Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report 569 -- January 6, 2011

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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released sixteen MEPS data file updates (December 2010, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format). See the links dated Dec. 27, and Dec. 30, 2010 at:


II. Reports and articles:


A. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010 (January 2011, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 1010p.). There are links at the site to earlier editions going back to 1878, as well as _Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial times to 1970_.

B. "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems" (December 2010, HTML, ASCII text, and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Census Bureau Releases Alternative Income and Poverty Estimates" (CB11-06, Jan. 4, 2011). Many of the estimates are broken out by age.



A. "Decision Memo for Home Use of Oxygen to Treat Cluster Headache (CAG-00296R)" (January 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 29p.).

B. CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement has recently been updated (tables available in .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format):

Medicare Program Payments (2010, tables 3.1-3.6)

Medicare Physician Services (2010, tables 9.1-9.9)

Medicare Part D (2010, tables 14.1-14.4


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Payments for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services Provided to Beneficiaries in Skilled Nursing Facility Stays Covered Under Medicare Part A in Calendar Years 2006 through 2008" (A-01-09-00521, December 2010, .pdf format, 21p.). Links to an executive summary and full text are available at:


5. US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE: "Seven Hospitals in Six States to Pay U.S. More Than $6.3 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Related to Kyphoplasty" (Jan. 4, 2010).


6. US MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY STATISTICAL BRIEF: "The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2007-2008," by Steven B. Cohen and William Yu (US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, No. 309, December 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 8p.).


7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Use of Advance Directives in Long-term Care Populations," by Adrienne L. Jones, Abigail J. Moss, and Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin (Data Brief No. 54, January 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).


8. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE EDUCATION & REFERRAL CENTER REPORT: "2009 Progress Report on Alzheimers Disease: Translating New Knowledge" (2010, .pdf format, 63p.).


9. US NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE REPORT: "Course of Domestic Abuse Among Chicago's Elderly: Risk Factors, Protective Behaviors, and Police Intervention," by Karen L. Amendola, Meghan G. Slipka, Edwin E. Hamilton, and Julie L. Whitman (NCJ 232623, Grant Report, June 2010, received December 2010, .pdf format, 127p.).


The growing body of elder abuse research reflects the increasing attention paid to this serious problem and emphasizes the need for effective prevention and intervention strategies. While past research has examined risk factors and protective behaviors associated with abuse, studies have generally not examined either the course of abuse over time or the effectiveness of different intervention strategies. Despite the fact that the police have increasingly become involved in matters of domestic abuse against the elderly, the impact of their involvement has not been assessed. This study examines if and how risk factors and protective behaviors affect the course of abuse over time, and the role of the police in intervening with elderly victims of domestic abuse and/or neglect. We also examine the prevalence rates for various types of abuse using a stratified sample of Chicagos elderly population. Our sample consisted of 1,795 elderly residents for whom we could identify victimization status. In-depth interviews were conducted with 328 elderly residents from three sample groups: 1) community non-victims (n = 159); 2) community victims (n = 121); and 3) a police sample consisting of elderly victims who had been visited by trained domestic violence/senior citizen victimization officers in the Chicago Police Department (n = 48). Participants in the three groups were current residents of the City Chicago, aged 60 and over. We conducted phone interviews using a survey instrument designed to assess victimization. The survey included questions about various characteristics and risk factors associated both with victims and perpetrators of abuse and/or neglect, specific types of abuse, and protective behaviors of victims. Victimization was examined twice over a 10-month period to evaluate the course of abuse over time. The efficacy of police intervention was also examined. Prevalence rates for our sample were similar to those found in other studies of elder abuse. In examining the course of abuse, we found that victims from the police sample were more likely to have at least one incident of subsequent abuse than were those from the community sample. However, for those in the police sample, the number of forms of abuse that occurred repeatedly (> 10 times) went down. In addition, those in the police sample were more likely to have engaged in protective behaviors or service seeking, than those in the community sample. These findings suggest that intervention by officers trained to deal with the elderly and/or domestic abuse victims can lead to increased engagement in protective behaviors and ultimately reductions in the number of frequently occurring forms of abuse. Implications for the law enforcement communitys response to elder abuse victimization as well as limitations of the study are discussed.


10. US NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION INFOBRIEF: "The End of Mandatory Retirement for Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in Postsecondary Institutions: Retirement Patterns 10 Years Later," by Thomas B Hoffer, Scott Sederstrom, and Deborah Harper (NSF 11-302, December 2010, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).


11. STATISTICS NETHERLANDS WEB MAGAZINE ARTICLE: "Participants distressed pension funds have higher pension claims," by Mieke Mateboer (Dec. 28, 2010).



A. "Bankruptcies Up for Older Adults," by Bob Calandra (Jan. 6, 2011).

B. The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site.

"The Empty Nest Phase" (Dec. 28, 2011).


13. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "How Important Are Inheritances for Baby Boomers?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Anthony Webb, Zhenya Karamcheva, and Andrew Eschtruth (IB11-1, January 2011, .pdf format, 7p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


14. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF ST. LOUIS [MISSOURI] PERIODICAL ARTICLE: "A Primer on Social Security Systems and Reforms," by Craig P. Aubuchon, Juan Carlos Conesa, and Carlos Garriga (in _Review_, Vol. 93, No. 1, January/February 2011, .pdf format, p. 19-36).



A. "A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer's Community," by Laura N. Gitlin and Mary S. Mittleman (Dec. 27, 2010).

B. "First Boomers Get Medicare (Will It Treat Media Ageism?)," by Paul Kleyman (Jan. 2, 2011).


16. TAOS INSTITUTE POSITIVE AGING NEWSLETTER: Archives, more information about the newsletter, and subscription information are available at:

Subscriptions are free of charge.

More information about TI:


17. URBAN INSTITUTE FACT SHEET: "Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Benefits Over a Lifetime," by C. Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane (January 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).



A. "Reversing EphB2 depletion rescues cognitive functions in Alzheimer model," by Moustapha Ciss, Brian Halabisky, Julie Harris, Nino Devidze, Dena B. Dubal, Binggui Sun, Anna Orr, Gregor Lotz, Daniel H. Kim, Patricia Hamto, Kaitlyn Ho, Gui-Qiu Yu, and Lennart Mucke (Vol. 469, No. 7328, Jan. 6, 2011, p. 47-52).

B. "Telomerase reactivation reverses tissue degeneration in aged telomerase-deficient mice," by Mariela Jaskelioff, Florian L. Muller, Ji-Hye Paik, Emily Thomas, Shan Jiang, Andrew C. Adams, Ergun Sahin, Maria Kost-Alimova, Alexei Protopopov, Juan Cadinanos, James W. Horner, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, and Ronald A. DePinho (Vol. 469, No. 7328, Jan. 6, 2011, p. 102-106).



A. "Caspase-3 triggers early synaptic dysfunction in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Marcello D'Amelio, Virve Cavallucci, Silvia Middei, Cristina Marchetti, Simone Pacioni, Alberto Ferri, Adamo Diamantini, Daniela De Zio, Paolo Carrara, Luca Battistini, Sandra Moreno, Alberto Bacci, Martine Ammassari-Teule, Helene Marie and Francesco Cecconi (Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2011, p. 69-76).

B. "HCN channelopathy in external globus pallidus neurons in models of Parkinson's disease," by C. Savio Chan, Kelly E. Glajch, Tracy S. Gertler, Jaime N. Guzman, Jeff N. Mercer, Alan S. Lewis, Alan B. Goldberg, Tatiana Tkatch, Ryuichi Shigemoto, Sheila M. Fleming, Dane M. Chetkovich, Pavel Osten, Hitoshi Kita and D. James Surmeier (Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2011, p. 85-92).



A. "Follicle-stimulating hormone increases bone mass in female mice," by Charles M. Allan, Robert Kalak, Colin R. Dunstan, Kirsten J. McTavish, Hong Zhou, David J. Handelsman, and Markus J. Seibel (Vol. 107, No. 52, Dec. 28, 2010, p. 22629-22634).

B. "Longitudinal evidence for diminished frontal cortex function in aging," by Lars Nyberg, Alireza Salami, Mikael Andersson, Johan Eriksson, Gregoria Kalpouzos, Karolina Kauppi, Johanna Lind, Sara Pudas, Jonas Persson, and Lars-Goran Nilsson (Vol. 107, No. 52, Dec. 28, 2010, p. 22682-22686).

C. "CBP gene transfer increases BDNF levels and ameliorates learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease," by Antonella Caccamo, Monica A. Maldonado, Alex F. Bokov, Smita Majumder, and Salvatore Oddo (Vol. 107, No. 52, Dec. 28, 2010, p. 22687-22692).



A. "Docosahexaenoic Acid-Derived Neuroprotectin D1 Induces Neuronal Survival via Secretase- and PPAR?-Mediated Mechanisms in Alzheimer's Disease Models, by Yuhai Zhao, Frederic Calon, Carl Julien, Jeremy W. Winkler, Nicos A. Petasis, Walter J. Lukiw, and Nicolas G. Bazan ( PLoS ONE 6(1): e15816. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015816, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 16p.).

B. "Amantadine for Dyskinesias in Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial," by Hideyuki Sawada, Tomoko Oeda, Sadako Kuno, Masahiro Nomoto, Kenji Yamamoto, Mitsutoshi Yamamoto, Kinya Hisanaga, and Takashi Kawamura (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15298. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015298, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "A{beta)40 Oligomers Identified as a Potential Biomarker for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease," by Carol Man Gao, Alice Y. Yam, Xuemei Wang, Erika Magdangal, Cleo Salisbury, David Peretz, Ronald N. Zuckermann, Michael D. Connolly, Oskar Hansson, Lennart Minthon, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Joseph P. Fedynyshyn, Sophie Allauzen (PLoS ONE 5(12): e15725. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015725, Vol. 5, No. 12, December 2010, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 7p.).


22. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Decreased Clearance of CNS {beta}-Amyloid in Alzheimer's Disease," by Kwasi G. Mawuenyega, Wendy Sigurdson, Vitaliy Ovod, Ling Munsell, Tom Kasten, John C. Morris, Kevin E. Yarasheski and Randall J. Bateman (Vol. 330, No. 6012, Dec. 24, 2010, p. 1774).


23. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Gait Speed and Survival in Older Adults," by Stephanie Studenski, Subashan Perera, Kushang Patel, Caterina Rosano, Kimberly Faulkner, Marco Inzitari, Jennifer Brach, Julie Chandler, Peggy Cawthon, Elizabeth Barrett Connor, Michael Nevitt, Marjolein Visser, Stephen Kritchevsky, Stefania Badinelli, Tamara Harris, Anne B. Newman, Jane Cauley, Luigi Ferrucci, and Jack Guralnik (Vol. 305, No. 1, Jan. 5, 2011, p. 50-58).



A. "Half truths and one and a half truths about assisted dying," by Tony Delamothe (Vol. 342, No. 7787, Jan. 1, 2011, BMJ 2010; 341:c7282).

B. "Care Not Killing," by Jane Cassidy (Vol. 342, No. 7787, Jan. 1, 2011, BMJ 2010; 341:c7284).


III. Working Papers:


A. "How Important Are Intergenerational Transfers for Baby Boomers?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Anthony Webb, Zhenya Karamcheva, and Andrew Eschtruth (WP2011-1, January 2011, .pdf format, 25p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "The Earnings and Social Security Contributions of Documented and Undocumented Mexican Immigrants," by Gary Burtless and Audrey Singer (WP2011-2, January 2011, .pdf format, 35p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


26. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Protecting the Household Incomes of Older Workers with Significant Health-Related Work Limitations in an Era of Fiscal Responsibility," by Jody Schimmel and David Stapleton (WP 2010-244, December 2010, .pdf format, 52p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "The Choice of Open Pension Fund made by Citizens of Poland in the Years 2003-2009: The Analysis of the Criteria," by Filip Chybalski (Discussion Paper PI-1102, January 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).


Membership in open pension funds (OPFs) is mandatory for the citizens of Poland. People make two major decisions related to OPFs: concerning the initial choice of pension funds at the start of their professional career and, eventually, concerning the possibility of changing their pension fund. The aim of the paper is to analyze these decisions and the relation between such decisions and the returns, assets and advertising costs of pension funds. The effects of pension funds members behavior on the pension system are also considered in the conclusion.


28. CENTRE D'ETUDES DE POPULATIONS, DE PAUVRETET DE POLITIQUES SOCIO-ECONOMIQUES / INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR STUDIES IN TECHNOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT, ALTERNATIVES, DEVELOPMENT--(CEPS/INSTEAD) [DIFFERDANGE, LUXEMBOURG]: "Does age influence attitudes toward immigrants among different groups of Luxembourg residents?" by Guayarmina Berzosa and Marie Valentova (Paper 2010-29, December 2010, .pdf format, 14p.).


29. NEP-AGE: Working papers in the Economics of Aging are available through the bibliographic database provided by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc). The latest compilations are for Dec. 18, 2010.


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

30. International Social Security Review (Vol. 64, No. 1, January-March 2011).

31. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 23, No. 1, 2011).

32. Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences (Vol. 66A, No. 1, January 2011).

33. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences (Vol. 66B, No. 1, January 2011).

34. Journal of Humanities, Aging, and the Arts (Vol. 4, No. 4, 2010).

35. Journal of Population Aging (Vol. 3, No. 1-2, June 2010).

36. Medical Care (Vol. 49, No. 1, January 2011).

37. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 62, No. 2, 2010-2011).


38. 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 Jan. 3, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 3, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jan. 3, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jan. 3, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jan. 3, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jan. 3, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

39. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Handbook of Life-Span Development, edited by Karen L. Fingerman, Cynthia Berg, Jacqui Smith, and Toni C. Antonucci (2010, 650p., ISBN: 9780826110794). For more information, including ordering information, see:


VI. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

40. EISNER FOUNDATION: "The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence" (nomination due date: Jan. 31, 2011). For more information see:

More information about EF:


41. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SOCIAL INSURANCE: "Call for Proposals: Improving Lives of Vulnerable Americans Through Social Security" (application deadline is Feb. 15, 2011). For more information see:


42. AGEWORK.COM: has updated its employment listings through Jan. 6, 2011.


VII. Conferences:

43. AARP: "2011 AARP-UN Briefing Series on Global Aging," to be held in New York, New York Feb. 8-9, 2011. For more information see:


44. CENTER FOR HEALTH AGING, MINISTRIES, PROGRAMS, AND SERVICES (CHAMPS) [UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, OMAHA]: "Aging with Passion & Purpose," to be held Oct. 16-17, 2011, in Omaha, Nebraska. For more information see:


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

45. US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON CRIME, TERRORISM, AND HOMELAND SECURITY HEARING PUBLICATION: "Senior Financial Empowerment Act Of 2009," a hearing held May 25, 2010 (Serial No. 111-137, ASCII text and .pdf format, 355p.).

ASCII text:



46. US HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING PUBLICATION: "Medicare Advantage," a hearing held Feb. 28, 2008 (Serial No. 110-72, ASCII text and .pdf format, 160p.).

ASCII text:



47. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING PUBLICATION: "The Retirement Challenge: Making Savings Last A Lifetime," a hearing held Jun. 16, 2010 (S. Hrg. 111-762, ASCII text and .pdf format, 449p.).

ASCII text:



IX. Websites of Interest:

48. PENSION WATCH: " has been developed by HelpAge International with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). "The website has a wide range of publications and country evidence to provide a global overview on social pensions, and their role in supporting sustained development. It aims to become the most comprehensive knowledge base on social pensions." For more information see:


X. Bibliography Updates:


Book Chapters:

Courtney Coile; Jona; than Gruber, "Fiscal Effects of Social Security Reform in the United States" in Jonathan Gruber; David A. Wise, Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World [2010]


Hwang, Ju Hee, The effects of disability on employment patterns among older workers, East Lansing, Michigan Michigan State University [2010]

Kim, Geena, Medicaid Crowd-Out of Long-Term Care Insurance with Endogenous Medicaid Enrollment, University of Pennsylvania [2010]

Levin, Victoria, Choices and consequences: Decisions on health, wealth, and employment, Boston Harvard University [2010]

Obrizan, Maksym, Essays on Selection in Health Survey Data, University of Iowa [2010]

Wong, Edwin S, Determinants and Implications of Mortality Risk at the End of the Life Cycle, University of Washington [2010]

Journal Articles:

Bobo, Janet Kay; Greek, April A.; Klepinger, Daniel H.; Herting, Jerald R., "Alcohol Use Trajectories in Two Cohorts of U.S. Women Aged 50 to 65 at Baseline," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58:12 [2010]

Henretta, John C., "Lifetime Marital History and Mortality After Age 50," Journal of Aging and Health, 22:8 [2010]

Jenkins, Kristi Rahrig; Zucker, Robert A., "The Prospective Relationship Between Binge Drinking and Physician Visits Among Older Adults," Journal of Aging and Health, 22:8 [2010]

Kahng, Sang Kyoung, "Can Racial Disparity in Health between Black and White Americans Be Attributed to Racial Disparities in Body Weight and Socioeconomic Status?," Health and Social Work, 35:4 [2010]

Sullivan, Allison R, "Mortality Differentials and Religion in the United States: Religious Affiliation and Attendance," Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49:4 [2010]

Warner, David F.; Hayward, Mark D.; Hardy, Melissa A., "The Retirement Life Course in America at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century," Population Research and Policy Review, 29: [2010]

Wight, Richard G.; Ko, Michelle J.; Aneshensel, Carol S., "Urban Neighborhoods and Depressive Symptoms in Late Middle Age," Research on Aging, 33:1 [2011]


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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