Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #444--July 3, 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. WISCONSIN LOGITUDINAL SURVEY: "WLS recently released data version 12.23 (July 2008)."



2. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "National Health Interview Survey: 2007" (June 2008, self decompressing [.exe] ASCII format, with documentation in .pdf format and sample SAS, SPSS, and Stata statements in ASCII format).

See under "2007 NHIS."


3. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE & MEDICAID STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: "Details for Figures 12.2-12.10 Medicare Managed Care" (June 2008, .zip compressed .pdf format).

Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement:


4. INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SURVEYS (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA): "In June 2008, IPUMS added 32 new samples for Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela. IPUMS also added approximately 100 new internationally harmonized variables and 2000 unharmonized variables specific to the individual samples. The full content of the IPUMS is summarized on the sample quick reference page. A separate page gives our plans for future data releases." For more information see:

Under "June 2008 data release."


5. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY: LIS has recently released new data for the United Kingdom (Wave IV, 2004).

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

6. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS NEWS RELEASE: "Number of Jobs, Labor Market Experience, and Earnings Growth: Results From A Longitudinal Survey" (Jun. 27, 2008). The first two parts of the news release: "Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings Growth Among the Youngest Baby Boomers: Results From a Longitudinal Survey Summary," and "Number of Jobs Held, Labor Market Activity, and Earnings Growth Among the Youngest Baby Boomers: Results From a Longitudinal Survey: Technical Note," may be of interest to researchers in aging.


7. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Resveratrol Found to Improve Health, But Not Longevity in Aging Mice on Standard Diet" (Jul. 3, 2008).


8. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >65 Years Who Ever Received a Pneumococcal Vaccination, by Sex, Age Group, and Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007" (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 57, No. 26, Jul. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, p. 723).




9. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries in the 24-Month Medicare Waiting Period, by State and SSI Receipt," by Anne DeCesaro, Robert Weathers II, Glenda Carter, and Linda Smith (Research and Statistics Note No. 2008-04, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).





A. "Medicare Adds Third Recognized Source to Help Determine Coverage for Anti-Cancer Chemotherapy Drugs" (Jul. 2, 2008).

B. "CMS Proposes Payment, Policy Changes for Physicians' Services in 2009" (Jun. 30, 2008).

C. "New Medicare Rule Ensures Access to Health Care for Beneficiaries in Rural Areas" (Jun. 26, 2008).


11. US TREASURY DEPARTMENT ISSUE BRIEF: "Social Security Reform: Strategies for Progressive Benefit Adjustments" (Strategies for Progressive Benefit Adjustments Issue Brief No. 5, June 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).



A. "Australian Government to Increase Scrutiny of Aged Care Funding Claims" (Jul. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Sunshine Coast and WA Country and Perth Women among Longest Life Expectancy in the World" (Jul. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "Record number of visits begin on July 1--nursing homes" (Jun. 30, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

D. "Annual Indexation Comes Into Effect on July 1--A Further 163 Million Dollars--Invested Into Australian Residential and Home Aged Care" (Jun. 30, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


13. STATBANK DENMARK UPDATE: "AB703: Full-time participants in retirement by unemployment insurance fund, retirement, age and sex" has been updated through 1st Quarter 2008).


14. LITHUANIA STATISTICS DEPARTMENT REPORT: "Lithuanian Population by Age 2008" (June 2008, .pdf format, 85p.). The report is in Lithuanian and English.

Click on "download" for link to full text.



A. "Pension target of 70 percent not within everyone's reach (Jun. 27, 2008).

B. "More home care in urban areas" (Jul. 1, 2008).


16. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Life-course events and later-life employment," by Morten Blekesaune, Mark Bryan and Mark Taylor (Research Report 502, 2008, .pdf format 107p.).



A. "2007 Colorado Transportation Survey: Aging and Mobility," by Anita Stowell-Ritter and Joanne Binette (May 2008, .pdf format).

B. "Hoosiers Speak Out: Indiana's Health Care System Needs Reform," by Susan L. Silberman and Erica L. Dinger (April 2008, .pdf format, 41p.).

C. _AARP Bulletin_ (June 2008).


18. EMPLOYMENT BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "The Impact of PPA (Pension Protection Act of 2006) on Retirement Savings for 401(k) Participants," by Jack VanDerhei and Craig Copeland (Issue Brief No. 318, June 2008, .pdf format, 22p.).


19. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH BRIEF: "Strange, but True: Unusual Strategies for Claiming Social Security Benefits" (July 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).


20. URBAN INSTITUTE PANEL DISCUSSION: "Rethinking Retirement: Opinions, Obstacles, Opportunities" (Jun. 25, 2008, audio [.mp3] format, running time: one hour, 36 minutes, 54 seconds).



A. "Obesity Threatens the Health of Older Europeans," by Marc Meisnere (June 2008).

B. Today's Research on Aging (Issue 11, June 2008, .pdf format, 4p.). The topic of this issue is "Socioeconomic Status and Health Disparities in Old Age."


22. ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION REPORT: "Green Houses Growing in Numbers Across the States: Many frail elders seek an alternative to the typical institutional-style nursing home. With more Green Houses taking root across the United States, that alternative is getting closer to home" (June 2008). At the bottom of the page there is a link to data on the growing number of Green Houses in the US.


23. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 13, Jun. 25, 2008).

More information about FCA:


24. ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT: "How economic conditions affect retirement decisions," by Monique Morrissey (Jun. 25, 2008).

More information about EPI:


25. PEW RESEARCH CENTER SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS: "Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation," by D'Vera Cohn (June 2008).


26. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK REPORT: "A Life Course Approach to Tackling Obesity," by Primrose Musingarimi (June 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


27. TIME ARTICLE: "Japan's Booming Sex Niche: Elder Porn," by Michiko Toyama (Vol. 172, No. 1, Jul. 7, 2008).,8599,1815509,00.html


28. NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Mitochondrial fragmentation in neurodegeneration," by Andrew B. Knott, Guy Perkins, Robert Schwarzenbacher. and Ella Bossy-Wetzel (Vol. 9, No. 7, July 2008, p. 505-518).


29. NATURE CELL BIOLOGY ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Opposing roles for p16[Ink4a] and p19[Arf] in senescence and ageing caused by BubR1 insufficiency," by Darren J. Baker, Carmen Perez-Terzic, Fang Jin, Kevin Pitel, Nicolas J. Niederlander, Karthik Jeganathan, Satsuki Yamada, Santiago Reyes, Lois Rowe, H. Jay Hiddinga, Norman L. Eberhardt, Andre Terzic, and Jan M. van Deursen (Vol. 10, No. 7, 2008, p. 825-836).


30. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Cyclic adenosine monophosphate differentiated beta-endorphin neurons promote immune function and prevent prostate cancer growth," by Dipak K. Sarkar, Nadka I. Boyadjieva, Cui Ping Chen, Mar Ortiguela, Kenneth Reuhl, E. Michael Clement, Peter Kuhn, and Jason Marano (Vol. 105, No. 26, Jul. 1, 2008, p. 9105-9110).



A. "Pathogenesis of Age-Related Osteoporosis: Impaired Mechano-Responsiveness of Bone Is Not the Culprit," by Olli V. Leppanen, Harri Sievanen, Jarkko Jokihaara, Ilari Pajamaki, Pekka Kannus, and Teppo L.N. Jarvinen (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2540 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002540, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Broccoli Consumption Interacts with GSTM1 to Perturb Oncogenic Signalling Pathways in the Prostate," by Maria Traka, Amy V. Gasper, Antonietta Melchini, James R. Bacon, Paul W. Needs, Victoria Frost, Andrew Chantry, Alexandra M.E. Jones, Catharine A. Ortori, David A. Barrett, Richard Y. Ball, Robert D. Mills, and Richard F. Mithen (PLoS ONE 3(7): e2568 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002568, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 14p.).

C. "Falls, Depression and Antidepressants in Later Life: A Large Primary Care Appraisal," by Ngaire Kerse, Leon Flicker, Jon J. Pfaff, Brian Draper, Nicola T. Lautenschlager, Moira Sim, John Snowdon, and Osvaldo P. Almeida (PLoS ONE 3(6): e2423 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002423, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).



A. "Collective Accountability for Medical Care--Toward Bundled Medicare Payments," by Glenn Hackbarth, Robert Reischauer, and Anne Mutti (Vol. 359, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2008, p. 3-5).

B. Osteoporosis: Third Edition, edited by Robert Marcus, David Feldman, Dorothy A. Nelson, and Clifford J. Rosen, reviewed by Nelson B. Watts (Vol. 359, No. 1, Jul. 3, 2008, p. 104-105).


III. Working Papers:

33. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Age, Luck, and Inheritance," by Jess Benhabib and Shenghao Zhu (w14128, June 2008, .pdf format, 63p.).


We present a mechanism to analytically generate a double Pareto distribution of wealth in a continuous time OLG model with optimizing agents who have bequest motives, are subject to stochastic returns on capital and have uncertain life spans. We disentangle, roughly, the contribution of inheritance, age and stochastic rates of capital return to wealth inequality, in particular to the Gini coefficient. We investigate the role of the fiscal and redistributive policies for wealth inequality and social welfare.


34. LUXEMBOURG WEALTH STUDY: "How Inheritances Relate to Wealth Distribution? Theoretical Reasoning and Empirical Evidence on the Basis of LWS Data," by Pirmin Fessler, Peter Mooslechner, Martin Schwarz (Working Paper No. 6, June 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


The aim of this paper is to study the analytical scope for cross-country comparisons of inheritances based on Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS) data. In the first part of the paper, we review in a selective way the existing literature on inheritances and bequests. In the second part, we focus on cross country data issues and survey designs. In the third part, we show stylized results on inheritances in different countries, based on LWS data. These data reveal a rather similar picture: beneficiaries tend to have better education, higher income and own more wealth. In the last part of the paper, conclusions for data improvements in the future will be drawn.


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

35. Age and Aging (Vol. 37, No. 4, July 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

36. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias" (Vol. 23, No. 3, June/July 2008).

37. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 7, July 2008).

38. The Gerontologist (Vol. 48, No. 3, June 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

39. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 20, No. 1, Spring 2008).

Click on "Complete Contents for Current and Past Volumes" on the right side of the page for link to tables of contents.

40. Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 50, Supplement 1, 2008).

Click on "Complete Contents for Current and Past Volumes" on the right side of the page for link to tables of contents.

41. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 7, No. 2, July 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

42. Journal of Social Work (Vol. 8, No. 3, July 2008).

43. Population and Development Review (Vol. 34, No. 2, June 2008).


44. 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 Jul. 2, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology Research: Literature for the week of Jul. 2, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Interventions to Remediate Age-related Cognitive Decline (R01)" (RFA-AG-09-009, Jul. 3, 2008, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

B. "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research" (PA-08-190, reissue of PA-05-015, Jul. 2, 2008). For more information see:

C. "Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers" (PA-08-191, reissue of PA-04-126, Jul. 1, 2008). For more information see:


46. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE: John Heinz Dissertation Award: "The John Heinz Dissertation Award is one of several activities designed to attract talented individuals to the field of social insurance and encourage the development of new administrators, scholars, and other professionals. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance, health care financing, and related issues through research and education. The Academy's dissertation award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. The award is presented annually in honor of Senator John Heinz. He was a leading expert in the Senate on private pension and health care policy and was a member of the Academy's Board of Advisors since the organization's inception in 1986." Application deadline is Oct. 1, 2008. Application forms are in Microsoft Word format. For more information see:

More information about NASI:


47. US AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE QUALITY AND RESEARCH: "Two-day hands-on HCUP (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project) and MEPS (Medical Expenditure Panel Survey) Data Users Workshop, to be held Sep. 24-25, 2008 in Rockville, Maryland. For more information see:


48. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Jul. 2, 2008.


VI. Websites of Interest:

49. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES: "Medicare Supplier Directory" has been updated as of Jul. 1, 2008.


VII. Bibliography Updates:

50. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research HRS updated its bibliography on Jul. 2, 2008:


Davey, Adam, Szinovacz, Maximiliane. "Division of Care Among Adult Children" In Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, familial, and societal implications. Davey, A., Szinovacz, M.E. eds p.133-159 [2007]

Islam, M. Ataharul, Chowdhury, Rafiqul I. "First and Higher Order Transition Models with Covariate Dependence" Chapter 4 in Progress in Applied Mathematical Modeling. F. Yang ed p.153-96 [2008]

Szinovacz, Maximiliane. "Commentary: The Future of Intergenerational Relationships--Variability and Vulnerabilities" In Social Structures: The impact of demographic changes on the well-being of older persons. Schaie, K.W., Uhlenberg, P. eds p.262-282 [2007]

Weir, David R. "Elastic Powers: The Integration of Biomarkers into the Health and Retirement Study" In Bio-Social Surveys: Current insight and future promise. Weinstein, M., Vaupel, J.W., Wachter, K. eds p.78-95 [2007]


Curl, Angela Lynn. The Impact of Retirement on Trajectories of Physical Health of Married Couples. Case Western Reserve University [2007]

Luo, Jia. Essays on Optimal Portfolio Choice and Unemployment Insurance. University of California, Los Angeles [2007]

Popa, Mihaela A. Modifiable factors for disability: Is there potential for reducing racial disparities in disability in older age?. University of South Florida [2007]


Bradley, Don E., Longino, Charles F., Stoller, Eleanor P., Haas III, William H. "Actuation of Mobility Intentions Among the Young-Old: An Event-History Analysis" The Gerontologist. 48:2 p.190-202 [2008]

Cao, Honggao. "Credit Constraints and Human Capital Investment in College Education" Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 29:1 p.41-54 [2008]

Cornman, Jennifer C., Freedman, Vicki A. "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mobility Device Use in Late Life" Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 63B:1 p.S34-41 [2008]

Doshi, Jalpa A., Cen, Liyi, Polsky, Daniel. "Depression and Retirement in Late Middle-Aged U.S. Workers" Health Services Research. 43:2 p.693 [2008]

Forman-Hoffman, Valerie L., Richardson, Kelly K., Yankey, Jon W., Hillis, Stephen L., Wallace, Robert B., Wolinsky, Fredric D. "Impact of Functional Limitations and Medical Comorbidity on Subsequent Weight Changes and Increased Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults" Journal of Aging and Health. 20:4 p.367 [2008]

Freedman, Vicki A., Grafova, Irina B., Schoeni, Robert F., Rogowski, Jeannette. "Neighborhoods and Disability in Later Life" Social Science and Medicine. 66:11 p.2253-2267 [2008]

Freedman, Vicki A., Martin, Linda G., Schoeni, Robert F., Cornman, Jennifer C. "Declines in Late-life Disability: The role of early- and mid-life factors" Social Science and Medicine. 66:7 p.1588-1602 [2008]

Hanchate, Amresh D., Zhang, Yuqing, Felson, David T., Ash, Arlene S. "Exploring the Determinants of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Total Knee Arthroplasty: Health Insurance, Income, and Assets" Medical Care. 46:5 p.481 [2008]

Hao, Yanni. "Productive Activities and Psychological Well-Being Among Older Adults" The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 63B:2 p.S64-72 [2008]

Hollander, Dore. "Circumstances of Women's First Birth May Be Linked to Their Health During Middle Age" Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 40:1 p.57 [2008]

House, Christopher, Laitner, John P., Stolyarov, Dmitriy. "Valuing Lost Home Production of Dual Earner Couples" International Economic Review. 49:2 p.701 [2008]

Kapteyn, Arie, Smith, James P., van Soest, Arthur. "Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain" Journal of Health Economics. 27:2 p.496 [2008]

Kim, Hyungsoo, Lyons, Angela C. "No Pain, No Strain: Impact of Health on the Financial Security of Older Americans" The Journal of Consumer Affairs. 42:1 p.9-36 [2008]

Lin, I-Fen. "Consequences of Parental Divorce for Adult Children's Support of their Frail Parents" Journal of Marriage and Family. 70: p.113-128 [2008]

Longino Jr, Charles F., Bradley, Don E., Stoller, Eleanor P., Haas III, William H. "Predictors of Non-Local Moves Among Older Adults: A Prospective Study" The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 63B:1 p.S7-14 [2008]

Molinari, Francesca. "Partial Identification of Probability Distributions with Misclassified Data" Journal of Econometrics. 144:1 p.81 [2008]

Neuman, Kevin. "Quit Your Job and Get Healthier? The Effect of Retirement on Health" Journal of Labor Research. 29:2 p.177 [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 Without Dementia in the United States" Annals of Internal Medicine. 148:6 p.427 [2008]

Szinovacz, Maximiliane E., Davey, Adam. "Division of Parent Care Between Spouses" Ageing and Society. 28:4 p.571-97 [2008]

Williams, Brie A., Lundquist, Karla, Sudore, Rebecca L., Covinsky, Kenneth E., Walter, Louise C. "Screening Mammography in Older Women: Effect of Wealth and Prognosis" Archives of Internal Medicine. 168:5 p.514-20 [2008]

Wolinsky, Fredric D., Liu, Li, Miller, Thomas R., An, Hyonggin, Geweke, John F., Kaskie, Brian, Wright, Kara B., Chrischilles, Elizabeth A., Pavlik, Claire E., Cook, Elizabeth A., Ohsfeldt, Robert L., Richardson, Kelly K., Rosenthal, Gary E., Wallace, Rob. "Emergency Department Utilization Patterns Among Older Adults" The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 63A:2 p.204-209 [2008]

Yang, Frances M., Cazorla-Lancaster, Yamileth, Jones, Richard N. "Within-Group Differences in Depression Among Older Hispanics Living in the United States" Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 63B:1 p.P27-P32 [2008]


Islam, M. Ataharul, Chowdhury, Rafiqul I., Huda, Shahariar. A Multistage Model for Analyzing Repeated Observations on Depression in Elderly. [2007]

Sorokina, Olga, Webb, Anthony, Muldoon, Dan. Pension Wealth and Income: 1992, 1998, and 2004. Boston College, Center for Retirement Research; [2008]

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