Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 512 -- November 12, 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. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY DATA UPDATE: On Nov. 9, 2009, HRS at the University of Michigan announced: "The Restricted Data Product List has been modified to remove references to deprecated and obsolete SSA administrative data sets." For more information see the links at:

Under the Nov. 9, 2009 listing.


2. LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY DATA UPDATE: On Nov. 6, 2009, LIS announced: "Korea has become a member of the LIS countries."

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Selected Characteristics of Baby Boomers 42 to 60 Years Old in 2006" (November 2009, Microsoft PowerPoint and .pdf format, 46 slides).



A. "Positron Emission Tomography (FDG) for Cervical Cancer" (CAG-00181R2, November 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement Update: "Personal Health Care Expenditures, 1.1-1.4 2007 Data-All" (November 2009, .zip compressed Microsoft Excel and compressed and uncompressed .pdf format).

Complete Statistical Supplement:


5. US CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE REPORT: "Income of Americans Aged 65 and Older, 1968 to 2008," by Patrick Purcell (November 2009, .pdf format, 36p.).


6. UNITED NATIONS WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION REPORT: "Women and health: todays evidence tomorrows agenda" (November 2009, .pdf format, 91p.). Chapters One and Six contain information that may be of interest to researchers in aging.


7. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING REPORT: "Review of the Aged Care Funding Instrument - Terms of Reference" (November 2009, .pdf format, 2p.).$File/Review%20of%20the%20ACFI%20-%20Terms%20of%20Reference.pdf


8. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA PERIODICAL ARTICLE: What does the Pension Satellite Account tell about Canada's pension system?" by Philip Cross and Joe Wilkinson (in Canadian Economic Observer, November 2009).



A. "Report on the prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia," by Sube Banerjee (November 2009, .pdf format, 61p., with a UK government response (.pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Report from the Ministerial Summit on Dementia Research" (International Longevity Center, UK, November 2009, .pdf format, 63p.).


10. UK DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS REPORT: "Understanding small employers' likely responses to the 2012 workplace pension reforms: Report of a qualitative study," by Andrew Thomas and Cassie Philpin (Research Report 617, November 2009, .pdf format, 79p.).


11. AARP PRIME TIME RADIO: The following Prime Time Radio shows (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

A. "Retirement Snapshot: New Zealand, Helping Seniors Save Money" (Nov. 3, 2009).

B. "A Stagnant COLA" (Oct. 27, 2009).

C. "Geriatric Pharmacist" (Oct. 27, 2009).



A. "Why Are Stocks So Risky?" by Richard W. Kopcke and Dan Muldoon (IB#9-23, November 2009, .pdf format, 9p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Social Security Fix-It Book: 2009 Edition" (2009, .pdf format, 52p.).


13. CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES REPORT: "Supporting Alternative Integrated Models for Dual Eligibles: A Legal Analysis of Current and Future Options," by Sara Rosenbaum, Jane Hyatt Thorpe, and Sara Schroth (November 2009, .pdf format, 9p.).

More information on CHCS:


14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 9, No. 22, Nov. 11, 2009).

More information about FCA:


15. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTER USA ISSUE BRIEF: "Caregiving in America: The Health Consequences on Boomer Women," by Kenneth A. Knapp, (Caregiving Brief, Fall 2009, .pdf format, 7p.).



A. "Medicare Advantage 2010 Data Spotlight: Plan Availability and Premiums," by Marsha Gold, Dawn Phelpsi, Tricia Neuman, and Gretchen Jacobson (Data Spotlight, November 2009, .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Medicare Part D 2010 Data Spotlight: The Coverage Gap," by Jack Hoadley, Laura Summerim, Elizabeth Hargraveii, Juliette Cubanski, and Tricia Neuman (Data Spotlight, November 2009, .pdf format, 3p.).

C. "Medicare Part D Spotlight: Part D Plan Availability in 2010 and Key Changes Since 2006," by Jack Hoadley, Juliette Cubanski, Elizabeth Hargrave, Laura Summer, and Tricia Neuman (Issue Brief, updated November 2009, .pdf format, 11p.).

KFF medicare information:


17. NEW YORK UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF NURSING HARTFORD INSTITUTE FOR GERIATRIC NURSING ISSUE PAPER: "Nurses Involvement in Nursing Home Culture Change: Overcoming Barriers, Advancing Opportunities," by Sarah Greene Burger, Bonnie Kantor, Mathy Mezey, Ethel Mitty, Malvina Kluger, Donna Algase, Kathryn Anderson, Cornelia Beck, Christine Mueller, and Joanne Rader (Spring 2009, .pdf format, 21p.).


18. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "HIV/AIDS and Older Persons in Developing Countries," by Eric Zuehlke (November 2009). Note: this article links to an audio interview (running time: 14 minutes) with John Knodel of the University of Michigan.



A. "Retirement Account Balances," by Barbara Butrica, Philip Issa, and Mauricio Soto (November 2009, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

B. "Can Accountable Care Organizations Improve the Value of Health Care by Solving the Cost and Quality Quandaries?" by Kelly Devers and Robert A. Berenson (October 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).



A. "Hip Fracture Incidence in Relation to Age, Menopausal Status, and Age at Menopause: Prospective Analysis," by Emily Banks, Gillian K. Reeves, Valerie Beral, Angela Balkwill, Bette Liu, and Andrew Roddam (PLoS Med 6(11): e1000181. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000181, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

B. "Epidemiological Pathology of Dementia: Attributable-Risks at Death in the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study," by Fiona E. Matthews, Carol Brayne, James Lowe, Ian McKeith, Stephen B. Wharton, and Paul Ince (PLoS Med 6(11): e1000180. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000180, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 15p.).


21. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "RNA Aptamers Generated against Oligomeric A{beta}40 Recognize Common Amyloid Aptatopes with Low Specificity but High Sensitivity," by Farid Rahimi, Kazuma Murakami, Jamie L. Summers, Chi-Hong B. Chen, and Gal Bitan (PLoS ONE 4(11): e7694. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007694, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).


22. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Pharmacological modulation of subliminal learning in Parkinson's and Tourette's syndromes," by Stefano Palminteri, Mael Lebreton, Yulia Worbe, David Grabli, Andreas Hartmann, and Mathias Pessiglione (Vol. 106, No. 45, Nov. 10, 2009, p. 19179-19184).


III. Working Papers:

23. RAND CORPORATION LABOR AND POPULATION PROGRAM WORKING PAPER: "Socioeconomic Success and Health in Later Life: Evidence from the Indonesia Family Life Survey," by Firman Witoelar, John Strauss, and Bondan Sikoki (WR 704, September 2009, .pdf format, 62p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "The Wealth of Older Americans and the Sub-Prime Debacle," by Barry Bosworth and Rosanna Smart (WP 2009-21, November 2009, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce," by Perry Singleton (WP 2009-25, November 2009, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

C. "An Update on 401(k) Plans: Insights from the 2007 Survey of Consumer Finance," by Alicia H. Munnell, Richard W. Kopcke, Francesca Golub-Sass, and Dan Muldoon (WP 2009-26, November 2009, .pdf format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

D. "Fees and Trading Costs of Equity Mutual Funds in 401(k) Plans and Potential Savings from ETFS and Commingled Trusts," by Richard W. Kopcke, Francis M. Vitagliano, and Zhenya S. Karamcheva (WP 2009-27, November 2009, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

E. "Work Ability and the Social Insurance Safety Net in the Years Prior to Retirement," by Richard W. Johnson, Melissa M. Favreault, and Corina Mommaerts (WP 2009-28, November 2009, .pdf format, 56p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

F. "Dutch Pension Funds in Underfunding: Solving Generational Dilemmas," by Niels Kortleve and Eduard Ponds (WP 2009-29, November 2009, .pdf format, 16p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Financial Literacy and Financial Sophistication Among Older Americans," by Annamaria Lusardi, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Vilsa Curto (w15469, November 2009, .pdf format, 30p.).


This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. For this sample of older respondents over the age of 55, we find that people lack even a rudimentary understanding of stock and bond prices, risk diversification, portfolio choice, and investment fees. In view of the fact that individuals are increasingly required to take on responsibility for their own retirement security, this lack of knowledge has serious implications.

B. "The US Productivity Slowdown, the Baby Boom, and Management Quality," by James Feyrer (w15474, November 2009, .pdf format, 28p.).


This paper examines whether management changes caused by the entry of the baby boom into the workforce explain the US productivity slowdown in the 1970s and resurgence in the 1990s. Lucas (1978) suggests that the quality of managers plays a significant role in determining output. If there is heterogeneity across workers and management skill improves with experience, an influx of young workers will lower the overall quality of management and lower total factor productivity. Census data shows that the entry of the baby boom resulted in more managers being hired from the smaller, pre baby boom cohorts. These marginal managers were necessarily of lower quality. As the boomers aged and gained experience, this effect was reversed, increasing managerial quality and raising total factor productivity. Using the Lucas model as a framework, a calibrated model of managers, workers, and firms suggests that the management effects of the baby boom may explain roughly 20 percent of the observed productivity slowdown and resurgence.


26. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL (UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA): Note: WPRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Improving Workers Financial Literacy: A Symposium Summary," by Robert L. Clark and Melinda S. Morrill (WP2009-26, November 2009, .pdf format, 25p. Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INFORMATION IN HEALTH ECONOMICS (IRDES) [PARIS, FRANCE]: "What are the Motivations of Pathways to Retirement in Europe: Individual, Familial, Professional Situation or Social Protection Systems?" by Thierry Debrand and Nicolas Sirven (Discussion Paper No. 28, October 2009, .pdf format, 18p.).


The aim of this research is to identify the determinants of pathways to retirement in Europe and, by measuring the influence or combined influence of individual, contextual and institutional domains on labor force participation, to better understand intercountry variations in the employment rates of older citizens. The dataset consists of both the first two longitudinal waves of SHARE (2004-2006) and some macroeconomic series from the OECD describing three complementary social protection systems (pensions, disability, employment). The analysis is simultaneously carried out in terms of "stocks" (labor force participation in 2004) and "flows" (pathways from employment in 2004 to retirement in 2006). Indicators are developed to measure the contribution of each domain (individual, contextual, institutional), and their various combinations to the employment rate of older citizens, and their role in explaining inter-country differences. As expected, results demonstrate that labor force participation and the decision to retire are determined by the various individual and contextual domains with social protection systems, each playing a significant role. Institutional determinants explain most of the intercountry differences. There appears to be a complementary effect between the different categories of social protection, and the global effect of the three systems combined is greater than the sum of the idiosyncratic effect of each system. Future public policies aiming at increasing the workforce participation of older citizens should therefore take into account that retirement decisions are determined by complex, interactive and individual determinants, and that within the European Union, the main convergence factors are to be found in the differences in social protection systems.


28. MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: "Why do women in former communist countries look unhappy? A demographic perspective,' by Junji Kageyama (WP-2009-032, November 2009, .pdf format, 15p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


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

29. Alzheimer's and Dementia (Vol. 5, No. 6, November 2009).

30. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 99, No. 12, December 2009).

31. Clinical Gerontologist (Vol. 32, No. 4, 2009).

32. The Gerontologist (Vol. 49, No. 5, 6 October, December 2009).



33. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 21, No. 8, December 2009).

34. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 24, No. 1, January 2010)


35. 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 Nov. 9, 2009:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 9, 2009:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 9, 2009:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 9, 2009:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Nov. 9, 2009:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Nov. 9, 2009:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

36. SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY BOOK: Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements, edited by Leah Rogne, Carroll Estes, Brian Grossman, Brooke Hollister, and Erica Solway (2009,488 ISBN13: 9780826116147). For more information, including ordering information see:


37. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH: Reengineering the Survey of Income and Program Participation, edited by Constance F. Citro and John Karl Scholz (National Academies Press, 2009, OpenBook and .pdf format, 176p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at the site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy).


VI. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging (K08)" (RFA-AG-10-010, reissue of RFA-AG-09-012, Nov. 5, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23) (RFA-AG-10-011, reissue of RFA-AG-09-012, Nov. 5, 2009, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


39. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "Technical Assistance Resource Center: Promoting Appropriate Long Term Care Supports for LGBT Elders" (HHS-2010-AoA-LG-1001, letter of intent submission deadline, Dec. 4, 2009; submission of applications deadline, Jan. 6, 2010). For more information see:


40. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAM: "PSC expects to have openings for postdoctoral fellows sponsored by NICHD and NIA. Positions to start on or about September 1, 2010. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, public health, or one of the social sciences (sociology, economics, anthropology) at the starting date. Background in aging is desirable for the NIA positions, but not required. Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with the interests of a faculty mentor. Fellows devote most of their time to independent research, but may also take selected courses and/or teach on a light-load basis. Positions offer exceptional opportunity for collaboration with staff of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center on major projects in the U.S. and overseas. Term of appointment two years. Stipend commensurate with experience, based on levels mandated by NIH. Candidates must be citizens (or Permanent Residents) of the United States at the time of application. Screening of applications will begin on January 15, 2010 and will continue until positions are filled. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, 1-2 page statement of research interests (please do not omit) and examples of written work via email to Ms. Heather MacFarland

Also, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the author to Ms. MacFarland via email. All documents should be in PDF format and contain the applicant s last name in the file name. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer."


VII. Conferences:

41. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: "2nd Conference on Positive Aging," to be held Nov. 26-27, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). A call for abstracts is now available. For more information see: Gerontology Conferences:


VIII. Websites of Interest:

42. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The "Hospital Compare" page was updated on Nov. 12, 2009. For all of's suite of interactive web databases see:


43. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION HEALTHREFORM.ORG UPDATE: "Side-by-Side Comparison of Major Health Care Reform Proposals" (.pdf format) was updated on Nov. 12, 2009).


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
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Social Sciences Research Services
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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