Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #500 -- August 13, 2009


Note: As we near the beginning of our 11th year of CAAR production with this 500th weekly issue, we wish to thank our sponsors, the US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Demography of Health and Aging, as well as our readers for their continuing encouragement and support.

Jack and Charlie


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 CENTER FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES MEDICARE ENROLLMENT REPORTS: "Part B State Buy-Ins: 2000-2007" (2009, zip compressed comma separated value [.csv] format).

Buy-in Definitions (.pdf format, 2p.).


2. HEALTH AND RETIRMENT SURVEY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Survey has announced: "The HRS Tracker 2006 (Final, Version 3.0) is now available." (Aug. 12, 2009).

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT: "CBO's Long-Term Projections for Social Security: 2009 Update" (August 2009, .pdf format, 34p., with data in Microsoft Excel format).



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

B. "OASDI (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) Beneficiaries by State and County, 2008" (August 2009, HTML, .pdf, and Microsoft Excel format).


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: "Advisory Opinion document 09-11 (concerning the provision of free blood pressure screenings to walk-in visitors at a hospital) (Aug. 10, 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


6. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT "QUICKSTATS: QuickStats: Annual Rate of Nonfatal, Medically Attended Fall Injury Episodes, by Age Group --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2007" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 58, No. 31, Aug. 14, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 858).




7. NEW ZEALAND: MINISTRY OF HEALTH/MANATU HAUORA REPORT: "Report on New Zealand Cost-of-Illness Studies on Long-Term Conditions," by Richard Jaine (July 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).$File/nz-cost-of-illness-jul09.pdf



A. "Intergenerational Solidarity in an Era of Demographic Change: A European Perspective," by Anne-Sophie Parent (July 2009).

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

"1959: The Year Everything Changed" (Aug. 11, 2009).

"Caring For Our Parents" (Aug. 11, 2009).


9. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "An analysis of life expectancy and economic production using expectile frontier zones," by Sabine K. Schnabel and Paul H.C. Eilers (Vol. 21, Article 5, .pdf format, p. 109-134). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


10. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION ISSUE BRIEF: "Health Reform Opportunities: Improving Policy for Dual Eligibles" (August 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).


11. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK REPORT: "Pension Reform and Personal Accounts after the Credit Crunch" (Summary Brief, July 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).

More information about ILC UK:


12. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE REPORT: "Economic Crisis Fuels Support for Social Security: Americans' Views on Social Security," by Virginia P.Reno and Joni Lavery (August 2009, .pdf format, 15p.).

More information on NASI:


13. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (2009, No. 2, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


14. PEW RESEARCH CENTER REPORT: "Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap," by Paul Taylor and Richard Morin (August 2009, .pdf format, 27p.).


15. UNITING CARE COMMUNITY OPTIONS, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY [AUSTRALIA] REPORT: "Self-Directed Community Aged Care for People with Complex Needs: A Literature Review," by Goetz Ottmann, Jacqui Allen, and Peter Feldman (May 2009, .pdf format, 98p.).


16. AARP AND EUROPEAN CENTRE VIENNA HIGH-LEVEL EXPERT AND POLICY-MAKERS CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: "Reinventing Retirement: Reshaping Health & Financial Security for the EU 27 and Eastern Europe," sponsored by AARP and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research--a conference held Oct. 23-24, 2008 in Durnstein, Austria (July 2009, .pdf format, 103p.).


17. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Epigenetic Differences in Cortical Neurons from a Pair of Monozygotic Twins Discordant for Alzheimer's Disease," by Diego Mastroeni, Ann McKee, Andrew Grover, Joseph Rogers, and Paul D. Coleman (PLoS ONE 4(8): e6617. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006617, Vol. 4, Issue 8, August 2009, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Experimental and clinical evidence of neuroprotection by nerve growth factor eye drops: Implications for glaucoma," by Alessandro Lambiase, Luigi Aloe, Marco Centofanti, Vincenzo Parisi, Flavio Mantelli, Valeria Colafrancesco, Gian Luca Manni, Massimo Gilberto Bucci, Stefano Bonini, and Rita Levi-Montalcini (Abstract, Vol. 106, No. 32, Aug. 11, 2009, p.13469-13474).

B. "Targeting neural precursors in the adult brain rescues injured dopamine neurons," by Andreas Androutsellis-Theotokis, Maria A. Rueger, Deric M. Park, Haik Mkhikian, Erica Korb, Steve W. Poser, Stuart Walbridge, Jeeva Munasinghe, Alan P. Koretsky, Russel R. Lonser, and Ronald D. McKay Vol. 106, No. 32, Aug. 11, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p.13570-13575). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Overexpression of SOD-2 reduces hippocampal superoxide and prevents memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Cynthia A. Massaad, Taneasha M. Washington, Robia G. Pautler, and Eric Klann (Abstract, Vol. 106, No. 32, Aug. 11, 2009, p. 13576-13581).

D. "Neural stem cells improve cognition via BDNF in a transgenic model of Alzheimer disease," by Mathew Blurton-Jones, Masashi Kitazawa, Hilda Martinez-Coria, Nicholas A. Castello, Franz-Josef Muller, Jeanne F. Loring, Tritia R. Yamasaki, Wayne W. Poon, Kim N. Green, and Frank M. LaFerla (Abstract, Vol. 106, No. 32, Aug. 11, 2009, p. 13594-13599).



A. "Physical Activity, Diet, and Risk of Alzheimer Disease," by Nikolaos Scarmeas, Jose A. Luchsinger, Nicole Schupf, Adam M. Brickman, Stephanie Cosentino, Ming X. Tang, and Yaakov Stern (Vol. 302, No. 6, Aug. 12, 2009, HTML and .pdf format, p. 627-637). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet, Cognitive Decline, and Risk of Dementia," by Catherine Feart, Cecilia Samieri, Virginie Rondeau, Helene Amieva, Florence Portet, Jean-Francois Dartigues, Nikolaos Scarmeas, and Pascale Barberger-Gateau (abstract. Vol. 302, No. 6, Aug. 12, 2009, p. 638-648).

C. "Common Drugs Can Harm Elderly Patients," by Rebecca Voelker (Medical News and Perspectives extract, Vol. 302, No. 6, Aug. 12, 2009, p. 614-615).

D. "Lung Cancer Mortality Higher in Women Who Used Combination Hormone Therapy," by Tracy Hampton (Medical News and Perspectives extract, Vol. 302, No. 6, Aug. 12, 2009, p. 615-616).



A. "Purdy wins battle for clarity of law for people who accompany relatives abroad for assisted suicide," by Clare Dyer (BMJ 2009;339:b3131, Vol. 339, Aug. 8, 2009, p. 313).

B. "The law as it stands on assisted suicide could not be clearer," by Alex Carlile (BMJ 2009;339:b3169 , Vol. 339, Aug. 8, 2009, p. 322).


III. Working Papers:

21. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Are Age-62/63 Retired Worker Beneficiaries At Risk?" by Eric R. Kingson and Maria T. Brown (WP 2009-13, August 2009, .pdf format, 27p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


22. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE OF BARD COLLEGE [ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY]: "How Well Do Individuals Predict the Selling Prices of Their Homes?" by Hugo Benitez-Silva, Selcuk Eren, Frank Heiland, and Sergi Jimenez-Martin (WP 571, August 2009, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


23. MICHIGAN CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "Social Security Rules and Labor Force Participation of Older Workers: Evidence from Chile," by Alejandra Cox Edwards and Estelle James (WP 2009-202, August 2009, .pdf format, 54p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


24. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Reorienting Retirement Risk Management" (WP 2009-07, August 2009, .pdf format, 22p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Efficiency of Pension Menus and Individual Portfolio Choice in 401(k) Pensions," by Ning Tang, Olivia S. Mitchell, Gary Mottola, and Steve Utkus (WP 2009-08, August 2009, .pdf format, 33p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


25. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Is Social Security behind the Collapse of Personal Saving?" by Frank N. Caliendo (WP 2746, August 2009, .pdf format, 18p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


26. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "International Differences in Longevity and Health and Their Economic Consequences," by Pierre-Carl Michaud, Dana P. Goldman, Darius N. Lakdawalla, Yuhui Zheng, and Adam H. Gailey (Discussion Paper 4367, August 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilation is for Jul. 17, 2009.


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

28. Age and Ageing (Vol. 38, Supplement 3, August 2009).This supplement contains "Communications to the British Geriatrics Society Spring Scientific Meeting 1st-3rd April 2009, Bournemouth.

29. Demography (Vol. 46, No. 3, August 2009).


30. 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 Aug. 10, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 10, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Aug. 10, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Aug. 10, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Aug. 10, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Aug. 10, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology (R01)" (PAR-09-218, Aug. 5, 2009, reissue of PAR-07-344, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:

B. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative (SBIR [R43/R44]) (PAR-09-220, Aug. 5, 2009, reissue of PAR-07-160, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:

C. "Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative (STTR [R41/R42]) (PAR-09-221, Aug. 5, 2009, reissue of PAR-07-161. National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies. For more information see:


32. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Aug. 13, 2009.


VI. Conferences:

33. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL HEALTH AGING RESEARCH CENTERS: "Research to Practice Symposium: Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging," a conference to be held Sep. 15-16, 2009, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information see:


34. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM UPDATES: Conferencealerts Gerontology section has recently added the following new conferences:

Aug. 24, 2009: Florida Conference on Aging, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Aug. 30, 2009: International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, Auckland, New Zealand

Sep. 3, 2009: Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), 4th Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Sep. 15, 2009: The Third Conference on Aging in the Americas, Austin, Texas

Sep. 26, 2009: 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference - Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Oct. 7, 2009: Miniresidency in Nursing Home and Long-term Care for the Dental Team, St. Paul, Minnesota

Oct. 18, 2009: Aging with Passion and Purpose: Social and Spiritual Dimensions of Aging and Caregiving, Omaha, Nebraska

Oct. 30, 2009: UCLA Technology and Aging Conference, Los Angeles, California

Oct. 30, 2009: International Workshop on the Socio-Economics of Ageing, Lisbon, Portugal

Nov. 4, 2009: Middle East Congress on Age Ageing and Alzheimer's, Tripoli, Lebanon

Nov. 15, 2009: Hearing Care for Adults 2009 - The Challenge of Aging, Chicago, Illinois

Dec. 13, 2009: 18th WFN (World Federation of Neurology) World Congress on Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders - WFN 2009, Miami Beach, Florida

Feb. 24, 2010: Global and Community Health, Portland, Oregon

Mar. 19, 2010: Self, Selves and Sexualities: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Dublin, Ireland

Apr. 24, 2010: 4th International Social and Applied Gerontology Symposium in Turkey, Antalya, Turkey

May 27, 2010: International Society for Gerontechnology 7th World Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia

Jul. 7, 2010: Contemporary Women's Writing: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies, San Diego, California

Jul. 18, 2010: ISSBD (International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development) 2010 Biennial Congress, Lusaka, Zambia

Nov. 27, 2010: 2nd European Cardiovascular Conference on the Elderly Patient (ECCEP), Athens, Greece

Conference Alerts Gerontology:


35. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR REMINISCENCE AND LIFE REVIEW [UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPRIOR] CONFERENCE: "2009 Reminiscence Conference," to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 17-18, 2009). For more information see:


VII. Websites of Interest:

36. MEDICARE.GOV SITE UPDATES. updated the following sites on Aug. 13, 2009: "Medicare Options Compare," and "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder."


37. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE. updated the following file on Aug. 4, 2009: "Medicare Assignment Rates for Physician Services for Calendar Years 1983, 1988, 2001, 2002, and 2003"


It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.


Jack Solock
Director--Data and Information Services Center
Social Sciences Research Services
3313 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706