Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #522 -- February 4, 2010

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. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGEING: "Data on approved service providers and aged care places" (Microsoft Excel format, data has been updated through Jun. 30, 2009).


II. Reports and articles:

2. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Federal, State, and Local Governments: Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems" (2009). "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems is a quarterly survey that provides national summary data on the revenues, expenditures, and composition of assets of the largest state and local government employee retirement systems. This survey currently consists of a panel of 100 retirement systems, which comprise 89.4 percent of financial activity among such entities.

After a census has been taken, it is considered best practice to reselect the largest 100 retirement systems. The first quarter for 2009 presents data from the new universe of the 100 largest systems. The previous quarters represent data from the old universe. Five of the 100 units from the old universe were replaced with new retirement systems. We have provided a report that contains the bridge between the old and new units for the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009."



A. "Medicare Physician Services" (2009, Tables 9.1-9.9):

B. "Personal Health Care Expenditures" (2009, Tables 1.1-1.4):

C. In addition, CMS announced : "CMS Approves Three National Organizations to Accredit Suppliers of Advanced Imaging Services MRI, CT And Pet Scans Among Services To Be Affected." (Jan. 28, 2010).


4. US FEDERAL INTERAGENCY FORUM ON AGING REPORT: "Data Sources on the Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on the Economic Well-being of Older Americans" (Aging Forum Report No. 1, January 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).


5. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION AND REFERRAL CENTER REPORT: "2008 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Moving Discovery Forward" (February 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 48p.).


6. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NEWS RELEASE: "NIA Funds Centers to Study Demography of Aging: Three New Centers Named" (Feb. 2, 2010).


7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY PERIODICAL: Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 70, No. 1, February 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 84p.).


8. MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT ARTICLE: "Outbreaks of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Among Long-Term--Care Facility Residents --- Three States, 2009" (US Centers for Disease Control, Vol. 59, No. 3, Jan. 29, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 74-77).



A. "Government and Ophthalmologists Agree to Compromise on Cataract Fees" (Jan. 29, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "More Than $21 Million for Dementia Research and Education (Feb. 2, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).


10. AUSTRALIAN TREASURY REPORT: "The 2010 Intergenerational Report" (January 2010, .pdf format, 164p.).


11. UK NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE MONOGRAPH UPDATE: Pension Trends has added two new chapters: Chapter 13, "Inequalities and poverty in retirement" (December 2009, .pdf format, 14p.), and Chapter 14, "Pensions and National Accounts" (December 2009, .pdf format, 12p.).


12. AARP PERIODICAL: The Journal (Winter 2010, .pdf format, 104p.).


13. ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH TRUST REPORT: "Dementia 2010: The economic burden of dementia and associated research funding in the United Kingdom," by Ramon Luengo-Fernandez, Jose Leal, and Alastair Gray (2010, .pdf format, 35p.).

More information about ART:


14. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH AND AGING ARTICLE: "Older Women with Poor Hearing May Run Higher Risk of Walking Problems" (December 2009).


15. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Why Did Some Employers Suspend Their 401(k) Match?" by Alicia H. Munnell and Laura Quinby (IB#10-2, February 2010, .pdf format, 11p.).


16. BOSTON COLLEGE SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK FACT SHEET: "Entrepreneurship and the Older Worker" (Fact Sheet 26, February 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).



A. "National Retirement Savings Systems in Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the United Kingdom: Lessons for the United States," by David C. John and Ruth Levine (July 2009, .pdf format, 35p.).

B. "Automatic Annuitization: New Behavioral Strategies for Expanding Lifetime Income," by J. Mark Iwry and John A. Turner, (July 2010, .pdf format, 23p.).


18. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Poverty Risks for Older People in EU Countries--An Update," by Asghar Zaidi (January 2010, .pdf format, 22p.).


19. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL: Caregiving Policy Digest (Vol. 10, No. 3, Feb. 3, 2010).


20. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK POLICY BRIEF, REPORT: Links to full text are available at the bottom of both pages.

A. "A problem shared is a problem halved? Dementia: Learning opportunities from Europe," by Sally-Marie Bamford (February 2010, .pdf format, 13p.).

B. "The Fictions, Facts and Future of Older People and Technology," by Simon Roberts (December 2009, .pdf format, 13p.).


21. JOSEPH ROUNTREE FOUNDATION REPORT SUMMARY: "Can equity release help older home-owners improve their quality of life?" by Rachel Terry and Richard Gibson (January 2010, .pdf format, 16p.).

More information about JRF:


22. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION DATA SPOTLIGHT: "Medicare Advantage 2010 Data Spotlight: Benefits and Cost-Sharing," by Marsha Gold, Maria Hudson, Gretchen Jacobson, and Tricia Neuman (February 2010, .pdf format, 7p.).


23. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Care Costs" (February 2010, .pdf format, 33p.).

More information about MMI:


24. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH PERIODICAL: NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health (2009, No. 3, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


25. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAXWELL SCHOOL CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Our Grandparents, Our Parents, Our Future Selves Optimizing Function in Old Age," by Thomas M. Gill (No. 42/2010, January 2010, .pdf format, 29p.).


26. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH FACTSHEET: "American Indian Elder Health: Critical Information for Researchers and Policymakers," by Delight E. Satter and Steven P. Wallace (January 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).


27. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "VAV2 and VAV3 as Candidate Disease Genes for Spontaneous Glaucoma in Mice and Humans," by Keiko Fujikawa, Takeshi Iwata, Kaoru Inoue, Masakazu Akahori, Hanako Kadotani, Masahiro Fukaya, Masahiko Watanabe, Qing Chang, Edward M. Barnett, and Wojciech Swat (PLoS ONE 5(2): e9050. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009050, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 11p.).



A. "Inherited genetic variant predisposes to aggressive but not indolent prostate cancer," by Jianfeng Xu, Siqun Lilly Zheng, Sarah D. Isaacs, Kathleen E. Wiley, Fredrik Wiklund, Jielin Sun, A. Karim Kader, Ge Li, Lina D. Purcell, Seong-Tae Kim, Fang-Chi Hsu, Par Stattin, Jonas Hugosson, Jan Adolfsson, Patrick C. Walsh, Jeffrey M. Trent, David Duggan, John Carpten, Henrik Gronberg, and William B. Isaacs (Vol. 107, No. 5, Feb. 2, 2010, p. 2136-2140).

B. "Synthetic amyloid-{beta} oligomers impair long-term memory independently of cellular prion protein," by Claudia Balducci, Marten Beeg, Matteo Stravalaci, Antonio Bastone, Alessandra Sclip, Emiliano Biasini, Laura Tapella, Laura Colombo, Claudia Manzoni, Tiziana Borsello, Roberto Chiesa, Marco Gobbi, Mario Salmona, and Gianluigi Forloni (Vol. 107, No. 5, Feb. 2, 2010, p. 2295-2300).


29. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION EDITORIAL EXTRACT: "Caring for an Aging Population: Call for Papers," by Margaret A. Winker and Catherine D. DeAngelis (Vol. 303, No. 5, Feb. 3, 2010, p. 455-456).


30. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE: "Medicare and Medical Technology-- The Growing Demand for Relevant Outcomes," by Peter J. Neumann and Sean R. Tunis (Vol. 362, No. 5, Feb. 4, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 377-379). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:

31. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER: "Inaccurate age and sex data in the Census PUMS files: Evidence and Implications," by J. Trent Alexander, Michael Davern, and Betsey Stevenson (WP No. 1, 2010, January 2010, .pdf format, 20p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


32. RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF ECONOMY, TRADE, AND INDUSTRY [TOKYO, JAPAN]: "Pension Benefit and Hours Worked," by Kensuki Mayazawa (WP 10-E-004, January 2010, .pdf format, 49p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


33. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: "Retire Later or Work Harder?" by David N.F. Bell and Robert A. Hart (Discussion Paper 4720, January 2010, .pdf format, 32p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


34. 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 Dec. 11, 2009-Jan. 23, 2010.


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

35. Health Affairs (Vol. 29, No. 2, February 2010).

36. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 60, No. 3, 2009-10).

37. Public Health (Vol. 124, No. 1, January 2010).

38. Research on Aging (Vol. 32, No. 1, January 2010; Vol. 32, No. 2, March 2010).

January 2010 (Note: This is a special issue focusing on AIDS and Older persons in Africa and Asia).

March 2010:


39. 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. 2, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 2, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Feb. 2, 2010

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Feb. 2, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Feb. 2, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Feb. 2, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

40. SPRINGER MONOGRAPH: 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, 488p., ISBN: 9780826116147). For more information see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "The Eldercare Locator" (HHS-2010-AoA-IR-1006). "The deadline date for submission of applications is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 29, 2010. Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist AoA in planning for the application independent review process. The deadline for submission of the letter of intent is February 26, 2010." For more information see:

.pdf, 42p.:

Microsoft Word, 42p.:

B. "Native American National Minority Aging Organization Technical Assistance Center" (HHS-2010-AoA-HD-1005). "The deadline date for submission of applications is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on March 29, 2010. The deadline date for Letter of Intent is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on February 11, 2010." For more information see:

.pdf, 39p.:

Microsoft Word, 39p.:


42. US AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY: "Active Aging, Supporting Individuals and Enhancing Community-Based Care through Health Information Technology: Technical Assistance Conference Call" (Letter of Intent deadline: Feb. 25, 2010; Application Submission Date, Mar. 25, 2010, information available in HTML and Microsoft PowerPoint format). Note: if the link to the Funding Opportunity Announcement does not work, relevant information is available in the PowerPoint Presentations and text of the conference call.




The purpose of this postdoctoral research training program, sponsored by a training grant from the National Institute on Aging, is to provide rigorous training in the general fields of social, medical, and economic demography of aging. The program focuses on five substantive areas:

a) biodemography, including indices and models of aging, vitality, and frailty,

b) health disparities (by race/ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status) among the elderly;

c) international comparative studies of the health of aging populations in both developed and developing countries;

d) important life course transitions (e.g., family changes, work and retirement, morbidity and disability) that relate to the health and well-being of aging persons; and

e) the economics of aging.

This postdoctoral program is administered jointly through the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI), an interdisciplinary research organization of Duke University, and the Department of Sociology. It is directed by DuPRI members Linda K. George, Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, and Kenneth C. Land, John Franklin Crowell Professor of Sociology and Demography and Director of the Center for Population Health and Aging.


Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in one of the social, behavioral, or policy sciences before beginning the fellowship. Training in demography or a commitment to acquiring such training in the postdoctoral appointment is essential. Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, prior record of accomplishments, potential to bring diverse ideas and experience in demography to Duke University, ability to interact successfully with a broad range of faculty members, and compatibility of research and interests with a sponsoring mentor. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application Information: Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vita, and samples of research writings to:

Professor Linda K. George
Department of Sociology
PO Box 90088, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0088;

In the letter of application, please describe your research interests and what you would hope to accomplish during your postdoctoral fellowship. Also required are three letters of recommendation. We prefer to receive recommendations via email.

Application Deadline

Postdoctoral appointments typically occur between May 15 and August 31, although there is some flexibility. For 2010, applications received by March 1 will be reviewed in mid to late March. If additional slots are available, we will later review applications received after March 1.

Terms and Expectations: Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to develop and carry out a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor affiliated with DuPRI. Fellows normally are appointed for two years. Stipends range from $37,000 to $51,000 with the level determined according to National Institutes on Health guidelines that take into account years of research experience. In addition, Fellows receive grants for training related expenses (including health insurance costs and participation in research conferences and workshops) of $7,850 per year.


44. AGEWORK.COM: Agework has updated its employment page with listings through Feb. 4, 2010.


VII. Conferences:

45. MEMORY DISORDERS PROGRAM, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY: "Update on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment and Research," to be held Feb. 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. For more information see (.pdf format, 2p.).


46. 2010 LUXEMBOURG INCOME STUDY ANNUAL SUMMER WORKSHOP (to be held Jun. 27-Jul. 3, 2010). The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Summer Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment and social policy using the LIS database. LIS welcomes applications from researchers with varying levels of knowledge and experience. The language of instruction is English. The Luxembourg Income Study has made comparable nearly 200 microdata sets that contain comprehensive measures of income, employment and household characteristics for nearly 40 countries. The countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be fully trained to use the database independently. Workshop faculty includes the LIS directors, Janet Gornick and Markus Jantti, the LIS staff

and guest lecturers. The workshop format includes a mix of lectures on comparative research, laboratory sessions and individual one-on-one advisory sessions. Attendees will also be introduced to the new Luxembourg Wealth Study (LWS).

Note! Students who attend the 2010 LIS Workshop will also attend an associated LIS conference: The 2010 Workshop will feature a special and unique agenda! On Tuesday (June 29) and Wednesday (June 30), all workshop students will attend an on-site conference on inequality. At the conference, senior scholars from several countries will present new papers that use the LIS or LWS data. Confirmed presenters include Andrea Brandolini, Louis Chauvel, Nancy Folbre, Janet Gornick, Holly Sutherland, Margarita Estevez-Abe, Serge Allegrezza, Timothy Smeeding, Bruce Bradbury, Philippe Van Kerm, Markus Jantti, Eva Sierminska, Lane Kenworthy, David Jesuit, Vincent Mahler, Colin McKenzie and members of the LIS staff. Keynote lectures will be given by Paul Krugman and Anthony Atkinson.

In addition, the winner of the annual Aldi Hagenaars Memorial Award will present his/her paper, as will the recipient of the second annual World Bank / LIS Gender Research Award. Information about these awards is available on the LIS website:

Tuition of 1,400 euros covers instructional materials, single-occupancy accommodations, and full board. Transportation to and from Luxembourg is the responsibility of the student. The workshop will be held from June 27 to July 3, 2010 (with arrival on June 27 and departure on July 4) Applications can be downloaded

from the LIS website. They should be completed and returned to Caroline de Tombeur, either by email or by fax

+352 26 00 30

The application deadline is March 3, 2010. Applications will be reviewed, and applicants informed, by March 17, 2009. For more information about LIS, see


47. AGE CONCERN UK: "Agenda for Later Life 2010," to be held in London, UK Mar. 18, 2010. For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

48. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Nomination of Joshua Gotbaum for Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation," a hearing held Jan. 20, 2010 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a video transcript of the hearing, running time 1 hour, 15 minutes, 10 seconds.


IX. Websites of Interest:

49. STATEHEALTHFACTS.ORG UPDATE: Kaiser Family Foundation updated the following data on "Share of Medicare Advantage Enrollees in Plans in 2009 that Received Four or More Stars in 2010."


50. US FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY US FIRE ADMINISTRATION WEBSITE: "Focus on Fire Safety: Older Adults and Preparedness for Fire." Included are safety tips, a topical poster (.pdf format), links to related topics and electronic and print publications.


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