Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #425--February 21, 2008

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I. Data:

1. WISCONSIN LONGITUDINAL SURVEY: "The WLS 12.22 data set is now available. Summary scores with means imputed for missing components have been added to 1993 Grad, 1994 Selected Sibling, 2004 Grad and 2005 Selected Sibling modules. There are some corrections and updates to previously released variables." For more information see Change Notice #29:


II. Reports and articles:

2. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Medicaid-Financed Nursing Home Services: Characteristics of People Served and Their Patterns of Care, 2001-2002," (January 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).



A. "Medicare Physician Payment: Care Coordination Programs Used in Demonstration Show Promise, but Wider Use of Payment Approach May Be Limited," (GAO-08-65, February 2008, .pdf format, 55p.).

B. "Medicare Part D: Plan Sponsors' Processing and CMS Monitoring of Drug Coverage Requests Could Be Improved," (GAO-08-47, January 2008, .pdf format, 42p.).



A. Health Care Financing Review (Vol. 29, No. 2, Winter 2007/2008, zipped .pdf format).

Scroll down to "2007-2008 Winter Health Care Sector Productivity" to download the complete issue.

B. "Coverage Decision Memorandum for Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) and Stenting of the Renal Arteries," (February 14, 2008).



A. "End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care," (February 2008, .pdf format, 68p.).

B. "Stress Hormone Impacts Memory, Learning in Diabetic Rodents," (February 17, 2008).


6. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Chronic pain in Canadian seniors," by Pamela L. Ramage-Morin (Health Reports, Vol. 19, No. 1, February 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 16p.).





A. "Strengthening guidelines for investigation of clinical issues in aged care - post-Broughton Hall," (February 2008, .pdf and HTML format).

B. "Improved police checks for aged care facilities," (February 2008, .pdf and HTML format).


8. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Why Do Older Chinese Face Higher Death Rates in Rural Areas?" (February 2008).


9. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Health Care Costs Drive Up the National Retirement Risk Index," by Alicia H. Munnell, Mauricio Soto, Anthony Webb, Francesca Golub-Sass, and Dan Muldoon (Issue Brief No. 8-3, February 2008, .pdf format, 11p.).


10. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The MetLife Family Matters Study: Examining the Effect of Varying Family Structures on Retirement Planning," (February 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


11. CENTER ON BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES BRIEF: "The President's Budget and the Medicare "Trigger"," by James Horney and Richard Kogan (February 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


12. FIDELITY INVESTMENTS [CANADA] REPORT: "The changing state of retirement in Canada: The changing state of retirement in Canada," (February 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).


13. RAND CORPORATION RESEARCH BRIEF: "Improving Quality of Health Care for Older Adults," by Joshua Chodosh, David Solomon, Carol P. Roth, John T. Chang, Catherine MacLean, Bruce Ferrell, Paul G. Shekelle, Neil S. Wenger, David A. Ganz, Caren Kamberg, Takahiro Higashi, Lillian Min, David Reuben, Roy Young, Debra Saliba, John Schnelle, Eric L. Knight, Jerry Avorn, Laurence Rubenstein, N. Gnanadesigan, John L. Adams, Rick L. Smith, Constance Fung, Martin O. Roland, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, David Reeves, Steven M. Asch, Eve A. Kerr, Richard K. Besdine, Alpesh Amin, Dan G. Blazer, Terry Fulmer, Mark Grunwald, William J. Hall, Paul R. Katz, Dalane W. Kitzman, Rosanne M. Leipzig, D. S. Zingmond, K. H. Wilber, Patricia A. Ganz, Harvey Cohen, and Ronnie A. Rosenthal (2008, .pdf format, 4p.).



A. "Gain-of-function mutation of GATA-2 in acute myeloid transformation of chronic myeloid leukemia," by Su-Jiang Zhang, Li-Yuan Ma, Qiu-Hua Huang, Guo Li, Bai-Wei Gu, Xiao-Dong Gao, Jing-Yi Shi, Yue-Ying Wang, Li Gao, Xun Cai, Rui-Bao Ren, Jiang Zhu, Zhu Chen, and Sai-Juan Chen (Vol. 105, No. 6, February 12, 2008, p. 2076-2081).

B. "A causal role for ERG in neoplastic transformation of prostate epithelium," by Olga Klezovitch, Michael Risk, Ilsa Coleman, Jared M. Lucas, Manda Null, Lawrence D. True, Peter S. Nelson, and Valeri Vasioukhin (Vol. 105, No. 6, February 12, 2008, p. 2105-2110).

C. "Evidence for a role of the 5-HT1B receptor and its adaptor protein, p11, in L-DOPA treatment of an animal model of Parkinsonism," by Xiaoqun Zhang, Per E. Andren, Paul Greengard, and Per Svenningsson (Vol. 105, No. 6, February 12, 2008, p. 2163-2168).

D. "Age-related memory impairment associated with loss of parietal deactivation but preserved hippocampal activation," by Saul L. Miller, Kim Celone, Kristina DePeau, Eli Diamond, Bradford C. Dickerson, Dorene Rentz, Maija Pihlajamäki, and Reisa A. Sperling (Vol. 105, No. 6, February 12, 2008, p. 2181-2186).


15. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Differential Regulation of Dynein and Kinesin Motor Proteins by Tau," by Ram Dixit, Jennifer L. Ross, Yale E. Goldman, and Erika L. F. Holzbaur (Vol. 319, No. 5866, February 22, 2008, p. 1086-1089).



A. "Impact of functional status at six months on long term survival in patients with ischaemic stroke: prospective cohort studies," by Karsten Bruins Slot, Eivind Berge, Paul Dorman, Steff Lewis, Martin Dennis, Peter Sandercock, on behalf of the Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project, the International Stroke Trial (UK), and the Lothian Stroke Register (Vol. 336, No. 7640, February 16, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 376-379).

B. "Functional status and long term outcome of stroke," by Helen Rodgers and Richard Thomson (Vol. 336, No. 7640, February 16, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 337-338).


17. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Survival From In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest During Nights and Weekends," by Mary Ann Peberdy, Joseph P. Ornato, G. Luke Larkin, R. Scott Braithwaite, T. Michael Kashner, Scott M. Carey, Peter A. Meaney, Liyi Cen, Vinay M. Nadkarni, Amy H. Praestgaard, and Robert A. Berg, for the National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Investigators (Vol. 299, No. 7, February 20, 2008, p. 785-792).


18. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Running up the down escalator," (February 21, 2008).


III. Working Papers:

19. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Household Saving Behavior: The Role of Financial Literacy, Information, and Financial Education Programs," by Annamaria Lusardi (w13824, February 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).


Individuals are increasingly in charge of their own financial security after retirement. But how well-equipped are individuals to make saving decisions; do they possess adequate financial literacy, are they informed about the most important components of saving plans, do they even plan for retirement? This paper shows that financial illiteracy is widespread among the U.S. population and particularly acute among specific demographic groups, such as those with low education, women, African-Americans, and Hispanics. Moreover, close to half of older workers do not know which type of pensions they have and the large majority of workers know little about the rules governing Social Security benefits. Notwithstanding the low levels of literacy that many individuals display, very few rely on the help of experts or financial advisors to make saving and investment decisions. Low literacy and lack of information affect the ability to save and to secure a comfortable retirement; ignorance about basic financial concepts can be linked to lack of retirement planning and lack of wealth. Financial education programs can help improve saving and financial decision-making, but much more can be done to improve the effectiveness of these programs.


20. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/IFO INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY]: "Young and Old Competing for Public Welfare Services," by Lars-Erik Borge and Jorn Rattso (CESifo Working Paper No. 2223, February 2008, .pdf format, 19p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


21. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Economic Well-Being and Poverty among the Elderly: An Analysis Based on a Collective Consumption Model," by Laurens Cherchye, Bram De Rock, and Frederic Vermeulen (Discussion Paper No. 3349, February 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).


We apply the collective consumption model of Browning, Chiappori and Lewbel (2006) to analyse economic well-being and poverty among the elderly. The model focuses on individual preferences, a consumption technology that captures the economies of scale of living in a couple, and a sharing rule that governs the intra-household allocation of resources. The model is applied to a time series of Dutch consumption expenditure surveys. Our empirical results indicate substantial economies of scale and a wife's share that is increasing in total expenditures. We further calculated poverty rates by means of the collective consumption model. Collective poverty rates of widows and widowers turn out to be slightly lower than traditional ones based on a standard equivalence scale. Poverty among women (men) in elderly couples, however, seems to be heavily underestimated (overestimated) by the traditional approach. Finally, we analysed the impact of becoming a widow(er). Based on cross-sectional evidence, we find that the drop (increase) in material well-being following the husband's death is substantial for women in high (low) expenditure couples. For men, the picture is reversed.


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

22. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementia (Vol. 23, No. 1, February/March 2008).

23. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 66, No. 2, 2008).

24. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 20, No. 2, March 008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.


25. 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 February 20, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of February 20, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of February 20, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of February 20, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of February 20, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of February 20, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding/Award/Employment Opportunities:

26. AARP:

A. "Livable Communities Awards," (February 2008). "The AARP & NAHB Livable Communities Award will be presented to builders, remodelers and developers for projects that incorporate such aspects as:

- design elements that accommodate the needs of all residents with all levels of physical ability from children through grandparents
- improved energy efficiency and enhanced site design; and
- better communication with key stakeholders"

Award applications are due June 6, 2008.

B. "AARP International Innovative Employer Awards," (February 2008). "The AARP International Innovative Employer Award is intended to recognize employers who have demonstrated innovative workforce or human resources practices that address issues relevant to the age 50 and older workforce." The deadline for applications is May 1, 2008 (.pdf format).


27. AGEWORK.COM EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The Gerontological Society of America's website has added four employment opportunities to its website in the last week.

2/15/08 and 2/16/08 opportunities are the new listings.


28. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-GREENSBORO: "Open-Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Gerontology Program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro," (Review will begin on February 29, 2008). For more information about this position go to:


VI. Conferences:

29. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: The following conferences have been added to the AoA conference website:

June 26, 2008 Escondido,CA "Aging Summit 2008".

and scroll to dates or titles.




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