Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #428--March 13, 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. UK DATA ARCHIVE (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 5752 -Burial Policy in England, 1939-1979: Interviews with Retired Cemetery Managers


2. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA UPDATE: "MEPS HC-098: MEPS Panel 9 Longitudinal Data File." (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Mar. 11, 2008).

Data Access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PERIODICAL ARTICLE. "Self-Reported Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Persons Aged >65 Years -- United States, 2006," (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 57, No. 9, Mar. 7, 2008. HTML and .pdf format, p. 225-229).




4. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES COVERAGE FINAL DECISION MEMO: "Decision Memo for Computed Tomographic Angiography (CAG-00385N, Mar. 12, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 40p.).


5. US SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION INVESTIGATION REPORT: "Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934: The Retirement Systems of Alabama," (Release No. 57446, March 2008.).


6. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Variation in Ambulatory Health Care Visits and Visits for General Checkup by Demographic Characteristics and Insurance Status, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18--64, 2005," by Trena M. Ezzati-Rice and Frederick Rohde (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Statistical Brief 201, March 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).


7, CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Impact of Rising Energy Costs on Older Americans," by Janemarie Mulvey (RS22826, March 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Assistance to aged care sector to implement new funding model" (JE08/18, Mar. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Funding boosts grief and trauma counselling in Tasmania" (NR08/31, Mar. 7, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


9. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: "Income security and stability during retirement in Canada," by Sebastien LaRochelle-Cote, John Myles and Garnett Picot (Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series No. 306, March 2008, .pdf format, 59p.).


10. CANADIAN SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING REPORT: "Issues and Options for an Aging Population,"by Sharon Carstairs and Wilbert Joseph Keon (March 2008, .pdf format, 76p.).



A. "The National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People" (March 2008, .pdf format, 84p.).

B. "Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland," (March 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).


12. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "Pension Trends" (March 2008, .pdf format, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).



A. "Ohio Health Care: A Study of Current Challenges and the Support for State Reform," by Joanne Binette and Erica L. Dinger (Research Report, February 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).

B. "South Dakota Health Care: Accessible and Affordable for All," by Rachelle Cummins and Erica L. Dinger (Research Report, February 2008, .pdf format, 18p.).

C. "Long-Term Care in Tennessee: A Survey of Self-Identified Registered Likely Voters Age 18+," by Joanne Binette (Research Report, March 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).

D. AARP Prime Time Radio: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer format, running times, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Studs Terkel: A Memoir: Mar. 11, 2008

Interview with Bill Novelli: Mar. 11, 2008

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



A. "Current Strategies to Employ and Retain Older Workers," by Lauren Eyster, Richard W. Johnson and Eric Toder (Final Report January 2008,.pdf format, 38p.).

B. "How many struggle to get by in retirement?" by Dan Murphy, Sheila R. Zedlewski and Barbara Butrica (January 2008.,pdf format, 34p.).



A. "Federal Poverty Guideline Underestimates Costs of Living for Older Persons in California," by Steven P. Wallace and L. Cricel Molina (February 2008, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Elders Living on the Edge: The Impact of California Support Programs When Income Falls Short in Retirement," (February 2008, .pdf format, 6p.).


16. CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT [CALIFORNIA]: "California Elder Economic Security Standard Index By County." This index is set up to provide data on the income that seniors need to live"adequately" in counties in California.

More information about the Index (.pdf format, 2p.):


17. AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS PRESS RELEASE: "New Harris Survey Finds that Most Baby Boomers Underestimate Disability Risk" (Mar. 7, 2008). The press release links to a memo of survey findings and survey questionnaire (.pdf format).

More information about AHIP:


18. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Features and Challenges of Population Ageing: The European Perspective," by Asghar Zaidi (March 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).


III. Working Papers:

19. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Private Wealth and Job Exit at Older Age: A Random Effects Model," by Hans Bloemen (Discussion Paper No. 3386, March 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


Private wealth holdings are likely to become an increasingly important determinant in the job exit decision of elderly workers. Net wealth may correlate with worker's characteristics that also determine the exit out of a job. It is therefore important to include a rich set of observed characteristics in an empirical model for retirement in order to measure the (marginal) effect of wealth on the job exit rate. But even with a rich set of regressors the question remains whether there are unobservable worker's characteristics that affect both net wealth and the job exit rate. We specify a simultaneous equations model for job exit transitions with multiple destinations, net wealth, and the initial labour market state. The job exit rates and the net wealth equation contain random effects. We allow for correlation between the random effects of job exit and net wealth, and the initial labour market state.



A. "Using Statistics Canada LifePaths Microsimulation Model to Project the Health Status of Canadian Elderly," by Jacques Legare and Yann Decarie (Research Paper 227, 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


Complex population projections usually use microsimulation models; in Canada, Statistics Canada has developed a global dynamic microsimulation model named LifePaths in the Modgen programming language to be used in policy research. LifePaths provides a platform to build on for our research program, conjointly with Dr Janice Keefe from Mount Saint Vincent University, on projections of the Canadian chronic homecare needs for the elderly up to 2031 and of the human resources required. Beside marital status, family networks and living arrangements, future health status of the elderly is a key variable, but an intricate one. Since health status transitions were previously conditioned only on age and sex, we will use here the current disability module of LifePaths with longitudinal data from Canada~Rs National Population Health Survey (NPHS). These new health status transitions are considering other significant explicative variables like marital status, education etc. We will then present projections of future Canadian elderly by health status and a comparison with nine European countries for the Future Elderly Living Conditions in Europe (FELICIE) Research Program which has used the same approach. Our previous researches have shown the importance of future disability level for the management of an elderly society. The main output of the present paper would first produce, with new health scenarios, new estimates for Canada of elderly in poor health, for those aged 75 and over. Secondly, it would produce an interesting comparative analysis, useful especially for implementing new policies for the well-being of the Canadian elderly.

B. "Age-specific Income Inequality and Life Expectancy: New Evidence," by Steven G. Prus and Robert L. Brown (Research Paper 229, February 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).


Objectives: The study has two primary goals. First, to test the hypothesis that higher levels of income inequality are related to lower levels of population health with updated data from around year 2000. Second, to examine the inequality-health relationship across the life course with particular focus on old age when income distributions often shift dramatically.

Design: Correlation techniques were used to assess the relationship between income inequality (Gini ratio) at ages 0+, 25+, 65+, 75+, and 85+ and life expectancy at corresponding ages (0, 25, 65, 75, 85) by sex, before and after adjusting for average population income. Analyses were conducted on two sets of data: 18 wealthy countries and 28 wealthy and non-wealthy countries.

Data sources: International cross-sectional data on income and life expectancy from about year 2000 were derived from the Luxembourg Income Study and the United Nations Demographic Yearbook respectively. Results: Among wealthy countries the negative effect of income inequality on life expectancy at birth becomes insignificant after controlling for average absolute income: the correlation coefficient changes from -0.603 to -0.207 for men and -0.605 to 0.024 for women. A similar pattern is observed at age 25. By contrast, the effect becomes increasingly positive and significant across old age, notably for males, regardless of adjustments for average population income or countries of observation.

Conclusions: These updated results do not support the inequality-health hypothesis. The relationship between income inequality and life expectancy at earlier ages in wealthy countries can be explained by the confounding effect of average absolute income. In old age the data are entirely contrary to the hypothesis. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms that facilitate the increasing positive effect of income inequality on life expectancy in late life.


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

21. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 15, No. 2, 2008).

22. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 66, No. 3, 2008).

Search for "International Journal of Aging and Human Development" (without the quotes). Return publications.

23. International Psychogeriatrics (Vol. 20, No. 2, April 2008).

24. International Social Security Review (Vol. 61, No. 1, January/March 2008).

25. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 20, No. 3, April 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

26. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 16, No. 2, April 2008).

27. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. 3, March 2008).

28. Journals of Gerontology (B): Psychological and Social Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 1, January 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

29. Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 65, No. 2, April 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.


30. 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 Mar. 12, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 12, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

31. SPRINGER PUBLISHING BOOK: Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, by Lucia McBee (2008, 240p., ISBN: 082611511x). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Rejuvenating the Aged Immune System (R01)" (RFA-AI-08-012, Mar. 6, 2008, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases). For more information see:

B. "Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R01)" (PA-08-097, reissue of PA-07-088, Mar. 4, 2008, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R21)" (PA-08-098. reissue of PA-06-533, Mar. 4, 2008, National Institute of Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

D. "Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Stroke (R01)" (PA-08-100, Mar. 5, 2008, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


33. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Mar. 12, 2008.


VII. Conferences:

34. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS CONFERENCE: "Call for Papers on Pensions, Retirement Planning, and Financial Well-being Over the Life Course" (deadline for submission is Mar. 17, 2008). For more information see (.pdf format, 1p.):


35. TRINITY COLLEGE [DUBLIN IRELAND] SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL POLICY, SOCIAL POLICY AND AGEING RESEARCH CENTRE: "SPARC: Second Annual Conference: 'Changing Lives in Ageing Societies: Exploring the Relationships between Ageing Research, Policy and Practices'," to be held May 14, 2008). For more information see:


36. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM: has recently updated its section on Gerontology conferences. New conferences added are:

May 9, 2008: Elder Care Expo 2008

Jun. 16, 2008: Building Knowledge & Networks in the Fight Against Elder Abuse: Pathways to Human Rights

Jul. 10, 2008: National Clinical Geropsychology Conference: Grief& End-of-Life Care

Aug. 13, 2008: 2008 Florida Conference on Aging

Oct. 16, 2008: The 6th International Symposium on Cultural Gerontology

Mar. 11, 2009: 9th International Conference on Alzheimer`s and Parkinson`s Diseases - ADPD 2009


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on MedPAC's Annual March Report with MedPAC Chairman Glenn M.Hackbarth," a hearing held March 11, 2008. (.pdf format, 22p.).


38. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Under the Influence: Can We Provide Doctors An Alternative To Biased Drug Reviews?" a hearing held Mar. 12, 2008 (.pdf format, with a RealPlayer format video transcript, running time: 1 hour 8 minutes, 45 seconds).



A. "Alternatives to the Current Federal Estate Tax System," a hearing held Mar. 12, 2008. (.pdf format).

B. "Selling to Seniors: The Need for Accountability and Oversight of Marketing and Sales by Medicare Private Plans, a hearing held Feb. 14, 2008 (.pdf format).

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