Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 528 -- March 18, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "International Update, March 2010" (March 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).



A. "Age equality in health and social care. A report on the consultation" (March 2010, .pdf format, 75p.).

B. "Personal Care at Home consultation: the Government response" (March 2010, .pdf format, 29p.).


3. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH FACT SHEET: "The NRRI and the House" (March 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).


4. COMMONWEALTH FUND ISSUE BRIEF: "How Health Reform Legislation Will Affect Medicare Beneficiaries," by Stuart Guterman, Karen Davis, and Kristof Stremikis (March 2010, .pdf format, 10p.).


5. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "Projection of populations by level of educational attainment, age, and sex for 120 countries for 2005-2050," by Samir KC, Bilal Barakat, Anne Goujon, Vegard Skirbekk, and Wolfgang Lutz (Vol. 22, Article 15, March 2010, .pdf format, p. 383-472).



A. "Care and support for older people and carers in Bradford," by Mima Cattan and Gianfranco Giuntoli (March 2010, .pdf format, 59p.).

B. "Funding care: how can each generation pay its fair share?" by Donald Hirsch and Philip Spiers (March 2010, .pdf format, 8p.).

More information on JRF:


7. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION DATA SPOTLIGHT: "Medicare Part D 2010 Data Spotlight: Prices for Brand-Name Drugs in the Coverage Gap," by Juliette Cubanski, Tricia Neuman, Elizabeth Hargrave,Jack Hoadley and Laura Summer (March 2010, .pdf format, 2p.).


8. KING'S FUND [LONDON, UK] REPORT: "Securing Good Care For More People: Options for Reform," by Richard Humphries, Julien Forder, and Jose-Luis Fernandez (March 2010, .pdf format, 63p.).

More information about KF:


9. MOVEMENT ADVANCEMENT PROJECT REPORT: "Improving the Lives of LGBT Older Adults" (March 2010, .pdf format, 81p.).

More information about MAP:


10. NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE [UK] REPORT: "The cost of public service pensions" (March 2010, .pdf format, 39p.).

More information about NAO:


11. PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS REPORT: "The Return of the Multi-Generational Family Household" (March 2010, .pdf format, 25p.).


12. SERVICES AND ADVOCACY FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER ELDERS [SAGE] REPORT: "HIV and Aging Policy White Paper" (January 2010, .pdf format, 27p.).

More information about SAGEUSA:



A. "Drosophila Parkin requires PINK1 for mitochondrial translocation and ubiquitinates Mitofusin," by Elena Ziviani, Ran N. Tao, and Alexander J. Whitworth (Vol. 107, No. 11, Mar. 16, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 5018-5023). This article is available free of charge.

B. "Distal axonopathy with structural persistence in glaucomatous neurodegeneration," by Samuel D. Crish, Rebecca M. Sappington, Denise M. Inman, Philip J. Horner, and David J. Calkins (Vol. 107, No. 11, Mar. 16, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, p. 5196-5201). This article is available free of charge.



A. "Adjuvant Chemotherapy Use and Adverse Events Among Older Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer," by Katherine L. Kahn, John L. Adams, Jane C. Weeks, Elizabeth A. Chrischilles, Deborah Schrag, John Z. Ayanian, Catarina I. Kiefe, Patricia A. Ganz, Nirmala Bhoopalam, Arnold L. Potosky, David P. Harrington, and Robert H. Fletcher (Vol. 303, No. 11, Mar. 17, 2010, p. 1037-1045).

B. "Patient-Reported Long-term Outcomes After Conventional and High-Dose Combined Proton and Photon Radiation for Early Prostate Cancer," by James A. Talcott, Carl Rossi, William U. Shipley, Jack A. Clark, Jerry D. Slater, Andrzej Niemierko, and Anthony L. Zietman (Vol. 303, No. 11, Mar. 17, 2010, p. 1046-1053).

C. "Availability and Integration of Palliative Care at US Cancer Centers," by David Hui, Ahmed Elsayem, Maxine De La Cruz, Ann Berger, Donna S. Zhukovsky, Shana Palla, Avery Evans, Nada Fadul, J. Lynn Palmer, Eduardo Bruera (Vol. 303, No. 11, Mar. 17, 2010, p. 1054-1061).



A. "US doctors urge a more cautious approach to screening for prostate cancer," by Bob Roehr (news extract, BMJ 2010;340:c1293, Vol. 340, No. 7746, Mar. 13, 2010, p. 553).

B. "Efficacy of 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine in preventing pneumonia and improving survival in nursing home residents: double blind, randomised and placebo controlled trial," by Takaya Maruyama, Osamu Taguchi, Michael S. Niederman, John Morser, Hiroyasu Kobayashi, Tetsu Kobayashi, Corina D'Alessandro-Gabazza, Sei Nakayama, Kimiaki Nishikubo, Takashi Noguchi, Yoshiyuki Takei, and Esteban C. Gabazza (article, BMJ 2010;340:c1004, Vol. 340, No. 7746, Mar. 13, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Sex, health, and years of sexually active life gained due to good health: evidence from two US population based cross sectional surveys of ageing," by Stacy Tessler Lindau and Natalia Gavrilova (article, BMJ 2010;340:c810, Vol. 340, No. 7746, Mar. 13, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 11p.) This article is available free of charge.

D. "Impact of interval from breast conserving surgery to radiotherapy on local recurrence in older women with breast cancer: retrospective cohort analysis," by Rinaa S. Punglia, Akiko M. Saito, Bridget A. Neville, Craig C. Earle, and Jane C. Weeks (article, BMJ 2010;340:c845, Vol. 340, No. 7746, Mar. 13, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.). This article is available free of charge.

E. "Educational inequalities in mortality over four decades in Norway: prospective study of middle aged men and women followed for cause specific mortality, 1960-2000," by Bjorn Heine Strand, Else-Karin Groholt, Olof Anna Steingrimsdottir, Tony Blakely, Sidsel Graff-Iversen, and Oyvind Naess (article, BMJ 2010;340:c654, Vol. 340, No. 7746, Mar. 13, 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 10p.). This article is available free of charge.


II. Working Papers:

16. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Optimal retirement benefit guarantees," by Stavros Panageas (w15805, March 2010, .pdf format, 51p.).


Retirement benefit guarantees can ensure a minimum standard of living in retirement. I propose a framework to discuss the design of such guarantees. The model features a standard life-cycle setting, in which individual agents choices can have negative external effects on public finances, whenever their retirement consumption drops below a minimum level. Within this framework, I derive two alternative forms of intervention that can efficiently deliver a minimum standard of living to retirees. According to the first policy, agents use part of their accumulated assets to purchase a claim providing a fixed income stream for the duration of their life. According to the second policy, they purchase an appropriately structured portfolio insurance policy.


17. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [BONN, GERMANY]: "Public Pensions, Changing Employment Patterns, and the Impact of Pension Reforms across Birth Cohorts: A Microsimulation Analysis for Germany," by Johannes Geyer and Viktor Steiner (Discussion Paper 4815, March 2010, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


18. 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 Mar. 6, 2010.


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

19. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 50, No. 3, May-June 2010).

20. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 100, No. 4, April 2010).

21. Journal of Aging and Health (Vol. 22, No. 3, April 2010).

22. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 24, No. 2, April 2010).

23. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2010).


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 Mar. 15, 2010:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2010:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2010:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2010:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2010:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Mar. 15, 2010:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Books:

25. NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL MONOGRAPH: Grand Challenges of Our Aging Society: Workshop Summary, by Amy Smith (National Academies Press, 2010, OpenBook and .pdf format, 88p.). Links to ordering information for a print copy are available at the site. NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01) (PAR-10-133, reissue of PAR-07-020, Mar. 12, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

B. "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R03)" (PAR-10-134, reissue of PAR-07-019, Mar. 12, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:

C. "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R21)" (PAR-10-135, reissue of PAR-07-018, Mar. 12, 2010, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with several other agencies). For more information see:


27. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: AoA has announced two opportunities: "Alzheimers Disease Supportive Services Program: Evidence-Based Intervention Programs to Better Serve People with Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders," and "Alzheimers Disease Supportive Services Program: Innovation Programs to Better Serve People with Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders." More information, including deadlines and information about related teleconferences is available at:

Scroll to titles, which are available, at present, near the top of the page.


VI. Conferences:

28. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: has recently announced the following aging related conferences:

Elderly and New Technologies, Castellon Spain, Apr. 22-23, 2010:

Kentucky Association for Gerontology, Lexington, Kentucky, Apr. 25-27, 2010: Gerontology Conferences:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

29. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Seniors Feeling the Squeeze: Rising Drug Prices and the Part D Program," a hearing held Mar. 17, 2010 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a complete video transcript of the hearing is available at the site (running time, approximately 2 hours).


VII. Websites of Interest:

30. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following sites were updated on Mar. 18, 2010: "Hospital Compare"; "Medicare Options Compare"; "Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder"; and "Supplier Directory."


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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