Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #462--November 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:


"The Center for Demography of Health and Aging publishes the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions (PREHCO1), 2002-2003 data and documents at its BADGIR site. PREHCO1 provides quality data for researchers and policy makers about issues affecting the elderly population in Puerto Rico: health status, housing arrangements, functional status, transfers, labor history, migration, income, childhood conditions, health insurance and use of health services, marital history, mistreat, sexuality, etc. This wave of the PREHCO Project investigated the characteristics of older adults (aged 60+) in Puerto Rico through an island-wide, cross-sectional sample survey of target individuals and their spouses. The project has been funded by the US National Institute on Aging (NIA) and it is developed through a collaboration agreement between the Center for Demography and Ecology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Graduate School of Public Health of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Its follow up survey, PREHCO2 was fielded in 2004-2006. The data documentation for PREHCO2 is also available from BADGIR. PREHCO2 data will be released in the near future." Note: free registration is required before accessing BADGIR data. Users may browse data documentation without registering.


2. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announces:"HRS ADAMS 1 data (Early, Version 3.0) are now available (Nov. 3, 2008).

Data Access:


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

Data for Sweden were revised and updated through 2007.

Data for Finland were revised and updated through 2007.

Data for Taiwan were revised and updated through 2007.

Data availability:

Data access:


4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new MEPS data file (October 2008, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS programming statements in ASCII format).

MEPS HC-102A: 2006 Prescribed Medicines File


5. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: ICPSR/NACDA has recently added the following datasets to its collection. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000 [California].

National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2006:

Study on Aging, 1980:


II. Reports and articles:

6. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION& REFERRAL CENTER PUBLICATION UPDATE: ADEAR has updated it's 2003 publication "Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery" (October 2008, .pdf and high resolution .pdf format, 80p.). "The new edition: describes the basics of the healthy brain; focuses on changes that occur in a brain affected by AD; highlights findings from recent NIA-funded research into the causes of AD, new developments in diagnosis, and the search for new treatments; and addresses issues of concern to AD caregivers and families."



A. "2006 Report to Congress" (May 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "CMS Announces Plans to Bolster Quality of Care in Hospital Outpatient Departments" (Oct. 30, 2008).

C. "Final 2009 Physician Payment Rule Implements New Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program" (Oct. 30, 2008).


8. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "OASDI (Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance) Beneficiaries by State and County, 2007" (November 2008, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).



A. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Pennsylvania: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-PA, October 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "The Geographic Distribution and Characteristics of Older Workers in Minnesota: 2004," by Cynthia Taeuber and Matthew R. Graham (LED-OW04-PA, October 2008, .pdf format, 12p.).

Scroll to "Pennsylvania" or "Minnesota".


10. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Individual Retirement Accounts and 401(k) Plans: Early Withdrawals and Required Distributions," by Patrick Purcell (RL31770, October 2008, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Medicare Drug Plan Sponsors' Identification Of Potential Fraud And Abuse" (OEI-03-07-00380, October 2008, .pdf format, 27p.).


In the fraud and abuse review, OIG found that 24 of 86 PDP sponsors did not identify any potential fraud and abuse incidents in the first 6 months of 2007. Seven PDP sponsors identified 90 percent of all incidents of potential fraud and abuse. Inappropriate billing was the most prevalent type of potential fraud and abuse incident identified. Also, not all of the sponsors that identified potential fraud and abuse incidents conducted inquiries, initiated corrective actions, or made referrals for further investigation.

Therefore, OIG recommends that CMS: (1) review Part D plan sponsors to determine why certain sponsors have especially high or low volumes of potential fraud and abuse; (2) determine whether the Part D plan sponsors that identified potential fraud and abuse initiated inquiries and corrective actions as required by CMS, and made referrals for further investigation as recommended by CMS; (3) require Part D plan sponsors to maintain and routinely report information related to the results of sponsors fraud and abuse programs; and (4) use this required information to help determine the effectiveness of sponsors fraud and abuse programs. In response to our first recommendation, CMS described its intentions to follow up with its Medicare Drug Integrity Contractors, revise reporting requirements, and provide guidance to PDP sponsors on incident tracking. CMS also concurred with our second recommendation but did not indicate whether it concurred with our third or fourth recommendations.

B. "Oversight of Prescription Drug Plan Sponsors' Compliance Plans" (OEI-03-08-00230, October 2008, .pdf format, 14p.).


We reviewed CMS's oversight of PDP sponsors' compliance plans in followup to a 2006 OIG report and found that CMS conducted only one audit of a PDP sponsor's compliance plan in 2007. This was a focused audit; none of CMS's 17 routine audits included a compliance plan review. Although CMS originally planned to begin routine compliance plan audits in January 2007, as of early August 2008, CMS had not conducted any routine audits of PDP sponsors' compliance plans. Further, CMS instructed all PDP sponsors to complete a compliance plan self-assessment, but OIG found that CMS did not verify sponsors' responses. The self-assessment was based on requirements and recommendations in Chapter 9 of the "Prescription Drug Benefit Manual;" however, not all of the compliance plan requirements in Chapter 9 were included in the self-assessment. CMS followed up with 23 PDP sponsors that attested that they had not implemented one or more of the compliance plan requirements in the self-assessment. However, CMS did not request supporting documentation to confirm that these PDP sponsors corrected their compliance plans.

OIG recommends that CMS conduct audits to verify that PDP sponsors' compliance plans meet requirements. Specifically, these audits should cover all compliance plan requirements contained in both regulations and Chapter 9 of the "Prescription Drug Benefit Manual." CMS may also want to assess implementation of its compliance plan recommendations. CMS concurred with our recommendation and stated that it will begin audits of Part D sponsors' compliance plans in the near future. These audits will consist of a limited number of desk audits; however, as more resources become available, CMS stated it would include more audits, onsite reviews, and other more comprehensive fraud prevention activities.



A. "Healthy ageing profiles. Guidance for producing local health profiles for older people," edited by Lena Kanstrom, Gianna Zamaro, Claes Sjostedt and Geoff Green (2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

B. "Demystifying the myths of ageing," edited by Anna Ritsatakis (2008, .pdf format, 35p.).



A. "Sanctions imposed: Latrobe Private Nursing Home" (Nov. 3, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "More Than 37,000 New Aged Care Places -- Over Next Three Years" (Nov. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "Queensland offered largest single allocation in 2008-2009 aged care approvals round" (Nov. 5, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

D. "Clearer Guidelines for the Continence Aids Assistance Scheme Designed to Help Families" (Nov. 6, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


14. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Registered retirement savings plan contributions, 2007," (The Daily, Nov. 5 2008)


15. IRELAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CHILDREN/AN ROININ SLAINTE AGUS LEANAI NEWS RELEASE: "Government Accepts Recommendation on 290 Euro Single Fee to GPs for Medical Card Holders Aged 70 and Over" (Oct. 29, 2008).


16. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Working voluntary carers take more time off," by Martijn Souren (Nov. 4, 2008).


17. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE REPORT: "National interim life tables 2005-07; subnational life expectancy 2005-07" (October 2008, news release in .pdf format, 9p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).



A. "Community Care Statistics 2007-08: Grant Funded Services for Adults, England" (October 2008, .pdf format, 39p.).

B. "Community Care Statistics 2008: Supported Residents (Adults), England" (October 2008, .pdf format, 35p., with tables in Microsoft Excel format).


19. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSION REPORT: "Encouraging labour market activity among 60-64 year olds," by Sarah Vickerstaff, Wendy Loretto, Jenny Billings, Patrick Brown, Lavinia Mitton, Tina Parkin and Phil White (Research Report No. 531, 2008, .pdf format, 166p.).


20. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORTS: "2009 Medicare Part D Data Spotlights" (November 2008, .pdf format). This page links brief reports on premiums, the coverage gap, low-income subsidy plan availability, and Medicare part D prescription drug plan availability in 2009).


21. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "The Financial Crisis and Private Defined Benefit Plans," by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, and Dan Muldoon (IB#8-18, November 2008, .pdf format, 7p.). Links to an introduction and full text are available at the site.


22. BROOKINGS INSTITUTION REPORT: "Stock Market Fluctuations and Retiree Income: An Update," by Gary Burtless (October 2008, .pdf format, 13p.). Links to a summary and full text are available at:



A. "AARP Bulletin Survey on the Transition to Digital TV: Executive Summary," by S. Kathi Brown (November 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

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

The Plot Against Pensions -- Nov. 4, 2008

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


24. NATIONAL SOCIETY ON AN AGING SOCIETY PERIODICAL: Public Policy& Aging E-Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 6, November 2008).


25. FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH IN AGING ARTICLE SYNOPSIS: "Low Score on Test of Thinking and Memory, and Slow Walking Speed May Indicate Higher Risks of Physical Disability and Early Death," a synopsis of ""Lower Digit Symbol Substitution Test Score and Slower Gait are Associated with Greater Risk of Mortality and of Developing Incident Disability in Well Functioning Older Adults," by Caterina Rosano, Anne B. Newman, Ronit Katz, Calvin H. Hirsch, and Lewis H. Kuller. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 56, No. 9, September 2008, p. 1618-1625).

More information on FHA:


26. CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES REPORT: "Evaluation of the Integrated Care Program," by Jodi Korb and Nelda McCall (October 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

More information about CHCS:


27. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 22, Nov. 5, 2008).

More information on FCA:


28. CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON FAMILIES AND RELATIONSHIPS [EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND] BRIEF: "Older women and domestic violence in Scotland" (CRFR Research Briefing 30, November 2008, .pdf format, 2p.).

More information about CRFR:



A. "Seropositivity to Herpes Simplex Virus Antibodies and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease: A Population-Based Cohort Study," by Luc Letenneur, Karine P, HervFleury, Isabelle Garrigue, Pascale Barberger-Gateau, Catherine Helmer, Jean-Marc Orgogozo, Serge Gauthier, and Jean-Franis Dartigues (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3637. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003637, November 2008 HTML, XML, and .pdf format, , 5p.).

B. "Visuo-Motor Coordination Deficits and Motor Impairments in Parkinson's Disease," by Rivka Inzelberg, Edna Schechtman, and Shraga Hocherman (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3663 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003663, November 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "Small Molecule, Non-Peptide p75NTR Ligands Inhibit AInduced Neurodegeneration and Synaptic Impairment," by Tao Yang, Juliet K. Knowles, Qun Lu, Hong Zhang, Ottavio Arancio, Laura A. Moore, Timothy Chang, Qian Wang, Katrin Andreasson, Jayakumar Rajadas, Gerald G. Fuller, Youmei Xie, Stephen M. Massa, and Frank M. Longo (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3604 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003604, November 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

D. "Osteoclasts Are Active in Bone Forming Metastases of Prostate Cancer Patients," by Ilaria Roato1, Patrizia DAmelio, Eva Gorassini, Anastasia Grimaldi, Lisa Bonello, Cristian Fiori, Luisa Delsedime, Alessandro Tizzani, Alfredo De Libero, Giancarlo Isaia, and Riccardo Ferracini (PLoS ONE 3(11): e3627 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003627, November 2008, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Alzheimer Disease Gene," by Tracy Hampton (Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 1989).

B. Classic Papers in Geriatric Medicine With Current Commentaries, edited by Robert J. Pignolo, Monica K. Crane, and Mary A. Forciea, reviewed by Kristin Robie (Vol. 300, No. 17, Nov. 5, 2008, p. 2068).


31. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Testosterone for Low Libido in Postmenopausal Women Not Taking Estrogen," by Susan R. Davis, Michele Moreau, Robin Kroll, Celine Bouchard, Nick Panay, Margery Gass, Glenn D. Braunstein, Angelica Linden Hirschberg, Cynthia Rodenberg, Simon Pack, Helga Koch, Alain Moufarege, and John Studd (Vol. 359, No. 19, Nov. 6, 2008, p. 2005-2017).


32. 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:

33. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "The Labor Supply Effects of Disability Insurance Work Disincentives: Evidence from the Automatic Conversion to Retirement Benefits at Full Retirement Age," by Nicole Maestas and Na Yin (WP 2008-194, September 2008, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site:


34. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers: "How Pension Rules Affect Work and Contribution Patterns: A Behavioral Model of the Chilean Privatized Pension System," by Petra Todd and Viviana Velez-Grajales (WP 2008-27, October 2008, .pdf format, 44p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site:


35. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Paying the Piper: The High Cost of Funerals in South Africa," by Anne Case, Anu Garrib, Alicia Menendez, and Analia Olgiati (w14456, October 2008, .pdf format, 31p.).


We analyze funeral arrangements following the deaths of 3,751 people who died between January 2003 and December 2005 in the Africa Centre Demographic Surveillance Area. We find that, on average, households spend the equivalent of a year's income for an adult's funeral, measured at median per capita African (Black) income. Approximately one-quarter of all individuals had some form of insurance, which helped surviving household members defray some fraction of funeral expenses. However, an equal fraction of households borrowed money to pay for the funeral. We develop a model, consistent with ethnographic work in this area, in which households respond to social pressure to bury their dead in a style consistent with the observed social status of the household and that of the deceased. Households that cannot afford a funeral commensurate with social expectations must borrow money to pay for the funeral. The model leads to empirical tests, and we find results consistent with our model of household decision-making.



A. "Property Taxes and Elderly Labor Supply," by Hui Shan (No. 2008-51, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 45p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site:

B. "Property Taxes and Elderly Mobility," by Hui Shan (No. 2008-50, September 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 47p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site:


37. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Does Retirement Kill You? Evidence from Early Retirement Windows," by Norma B. Coe and Maarten Lindeboom (Discussion Paper No. 3817, November 2008, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

38. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 11, November 2008).

39. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 15, No. 6, 2008).

40. The Gerontologist (Vol. 48, No. 5, October 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.

41. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. 11, November 2008).

42. Public Policy & Aging Report (Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer 2008).


43. 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 Nov. 5, 2008:

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

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

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

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

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

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

44. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL/INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE MONOGRAPH: 2008 Amendments to the National Academies' Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee, National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (National Academies Press, 2008, OpenBook and .pdf format, 54p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.


45. SPRINGER BOOK: Geriatric Mental Health Ethics: A Casebook, by Shane S. Bush (2008, 200p., ISBN: 0826103197). For more information, including ordering information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Steven H. Sandell Grant Program": "The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2009 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for research in retirement income and disability insurance policy, funded by the Social Security Administration. The Sandell Program provides the opportunity for junior scholars from all academic disciplines and senior scholars entering the field in a new area to pursue projects on retirement income and disability insurance.Up to eight grants of $45,000 will be awarded for one-year projects. The submission deadline for grant proposals is Friday, January 30, 2009. Grant award recipients will be announced in March 2009." For more information see:

B. "Dissertation Fellowship Program": "The program, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration: Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and disability insurance issues; Awards up to six fellowships of 28,000 dollars." Proposal submittal deadline is Jan. 30, 2009. For more information see:


47. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 6, 2008.


VII. Conferences:

48. ASSOCIATION FOR GERONTOLOGY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: This conference will be held Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information see:


49. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING/NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGING: "2009 Aging in America Conference," to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mar. 15-19, 2009. For more information see:


VIII. Websites of Interest:

50. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MEDICARE.GOV UPDATES: updated the following sites on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6, 2008 respectively:

Helpful Contacts

Supplier Directory

Physician and Other Healthcare Professional Directory

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

Medicare Options Compare

and scroll to "Data Updates" for links to each.


51. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION WEBSITE UPDATE: "Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker." "The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its interactive online resource, the Medicare Health and Prescription Drug Plan Tracker, with new 2009 data about Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and with 2008 enrollment data."

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