Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #427--March 6, 2008

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: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced the release of:

"Rand HRS Data (Version 8)," (February 29, 2008).

Data access:


2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's MEPS has released the following datasets (all, February 2008, 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).

MEPS HC-098: MEPS Panel 9 Longitudinal Weight File.


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Characteristics of Disabled-Worker Beneficiaries Receiving Workers' Compensation or Public Disability Benefits Compared With Disabled-Worker Beneficiaries Without These Additional Benefits," by Rhonda Newsome and Rene Parent (Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-01, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).



B. "Characteristics of Noninstitutionalized DI and SSI Program Participants," by Anne DeCesaro and Jeffrey Hemmeter (Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-02, January 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 26p.).





A. "State and Local Government Retiree Benefits: Current Funded Status of Pension and Health Benefits," (GAO-08-223, January 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

B. "Medicare Advantage: Increased Spending Relative to Medicare Fee-for-Service May Not Always Reduce Beneficiary Out-of-Pocket Costs," (GAO-08-359, February 2008, .pdf format, 50p.).


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Los Angeles County Suppliers: Compliance With Medicare Standards: Results From Unannounced Visits," (OEI-09-07-00550, February 2008, .pdf format, 30p.).

Report Summary:

At the time of our review, suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS) had to comply with 21 Medicare DMEPOS supplier standards to enroll in the Medicare program. OIG conducted unannounced site visits to 905 DMEPOS suppliers in Los Angeles County to determine whether the suppliers were in compliance with selected Medicare DMEPOS supplier standards and to identify their atypical characteristics.

OIG found that 115 of 905 suppliers (13 percent) did not maintain a physical facility or were not open during unannounced site visits. Another 79 suppliers (9 percent) were open but did not meet at least one of the two additional requirements for the standards we reviewed. Finally, we found that an additional 124 suppliers (14 percent) met the requirements for the standards we reviewed, but their claims had in common an atypical characteristic.

OIG recommends that CMS strengthen the Medicare DMEPOS supplier enrollment process and ensure that suppliers meet Medicare supplier standards. The report provides a number of specific recommendations toward that end. CMS stated that it has already addressed many of our recommendations and will consider those it has not already addressed.


6. CENSUS BUREAU FACTS FOR FEATURES: "Older Americans Month: May 2008," (CB08-FF.06, March 3, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 6p.).


7. NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE PRESS RELEASE: "Changes in Adult Stem Cells May Underlie Rare Genetic Disease Associated with Accelerated Aging," (March 2, 2008).


8. OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES REPORT: "The Graying of the Ohio Labor Force: Aging Through 2016," (March 2008, .pdf format, 26p.).


9. CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH REPORT: "Just the F.A.C.T.S: Strategies to Improve Oral Health of Older Adults in Connecticut," by Megan Massicotte (January 2008, .pdf format, 43p.).


10. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: "Canada's Changing Labour Force, 2006 Census," (March 2008, .pdf format, 34p.).


11. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "$2.6 million to improve aged care services for Tasmanians," (March 4, 2008, .pdf and HTML format).


12. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Second-generation people with foreign background can claim higher pensions than first generation." by Igor Dzambo (Feb. 28, 2008).


13. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING (UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA) ONLINE PRESENTATION: "Prioritisation and Distribution of Government Funds for Australia's Ageing Population," by Laurie Brown (Presentation to Ageing Population Policy & Planning Conference, February 2008, .pdf format, 35 slides).


14. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Features and Challenges of Population Ageing: The European Perspective," by Asghar Zaidi (Policy Brief No. 1, March 2008, .pdf format, 16p.).


15. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE STATISTICAL BRIEF: "What Do We Know About the Universe of State and Local Plans," by Alicia H. Munnell, Kelly Haverstick, Mauricio Soto, and Jean-Pierre Aubry (State and Local Pension Plans No. 4, March 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).


16. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Race, Ethnicity, and Where You Live Matters: Recent Findings on Health and Mortality of U.S. Elderly," by Toshiko Kaneda and Dia Adams (February 2008).



A. AARP Bulletin (March 2008). Selected articles from the latest Bulletin are available at the site.

B. "Rx Watchdog Report: Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Used by Medicare Beneficiaries-2002-2007 (2007 Year End Update)," by David J. Gross, Stephen W. Schondelmeyer, and Leigh Purvis (March 2008, .pdf format, 49p.).

C. "Minnesota Health Care: A Study of Current Challenges and the Support for State Reform," by Erica L. Dinger and Susan L. Silberman (March 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


18. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "Do Assets Change the Racial Profile of Poverty among Older Adults?" by Barbara Butrica (Opportunity and Ownership Facts No. 8, March 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 1p.).



A. "Policy Workshop To Examine Implications of Medicare's Funding Warning," (March 6, 2008, MP3 format).

Follow the "Podcast" link.

B. "Medicare and the President's Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Proposal," (February 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).


20. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE NEWSLETTER: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 8, No. 5, March 2008, HTML format).


21. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "A TAG1-APP signalling pathway through Fe65 negatively modulates neurogenesis," by Quan-Hong Ma, Toshitaka Futagawa, Wu-Lin Yang, Xiao-Dan Jiang, Li Zeng, Yasuo Takeda, Ru-Xiang Xu, Dominique Bagnard, Melitta Schachner, Andrew J. Furley, Domna Karagogeos, Kazutada Watanabe, Gavin S. Dawe & Zhi-Cheng Xiao (Vol. 10, No. 3, March 2008, p. 283-294).



A. "Functionally significant insulin-like growth factor I receptor mutations in centenarian," by Yousin Suh, Gil Atzmon, Mi-Ook Cho, David Hwang, Bingrong Liu, Daniel J. Leahy, Nir Barzilai, and Pinchas Cohen (Vol. 105, No. 9, March 4, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3438-3442). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to this article.

B. "Altered morphology and 3D architecture of brain vasculature in a mouse model for Alzheimer's disease," by Eric P. Meyer, Alexandra Ulmann-Schuler, Matthias Staufenbiel, and Thomas Krucker (Vol. 105, No. 9, March 4, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3587-3592). Note: _PNAS_ is providing open access to this article.

C. "Highly efficient and large-scale generation of functional dopamine neurons from human embryonic stem cells," by Myung Soo Cho, Young-Eun Lee, Ji Young Kim, Seungsoo Chung, Yoon Hee Cho, Dae-Sung Kim, Sang-Moon Kang, Haksup Lee, Myung-Hwa Kim, Jeong-Hoon Kim, Joong Woo Leem, Sun Kyung Oh, Young Min Choi, Dong-Youn Hwang, Jin Woo Chang, and Dong-Wook Kim (Vol. 105, No. 9, March 4, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3392-3397).

D. "SPAS-1 (stimulator of prostatic adenocarcinoma-specific T cells)/SH3GLB2: A prostate tumor antigen identified by CTLA-4 blockade," by Marcella Fassò, Rebecca Waitz, Yafei Hou, Tae Rim, Norman M. Greenberg, Nilabh Shastri, Lawrence Fong, and James P. Allison (Vol. 105, No. 9, March 4, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 3509-3514).


23. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Self-Reported Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Persons Aged >65 Years United States, 2006," (Vol. 57, No. 9, March 7, 2008, .pdf and HTML format, p. 225-229).




24. LANCET ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Lancet requires free registration prior to providing content. "Complex interventions can help elderly people to live safely and independently," by Andrew D. Beswick, Karen Rees, Prof. Paul Dieppe, Salma Ayis, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Jeremy Horwood, and Prof. Shah Ebrahim (Vol. 371, No. 9614, March 1, 2008, p. 725-735).


25. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Health Risks and Benefits 3 Years After Stopping Randomized Treatment With Estrogen and Progestin," by Gerardo Heiss, Robert Wallace, Garnet L. Anderson, Aaron Aragaki, Shirley A. A. Beresford, Robert Brzyski, Rowan T. Chlebowski, Margery Gass, Andrea LaCroix, JoAnn E. Manson, Ross L. Prentice, Jacques Rossouw, and Marcia L. Stefanick, for the WHI Investigators (Vol. 299, No. 9, March 5, 2008, p. 1036-1045).

National Institutes of Health Press Release:


26. NEWSWEEK ARTICLE: "China's New Empty Nest," by Melinda Liu (March 10, 2008).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Older Women's Income and Wealth Packages in Cross-National Perspective," by Timothy M. Smeeding (WP No. 2008-1, February 2008, .pdf format, 47p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Saving and Wealth Accumulation in the PSID, 1984-2005," by Barry P. Bosworth and Sarah Anders (WP No. 2008-2, February 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "How the Income Tax Treatment of Saving and Social Security Benefits May Affect Boomers' Retirement Incomes," by Barbara A. Butrica, Karen E. Smith, and Eric Toder (WP No. 2008-3, February 2008, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

D. "Do Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs Delay Retirement?" by Richard W. Johnson, Rudolph G. Penner, and Desmond Toohey (WP No. 2008-4, February 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

E. "The Implications of Career Lengths for Social Security," by Melissa M. Favreault and C. Eugene Steuerle (WP No. 2008-5, February 2008, .pdf format, 41p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

F. "The Trajectory of Wealth in Retirement," by David A. Love, Michael G. Palumbo, and Paul A. Smith (WP No. 2008-7, February 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

G. "A Micro-Level Analysis of Recent Increases in Labor Force Participation Among Older Workers ," by Kevin E. Cahill, Michael D. Giandrea, and Joseph F. Quinn (WP No. 2008-8, February 2008, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

H. "Participant Perceptions and Decision-Making Concerning Retirement Benefits," by Colleen E. Medill (WP No. 2008-9, February 2008, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


28. WORLD BANK: "Risk-based supervision of pension funds in Australia," by Graeme Thompson (Policy Research Working Paper No. WPS 4539, February 2008, .pdf and ASCII format, 38p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

29. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 3, March 2008).

30. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2008).

31. Public Health (Vol. 122, No. 4, April 2008).


32. 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 March 5, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of March 5, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of March 5, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of March 5, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of March 5, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of March 5, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:



34. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32)," (PAR-08-101, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, March 6, 2008).


VI. Conferences:

35. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE: "Alzheimer's Disease: Update on Research, Treatment, and Care," (San Diego, CA, May 22-23, 2008).


VII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "Seniors Going Hungry in America: A Call to Action and Warning for the Future," a hearing held March 5, 2008 (.pdf format).

B. "Harvest Over The Horizon: The Challenges of Aging in Agriculture," a hearing held June 21, 2007 (S.Hrg. 110-233, .pdf format, 52p.).

C. "Medicare Advantage Marketing and Sales: Who Has the Advantage?" a hearing held May 16, 2007 (S.Hrg. 110-207, .pdf format, 282.).


37. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONSUMER CREDIT HEARING PUBLICATION: "Credit Cards and Older American," a hearing held August 7, 2007 (Serial No. 110-56, .pdf format, 65p.).


38. US SENATE HEALTH EDUCATION LABOR AND PENSIONS / SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Can Congress Help Fulfill the Promise of Stem Cell Research?: Joint Hearing, on Examining Stem Cell Research, Focusing on Ongoing Federal Support of Both Embryonic and Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Scientific Progress, Including Recent Findings on Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells," a hearing held January 19, 2007 (S.Hrg. 110-208, .pdf format, 80p.).


VIII. Websites of Interest:

39. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: "Persons Aged 50 and Over." (March 2008). "The number of persons aged 50 years and older living with HIV/AIDS has been increasing in recent years. This increase is partly due to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), which has made it possible for many HIV-infected persons to live longer, and partly due to newly diagnosed infections in persons over the age of 50." The purpose of this website is provide information on, and support for, people living with HIV/AIDS.


40. 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:

Book chapters:

Haveman, Robert, Holden, Karen, Wolfe, Barbara L., Romanov, Andrei. "The Sufficiency of Retirement Savings: Comparing Cohorts at the Time of Retirement" In Redefining Retirement: How Will Boomers Fare?. Brigitte Madrian, Olivia S. Mitchell, Beth J. Soldo eds [2007]


Abdus, Salam. Obesity: The role of economic incentives in individuals' bodyweight choice. University of Minnesota [2007]

Akamigbo, Adaeze B. Nursing home placement among older adults: A national study of risk perceptions, access and placement outcomes. University of Iowa [2007]

Brezinski, Paul Richard. Veteran Status, Health Status, and Use of Health Services. University of Iowa [2007]

Kopecky, Karen A. Measuring the Impact of Technological Progress on the Household. University of Rochester [2007]

Li, Yong. Private Long-term Care Insurance and Patterns of Care Use among Older Adults. Wayne State University [2007]

Miller, Thomas Ray. Mammography Use among Older Women in the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD) Study. University of Iowa [2007]

Perry, Michael M. Three Essays on Expectations. University of Michigan [2007]

Pounder, Laurie. Life-Cycle Consumption Examined. University of Michigan [2007]

Sahm, Claudia R. Risk Tolerance and Asset Accumulation. University of Michigan [2007]

Shattuck, Anne M. Job Characteristics and the Psychological Well-being of Older Workers. University of New Hampshire [2007]

Woo, Hae-bong. Immigrant Status, Health, and Mortality in Later Life. The University of Texas at Austin [2007]

Yang, Yan. Medicare Supplemental Insurance Purchasing Decisions and Ownership. Case Western Reserve University [2007]

Journal Article:

Blau, David M. "Retirement and Consumption in a Life Cycle Model" Journal of Labor Economics. 26:1 p.35 [2008]

Caffrey, Christine, Himes, Christine L. "Health Insurance Coverage as People Approach and Pass Age-Eligibility for Medicare" Journal of Aging & Social Policy. 20:1 p.29-44 [2008]

Covinsky, Kenneth E., Lindquist, Karla, Dunlop, Dorothy D., Gill, Thomas M., Yelin, Edward. "Effect of Arthritis in Middle Age on Older-Age Functioning" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 56:1 p.23-8 [2008]

Dunlop, Dorothy D., Manheim, Larry H., Song, Jing, Sohn, Min-Woong, Feinglass, Joseph M, Chang, Huan J., Chang, Rowland W. "Age and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Arthritis-Related Hip and Knee Surgeries" Medical Care. 46:2 p.200-208 [2008]

Falba, Tracy A., Sindelar, Jody L. "Spousal Concordance in Health Behavior Change" Health Services Research. 43:1 p.96-116 [2008]

Gure, Tanya Ruff, Kabeto, Mohammed U., Blaum, Caroline S., Langa, Kenneth M. "Degree of Disability and Patterns of Caregiving among Older Americans with Congestive Heart Failure" Journal of General Internal Medicine. 23:1 p.70-76 [2008]

Haas, Steven. "Trajectories of functional health: The 'long arm' of childhood health and socioeconomic factors" Social Science & Medicine. 66:4 p.849-61 [2008]

Lee, Jinkook, Kim, Hyongsoo. "A Longitudinal Analysis of the Impact of Health Shocks on the Wealth of Elders" Journal of Population Economics. 21:1 p.217-30 [2008]

Ostbye, Truls, Taylor Jr., Donald H., Clipp, Elizabeth C., Van Scoyoc, Lynn, Plassman, Brenda L. "Identification of Dementia: Agreement among National Survey Data, Medicare Claims, and Death Certificates" Health Services Research. 43:1 p.313-26 [2008]

Perozek, Maria. "Using Subjective Expectations to Forecast Longevity: Do survey respondents know something we don't know?" Demography. 45:1 p.95-112 [2008]

Plassman, Brenda L., Langa, Kenneth M., Fisher, Gwenith G., Heeringa, Steven G., Weir, David R., Ofstedal, Mary Beth, Burke, James R., Hurd, Michael D., Potter, Guy G., Rodgers, Willard L., Steffens, David C., McArdle, John J., Willis, Robert J., Wallace,. "Prevalence Of Cognitive Impairment But Not Demented (CIND) In The United States" Annals of Internal Medicine. forthcoming: [2008]

Short, Pamela Farley, Vasey, Joseph J., BeLue, Rhonda. "Work Disability Associated with Cancer Survivorship and Other Chronic Conditions" Psycho-Oncology. 17:1 p.91-7 [2008]

Short, Pamela Farley, Vasey, Joseph J., Moran, John R. "Long-Term Effects of Cancer Survivorship on the Employment of Older Workers" Health Services Research. 43:1 p.193-210 [2008]

Stevens, Ann Huff, Chan, Sewin. "What You Don't Know Can't Help You: Pension knowledge and retirement decision-making" Review of Economics and Statistics. forthcoming: [2008]

Wight, Richard G., Cummings, Janet R., Miller-Martinez, Dana, Karlamangla, Arun S., Seeman, Teresa E., Aneshensel, Carol S. "A Multilevel Analysis of Urban Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Health in Late Life" Social Science and Medicine. 66:4 p.862 [2008]




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