Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #466--December 4, 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 CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES STATISTICAL SUPPLEMENT UPDATE: The following tables (.zip compressed and uncompressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel have been updated:

End Stage Renal Disease (11.1-11.2)

Medicare Cost Sharing (4.1-4.4)

Brief Summaries of Medicare and Medicaid (.pdf format only, 27p.).

Complete Medicare & Medicaid Statistical Supplement:


II. Reports and articles:

2. US CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES NEWS RELEASE: "CMS Proposes Three National Coverage Determinations to Protect Patients from Preventable Surgical Errors" (Dec. 2, 2008).


3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS 2008 DATA USERS CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SESSION SLIDES: "Using the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Medicare Linked Data for Analysis of Health Issues in the Older Population," by Margie Goulding (Aug. 13, 2008, Microsoft PowerPoint format, 28 slides).


4. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "Study to Examine Early, Inherited Form of Alzheimer's: NIH Funds International Network in Search of Biological Clues" (Nov. 19, 2008).


5. EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EUROSTAT REPORT: "Transition from work into retirement" (November 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).,46587259&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&p_product_code=KS-RA-08-012



A. "Movement from hospital to residential aged care: preliminary results" (November 2008, .pdf format, 57p.).

B. "Australian first to help older Australians stay connected with their loved ones" (Dec. 4, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Helping older Australians get out of hospital and regain their independence -- transition care: stage two of election commitment" (Dec. 4, 2008).

D. "Achievements in Aged Care- First Anniversary Report Card" (Dec. 1, 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "In 2007, expectation of life at birth was 72.57 years in Brazil" (Dec. 1, 2008). The press release links to a topical publication, in Portuguese.

B. "IBGE: Brazilian population aging is in an accelerated rhythm" (Nov. 27, 2008). The press release links to a topical publication, in Portuguese.


8. UK HER MAJESTY'S REVENUE AND CUSTOMS REPORT: "Inheritance Tax" (November 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format). For the November updates see the "Notes on updates" file.


9. WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT/LLYWODRAETH CYNULLIAD CYMRU REPORT: "Life Expectancy, 2005-2007" (December 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).



A. "Power of Attorney Abuse: What States Can Do About It," by Lori A. Stiegel and Ellen VanCleave Klem (December 2008, .pdf format, 79p.).

Click on "Full Report (PDF)" for link to full text.

B. "Impact of the Economy on Health Behaviors," by Teresa A. Keenan (November 2008, .pdf format, 15p.).

C. "Perceptions Regarding the Quality of Patient Care in South Carolina: An AARP Member Survey," by Joanne Binette and Erica L. Dinger (November 2008, .pdf format, 25p.).

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

Medicare for Dummies--Nov. 25, 2008 (see second address below)

Weekender: The Smart Womans Guide To Midlife And Beyond--Dec. 6, 2008 (running time: 5 minutes, 6 seconds.

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


11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: Is CalPERS a Sovereign Wealth Fund?" by Ashby H.B. Monk (IB#8-21, December 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).


12. BOSTON COLLECE SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK REPORT: "State Leadership for Older Workers: Comparisons of State Workforce Demographics Trends for Adults Aged 55+," by Michelle Wong, Gloria Tower, Tay McNamara, and Marcie Pitt Catsoupohes (October 2008, executive summary, .pdf format, 15p., state reports in .pdf format).



A. EBRI Notes (Vol. 29, No. 11, November 2008, .pdf format, 10p.). The lead article is "Retirement Annuity and Employment-Based Pension Income Among Individuals Age 50 and Over: 2007," by Ken McDonnell.

B. "401(k) Balances and Changes Due to Market Volatility--Data to November 26, 2008" (.pdf format).


14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 8, No. 24, Dec. 3, 2008).

More information about FCA:



A. "The Emerging Role of Group Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans," by Ruth Brown, Miryam Frieder, Jonathan Blum, and Penny Mills (December 2008, .pdf format, 17p.).

B. "Medicare: A Primer" (Updated January 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).


16. AGE CONCERN (UK) REPORT: "Q is for Quality: The voices of older people on the need for better quality care and support" (November 2008, .pdf format, 37p.).


17. TIME ARTICLE: "Don't Panic, Retirees!" (Nov. 26, 2008).,9171,1862460,00.html


18. THE WEEKLY STANDARD ARTICLE: "Wrinklies at Work: Why do we think early retirement is sacrosanct?' by Irwin M. Stelzer (Vol. 14, No. 12, Dec. 8, 2008).


19. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Selective benefits of damage partitioning in unicellular systems and its effects on aging," by N. Erjavec, M. Cvijovic, E. Klipp, and T. Nystrom (Vol. 105, No. 48, Dec. 2, 2008, p. 18764-18769).


20. NATURE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Centrosome misorientation reduces stem cell division during ageing," by Jun Cheng, Nezaket Tkel, Nahid Hemati, Margaret T. Fuller, Alan J. Hunt, and Yukiko M. Yamashita (Vol. 456, No. 7222, Dec, 4, 2008, p. 599-604).


21. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Multifactor Effects and Evidence of Potential Interaction between _Complement Factor H_ Y402H and _LOC387715_ A69S in Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Sanna P. Seitsonen1, Paivi Onkamo, Gang Peng, Momiao Xiong, Petri V. Tommila, Paivi H. Ranta, Juha M. Holopainen, Jukka A. Moilanen, Tapani Palosaari, Kai Kaarniranta, Seppo Meri, Ilkka R. Immonen1, and Irma E. Jarvela (PLoS ONE 3(12): e3833 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003833, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 8p.).


22. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION BOOK REVIEW EXTRACT: Managing Pain in the Older Adult, edited by Michaelene P. Jansen, reviewed by Devi E. Nampiaparampil (Vol. 300, No. 21, Dec. 3, 2008, p. 2551-2552).



A. "Home Delivery - Bringing Primary Care to the Housebound Elderly," by Susan Okie (Perspectives Extract, Vol. 359, No. 23, Dec. 4, 2008, p. 2412-2415).

B. "Irbesartan in Patients with Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction," by Barry M. Massie, Peter E. Carson, John J. McMurray, Michel Komajda, Robert McKelvie, Michael R. Zile, Susan Anderson, Mark Donovan, Erik Iverson, Christoph Staiger, Agata Ptaszynska, for the I-PRESERVE Investigators (Article Abstract, Vol. 359, No. 23, December 4, 2008, p. 2456-2467).



A. "Falls in older people: Consider lowering the risk of injury as well as lowering the risk of a fall," by A. John Campbell (Editorial Extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2320, Nov. 25, 2008).

B. "Life is for living" (Views and Reviews Extract, BMJ 2008;337:a2529, Nov. 24, 2008).

C. "Inability to get up after falling, subsequent time on floor, and summoning help: prospective cohort study in people over 90," by Jane Fleming and Carol Brayne (BMJ 2008;337:a2227, Nov. 17, 2008).


III. Working Papers:

25. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [Munich, Bavaria, Germany]: "Population, Pensions, and Endogenous Economic Growth," by Burkhard Heer and Andreas Irmen (WP 2480, November 2008, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


26. INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISER) [UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX, COLCHESTER, UK]: "Population Ageing: Crisis or Opportunity?" by John F. Ermisch (WP 2008-38, November 2008, .pdf format, 38p.).


Population ageing reduces the working population relative to the number of pensions by one-third over next 30 years. The challenge presented by this development is how best to support pensioners incomes without suppressing the net incomes of the working population and capital accumulation too much. The ability of private savings and occupational pensions to meet this challenge is doubtful. There is a related issue of inter-generational equity: how do we share the burden of population ageing between generations, rather than passing it on to future generations. Given the uncertainty about future demographic and economic developments, it is important to have adaptable or self-correcting policies to address population ageing.


27. NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC MODELLING (NATSEM) [UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA]: "The Impact of Mutual Obligation on Mature Age NewStart Allowance Recipients: a program evaluation," by Hazel Lim-Applegate (Discussion Paper 65, December 2008, .pdf format, 61p.).


Australia joined the other OECD countries in employing active labour market policies (ALMPs) in the early 1990s, when labour force participation rates, especially of mature age men, continued to fall and unemployment benefit continued to rise. While there is consensus in the literature regarding the negative association between social security benefits and labour force participation, the empirical findings to date are limited to linking aggregate trends as appropriate individual-level data were not available then.

Nevertheless, the government continues to use ALMPs despite inconclusive empirical evidence. In July 2002, the coverage of the Mutual Obligation (MO) was increased to include mature age NewStart Allowance (NSA) recipients aged 35 to 49. The Welfare Reform Task Force hailed MO as the key to addressing social and economic disadvantage of job seekers. Participation in community service, training or part-time work are supposed to enable NSA recipients to exit NSA and work.

In this research, the effectiveness of MO in facilitating exits from NSA is assessed by applying program evaluation methods. The longitudinal administrative dataset is used to represent the individual's workforce participation decision-making by taking into account his/her time-use preference, participation barriers and expected labour demand.

It is found that MO is not effective in the way the previous government envisioned it to be. MO is more of a policy-tightening exercise than an active labour market policy aimed at enhancing the skills of the mature age NSA recipients. Only 2.2 percent of mature age NSA entrants manifested the behavioural change the government intended - take up an MO activity, complete it and leave income support to work. This raises questions on the cost-effectiveness of MO as an ALMP given the expenditure on the program.


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

28. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 16, No. 12, December 2008).

29. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 48, No. 1, January 2009).

30. Demography (Vol. 45, No. 4, November 2008). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

31. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 20, No. 4, 2008).

32. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 56, No. 12, December 2008).

33. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological and Medical Sciences (Vols. 63, Nos. 11, November 2008). Note: Full text of these journals are available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for availability of these databases and these issues.

34. Medical Care (Vol. 46, No. 12, December 2008).

35. Research on Aging (Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2009). This is a special issue on "Employment Opportunities at Older Ages." Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for availability of this database and issue.

36. Rotman International Journal of Pension Finance (Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 2008).


37. 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 Dec. 3, 2008:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 3, 2008:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 3, 2008:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Dec. 3, 2008:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Dec. 3, 2008:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Dec. 3, 2008:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


Job Title: Research Professor

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) program within the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) is seeking a senior-level Co-Principal Investigator with exceptional leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment to scientific excellence at the rank of Research Professor, with ISR tenure. We are interested in a senior scholar with a proven track record of research and a national reputation who can thrive in the entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary, collegial, yet highly independent culture of the SRC, and who focuses in particular on large-scale survey research. This senior-level Co-PI will collaborate with the PSIDs Director and a team of Co-Principal Investigators to continue to build and expand the PSID, which has a strong reputation in the social sciences as a cornerstone of the data infrastructure for empirically-based social science research in the US, and to plan strategically for the next phase of growth. The selected candidate is currently a scientific leader in the area of population-based health and aging with strong ties to the social science research community in the field of aging, and will have a successful track record of fund raising to support data collection and research. He/she will have a strong track record of working in interdisciplinary teams that include researchers from across the social sciences as well as medicine.

The selected candidate will be expected to:

Provide intellectual, administrative, and scholarly leadership as a Co-Principal Investigator of the PSID;

Conduct scholarly research in the area of health and aging;

Strengthen established ties to the scientific community to ensure that the study continues to collect cutting edge data that respond to current scientific and policy needs of the social science, health and aging research communities;

Represent the study to the NIH sponsors, and in particular to the National Institute on Aging, to maintain and increase links to this scientific community;

Actively lead the development of strategic planning and research funding in the area of life course health and aging, and participate in development of research funding for the overall project;

Effectively collaborate with team members to successfully administer and manage this complex research project; and

Further develop outreach and promotional programs for the study.

The Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan is a unique, world-renowned social science research center that conducts investigator initiated, survey-based research on theoretical and applied problems of both social and scientific importance (please see our website):

Applicants must have a doctoral degree. Applicants should submit a letter describing their scholarly activities, funded research programs and plans, and interests in SRC. Please include a CV, names of (but not letters from) references, and one or two recent publications. Joint appointments with appropriate and interested departments at the University of Michigan are possible. Salary is highly competitive.

Please send applications, nominations and inquiries electronically to

or by mail to:

Survey Research Center Search Committee,
Director's Office,
Survey Research Center,
Institute for Social Research,
University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply


39. Agework.Com: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 3, 2008.


VI. Conferences:

40. AARP-UNITED NATIONS PROGRAMME ON AGEING: "2009 AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global Aging: In Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons," to be held Feb. 3-4, 2009 in New York, New York. For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:


A. "The Future of Medicare: Recognizing the Need for Chronic Care Coordination," a hearing held May 9, 2007) (Senate Hearing 110-180, Serial No. 110-7, ASCII text and .pdf format, 125p.).



B. "Medicare Advantage Marketing and Sales: Who Has the Advantage?" a hearing held May 16, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-207, Serial No. 110-8. ASCII text and .pdf format, 282p.).



C. "Harvest Over the Horizon: The Challenges of Aging in Agriculture," a hearing held Jun. 21, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-233, Serial No. 110-9, ASCII text and .pdf format, 52p.).



D. "Abuse of Our Elders: How We Can Stop it," a hearing held Jul. 18, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-308, Serial No. 110-12, ASCII text and .pdf format, 139p.).



E. "Advising Seniors About Their Money: Who is Qualified--and Who is Not?" a hearing held Sep. 5, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-301, Serial No. 110-13, ASCII text and .pdf format, 231p.).



F. "Preparing for the Digital Television Transition: Will Seniors be Left in the Dark?" a hearing held Sep. 19, 2007 (Senate Hearing 110-345, ASCII text and .pdf format, 161p.).



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