Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #485 -- April 30, 2009

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 CENSUS BUREAU: The Census Bureau has released fourth quarter data on "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems." "Finances of Selected Public Employee Retirement Systems is a quarterly survey that provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures, and composition of assets of the largest public employee retirement systems. This survey currently consists of a panel of 100 retirement systems which comprise about 85 percent of financial activity among such entities."


II. Reports and articles:


A. "Figures 14.1-14.4 Medicare Part D, 2008," (April 2009, .pdf and zipped format).

B. "Figures 1.1-1.5 National Health Care Spending, 2008" (April 2009, .pdf and zipped format).

C. "CMS Proposes FY 2010 Payment and Policy Updates for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities," (April 29, 2009).


3. AUSTRALIAN SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Residential and Community Aged Care in Australia," (April 2009, .pdf format, 153p.).


4. OFFICE OF ECONOMIC AND STATISTICAL RESEARCH [QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "Older Queenslanders (Census 2006 Bulletin 7)," (April 2009, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Queensland has Fastest Increase in Rate of Dementia in Australia: Minister Visits Queensland Dementia Research Centre," (April 28, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

B. "Emergency First Aid Training for Carers - An Australian First," (April 28, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).

C. "More Home Care Help for Older Queenslanders - Additional HACC Funding," (April 29, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, 2p.).


6. EUROPEAN COMMISSION REPORT: "The 2009 Ageing Report: Underlying Assumptions and Projection Methodologies for the EU-27 Member States (2007-2060)," (2008, .pdf format, 221p.).


7. NATIONAL CENTER FOR POLICY ANALYSIS REPORT: "The Role of Health Care Spending in Projecting Federal Elderly Entitlement Spending," by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Zijun Wang (April 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


8. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE ISSUE BRIEF: "Strange But True: Claim Social Security Now, Claim More Later," by Alicia H. Munnell, Alex Golub-Sass, and Nadia Karamcheva (IB No. 9-9, April 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).


9. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Housing for the 55+ Market: Trends and Insights on Boomers and Beyond," (April 2009, .pdf format, 70p.).



A. "The Effect of Smoking on Trends in U.S Mortality at Older Ages," (April 2009). Note: This webcast (running time 12:36) features an interview with Samuel Preston.

B. "U.S. Adult Mortality and Health Trends in an International Context," (April 2009). Note: This webcast (running time 13:00) features an interview with Eilieen Crimmins.


11. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 8, Apr. 15, 2009 & No. 9, Apr. 28, 2009).

More information about FCA:


12. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Continuity of Outpatient and Inpatient Care by Primary Care Physicians for Hospitalized Older Adults," by Gulshan Sharma, Kathlyn E. Fletcher, Dong Zhang, Yong-Fang Kuo, Jean L. Freeman, and James S. Goodwin (Vol. 301, No. 16, April 22/29, 2009, p. 1671-1680).



A. "Trends in healthy life expectancy in Japan: 1986 - 2004," by Vanessa Yong and Yasuhiko Saito (Vol. 20, No. 19, April 2009, .pdf format, p. 467-494).

B. "The number of centenarians in Brazil: Indirect estimates based on death certificates," by Marilia Miranda Fortes Gomes, and Cassio M. Turra (Vol. 20, Article 20, April 2009, .pdf format, p. 495-502).



A. "Oxidation of a potassium channel causes progressive sensory function loss during aging," by Shi-Qing Cai and Federico Sesti (Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2009, p. 611-617).

B. "The endogenous inhibitor of Akt, CTMP, is critical to ischemia-induced neuronal death," by Takahiro Miyawaki, Dimitry Ofengeim, Kyung-Min Noh, Adrianna Latuszek-Barrantes, Brian A. Hemmings., Antonia Follenzi, and R. Suzanne Zukin (Vol. 12, No. 5, May 2009, p. 618-626).


15. LANCET ARTICLE: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Relaxin for the treatment of patients with acute heart failure (Pre-RELAX-AHF): a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, dose-finding phase IIb study," by John R. Teerlink, Marco Metra, G. Michael Felker, Piotr Ponikowski, Adriaan A. Voors, Beth Davison Weatherley, Alon Marmor, Amos Katz, Jacek Grzybowski, Elaine Unemori, Sam L. Teichman, and Gad Cotter (Vol. 373, No. 9673, April 25, 2009, p. 1429-1439).


16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Experimentally observed phenomena on cardiac energetics in heart failure emerge from simulations of cardiac metabolism," by Fan Wu, Jianyi Zhang, and Daniel A. Beard (Vol. 106, No. 17, April 28, 2009, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7143-7148). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.


III. Working Papers:

17. URBAN INSTITUTE: "What the 2008 Stock Market Crash Means for Retirement Security," by Barbara Butrica, Karen E. Smith, and Eric Toder (Discussion Paper No.09-03, April 2009, .pdf format, 31p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


18. BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: "Accrual Measures of Pension-Related Compensation and Wealth of State and Local Government Workers," by David G. Lenze (WP2009-03, April 2009, .pdf format, 55p.).


This paper develops a simple method to convert the published normal costs and actuarial liabilities of state and local government retirement systems to the economic accruals and liabilities needed to estimate the compensation and property income components of the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPA). It also standardizes the measures using a common discount rate. The method is applied to data for the years 2000 to 2006 to generate a set of national and state estimates. Using a 6% discount rate, the accrued liability of state and local government retirement systems is about 8% lower than the actuarial liability and benefit accruals are about 38% higher than normal costs. Adopting accrual accounting for state and local government pension plans will have a large effect on the NIPA, adding $93 billion (or about 0.8%) to its measure of personal income in 2006.


19. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Taxes and Pensions," by Peter Diamond (CESifo Working Paper No. 2636, April 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

20. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Vol. 57, No. 5, May 2009).

21. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 28, No. 3, June 2009). 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.

22. Public Health (Vol. 123, No. 4, April 2009).

23. Social Science and Medicine (Vol. 68, No. 9, May 2009). Note: The theme of this issue is "Early life effects on socioeconomic performance and mortality in later life: A full life course approach using contemporary and historical sources."


24. 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 Apr. 29, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 29, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Apr. 29, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Apr. 29, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Apr. 29, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Apr. 29, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:

25. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)," (RFA-OD-09-007, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, April 24, 2009).



A. "Model Approaches to Statewide Legal Assistance Systems," (HHS-2009-AoA-SL-0912, April 2009).

B. "National Minority Aging Organizations - Technical Assistance Centers," (HHS-2009-AoA-HD-0911, April 2009).


VI. Conferences/Calls for Papers:

27. INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR GERONTECHNOLOGY: "International Society for Gerontechnology's 7th World Conference," (May 27-30, 2010--Vancouver, British Columbia).


28. CENTER FOR HEALTHY AGING, MINISTRIES, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES [UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA]: Submission for presentations for the 2009 Aging with Passion and Purpose Conference that will be held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha are now being accepted. This years conference theme is "Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving." To submit a presentation proposal, please send an email to that includes the following information:

* Presentation title

* 300 word abstract describing the content of your presentation and how it relates to the conference theme of social and spiritual dimensions of aging and caregiving

* 3 learning objectives for your proposed session

* Type* of presentation you are interested in:

1) Paper**-single paper session, 20 to 60 minutes in length

2) Poster-wall poster to be displayed all day each day of conference with a designated time (up to 60 minutes) for author(s) to be near poster to answer questions

3) Symposium**-multiple paper session, up to 3 presenters, 20 minute length for each presenter

4) Interactive Workshop-60 minute session, single presenter/facilitator, involving practical, 'hands-on' learning opportunities for participants."

The conference web site can be found at:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Betting on Death in the Life Settlement Market - What's at Stake for Seniors?" a hearing held April 29, 2009 (.pdf format).


30. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON SOCIAL SECURITY HEARING TESTIMONY: "Hearing on the Social Security Administrations Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," a hearing held April 28, 2009 (HTML and .pdf format).





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