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).

D. "International Update, September 2007," (September 2007).


3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Social Security Administration: Policies and Procedures Were in Place over MMA (Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003) Spending, but Some Instances of Noncompliance Occurred" (GAO-07-986, August 2007, .pdf format, 23p.).


4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "The Top Five Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Medicare Beneficiaries, by Insurance Status, 2004," by Marie N. Stagnitti (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Statistical Brief 186, September 2007, .pdf format, 4p.).


5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING PRESS RELEASE: "Scientists Suggest New Pathway Causing Cell Death in Dementia," (Sept. 26, 2007).


6. NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "New Legislation Effective October 1, 2007: Senior citizens afforded greater protection from financial exploitation" (Sep. 25, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).



A. "Tackling Insecurity in Old Age: The Challenge of Universal Pension," (UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 3, September 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Managing Health Care in an Ageing World," (UN-DESA Policy Brief No. 2, September 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).


8. UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT POLICY AND ANALYSIS DIVISION REPORT: "World Economic and Social Survey 2007: Development in an Ageing World" (2007, .pdf format, 180p.).


9. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GUIDE: "Global age-friendly cities: a guide," (September 2007, .pdf format, 76p.).



A. "9,000 Centenarians in 2006" (Sep. 28, 2007, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Long-term assumptions for UK population projections" (Sep. 27, 2007, .pdf format, 3p.).


11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Medicare Costs and Retirement Security," by Alicia H. Munnell (IB 7-14, October 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).


12. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Managerial Attitudes Toward Older Workers: A Review of the Evidence," by Richard W. Johnson (September 2007, .pdf format, 34p.).


13. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH: Improving the Social Security Representative Payee Program: Serving Beneficiaries and Minimizing Misuse (Committee on Social Security Representative Payees, National Academies Press, 2007, OpenBook and .pdf format, 170p.). Note: the .pdf version is free of charge, but NAP requires free registration before providing it.



A. "Aging at Home: Long-Term Care in Kentucky," by Erica L. Dinger (October 2007, .pdf format, 14p.).

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

SEC Chairman Warning for Older People (Oct. 2, 2007).

Why the Long Lines at Social Security Offices? (Oct. 2, 2007).

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


15. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION PAPER: "Coping with Demographic Uncertainty," by Jason Furman (September 2007, .pdf format, 15p).


16. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE BRIEF: "The Trouble with Taxing the Young," by Alan D. Viard (Tax Policy Outlook No. 3, October 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


17. ILCUSA REPORT: "ILC Policy Report" (International Longevity Center, USA, September 2007, .pdf format, 5p.). The ILC Policy Report is "a monthly compilation of longevity news and trends in the U.S. and abroad".


18. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Molecular basis for passive immunotherapy of Alzheimer's disease," by Anna S. Gardberg, Lezlee T. Dice, Susan Ou, Rebecca L. Rich, Elizabeth Helmbrecht, Jan Ko, Ronald Wetzel, David G. Myszka, Paul H. Patterson, and Chris Dealwis (Vol. 104, No. 40, Oct. 2, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 15659-15664). This article is available free of charge.



A. "PSA Failure Following Definitive Treatment of Prostate Cancer Having Biopsy Gleason Score 7 With Tertiary Grade 5," by Abhijit A. Patel, Ming-Hui Chen, Andrew A. Renshaw, and Anthony V. D'Amico (Preliminary Communications abstract, Vol. 298, No. 13, Oct. 3, 2007, p. 1533-1538).

B. "Parkinson Disease microRNAs," by Tracy Hampton (Lab Report extract, Vol. 298, No. 13, Oct. 3, 2007, p. 1506).

C. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medicare, by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Thomas R. Saving, reviewed by Prentiss Taylor (Book Review extract, Vol. 298, No. 13, Oct. 3, 2007, p. 1569).



A. "Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccine in the Community-Dwelling Elderly," by Kristin L. Nichol, James D. Nordin, David B. Nelson, John P. Mullooly, and Eelko Hak (Article, Vol. 357, No. 14, Oct. 4, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1373-1381). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Donepezil for the Treatment of Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease," by Robert J. Howard, Edmund Juszczak, Clive G. Ballard, Peter Bentham, Richard G. Brown, Roger Bullock, Alistair S. Burns, Clive Holmes, Robin Jacoby, Tony Johnson, Martin Knapp, James Lindesay, John T. O'Brien, Gordon Wilcock, Cornelius Katona, Roy W. Jones, Julia DeCesare, and Michaela Rodger (Article abstract, Vol. 357, No. 14, Oct. 4, 2007, p. 1382-1392).

C. "Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Patients with Dementia," by Kristine Yaffe (Editorial extract, Vol. 357, No. 14, Oct. 4, 2007, p. 1441-1443).


21. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL EDITORIAL EXTRACT: "Physician assisted death in vulnerable populations," by Timothy E Quill (Vol. 335, No. 7621, Sep. 29, 2007, p. 625).


22. THE DIPLOMAT (BUCHAREST, ROMANIA) ARTICLE: "Flight from financial collapse: Romania may be the last EU country in central and eastern Europe to introduce private pensions, but how successful will this new industry be in today's uncertain financial world?" BY Corina Mica (Vol. 3, No. 8, 2007).


23. NEW EUROPE ARTICLE: "(Slovakia) Ruling coalition agrees to take another look at pensions," (No. 749, Sep. 29, 2007).


24. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "Aging: Bite Your Tongue" (Oct. 8, 2007).


III. Working Papers:

25. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER: "Hidden Regret and Advantageous Selection in Insurance Markets," by Rachel J. Huang, Alexander Muermann, and Larry Y. Tzeng (WPS 07-09, May 2007, .pdf format, 33p.).


We examine insurance markets in which there are two types of customers: those who regret suboptimal decisions and those who don't. In this setting, we characterize the equilibria under hidden information about the type of customers and hidden action. We show that both pooling and separating equilibria can exist. Furthermore, there exist separating equilibria that predict a positive correlation between the amount of insurance coverage and risk type, as in the standard economic models of adverse selection, but there also exist separating equilibria that predict a negative correlation between the amount of insurance coverage and risk type, i.e. advantageous selection. Since optimal choice of regretful customers depends on foregone alternatives, any equilibrium includes a contract which is not purchased.


26. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Understanding Consumption in Retirement: Recent Developments Erik Hurst," by Erik Hurst (WP 2007-26, September 2007, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Asset Allocation within Variable Annuities: The Impact of Guarantees," by Moshe A. Milevsky and Vladyslav Kyrychenko (WP 2007-27, October 2007, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "The Dynamics of Lifecycle Investing in 401(k) Plans," by Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary R. Mottola, Stephen P. Utkus and Takeshi Yamaguchi (WP 2007-28, October 2007, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Labor Supply Responses to Large Social Transfers: Longitudinal Evidence from South Africa," by Cally Ardington, Anne Case, and Victoria Hosegood (w13442, October 2007, .pdf format, 42p.).


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. Perhaps more importantly, pension receipt influences where this employment takes place. We find large, significant effects on labor migration among prime-aged members 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.


28. INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES [LONDON, UK]: "What is a public sector pension worth?" by Richard Disney, Carl Emmerson and Gemma Tetlow (IFS Working Papers, W17/07, October 2007, .pdf format, 26p.). 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. 5, September 2007).

30. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 15, No. 10, October 2007).

31. American Sociological Review (Vol. 72, No. 5, October 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

32. Journals of Gerontology (B) Psychological and Social Sciences: (Vols. 62, Nos. 5, September 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.

33. Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 10, Supp. 2, October 2007).


34. 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 Oct. 3, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 3, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 3, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Oct. 3, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Oct. 3, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Oct. 3, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

35. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging (K08 & K23)" (RFA-AG-08-006, Sep. 28, 2007, modification and re-issuance of RFA-AG-07-001, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with the Office of Dietary Supplements). For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

36. FEDERAL INTER-AGENCY FORUM ON AGING-RELATED STATISTICS WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS: Presentation and papers from the Forum's August 8, 20078 Workshop on Estimating Pension Wealth are now available (.pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint format). Presentations include:

- "Projecting 401(k) Accumulations and Developing Replacement Rates," and "Optimal Savings: Would We Know It If We Saw It?" by Sarah Holden and Peter Brady.

- "Estimating Pensions in MINT," by Karen Smith and Eric Toder

- "New Estimates of the Future Path of 401(k) Assets," by James Poterba, Steven Venti, and David A. Wise

- "Measuring Pension Wealth," by Christopher R. Cunningham, Gary V. Engelhardt, and Anil Kumar

For more information see:


37. 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. 25-26, 2007 Westminster,CO

Nov. 13-16, 2007 Los Angeles,CA


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR HEARING TESTIMONY: "H.R. 3185, the 401(k) Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act of 2007," a hearing held October 4, 2007 (.pdf format).


39. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Veterans' Health: Ensuring Care for our Aging Heroes," a hearing held October 3, 2007 (.pdf format).


40. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: "Chairman Rangel Requests Public Comment on H.R. 3361, a bill to make technical corrections to the 'Pension Protection Act of 2006'," (October 1, 2007). Note: The deadline for comment submission is Nov. 1, 2007.


VIII. Bibliography Updates:

41. 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:


Gortz, Mette. Ageing and Well-Being: Consumption and Time Use of Elderly Americans. University of Copenhagen [2006]

Hong, Wonku. The Effects of Defined Contribution Plans on the Retirement Decision. Georgia State University [2006]

Jackson, Lauren Innes. Depression, activities of daily living, and retirement. University of North Texas [2006]

Li, Zhisheng. Financial Planning and Risk Management for Retirement: Optimal investment-consumption choices under multiple risk exposures. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute [2006]

Lima, Julie. The Demography of Community Based Care: The Late Middle-Aged Versus the Elderly. Brown University [2006]

Olsho, Lauren E.W. Three Essays on Health and Aging. United States -- Wisconsin The University of Wisconsin - Madison [2006]

Peters, Cheryl L. Diverse Pathways in Retirement Transitions: Influences of Family, Work, Wealth, and Health. Oregon State University [2006]

Sarpong, Eric. Essays in Labor Economics: Alcohol consumption and socioeconomic outcomes. Georgia State University [2006]

Sergeant, Julie F. Expectations to Move and Residential Mobility in Older Adults: Delineating reactive and proactive decision processes. United States -- Kansas The University of Kansas [2006]

Tian, Haijun. Caring for Depression and Comorbid Pain: Evidence from HRS and HCC. United States -- California The Pardee RAND Graduate School [2006]

Woo, Seokjin. Three Essays on Elderly Migration and Local Fiscal Policy. The University of Wisconsin - Madison [2006]

Wu, Binzhen. Three Essays in Public Economics. United States -- Wisconsin The University of Wisconsin - Madison [2006]

Xu, Judy. Labor Market Responses to the Onset of Disabilities or Health Problems for Older Workers: A longitudinal study of race difference. The Johns Hopkins University [2006]

Journal Articles:

Aneshensel, Carol S., Wight, Richard G., Miller-Martinez, Dana, Botticello, Amanda L., Karlamangla, Arun S., Seeman, Teresa E. "Urban Neighborhoods and Depressive Symptoms Among Older Adults" Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 62:1 p.S52-59 [2007]

Angel, Jacqueline L., Jimenez, Maren A., Angel, Ronald J. "The Economic Consequences of Widowhood for Older Minority Women" The Gerontologist. 47: p.224-234 [2007]

Arcidiacono, Peter, Sieg, Holger, Sloan, Frank. "Living Rationally Under the Volcano? An Empirical Analysis of Heavy Drinking and Smoking" International Economic Review. 48:1 p.37 [2007]

Berry, Brent. "Does Money Buy Better Health? Unpacking the income to health association after midlife" Health. 11:2 p.199-226 [2007]

Cantoni, E., Field, C., Mills Fleming, J., Ronchetti, E. "Longitudinal Variable Selection by Cross-Validation in the Case of Many Covariates" Statistics in Medicine. 26:4 p.919-930 [2007]

Choi, Namkee G., Bohman, Thomas 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. 19:1 p.152-77 [2007]

Chung, Sukyung, Popkin, Barry M., Domino, Marisa E., Stearns, Sally C. "Informal Caregiving and Body Mass Index among Older Adults" Obesity. 15:4 p.1053-60 [2007]

Couper, Mick, Kapteyn, Arie, Schonlau, Matthew, Winter, Joachim. "Noncoverage and Nonresponse in an Internet Survey" Social Science Research. 36:1 p.131 [2007]

Forman-Hoffman, Valerie L., Yankey, Jon W., Hillis, Stephen L., Wallace, Robert B. "Weight and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults: Direction of influence?" Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 62:1 p.S43-51 [2007]

Haas, Steven A. "The Long-Term Effects of Poor Childhood Health: An assessment and application of retrospective reports" Demography. 44:1 p.113-135 [2007]

Hamil-Luker, Jenifer, O'Rand, Angela M. "Gender Differences in the Link Between Childhood Socioeconomic Conditions and Heart Attack Risk in Adulthood" Demography. 44:1 p.137-158 [2007]

Lang, Iain, Guralnik, Jack, Wallace, Robert B., Meltzer, David. "What Level of Alcohol Consumption Is Hazardous for Older People? Functioning and Mortality in U.S. and English National Cohorts" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 55:1 p.49- [2007]

Lusardi, Annamaria, Mitchell, Olivia S. "Baby Boomer Retirement Security: The Roles of Planning, Financial Literacy, and Housing Wealth" Journal of Monetary Economics. 54:1 p.205 [2007]

Miller, Thomas R., Wolinsky, Frederic D. "Self-Rated Health Trajectories and Mortality Among Older Adults" Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 62:1 p.S22-27 [2007]

Ramoni-Perazzi, Josefa, Bellante, Don. "Do Truly Comparable Public and Private Sector Workers Show Any Compensation Differential?" Journal of Labor Research. 28:1 p.117 [2007]

Reyes-Gibby, Cielito C., Aday, Lu Ann, Todd, Knox H., Cleeland, Charles S., Anderson, Karen O. "Pain in Aging Community-Dwelling Adults in the United States: Non-Hispanic Whites, Non-Hispanic Blacks, and Hispanics" The Journal of Pain. 8:1 p.75-84 [2007]

Ross, Joseph S., Bernheim, Susannah M., Bradley, Elizabeth H., Teng, Hsun-Mei, Gallo, William T. "Use of Preventive Care by the Working Poor in the United States" Preventive Medicine. 44:3 p.254-9 [2007]

Szinovacz, Maximiliane, Davey, Adam. "Changes in Adult-Child Caregiver Networks" The Gerontologist. 47:3 p.280-95 [2007]


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

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