Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #475--February 19, 2009

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I. Data:

1. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research HRS announced the release of several new data products (February 9-10, 2009).

- RAND HRS Data (Version H-2) (Feb. 10, 2009).

- Income and Wealth Imputations for HRS 2006 Core (Final, Version A) (Feb. 9, 2009).

Data Access:


II. Reports and articles:


A. "International Update, February 2009" (February 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Monthly Statistics, January 2009" (February 2009, HTML and .pdf format).


3. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS BRIEF: "Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004," by Eunice Park-Lee and Christine Caffrey (Data Brief No. 14, February 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).


4. CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Social Security Administration: Workloads, Resources, and Service Delay," by Kathleen Romig (R40207, February 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).


5. PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION COMPENDIUM: Pension Insurance Data Book, 2007 (December 2008, .pdf format, 110p.).



A. Health Care Financing Review (Vol. 30, No. 2, Winter 2008, .pdf format).

B. "Decision Memo for Surgery for Diabetes (CAG-00397N)," (February 12, 2009).


7. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Money's Worth of Pension Annuities," by Edmund Cannon and Ian Tonks (Research Report 563, February 2009, .pdf format, 88p.).



A. "Report to the Minister for Ageing on residential care and people with psychogeriatric disorders 2008," (February 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 38p.).

B. "Bulk Billing for Over-65s Hits Record Highs," (February 13, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

C. "Australian Government to Publish Quality Data on Nursing Homes," (February 18, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).


9. CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION (CIHI)/INSTITUT CANADIEN D'INFORMATION SUR LA SANTE REPORT: "Bisphosphonates in Osteoporosis: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims by Seniors, 2001 to 2007," (February 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).



A. "Rethinking Medicaid's Financing Role for Medicare Enrollees," by John Holahan, Dawn M. Miller, and David Rousseau (February 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Dual Eligibles: Medicaid Enrollment and Spending for Medicare Beneficiaries in 2005," by John Holahan, Dawn M. Miller, and David Rousseau (February 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).


11. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "What Does It Cost To Guarantee Returns?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Alex Golub-Sass, Richard A. Kopcke, and Anthony Webb (IB No. 9-4, February 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).


12. AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE PERIODICAL: Retirement Policy Outlook (No. 2, February 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.). The title of this issue is: "Will You Have Enough to Retire On? The Retirement Security "Crisis"," by Andrew G. Biggs.


13. URBAN INSTITUTE BRIEF: "It's Not Easy Being Gray: The New Rules of Retirement," (Brief No. 25, February 2009, .pdf format, 8p.).



A. "Little to Cheer About: Unemployment and the Older Worker-December 2008," by Sara E. Rix (January 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

B. "The Medicare Beneficiary Population," by Ben Umans and K. Lynn Nonnemaker (January 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

C. "A Balancing Act: AARP Survey on Long-Term Care Reform in New Hampshire," by Katherine Bridges (February 2009, .pdf format, 17p.).


15. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 4, Feb. 18, 2009).

More information about FCA:



A. "APP binds DR6 to trigger axon pruning and neuron death via distinct caspases," by Anatoly Nikolaev, Todd McLaughlin, Dennis D. M. O'Leary, and Marc Tessier-Lavigne (Vol. 457, No. 7232, February 19, 2009, p. 981-989).

B. "Metabolomic profiles delineate potential role for sarcosine in prostate cancer progression," by Arun Sreekumar, Laila M. Poisson, Thekkelnaycke M. Rajendiran, Amjad P. Khan, Qi Cao, Jindan Yu, Bharathi Laxman, Rohit Mehra, Robert J. Lonigro, Yong Li, Mukesh K. Nyati, Aarif Ahsan, Shanker Kalyana-Sundaram, Bo Han, Xuhong Cao, Jaeman Byun, Gilbert S. Omenn, Debashis Ghosh, Subramaniam Pennathur, Danny C. Alexander, Alvin Berger, Jeffrey R. Shuster, John T. Wei, Sooryanarayana Varambally, Christopher Beecher and Arul M. Chinnaiyan (No. 457, No. 7231, February 12, 2009, p. 910-914).

Related NIH Press Release:



A. "Long-lived Indy induces reduced mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production and oxidative damage," by Nicola Neretti, Pei-Yu Wang, Alexander S. Brodsky, Hieu H. Nyguyen, Kevin P. White, Blanka Rogina, and Stephen L. Helfand (Vol. 106, No. 7, February 17, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 2277-2282). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

B. "A mouse forward genetics screen identifies LISTERIN as an E3 ubiquitin ligase involved in neurodegeneration," by Jessie Chu, Nancy A. Hong, Claudio A. Masuda, Brian V. Jenkins, Keats A. Nelms, Christopher C. Goodnow, Richard J. Glynne, Hua Wu, Eliezer Masliah, Claudio A. P. Joazeiro, and Steve A. Kay (Vol. 106, No. 7, February 17, 2009, p. 2097-2103).


18. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Changes in Weight, Waist Circumference and Compensatory Responses with Different Doses of Exercise among Sedentary, Overweight Postmenopausal Women," by Timothy S. Church, Corby K. Martin, Angela M. Thompson, Conrad P. Earnest, Catherine R. Mikus, and Steven N. Blair (PLoS ONE 4(2): e4515. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004515, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.)


19. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "A lament for savers," (February 14, 2009).


III. Working Papers:

20. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Later-life Employment Preferences and Outcomes: The Role of Mid-Life Work Experiences," by James M. Raymo, John R. Warren, Megan M. Sweeney, Robert M. Hauser, and JeongHwa Ho (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-15, January 2009, .pdf format, 39p.).


It is increasingly clear that older Americans will need to work longer in order to ensure their own economic well-being and to reduce projected strains on public transfer programs. It is thus important to understand who does and does not want to continue working at older ages and the factors that facilitate or hinder the realization of those preferences. In this paper, we use data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to evaluate relationships between mid-life work experiences and the realization of preferences for full-time employment, part-time employment, and complete retirement at age 63-64. We find that the likelihood of achieving one's preferred employment status is related to work experiences at earlier stages of the life course including employment stability, occupational status, self-employment across the life course, labor union membership, and the absence of earlier occupational aspirations. We also demonstrate that these relationships are only partially mediated by economic and employment circumstances in late mid-life. Based on these results, we anticipate that experiences across the life course will play a growing role in shaping patterns of later-life employment among the large baby boom cohorts now approaching an increasingly individualized retirement process with heterogeneous life histories.



A. "Who Joins Medicare Managed Care? Voluntary Enrollment and Positive Selection," by Lauren Nicholas (PSC Research Report No. 09-670, February 2009, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Does Managed Care Reduce Federal Spending? Evidence from Medicare," by Lauren Nicholas (PSC Research Report No. 09-671, February 2009, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "Medicare Advantage? The Effects of Managed Care on Quality of Care," by Lauren Nicholas (PSC Research Report No. 09-672, February 2009, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

D. "Community Reaction to Older-Age Parental AIDS Caregivers and Their Families: Evidence from Cambodia," by John E. Knodel, Nathalie Williams, Sovan Kiry Kim, Sina Puch, and Chanpen Saengtienchai (PSC Research Report No. 09-673, February 2009, .pdf format, 26p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


22. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "New Ways to Make People Save: A Social Marketing Approach," by Annamaria Lusardi, Punam Anand Keller, and Adam M. Keller (w14715, February 2009, .pdf format, 37p.).


In this study, we use a social marketing approach to develop a planning aid to help new employees at a not-for-profit institution contribute to supplementary pensions. We employed different methods, such as surveys, focus groups and in-depth interviews, to "listen" to employees' needs and difficulties with saving. Moreover, we targeted specific groups that were less likely to save and contribute to supplementary pensions, such as women and low-income employees. The program we developed is not only effective but also inexpensive. While this program was implemented at a single institution, it is suitable to be applied to a variety of employers and demographic groups.


23. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Licensing Regulation and the Supervisory Structure of Private Pensions: International Experience and Implications for China," by Yu-Wei Hu and Fiona Stewart (OECD Working Papers on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 33, February 2009, .pdf format, p57.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:,3425,en_2649_34853_42211426_119684_1_1_1,00.html


24. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) (MCMASTER UNIVERSITY) [HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Where Would You Turn For Help? Older Adults Knowledge and Awareness of Community Support Services," by Margaret Denton, Jenny Ploeg, Joseph Tindale, Brian Hutchison, Kevin Brazil, Noori Akhtar-Danesh, and Monica Quinlan (SEDAP Research Paper No. 244, February 2009, .pdf format, 40p.).


Community support services (CSSs) enable persons coping with health or social problems to maintain the highest possible level of social functioning and quality of life. Access to these services is challenging because of the multiplicity of small agencies providing these services and the lack of a central access point. A review of the literature revealed that most service awareness studies are marred by acquiescence bias. To address this issue, service providers developed a series of 12 vignettes to describe common situations faced by older adults for which CSSs might be appropriate. In a telephone interview, 1152 older adults were presented with a series of vignettes and asked what they would do in that situation. They were also asked about their most important sources of information about CSSs. Findings show awareness of CSSs varied by the situation described and ranged from a low of 1% to 41%. The most important sources of information about CSSs included informational and referral sources, the telephone book, doctors offices, and through word of mouth.


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

25. Age and Ageing (Vol. 38, No. 2, March 2009). Note: Full text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

26. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 24, No. 1, February/March 2009).

27. Public Health (Vol. 123, No. 2, February 2009).


28. 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 Feb. 18, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 18, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 18, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 18, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 18, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 18, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

29. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: OECD Private Pensions Outlook 2008 (March 2009, ISBN: 9789264044388, 320p.).


30. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Healthy Longevity in China edited by Yi Zeng, Dudley L. Poston, Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, and Danan Gu (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Vol. 20, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4020-9478-1, 435p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy System Technology Research and Development (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-09-100, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, February 12, 2009).

B. "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy System Technology Research and Development (SBIR [R43/R44])," (PA-09-101, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, February 12, 2009).


32. US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE: "Solicitation: Research and Evaluation on the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals and Residents of Residential Care Facilities," (CFDA No. 16.560, February 2009, .pdf format). Deadline for applications is April 10, 2009.


33. US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: "State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)," (EPA-OECA-OEJ-09-01, February 12, 2009).



A. "Somers Aging and Long-Term Care Research Internship," deadline for application is March 1, 2009.

B. "Washington Internship on Social Insurance," deadline for application is March 1, 2009.

C. "Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy," deadline for application is March 1, 2009.


35. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: ICPSR recently announced a summer course on "Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data." "This 4-week course will emphasize the use of event history analysis and data management of historical databases drawn from European, North American, and Asian populations." "A limited number of stipends (between $500 and $2,000 US) will be awarded to cover travel and per diem." The deadline to apply to get into the course is May 4, 2009.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

36. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Caring For Our Seniors: How Can We Support Those On The Frontlines?" a hearing held April 16, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-701, Serial No. 110-26, HTML and .pdf format, 231p.).




VIII. Websites of Interest:

37. MEDICARE.GOV UPDATES: released several updates to the site on Feb. 12, 2009. The updates are for:

- Medicare Options Compare.

- Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder.

- Dialysis Facility Compare (Feb. 19, 2009).


38. PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION HUMAN RIGHTS MODULE: "Human Rights and Health: Older Persons," (February 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).





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