Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report No. 583 -- April 14, 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. Reports and articles:

1. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING PERIODICAL: AoA eNews (April 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).



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

"Details for Medicare Hospices" (2010, tables 8.1-8.3).

B. "Partnership For Patients to Improve Care and Lower Costs For Americans" (Apr. 12, 2011).


3. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR PLANNING AND EVALUATION REPORT: "Understanding Direct Care Workers: A Snapshot of Two of Americas Most Important Jobs: Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides," by Galina Khatutsky, Joshua Wiener, Wayne Anderson, Valentina Akhmerova,E. Andrew Jessup, and Marie R. Squillace (March 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 62p.).


4. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ADVISORY OPINION: (April 2011, .pdf format, 7p.). "Advisory Opinion 11-03 concerns the formation of a new long-term care pharmacy and the agreement to manage all of its day-to-day operations and provide all personnel and related services necessary for its operation."




6. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE REPORT: "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What People Aged 50 and Older Discuss With Their Health Care Providers" (April 2011, .pdf format, 14p., with graphics available in .png and .tiff format).


7. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ACTUARY REPORT: "Individual Changes Modifying Social Security" (updated April 2011, .pdf format)."Long-range financial estimates for various options to change the Social Security program (such as changing the payroll tax rate or changing the way benefits are calculated) are now updated using the intermediate assumptions of the 2010 Trustees Report. These options have been proposed by various members of Congress and other policy makers."




9. STATISTICS NORWAY NEWS RELEASE: "24-hour nursing and care services for the aged: Unchanged coverage" (Apr. 3, 2011). The news release links to one topical chart.



A. "The Employment Situation, March 2011: Little Change in Unemployment Rate for Older Persons, But Rise in Unemployment Duration" (April 2011, .pdf format, 7p.)

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

Simple and Proven Strategies You Can Use to Improve Your Memory (Apr. 5, 2011).


11. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Do Social Security Statements Affect Knowledge and Behavior?" by Giovanni Mastrobuoni (IB#11-6, April 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).


12. DARTMOUTH ATLAS OF HEALTH CARE REPORT: "Trends and Variation in End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Severe Chronic Illness," by David C. Goodman, Amos R. Esty, Elliott S. Fisher, and Chiang-Hua Chang (April 2011, .pdf format, 43p.).



A. "Comparison of Medicare Provisions in Deficit-Reduction Proposals" (April 2011, .pdf format, 7p).

B. "The Independent Payment Advisory Board: A New Approach Controlling Medicare Spending," by Jack Ebeler, Tricia Neuman and Juliette Cubanski (April 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).


14. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATES UNITED FOR AGING AND DISABILITIES REPORT: "Preliminary Analysis of the Continuing Resolution For Fy11" (April 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).'s%20Preminary%20Analysis%20of%20the%20Continuing%20Resolution%20for%20FY11.pdf

More information about NASUAD:


15. NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE ON THE DIRECT CARE WORKFORCE REPORT: "Health Care Coverage for Direct-Care Workers: 2009 Data Update" (April 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

More information about NCDCW:


16. URBAN INSTITUTE REPORT: "Who Purchases Long-Term Care Insurance?" by Richard W. Johnson and Janice Park (March 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).



A. "Recapitulation of premature ageing with iPSCs from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome," by Guang-Hui Liu, Basam Z. Barkho, Sergio Ruiz, Dinh Diep, Jing Qu, Sheng-Lian Yang, Athanasia D. Panopoulos, Keiichiro Suzuki, Leo Kurian, Christopher Walsh, James Thompson, Stephanie Boue, Ho Lim Fung, Ignacio Sancho-Martinez, Kun Zhang, John Yates III, and Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte (Vol. 472, No. 4372, Apr. 4, 2011, p. 221-225).

B. "Amyloid-binding compounds maintain protein homeostasis during ageing and extend lifespan," by Silvestre Alavez, Maithili C. Vantipalli, David J.S. Zucker, Ida M. Klang, and Gordon J. Lithgow (Vol. 472, No. 4372, Apr. 4, 2011, p. 226-229).


18. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Why Do Women Reject Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis? A Videographic Study," by Elizabeth A. Scoville, Paula Ponce de Leon Lovaton, Nilay D. Shah, Laurie J. Pencille, and Victor M. Montori (PLoS ONE 6(4): e18468. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018468, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).




20. LANCET NEW HORIZONS SUMMARY: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Osteoporosis: now and the future," by Tilman D. Rachner, Sundeep Khosla, and Lorenz C. Hofbauer (Vol. 377, No. 9773, Apr. 9, 2011, p. 276-287).


II. Working Papers:

21. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF PHILADELPHIA (PENNSYLVANIA): "Home Equity Withdrawal in Retirement," by Makoto Nakajima and Irina A. Telyukova (WP2011-15, April 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).


The authors study empirically and theoretically the patterns of home equity withdrawal among retirees, using a model in which retirees are able to own or rent a home, save, and borrow against home equity, in the face of idiosyncratic risks concerning mortality, health, medical expenditures, and household size and observed house price changes. The estimated model is found to successfully replicate the patterns of homeownership and the saving/borrowing decisions of retirees. They use the estimated model for several counterfactual experiments. There are three main findings. First, the model predicts that a house price boom suppresses homeownership and increases borrowing, while a decline in house prices has the opposite effect. Second, the costs of home equity borrowing restrict the borrowing of retirees, and thus a reduction of such costs (e.g., lower costs of reverse mortgage loans) might significantly raise home equity borrowing. Third, there are two implications for the retirement saving puzzle. Although the cost of borrowing against equity in the house affects the borrowing of retirees, it does not affect total asset holding, implying that equity borrowing costs do not seem to offer a quantitatively significant contribution to resolving the retirement saving puzzle. On the other hand, the magnitude of the retirement saving puzzle might be exaggerated, because a sizable part of "retirement saving" is due to house price appreciation.


22. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Lifecycle Impacts of the Financial and Economic Crisis on Household Optimal Consumption, Portfolio Choice, and Labor Supply," by Jing Jing Chai, Raimond H. Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell and Ralph Rogalla (WP 2011-246, March 2011, .pdf format, 29p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


23. DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK: "Financial Literacy, Retirement Preparation and Pension Expectations in the Netherlands," by Rob Alessie, Maarten van Rooij and Annamaria Lusardi (WP 289, March 2011, .pdf format, 36p.).


We present new evidence on financial literacy and retirement preparation in the Netherlands based on two surveys conducted before and after the onset of the financial crisis. We document that while financial knowledge did not increase from 2005 to 2010, significantly more individuals planned for their retirement in 2010. At the same time, employees expectations about the level of their pension income are high compared to what retirement plans may realistically provide. However, financially knowledgeable employees report lower expected replacement rates and acknowledge higher levels of uncertainty. Moreover using instrumental variation for financial conditions and financial knowledge of relatives, we find a positive effect of financial literacy on retirement preparation. Employing the panel feature of our dataset, we show that financial knowledge has a causal impact on retirement planning. Our findings suggest that the formation of pension expectations might be an important mechanism contributing to the impact of financial literacy on planning


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

24. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 15, No. 3,4 2011).

Vol. 15, No. 3:

Vol. 15, No. 4:

25. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 173, No. 7, 8 Apr. 1, 15 2011).

Vol. 173, No. 7:

Vol. 173, No. 8:

26. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 5, May 2011).

27. Educational Gerontology (Vol. 37, No. 5, May 2011).

28. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 23, No. 2, 2011). This is a special issue on: "The Aging Workforce: Challenges for Societies, Employers, and Older Workers."

29. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological Sciences (Vol. 66A, No. 5, May 2011).

30. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 10, No. 2, April 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).

31. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 63, No. 1, 2011).

32. Research on Aging (Vol. 33, No. 3, May 2011).


33. 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 April 11, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of April 11, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of April 11, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of April 11, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of April 11, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of April 11, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


IV. Books:

34. Alliance For Aging Research Silverbook Update: Silverbook (originally mentioned in CAAR #341, Jun. 8, 2006, Item #26) has recently been updated with a volume on Thrombosis (.pdf format, 20p.).


More information about AFAR:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:


A. "Limited Competition: The Health and Retirement Study (U01)" (RFA-AG-12-001, application deadline: Jun. 10, 2011, National Institute on Aging). For more information see:

B. "Pathophysiology of HIV-Associated Neurodegeneration in Aging Populations on Long-Term Anti-Retroviral Therapy (R01)" (RFA-MH-12-070, application deadline: Sep. 9, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjuntion with two other agencies). For more information see:

C. "Pathophysiology of HIV-Associated Neurodegeneration in Aging Populations on Long-Term Anti-Retroviral Therapy (R21)" (RFA-MH-12-071, application deadline: Sep. 9, 2011, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with two other agencies). For more information see:


36. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through April 14, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

37. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM GERONTOLOGY CONFERENCES: has recently added the following gerontology related conferences:

May 19, 2011: Annual NICE Knowledge Exchange 2011, Toronto Canada

Jun. 16, 2011: Imaging and Cognition Genetics 2011 Solstrand, Os Kommune Norway

Sep. 23, 2011: Sexuality, Intimacy and Aging: What Every Professional Needs to Know, Widener University Pennsylvania

Oct. 21, 2011: 4th Pan American Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Ottawa Canada

Jul. 8, 2012: ISSBD 2012: Edmonton Canada

More information, and links to the conference sites, are available at:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

38. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "A Delicate Balance: FDA and the Reform of the Medical Device Approval Process," a hearing held Apr. 13, 2011 (.pdf format). A video transcript of the hearing (running time: approximately 2 hours).

Click on "Click here" for link to video transcript.


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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