Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #460--October 23, 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. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY OF HEALTH AND AGING BADGIR EXTRACTOR UPDATE: The BADGIR data extractor, "an on-line data archive at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that is a cooperative venture organized by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) with contributions from the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) and the Data and Information Services Center (DISC)," has recently added two new studies:

A. "The National Health Measurement Study: 2005-2006." "The National Health Measurement Study (NHMS) is a new data source for researches on multiple health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) measures. It includes a suite of HRQoL indexes to allow comparison and cross-calibration of these instruments. The design oversampled African Americans and older individuals (ages 65+) to allow subgroup analyses.

In 2005-06, US adults aged 35-89 were contacted by the National Health Measurement Study (NHMS) staff using random digit dialed telephone survey methods. Computer-assisted interviewers at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center administered the EuroQol EQ-5D, Health Utilities Index, SF-36v2TM, and QWB-SA questionnaires in random order to every respondent. Respondents are characterized by census region of residence, age, gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, education, household income and assets, health insurance, weight, height, smoking status, psychological well-being scales, and everyday and lifetime discrimination items. Respondents indicated whether they had been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, eye disease, sleep disorder, chronic respiratory disease, clinical depression or anxiety disorder, gastrointestinal ulcer, thyroid disorder, and/or severe chronic back pain. Census tract is not identified however race composition, education levels, economic factors, and urbanicity of each respondent's census tract of residence are included as contextual variables."

B. "National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 3 (2001-2003)."

BADGIR uses NESSTAR technology to help users access data and documentation. Anyone may browse the data, but free registration is required before data can be extracted.

Click on "Browse."


2. STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND/TATAURANGA AOTEAROA NEWS RELEASE: "Large statistical database now free (Infoshare)" (Oct. 16, 2008). Infoshare contains seveal population variables that include age breakdowns. Results can be seen on screen and downloaded in Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format).

Click on "Infoshare" for link to database.


3. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Data for Denmark were revised and updated through 2006

Data for Portugal were revised and updated through 2007

Data for Italy were revised and updated through 2005

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

4. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes: 2004 National Nursing Home Survey," by Anita Bercovitz, Frederic H. Decker, Adrienne Jones, and Robin E. Remsburg (National Health Statistics Reports, No. 9, October 2008, .pdf format, 24p.).


5. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 68, No. 2, October 2008, .pdf format).


6. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES PERIODICAL: Health Care Financing Review (Vol. 30, No. 1, Fall 2008, .pdf format).



A. "Review of High-Dollar Payments for Medicare Part A Outpatient Claims Processed by National Government Services for the Period January 1, 2003, Through December 31, 2005" (A-02-07-01039, September 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).


Of the 166 high-dollar payments ($50,000 or more) for Medicare Part A outpatient claims that we reviewed, 128 payments were appropriate. However, National Government Services overpaid hospitals $14.6 million for 38 claims. Hospitals refunded $13.5 million for 17 of the 38 overpayments prior to our fieldwork. At the start of our fieldwork, 21 overpayments totaling $1.1 million remained outstanding.

National Government Services made the overpayments because hospitals claimed incorrect units of service, billed incorrect charge amounts, used an incorrect Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System code, and did not have documentation supporting services billed. In addition, the Medicare claim processing systems did not have sufficient edits in place during calendar years 2003-2005 to detect and prevent payments for these types of erroneous claims.

We recommended that National Government Services inform us of the status of the recovery of the $1.1 million in overpayments that our audit identified and use the results of this audit in its provider education activities. National Government Services agreed with our recommendations.

B. "Advisory Opinion document 08-17 (concerning a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization's proposed arrangement to provide financial assistance to cover cost-sharing obligations associated with outpatient drug treatment owed by financially needy Medicare or Medicaid patients with a certain disease" (October 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).


8. NORTH DAKOTA STATE DATA CENTER PERIODICAL: Economic Briefs (Vol. 17, No. 10, October 2008, .pdf format, p.). The topic of this month's issue is"Medicare Beneficiaries Enrolled in North Dakota: 2006."



A. "Australias Oldest Documented Person Turns 112 Today" (Oct. 13, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "Carers to benefit from $12 million local grants" (Oct. 20, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Aged care police checks--in place as early as January 1" (Oct. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

D. "Australian Government announces 7,700 extra training places for aged care workers: Preparing for our ageing population" (Oct. 21, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


10. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA PERIODICAL: Canadian Social Trends (No. 86, October 2008, .pdf and HTML format). This issue contains three articles that may be of use to aging researchers: "Eldercare: What we know today," by Kelly Cranswick and Donna Dosman, "2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement plans and expectations of older workers," by Grant Schellenberg and Yuri Ostrovsky, and "2007 General Social Survey Report: The retirement puzzle: Sorting the pieces," by Grant Schellenberg and Yuri Ostrovsky.


11. JAPAN STATISTICS BUREAU REPORT: "Population Estimates: May 1, 2008 (Final Estimates), October 1, 2008 (Provisional Estimates): Population Estimates by Age (5-Year Group) and Sex" (October 2008, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).


12. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Older people with higher income in better health" (Oct. 16, 2008).


13. SWEDISH BOARD OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Developments in the care for the elderly in Sweden 2007" (2008, ..pdf format, 12p.).{1F26D9DD-A5F4-4359-AF2D-60B38403139F}


14. UK COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: "Local Government Pension Scheme for England 2007-08" (October 2008, .pdf format, 10p.).

Scroll to bottom of page under "Download" for link to full text.



A. "Staying Ahead of the Curve 2007: The AARP Work and Career Study" (Synovate, Inc, October 2008, .pdf format, 175p.).

B. "The Food Stamp Program And Older Americans," by Jean C. Accius (Factsheet, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "Nutrition Assistance for Older Americans," by Jean C. Accius (Factsheet, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

D."The Role of the Older Americans Act in Providing Long-Term Care," by Jean C. Accius (Factsheet, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.). (October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

E. "Facts on Health Care Spending and Costs," by Shelly-Ann Sinclair (Factsheet, October 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).


16. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Back from the Grave: Revenue and Distributional Effects of Reforming the Federal Estate Tax," by Leonard E. Burman, Katherine Lim, and Jeff Rohaly (October 2008, .pdf format, 51p.).


17. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSU BRIEF: "Are Retirement Savings Too Exposed to Market Risk?" by Alicia H. Munnell and Dan Muldoon (IB#8-16, October 2008, .pdf format, 7p.).


18. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 21, Oct. 22, 2008).


19. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING (NATSEM) [UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA]: "Lifetime health and economic consequences of caring: modelling health and economic prospects of female carers in Australia," by Binod Nepal, Laurie Brown, Geetha Ranmuthugala and Richard Percival (Other Publication OP59, October 2008, .pdf format, .pdf format, 37p.).


20. COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL CARE INSPECTION [UK] REPORT: "Cutting the cake fairly: CSCI review of eligibility criteria for social care," (October 2008, .pdf format, 97p.).

More information on CSCI:


21. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Age-specific incidence of cancer: Phases, transitions, and biological implications," by Rafael Meza, Jihyoun Jeon, Suresh H. Moolgavkar, and E. Georg Luebeck (Vol. 105, No. 42, Oct. 21, 2008, p. 16284-16289).


22. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles: "Practical Clinical Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Menopausal Symptoms After Breast Cancer," by M. Hickey, C. Saunders, A. Partridge, N. Santoro, H. Joffe, and V. Stearns (Annals of Oncology, Vol. 19, No. 10, p. 1669-1680 via Medscape.


23. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Abdominal aortic aneurysm events in the womens health initiative: cohort study," by Frank A. Lederle, Joseph C. Larson, Karen L. Margolis, Matthew A. Allison, Matthew S. Freiberg, Barbara B. Cochrane, William F. Graettinger, and J. David Curb (BMJ 2008,337:a1724, Oct. 14, 2008).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Marital Histories and Economic Well-Being," by Julie Zissimopoulos, Benjamin Karney and Amy J. Rauer (2008-180, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "How Do Lower-Income Families Think about Retirement?" by Helen Levy and Kristin S. Seefeldt (WP 2008-195, September 2008, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Pension Reform in Mexico: The Evolution of Pension Fund Management Fees and their Effect on Pension Balances." by Emma Aguila, Michael Hurd and Susann Rohwedder (WP 2008-196, September 2008, .pdf format, 39p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Does the Rise in the Full Retirement Age Encourage Disability Benefits Applications? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study," by Xiaoyan Li and Nicole Maestas (WP 2008-198, September 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Saving among Low-Income Women: Motivation and Obstacles," by Helen Levy and Kristin S. Seefeldt (WP 2008-199, September 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "Stylized Facts and Incentive Effects Related to Claiming of Retirement Benefits Based on Social Security Administration Data," by Wojciech Kopczuk and Jae Song (WP 2008-200, October 2008, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


25. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "The Case for Marking Public Plan Liabilities to Market," by Jeremy Gold and Gordon Latter (WP 2008-20, October 2008, .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Benefit Cost Comparisons Between State and Local Governments and Private Industry Employers," by Ken McDonnell (WP 2008-21, October 2008, .pdf format, 17p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "Estimating State and Local Government Pension and Retiree Health Care Liabilities," by Stephen T. McElhaney (WP 2008-22, October 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "The Outlook for Canada's Public Sector Employee Pensions," by Silvana Pozzebon (WP 2008-23, October 2008, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Unifying Pension Schemes in Japan: Toward a Single Scheme for Both Civil Servants and Private Employees," by Junichi Sakamoto (WP 2008-24, October 2008, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


26. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Fees in Individual Account Pension Systems: A Cross-Country Comparison," by Waldo Tapia and Juan Yermo (WP 27, September 2008, .pdf format, 23p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:,3425,en_2649_34853_41488511_119684_1_1_1,00.html



A. "Measuring material deprivation among older people: Methodological
study to revise the Family Resources Survey questions," by Stephen McKay (WP 54, October 2008, .pdf format, 60p.).

B. "Cognitive testing: older people and the FRS material deprivation questions," by Robin Legard, Michelle Gray and Margaret Blake (WP 55, October 2008, .pdf format, 111p.).


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

28. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 10, October 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of these databases and this issue.


29. 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 Oct. 22, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 22, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Oct. 22, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Oct. 22, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Oct. 22, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Oct. 22, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

30. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Socioeconomic Differences in Old Age Mortality (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Vol. 25, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-4020-8691-5, 244p.). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

31. US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: "Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects RFP" (submission deadline, Nov. 21, 2008). For more information see:


32. DUKE UNIVERSITY [DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA] GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE: "Post-doctoral training in Global Health: Call for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Global Health." The Duke Global Health Institute invites applications for up to two postdoctoral fellowships beginning July 2009 and ending August 2011. Fellows will work under the mentorship of a DGHI Faculty Member, DGHI Affiliate or other Duke faculty whose research focuses on DGHIs signature research initiatives." Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2009. For more information see:


33. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 23, 2008.



The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) asbl, a non-profit microdata archive and research center located in Luxembourg, seeks applications for a Microdata Expert. The position involves supporting the National Statistical Office of Luxembourg (STATEC) in using the EU-SILC data for research on diverse socio-economic outcomes. Opportunities for carrying out research projects using the LIS data are available if desired. The successful candidate will have an MA or PhD in sociology, economics, demography, statistics or another social science. Extensive experience with microdata using STATA, SPSS, or SAS is required, as is attention to detail. Experience in social science or policy research is desirable. An excellent command of French is required. Luxembourgish is an asset. Applicants should submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and a writing sample (paper or journal article) to Caroline de Tombeur,, or mail to:

Caroline de Tombeur
LIS asbl
17, rue des Pommiers
L-2343 Luxembourg

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


VII. Conferences:

35. ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DATA SERVICE [UK]: "English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) user day," Nov. 17, 2008, in London UK. For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

36. US HOUSE EDUCATION AND LABOR COMMITTEE HEARING TESTIMONY: "The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Workers Retirement Security," a hearing held Oct. 22, 2008 (.pdf format).

Jack Solock
Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
3313 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
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