Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #442--June 19, 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. US CENSUS BUREAU INTERNATIONAL DATABASE UPDATE. IDB updated its database on Jun. 18, 2008. Of particular interest to researchers in aging might be the fact that: "In order to better project countries with increasing numbers of people in the oldest ages, [the IDB is] in the process of converting [its] projections to be done by single years of age up to 100 years and over." This change was done for the following 5 countries:

Central African Republic, Pakistan, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, and British Virgin Islands.

All Update information:



II. Reports and articles:

2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL STUDIES UPDATES: The following "Chapters" have been added (.pdf and .zip compressed .pdf format):

Figures 5.1-5.8 Medicare Short-Stay Hospital:

Figures 2.1-4.3 Medicare Enrollment, Program Payments and Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Liability:

Figures 12.1-12.10 Medicare Managed Care:

Medicare & Medicaid Statistical Supplement:


3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning: Legal and Policy Issues," by Charles P. Sabatino (October 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 34p.).



A. "Minister for Ageing Approves Another 163 Million Dollars -- Further Investment in Australian Residential and Home Aged Care (Jun. 17, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Ministers for Ageing tackle tough aged care issues" (Jun. 13, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "2 million dollars funding for psychogeriatric research" (Jun. 13, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "New national protocol: plan to look after elderly Australians living alone" (Jun. 13, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


5. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION/INSTITUTE CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims by Female Seniors, 2000 to 2007" (Analysis in Brief, June 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).


6. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Workforce composition differs between care sectors," by Karin Riksen and Martin Boon (Jun. 12, 2008).


7. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE UPDATED REPORT: "Pension Trends (updated chapters)" (June 2008, .pdf format).

Click on "Latest release".


A. "The Economic Slowdown's Impact on Middle-Aged and Older Americans," by Jeffrey Love and Gerard Rainville (June 2008, .pdf format, 33p.).

B. "Generations of Struggle," by Deborah Thorne, Elizabeth Warren, and Teresa A. Sullivan (June 2008, .pdf format, 13p.).

C. The Journal (Summer 2008, .pdf format, 112p.).

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

Technology For Seniors - Part One: Jun. 16, 2008.

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


9. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH BRIEF: "How Can We Improve Long-Term Care Financing?" by Howard Gleckman (IB#8-8, June 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


10. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "The Number of Individual Account Retirement Plans Owned by American Families," by Craig Copeland (in EBRI Notes, Vol. 29, No. 6, June 2008, .pdf format, p. 6-10).


11. HERITAGE FOUNDATION WEB MEMO: "Medicare: Congress is Poised to Block Savings for Taxpayers and Seniors Alike," by Robert E. Moffit (Web Memo #1959, June 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


12. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Changes in prostate gene expression in men undergoing an intensive nutrition and lifestyle intervention," by Dean Ornish, Mark Jesus M. Magbanua, Gerdi Weidner, Vivian Weinberg, Colleen Kemp, Christopher Green, Michael D. Mattie, Ruth Marlin, Jeff Simko, Katsuto Shinohara, Christopher M. Haqq, and Peter R. Carroll (Vol. 105, No. 24, Jun. 17, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 8369-8374). This article is available free of charge.



A. "Prostate Cancer--Specific Survival Following Salvage Radiotherapy vs Observation in Men With Biochemical Recurrence After Radical Prostatectomy," by Bruce J Trock, Misop Han, Stephen J. Freedland, Elizabeth B. Humphreys, Theodore L. DeWeese, Alan W. Partin, and Patrick C. Walsh (Vol. 299, No. 23, Jun. 18, 2008, p. 2760-2769).

B. "New Developments in the Illegal Provision of Growth Hormone for 'Anti-Aging' and Bodybuilding," by S. Jay Olshansky and Thomas T. Perls (Vol. 299, No. 23, Jun. 18, 2008, p. 2792-2794).

C. Death at Intervals, by Jose Saramago (translated by Costa), reviewed by Tony Miksanek ((Vol. 299, No. 23, Jun. 18, 2008, p. 2802).


14. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL NEWS EXTRACT: "Fall in hormone replacement therapy associated with fall in breast cancer," by Melissa Sweet (Vol. 336, No. 7657, Jun. 14, 2008, p. 1330-1331).


III. Working Papers:

15. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON [MASSACHUSETTS]: A New Approach to Raising Social Security's Earliest Eligibility Age," by Kelly Haverstick, Margarita Sapozhnikov, Robert K. Triest, and Natalia Zhivansadas (Public Policy Discussion Paper P08-4, June 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


16. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Why are Saving Rates of Urban Households in China Rising?" by Marcos Chamon and Eswar Prasad (WP 08/145, June 2008, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:


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

17. American Economic Review (No. 98, No. 3, June 2008). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of these databases and this issue.

18. Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2008).

19. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 31, No. 3, 2008).

20. International Social Security Review (Vol. 21, No. 2,3 April/June, July/September 2008).

21. Journals of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 6, June 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.

22. Journals of Gerontology (B): Social and Psychological Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 3, May 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and these issues.


23. 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 Jun. 18, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 18, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 18, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 18, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 18, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 18, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging (P30)" (RFA-AG-09-008, reissue of RFA-AG-04-007, Jun. 11, 2008, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

B. "Development of Models to Forecast Medicare Expenditures (R01)" (RFA-AG-09-007, Jun. 13, 2008, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:


25. AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jun. 17, 2008.


VI. Legislation Information Updates:

26. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING TESTIMONY: "S.2838, the Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act," a hearing held Jun. 18, 2008 (.pdf format). There is also a complete video transcript of the hearing (RealPlayer format, 1 hour, 21 minutes, 25 seconds).


27. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE HEARING TESTIMONY: "Crisis in the Future: Long Run Deficits and Debt," a hearing held Jun. 17, 2008 (.pdf format).


VII. Websites of Interest:

28. RETIREMENTREVISED.COM: " is the companion website of Retire Smart, a column written by Mark Miller that appears in more than 30 newspapers each week. For millions of Baby Boomers, retirement is an opportunity for reinvention, rather than taking it easy. Mark is helping write the playbook for the new career and personal pursuits of a generation."


29. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING: "Dementia Resource Guide." For more information on this meta-page, see:

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Social Sciences Research Services
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