Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #481 -- April 2, 2009

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I. Data:

1. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH, NATIONAL ARCHIVE OF COMPUTERIZED DATA ON AGING: ICPSR/NACDA has recently added the following dataset 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:

Multiple Cause of Death, 1959-1967 (Study No. 20680).


II. Reports and articles:


A. Annual Statistical Supplement, 2008 (March 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 536p.).

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


3. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Defined Benefit Pensions: Survey Results of the Nation's Largest Private Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors," (GAO-09-291, March 2009, .pdf format, 65p.).


4. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "Prescription Drug Estimates for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2005 and 2006," by Marie N. Stagnitti (Statistical Brief No. 240, March 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


5. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS PERIODICAL: Program Perspectives on Retirement Benefits (No. 3, March 2009, .pdf format, 4p.).



A. "Medicare Short-Stay Hospitals, 2008," (Tables 5.1 to 5.12, March 2009, .pdf format).

B. "Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities, 2008," (Tables 6.1 to 6.9, March 2009, .pdf and zipped Excel format).

C. "Medicare to Test Pay Incentives to Improve Care in Nursing Homes," (March 27, 2009).


7. NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS REPORT: "Collecting Medication Data in the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey," by Lisa L. Dwyer (Vital and Health Statistics, Series 1, No. 47, March 2009, .pdf format, 25p.).


8. NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE REPORT: "Bruising as a Forensic Marker of Physical Elder Abuse," by Aileen Wiglesworth, Raciela Austin, Maria Corona, and Laura Mosqueda (NCJ 226457, February 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING PRESS RELEASE: "Bushfire and Flood Safety Planning For Aged Care Homes," (March 30, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


10. AGEING RESEARCH ONLINE [AUSTRALIA] PERIODICAL: Ageing Research Online Newsletter (Vol. 6, No. 1, March 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).


11. FRANCE INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ETUDES DEMOGRAPHQUES (INED) PERIODICAL: Population and societies (No. 453, February 2009, .pdf format, 4p.). The feature article of this issue is: "Correcting gender inequality in pensions. The experience of five countries," by Carole Bonnet and Marco Geraci.


12. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Long-Term Care Costs and the National Retirement Risk Index," by by Alicia H. Munnell, Anthony Webb, Francesca Golub-Sass, and Dan Muldoon (IB No. 9-7, March 2009, .pdf format, 14p.).


13. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Taxation of Saving for Retirement: Current Rules and Alternative Reform Approaches," by Eric Toder (April 2009, .pdf format, 22p.).


14. AARP REPORT: "Getting From Here to There: The Opinions of Oahu, Hawai'i Residents 50+ on Complete Streets," by Cassandra Cantave Burton and Terri Guengerich (March 2009, .pdf format, 20p.).


15. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER-USA REPORT: "The Future of Living: Independently," (March 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).


16. AMERICAN BENEFITS COUNCIL REPORT: "Trends in 401(k) Plans," (March 2009, .pdf format, 19p.).


17. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "Education, Medical Treatment, and Social Networks Can Promote 'Brain Health' Among U.S. Elderly," by Mary Mederios Kent (March 2009).


18. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 7, Apr. 1, 2009).

More information about FCA:


19. SCIENCE REPORT ABSTRACT: "S-Nitrosylation of Drp1 Mediates {beta}-Amyloid-Related Mitochondrial Fission and Neuronal Injury," by Dong-Hyung Cho, Tomohiro Nakamura, Jianguo Fang, Piotr Cieplak, Adam Godzik, Zezong Gu, and Stuart A. Lipton (Vol. 324, No. 5923, April 3, 2009, p. 102-105).



A. "Body-mass index and cause-specific mortality in 900,000 adults: collaborative analyses of 57 prospective studies," by Prospective Studies Collaboration (Vol. 373, No. 9669, March 28, 2009, p. 1083-1096).

B. "Medicalising menopause," by Londa Schiebinger (Vol. 373, No. 9669, March 28, 2009, p. 1072). Note: This article is a review of _Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause_, by Louise Foxcroft (2009, ISBN-1-847-08066-9, 336p.). _Lancet_ requires free registration prior to providing access to the full-text.


21. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLOS) ONE ARTICLE: "Response Monitoring in De Novo Patients with Parkinson's Disease," by Rita Willemssen, Thomas Mler, Michael Schwarz, Michael Falkenstein, and Christian Beste (PLoS ONE 4(3): e4898. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004898, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).


22. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare Fee-for-Service Program," by Stephen F. Jencks, Mark V. Williams, and Eric A. Coleman (Vol. 360, No. 14, April 2, 2009, p. 1418-1428).


23. FORBES ARTICLE: "Day of Reckoning," by Rebecca Buckman (April 13, 2009).


III. Working Papers:

24. POPULATION STUDIES CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "The US Health Care System and Lagging Life Expectancy: A Case Study," by Samuel Preston and Jessica Y. Ho (PSC Working Paper Series No. 09-01, March 2009, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


25. URBAN INSTITUTE: "Do Health Problems Reduce Consumption at Older Ages?" by Barbara Butrica, Richard W. Johnson, and Gordon Mermin (Discussion Paper No. 09-02, March 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


26. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "Evaluating the Design of Private Pension Plans: Costs and Benefits of Risk-Sharing," by Hans Blommestein, Pascal Janssen, Niels Kortleve, and Juan Yermo (OECD Working Papers on Insurance and Private Pensions No. 34, March 2009, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:,3425,en_2649_34853_42469396_119684_1_1_1,00.html


27. INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND: "Social Security Reforms in Colombia: Striking Demographic and Fiscal Balances," by Sergio Clavijo (IMF Working Paper No. 09/58, March 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "The Growth of Participant Direction in Defined Contribution Plans," by William E. Even and David A. Macpherson (Discussion Paper No. 4088, March 2009, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Optimal Unemployment Insurance for Older Workers," by Jean-Olivier Hairault, Francois Langot, Sebastien Menard, and Thepthida Sopraseuth (Discussion Paper No. 4071, March 2009, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "A Structural Approach to Estimating the Effect of Taxation on the Labor Market Dynamics of Older Workers," by Peter Haan and Victoria L. Prowse (Discussion Paper No. 4102, March 2009, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


29. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "[I]s Social Security Part of the Social Safety Net?" by Jeffrey R. Brown, Julia Lynn Coronado, and Don Fullerton (CESifo Working Paper No. 2610, April 2009, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

30. Ageing International (Vol. 33, Nos. 1-4, December 2008).

31. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 5, No. 2, April 2009).

32. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 169, No. 8, Apr. 15, 2009).

33. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 48, No. 3, May-June 2009).

34. Health and Social Work (Vol. 34, No. 1, February 2009).

35. Journal of Women and Aging (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2009)


36. 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 April 1, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 1, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 1, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 1, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 1, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 1, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

37. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Socioeconomic Differences in Old Age Mortality, by Rasmus Hoffmann (2009, ISBN: 978-1-4020-8691-5, 246p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Promoting Careers in Aging and Health Disparities Research (K01)," (PAR-09-136, a reissuance of PAR-08-033, National Institute on Aging, March 27, 2009).

B. "Basic and Translational Research in Emotion (R01)," (PA-09-137, a reissue of PA-07-083, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, March 27, 2009).

C. "Notice of Correction to Table of Contents on RFA-AG-10-001 and RFA-AG-10-002," (NOT-AG-09-004, National Institute on Aging, March 23, 2009).


39. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Apr. 1, 2009.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

40. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Health Reform in the 21st Century: Reforming the Health Care Delivery System," a hearing held April 1, 2009 (.pdf format).


41. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW HEARING PUBLICATION: "Fairness In Nursing Home Arbitration Act Of 2008," a hearing held June 10, 2008 (Serial No. 110-182, .pdf and ASCII format, 82p.).





A. "The Future Of Alzheimer's Breakthroughs and Challenges," a hearing held May 14, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-728, Serial No. 110-28, .pdf and ASCII format, 85p.).



B. "Seniors At Risk: Improving Medicare For Our Most Vulnerable," a hearing held May 22, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-729, Serial No. 110-29, .pdf and ASCII format, 78p.).




43. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON RETIREMENT AND AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "Federal Response To The Alzheimer's Epidemic," a hearing held July 17, 2008 (S. Hrg. 110-722, .pdf and ASCII format, 45p.).




VIII. Bibliography Updates:

44. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: HRS has recently added the following items to its bibliography. The entire bibliography is available at:


Accius, Jean C., II. Toward a demographic divide? Equity, race, and Social Security. United States -- District of Columbia The American University [2008]

Brown, Tyson H. Divergent pathways: Racial/ethnic inequalities in wealth and health trajectories. United States -- North Carolina The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [2008]

Chang, Echo Win-Hu. Childlessness and psychological well-being across the life course as manifested in significant life events. United States -- California University of Southern California [2008]

Chlipala, M. Linda. Longitudinal study of loneliness and depression as predictors of health in mid- to later life. United States -- Texas University of North Texas [2008]

Hao, Yanni. Modeling aging processes: Social activities, partner influence, and individual well-being. United States -- Illinois The University of Chicago [2008]

Holve, Erin. Factors associated with purchase of long-term care insurance. United States -- Maryland The Johns Hopkins University [2008]

Hosseini, Roozbeh. Evaluating the role of Social Security in providing annuity insurance. United States -- Minnesota University of Minnesota [2008]

Hsu, Tze-Li. Understanding health inequality through the study of living arrangements. United States -- Mississippi Mississippi State University [2008]

Jung, Juergen. Essays on reforming health care and public transfer programs. United States -- Indiana Indiana University [2008]

Kirson, Noam Yair. Topics in the economics of health and aging. United States -- Massachusetts Harvard University [2008]

Lee, Youngae. Poverty transitions for the elderly. United States -- Ohio The Ohio State University [2009]

Nguyen, Norma De Anda. Evaluation of racial and ethnic disparities of glycemic control in the Health and Retirement Study. 2003 Diabetes Survey. United States -- Texas The University of Texas School of Public Health [2008]

Remle, Robert Corey. Kinship status and life course transitions as determinants of financial assistance to adult children. United States -- North Carolina Duke University [2008]

Rohlfsen, Leah S. Gender disparities in trajectories of functional, mental, and self-rated health: An analysis of older adults. United States -- Arizona Arizona State University [2008]

Shan, Hui. Tax policy, housing markets, and elderly homeowners. United States -- Massachusetts Massachusetts Institute of Technology [2008]

Journal Articles:

Bender, Keith A. "How Are Pension Integration and Pension Benefits Related?" Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. 49:1 p.26 [2009]

Bowen, Mary Elizabeth, Tarraf, W., Fisher, G., Gonzales, H. "What Do Mom and Dad Have to Do with My Cognitive Reserve? The Health and Retirement Study (1998-2006)" The Gerontologist. 48: p.133 [2008]

Bricker, Jesse, Engelhardt, Gary V. "Measurement Error in Earnings Data in the Health and Retirement Study" Journal of Economic and Social Measurement. 33:1 p.39-61 [2008]

Chiu, Ching-Ju, Wray, Linda A. "The Relationship of Diabetes and Working Memory: Results from the Health and Retirement Study" Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 35:Suppl. 1, Abstract B104 p.S66 [2008]

Feinglass, Joe, Song, Jing, Manheim, Larry M., Semanik, Pamela, Chang, Rowland W., Dunlop, Dorothy D. "Correlates of Improvement in Walking Ability in Older Persons in the United States" American Journal of Public Health. 99:3 p.533-9 [2009]

Fong, T., Frearing, M., Jones, R., Shi, P., Marcantonio, E., Rudolph, J., Yang, F., Kiely, D., Inouye, S. "The Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status: Creating a crosswalk with the Mini-Mental State Exam" Alzheimer's and Dementia. : [2009]

Glymour, M. Maria, Avendano, Mauricio. "Can Self-Reported Strokes Be Used to Study Stroke Incidence and Risk Factors? Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study" Stroke. 40:3 p.873-9 [2009]

Glymour, M. Maria, Avendano, Mauricio, Haas, Steven, Berkman, Lisa F. "Lifecourse Social Conditions and Racial Disparities in Incidence of First Stroke" Annals of Epidemiology. 18:12 p.904-12 [2008]

Gray, D.A. "Obesity and Net Worth Among Pre-Retirement Age Men and Women" The Gerontologist. 48: p.258 [2008]

Gueorguieva, Ralitza, Sindelar, Jody L, Falba, Tracy A., Fletcher, Jason M., Keenan, Patricia, Wu, Ran, Gallo, William T. "The Impact of Occupation on Self-Rated Health: Cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence from the Health and Retirement Survey" The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 64:1 p.118-24 [2009]

Gustman, Alan L., Steinmeier, Thomas L. "How Changes in Social Security Affect Retirement Trends" Research on Aging. 31:2 p.261 [2009]

Henretta, John C., Grundy, Emily M., Okell, Lucy C., Wadsworth, Michael E.J. "Early motherhood and mental health in midlife: a study of British and American cohorts" Aging and Mental Health. 12:5 p.605-14 [2008]

Ho, Jeong-Hwa, Raymo, James M. "Expectations and Realization of Joint Retirement Among Dual-Worker Couples" Research on Aging. 31:2 p.153 [2009]

Ji, Y, Cho, S., Chiriboga, D., Mitchell, G. "Disability Trajectories of Previously Uninsured Older Adults After Medicare Enrollment" The Gerontologist. 48: p.76 [2008]

Keenan, Patricia S. "Smoking and Weight Change After New Health Diagnoses in Older Adults" Archives of Internal Medicine. 169:3 p.237 [2009]

Kim, S.Y., Kim, H.M., Langa, K.M., Karlawish, J.H., Knopman, D.S., Applebaum, P.S. "Surrogate Consent for Dementia Research: A national survey of older Americans" Neurology. 72:2 p.149-55 [2009]

Langa, Kenneth M., Llewellyn, D., Gure, T., Kabeto, M., Wallace, R., Crimmins, E., Ofstedal, M., Weir, D. "The Relationship of Blood Pressure and Cognitive Function in U.S. Adults: The Health and Retirement Study" The Gerontologist. 48: p.231 [2008]

Love, David A., Smith, Paul A., McNair, Lucy C. "A New Look at the Wealth Adequacy of Older U.S. Households" Review of Income and Wealth. 56:4 p.616-42 [2008]

Mandal, Bidisha, Roe, Brian. "Job Loss, Retirement and the Mental Health of Older Americans" The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. 11:4 p.167-76 [2008]

Mehta, Kala M., Barnes, L., Thorpe Jr., R., Perez-Stable, E., Yaffe, K., Covinsky, K. "Race/Ethnic Differences in Rate of Cognitive Decline in the Health and Retirement Study" The Gerontologist. 48: p.80 [2008]

Ofstedal, Mary Beth, Crimmins, Eileen, Guralnik, J. "Early Results on Physical Measures and Biomarkers from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)" The Gerontologist. 48: p.230 [2008]

Popa, Mihaela A., Reynolds, Sandra L., Small, Brent J. "Is the Effect of Reported Physical Activity on Disability Mediated by Cognitive Performance in White and African American Older Adults?" The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 64:1 p.4-13 [2009]

Reboucas, Monica, Galera, Siulmara Christina, Pereira, Silvia Regina Mendes, Pereira, Mauricio Gomes. "[The Health Status of the Elderly Population: What do we need to know?]" Ciencis & Saude Coletiva. 13:4 p.1305-12 [2008]

Rhee, Y., Muramatsu, N., Jordan, N. "Long-Term Effect of End-of-Life Care Among Spouses Who Dealt with Death at Home: Results from the Health and Retirement Study" The Gerontologist. 48: p.603 [2008]

Rogers, Mary A.M., Plassman, Brenda L., Kabeto, Mohammed, Fisher, Gwenith G., McArdle, John J., Llewellyn, David J., Potter, Guy G., Langa, Kenneth M. "Parental Education and Late-life Dementia in the United States" Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 22:1 p.71-80 [2009]

Sarkisian, N., Williamson, J. "Exploring the Trade-Offs: Paid Work and Intergenerational Assistance Among Blacks and Whites" The Gerontologist. 48: p.137 [2008]

Schmidt, Lucie, Sevak, Purvi. "Taxes, Wages, and the Labor Supply of Older Americans" Research on Aging. 31:2 p.207 [2009]

Schonlau, Matthias, van Soest, Arthur, Kapteyn, Arie, Couper, Mick. "Selection Bias in Web Surveys and the Use of Propensity Scores" Sociological Methods and Research. 37:3 p.291-318 [2009]

Smith, V. Kerry. "Risk Perceptions, Optimism, and Natural Hazards" Risk Analysis. 28:6 p.1763-7 [2008]

Ulker, Aydogan. "Wealth Holdings and Portfolio Allocation of the Elderly: The role of marital history" Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 30:1 p.90 [2009]

Wallace, Robert B., Birt-Leeds, M. "A Cross-Sectional Study of Blood Lipid Levels and Cognitive Function: The Health and Retirement Study" The Gerontologist. 48: p.231 [2008]

Yang, Frances M., Jones, Richard N. "Measurement Differences in Depression: Chronic health-related and sociodemographic effects in older Americans" Psychosomatic Medicine. 70:9 p.993-1004 [2008]


Chao, Li-Wei, Pagan, Jose A., Soldo, Beth J. End-of-Life Medical Treatment Choices: Do survival chances and out-of-pocket costs matter?. Population Aging Research Center of the Population; University of Pennsylvania [2008]





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