Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #409--October 25, 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: "State and Local Government Retiree Benefits: Current Status of Benefit Structures, Protections, and Fiscal Outlook for Funding Future Costs," (GAO-07-1156, September 2007, .pdf format, 70p.).

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


2. US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINAL RULE ANNOUNCEMENT: "Employee Retirement Income Security Act: Participant directed individual account plans; default investment alternatives," (Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 205, October 24, 2007, ASCII text and .pdf format, p. 60452-60480).




3. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Retirement Savings Accounts: Fees, Expenses, and Account Balances," by Patrick Purcell (RL34213, October 2007, .pdf format, 15p.)


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) Sponsor Internet Web Sites: Content and Accessibility" (OEI-06-06-00340, October 2007, .pdf format, 13p.).


This evaluation found that 33 percent of the 84 PDP sponsor Web sites reviewed did not contain all federally required content. The most commonly omitted information pertained to enrollee disenrollment rights and responsibilities, the potential for PDP contract termination, and information related to the formulary. Using two electronic tools that enable page-level testing of Web-based information and applications, we also found that 85 percent of sponsor Web sites did not meet at least one of the Federal requirements for Web site accessibility. These problems could affect access to content by Medicare beneficiaries. The memorandum report provides information that CMS can use in its oversight of these Web sites to ensure that all PDP enrollees are provided with and have comparable access to federally required content.


5. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PRESS RELEASE: "Bed Sores Can Be Stopped With Proper Care in Nursing Homes Medicare Project Shows," (October 22, 2007).


6. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES REPORT: "2004 Municipality-Level Deaths by Selected Characteristics" (October 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 36p.).


7. SOUTH AFRICA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "National strategy on elder abuse -- Baseline document" (October 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).


8. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Relatively more old than young people work," by Bart Meijer (Oct. 16, 2007).



A. "Mortality Statistics: General," (Series 238, 2005, .pdf format, 105p.).

B. "UK population set to increase to 65 million over the next ten years," (October 23, 2007, .pdf format, 8p.).


10. CENTER ON AGING AND WORK/WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY [BOSTON COLLEGE] ISSUE BRIEF: "Responsive Workplaces for Older Workers:Job Quality, Flexibility and Employee Engagement," by Jacquelyn B. James, Jennifer E. Swanberg, and Sharon P. McKechnie (Issue Brief 11, October 2007, .pdf format, 10p.).


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

When I Live to be 100 (Oct. 23, 2007).

The Human Genome Project - Looking Into Your Future (Oct. 23, 2007).

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


12. EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS REPORT: "Employment and labour market policies for an ageing workforce and initiatives at the workplace - National overview report," (October 2007, reports are in .pdf format).

Estonia (18p.):

Slovenia (31p.):

Bulgaria (21p.):

Czech Republic (6p.):

Latvia (23p.):

Poland (31p.):

Slovakia (23p.):

Romania (32p.):

Denmark (5p.):

Cyprus (6p.):

Hungary (6p.):

Luxembourg (7p.):

Portugal (4p.):

Ireland (9p.):

Lithuania (7p.):

Malta (10p.):


13. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER NEWSLETTER: (Vol. 8, No. 4, October 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 15p.).



A. "Bringing the genetics of macular degeneration into focus," by Jonathan L. Haines, Kylee M. Spencer, and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance (Vol. 104, No. 43, Oct. 23, 2007, p. 16725-16726).

B. "Linking folding with aggregation in Alzheimer's [beta]-amyloid peptides," by Jana Khandogin and Charles L. Brooks, III (Vol. 104, No. 43, October 23, 2007, p. 16880-16885).



A. "NICE guidelines create ethical dilemmas in care of elderly people, says report," by Anne Gulland (Vol. 335, No. 7624, October 20, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 791).

B. "Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise after knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials," by Catherine J. Minns Lowe, Karen L. Barker, Michael Dewey, and Catherine M Sackle (Vol. 335, No. 7624, October 20, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 812-815).


16.LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Effect of urgent treatment of transient ischaemic attack and minor stroke on early recurrent stroke (EXPRESS study): a prospective population-based sequential comparison," by Peter M. Rothwell, Matthew F. Giles, Arvind Chandratheva, Lars Marquardt, Olivia Geraghty, Jessica N.E. Redgrave, Caroline E. Lovelock, Lucy E. Binney, Linda M. Bull, Fiona C. Cuthbertson, Sarah J.V. Welch, Shelley Bosch, Faye Carasco-Alexander, Louise E. Silver, Sergei A. Gutnikov, and Ziyah Mehta (Vol. 370, No. 9596, October 20, 2007, p. 1432-1442).



A. "Listen to Your Heart: Most women at risk of cardiovascular disease don't know it," by Katherine Hobson (October 29, 2007).

B. "The HRT Dilemma: Three women weigh the benefits of hormones," by Deborah Kotz (October 29, 2007).


II. Working Papers:


A. "Are 401(k) Saving Rates Changing? Cohort/Period Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study," by Irena Dushi and Marjorie Honig (WP 2007-160, October 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "The Impact of Private Participation on Disability Costs: Evidence from Chile," by Estelle James and Augusto Iglesias Palau (WP 2007-161, October 2007, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "Financial Literacy and Stock Market Participation," by Maarten van Rooij, Annamaria Lusardi and Rob Alessie (WP 2007-162, October 2007, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

A. "Hidden Regret and Advantageous Selection in Insurance Markets," by Rachel J. Huang, Alexander Muermann, and Larry Y. Tzeng (WP2007-32, October 2007, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Financial Literacy and Retirement Planning: New Evidence from the Rand American Life Panel," by Annamaria Lusardi and Olivia S. Mitchell (WP2007-33, October 2007, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


20. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: Note: for all of the below listed working papers, links to an abstract and full text are available at the sites.

A. "Population Aging, Labor Demand, and the Structure of Wages," by Margarita Sapozhnikov and Robert K. Triest (WP#2007-14, October 2007, .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "Evaluating the Advanced Life Deferred Annuity - An Annuity People Might Actually Buy," by Guan Gong and Anthony Webb (WP#2007-15, September 2007, .pdf format, 17p.).

C. "Measurement Error in Earnings Data in the Health and Retirement Study," by Jesse Bricker and Gary V. Engelhardt (WP#2007-16, October 2007, .pdf format, 39p.).

D. "Why Do Married Men Claim Social Security Benefits So Early? Ignorance or Caddishness?" by Steven A. Sass, Wei Sun, and Anthony Webb (WP#2007-17, October 2007, .pdf format, 44p.).

E. "What Makes Retirees Happier: A Gradual or 'Cold Turkey' Retirement?" by Esteban Calvo, Kelly Haverstick, and Steven A. Sass (WP#2007-18, October 2007, .pdf format, 45p.).

F. "A New Approach to Raising Social Security's Earliest Eligibility Age," by Kelly Haverstick, Margarita Sapozhnikov, Robert Triest, and Natalia Zhivan (WP#2007-19, October 2007, .pdf format, 43p.).

G. "The Role of Governance in Retirement Investments: Evidence from Variable Annuities," by Richard Evans and Rüdiger Fahlenbrach (WP#2007-20, October 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).


21. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM: "Inter-vivos Giving Over the Lifecycle," by Michael Hurd, James P. Smith, and Julie Zissimopoulos (WR-524, October 2007, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Rational and Behavioral Perspectives on the Role of Annuities in Retirement Planning," by Jeffrey R. Brown (W13537, October 2007, .pdf format, 35p.).


This paper discusses the role of annuities in retirement planning. It begins by explaining the basic theory underlying the individual welfare gains available from annuitizing resources in retirement. It then contrasts these findings with the empirical findings that so few consumers behave in a manner that is consistent with them placing a high value on annuities. After reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the large literature that seeks to reconcile these findings through richer extensions of the basic model, this paper turns to a somewhat more speculative discussion of potential behavioral stories that may be limiting demand. Overall, the paper argues that while further extensions to the rational consumer model of annuity demand are useful for helping to clarify under what conditions annuitization is welfare-enhancing, at least part of the answer to why consumers are so reluctant to annuitize will likely be found through a more rigorous study of the various psychological biases that individuals bring to the annuity decision.


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

23. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 22, No. 5, October/November 2007).

24. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2007).

25. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts (Vol. 1, No. 3/4, 2007).

26. Medical Care (Vol. 45, No. 11, November 2007).

27. OMEGA: The Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 56, Vol. 2, 2007-2008).


28. 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 October 24, 2007:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 24, 2007:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 24, 2007:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 24, 2007:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of October 24, 2007:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of October 24, 2007:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "ELSI Small Research Grant Program (R03)," (PA-08-013, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, October 22, 2007).

B. "ELSI Regular Research Program (R01)," (PA-08-012, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, October 22, 2007).

C. "Angiogenesis in the Nervous System in Health and Disease (R01)," (PA-08-015, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, Oct. 23, 2007).

D. "Angiogenesis in the Nervous System in Health and Disease (R21)," (PA-08-016, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, Oct. 23, 2007).

E. "Request for Information (RFI): Monoclonal Antibodies for Developmental Neuroscience - Request for Targets (NIH Neuroscience Blueprint)," (NOT-NS-08-001, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, Oct. 16, 2007).


30. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: "Health Scientist/Social Scientist GS-601/101-11/12 pp 13," (deadline for application is Nov. 16, 2007).


31. UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, MCCORMACK GRADUATE SCHOOL OF POLICY STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF GERONTOLOGY: "The Department of Gerontology of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston seeks to hire one tenure-stream faculty member at the assistant professor level to begin September 2008.  Responsibilities include: teaching in the PhD and Masters programs, generating and conducting policy research, policy analysis, or policy related research, and mentoring doctoral and masters-level students.  The position is open with respect to applicants' discipline and areas of research scholarship. However, preference will be given to scholars whose expertise is in one or more of the following areas: health, long-term care, caregiving, or work and retirement.

Qualifications include: ability to mentor doctoral student research; the capacity to teach in the Department's core curricular areas; a potential for generating external grant money and demonstrated ability to produce a strong publication record. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a social or behavioral science discipline or in an interdisciplinary field such as gerontology.

Applications should be received by December 15, 2007. Please submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae and the names and contact information of three references to: Search Committee, Search 775e, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston MA 02125."


V. Conferences:

32. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING CONFERENCES. AOA's Events Calendar has recently added several events. See under date and place for the following new listings:

Nov. 28-29 Scottsdale/Fountain Hills ,AZ


33. ROSTOCKER ZENTRUM ZUR ERFORSCHUNG DES DEMOGRAFISCHEN WANDELS: "Workshop Aging, Care Need, and Quality of Life," a conference to be held in Rostock, Germany, Jan.30-Feb. 1, 2008). For more information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

34. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hidden 401(k) Fees: How Disclosure Can Increase Retirement Security," a hearing held October 24, 2007 (.pdf format).


35. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM MAJORITY STAFF REPORT: "Private Medicare Drug Plans: High Expenses and Low Rebates Increase the Costs of Medicare Drug Coverage," (October 2007, .pdf format, 16p.).

Link to the full-text .pdf file can be found at the end of the press release.


VII. Websites of Interest:

36. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER USA WEBSITE UPDATE: "The IlC-USA is pleased to announce an exciting new resource: our redesigned Web site featuring the latest news and research on the complex issues facing our aging population. Using the latest Web 2.0 technology, users can now comment on stories, watch on-demand video, subscribe to RSS feeds, and purchase publications online, making the site an interactive clearinghouse for all matters relating to today's unprecedented increase in longevity. The new site is organized into six categories: ageism, caregiving, financing longevity, healthy aging, politics and health care, and sleep. Information is tailored to appeal to a variety of audiences including journalists, corporate executives, academic researchers, and the general public. A highlight of the new redesign is our Ageism in America blog, which invites visitors to join ILC-USA staff and expert guests in an ongoing conversation about age discrimination practices in the United States." For more information see:

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