Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #593 -- June 23, 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. INTEGRATED PUBLIC USE MICRODATA SERIES (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA) INTERNATIONAL UPDATE: IPUMS International announced the following data release in June 2011: In June 2011, IPUMS added 26 new samples: Cambodia 2008; Egypt 2006; France 2006; Germany 1970 (West), 1971 (East), 1981 (East), 1987 (West); Iran 2006; Ireland 1971, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2006; Jamaica 1982, 1991, 2001; Malawi 1987, 1998, 2008; Palestine 2007; Sierra Leone 2004; Sudan 2008 (includes both North and South); Vietnam 2009. For more information see:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

2. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (June 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).


3. US CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT QUICKSTATS: Percentage of Noninstitutionalized Adults Aged =80 Years Who Need Help with Personal Care, by Sex --- United States, 2008--2009" (Vol. 60, No. 24, Jun. 24, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 819).



A. "Decision Memo for Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents (ESAs) for Treatment of Anemia in Adults with CKD Including Patients on Dialysis and Patients not on Dialysis (CAG-00413N)" (June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 77p.).

B. "More People With Medicare Receiving Free Preventive Care" (Jun. 20, 2011).

C. "New Technology To Help Fight Medicare Fraud" (Jun. 17, 2011).


5. US MEDICARE PAYMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION REPORT TO CONGRESS: "Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System" (June 2011, .pdf format, 207p.).



A. "International Update, June 2011" (June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).

B. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, May 2011" (June 2011).

C. "SSI Monthly Statistics, May 2011" (June 2011, HTML and .pdf format).



A. "Providers and Services" (June 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).$File/ProvidersServices.pdf

B. "Programs" (June 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).$File/Programs.pdf

C. "Places/Grants/Ratios/Occupancy" (June 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).$File/Places.pdf


8. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA REPORT: "The Income Management Strategies of Older Couples in Canada," by Christine Laporte and Grant Schellenberg (June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 28p.).


9. UK OFFICE OF NATIONAL STATISTICS PENSION TRENDS UPDATE: Chapter 7, "Private pension scheme membership" was updated on Jun. 22, 2011).



A. "Pension Credit statistics," by Rachael Harker and Tom Rutherford (June 2011, .pdf format, 4p.).

B. "Population ageing: statistics," by Julien Anseau and Tom Rutherford (June 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).



A. "The Employment Situation, May 2011: Average Duration of Unemployment for Older Jobseekers Continues to Rise," by Sara E. Rix (June 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).

B. "Advancing Health in Rural America: Maximizing Nursing's Impact," by Mary Sue Gorski (June 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).


12. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIRMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Social Security's Financial Outlook: The 2011 Update in Perspective," by Alicia H. Munnell (IB#11-9, June 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).



A. "Twenty-Five Years After Federal Pension Reform," by Jamie Cowen (Issue Brief No. 359, June 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).

B. EBRI Notes (June 2011, .pdf format, 18p.). The article, "How Changes in Longevity Annuity Prices and Longevity Risk Affect Retirement Income Adequacy ," by Youngkyun Park (p. 8-17) may be of interest to researchers in aging.



A. "Ageing, Health and Innovation: Policy Reforms to Facilitate Healthy and Active Ageing in OECD Countries" (June 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. "Older people and the internet," by Richard Berry (June 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).

Links to full text for both reports are at the bottom of the respective pages.

More information about ILCUK:


15. NATIONAL SENIOR LIVING PROVIDERS NETWORK ARTICLE: "Experts: Long-Term Care, Independent Living Senior Residents Can Benefit From Community-Based Transit Services," by Vladimire Herard (June 2011).

More information about NSLPN:


16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Evolution of the mitochondrial fusion-fission cycle and its role in aging," by Axel Kowald and Tom B.L. Kirkwood (Vol. 108, No. 25, Jun. 21, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 10237-10242). This article is available free of charge.


17. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ONE ARTICLE: "Simvastatin Prevents Dopaminergic Neurodegeneration in Experimental Parkinsonian Models: The Association with Anti-Inflammatory Responses," by Balmiki Ray, Justin M. Long, Deborah K. Sokol, and Debomoy K. Lahiri (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20945. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020945, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 13p.).


18. SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Gametogenesis Eliminates Age-Induced Cellular Damage and Resets Life Span in Yeast," by Elcin Unal, Benyam Kinde, and Angelika Amon (Vol. 332, No. 6037, Jun. 24, 2011, p. 1554-1557).


19. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Smoking and Prostate Cancer Survival and Recurrence," by Stacey A. Kenfield, Meir J. Stampfer, June M. Chan, and Edward Giovannucci (Vol. 305, No. 24, Jun. 22/29, 2011, p. 2548-2555).


20. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Exemestane for Breast-Cancer Prevention in Postmenopausal Women," by Paul E. Goss, James N. Ingle, Jose E. Ales-Martez,Angela M. Cheung, Rowan T. Chlebowski, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Anne McTiernan, John Robbins, Karen C. Johnson, Lisa W. Martin, Eric Winquist, Gloria E. Sarto, Judy E. Garber, Carol J. Fabian, Pascal Pujol, Elizabeth Maunsell,Patricia Farmer, Karen A. Gelmon, Dongsheng Tu, and Harriet Richardson (Vol. 364, No. 25, Jun. 23, 2011, p. 2381-2391).



A. "An early warning for Alzheimers disease?" by Margaret McCartney (BMJ 2011; 342:d3732, Vol. 342, No. 7811, Jun. 18, 2011).

B. "Assisted dying: we are not alone," by Desmond O'Neill (BMJ 2011; 342:d3772, Vol. 342, No. 7811, Jun. 18, 2011).


22. LANCET PERSPECTIVES: Note: Lancet requires free registration before providing content. "Leonard Hayflick and the limits of ageing," by Geoff Watts (Vol. 377, No. 9783, Jun. 18, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2075). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:

23. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN POPULATION STUDIES CENTER: "Bargaining with Grandma: The Impact of the South African Pension on Household Decision Making," by Catherine Ambler (PSC Research Report No. 11-741, June 2011, .pdf format, 65p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "Disability Programs, Health and Retirement in Denmark since 1960," by Paul Bingley, Nabanita Datta Gupta, and Peder J. Pedersen (w17138, June 2011, .pdf format, 42p.).


This paper investigates the interaction between measures of health, disability pension take up and labor market performance in Denmark by charting their development over time and by examining how they are affected by key policy reforms in the area of early retirement. The main emphasis is on the long-run development of the Social Disability Pension (SDP) program, and whether it concurs with trends in population health based on mortality indicators (both overall and cause-specific) and with self-reported health. A strong relationship is found between labor force activity measures and non-health related programs for early retirement for those 60 and older. However, no clear relationship is evident between SDP take up and the health indicators. One reason for the lack of a correlation is most probably that SDP is "on its own track" due to program innovations and reforms creating competing risks or program substitution especially for the 50+ population.

B. "Dimensions of Health in the Elderly Population," by David M. Cutler and Mary Beth Landrum (w17148, June 2011, .pdf format, 31p.).


In this paper, we characterize the multi-faceted health of the elderly and understand how health along multiple dimensions has changed over time. Our data are from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, 1991-2007. We show that 19 measures of health can be combined into three broad categories: a first dimension representing severe physical and social incapacity such as difficulty dressing or bathing; a second dimension representing less severe difficulty such as walking long distances or lifting heavy objects; and a third dimension representing vision and hearing impairment. These dimensions have changed at different rates over time. The first and third have declined rapidly over time, while the second has not. The improvement in health is not due to differential mortality of the sick or a new generation of more healthy people entering old age. Rather, the aging process itself is associated with less rapid deterioration in health. We speculate about the factors that may lead to this.

C. "Self Reported Disability and Reference Groups," by Arthur van Soest, Tatiana Andreyeva, Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith (w17153, June 2011, .pdf format, 45p.).


Social networks and social interactions affect individual and social norms. We develop a direct test of this using Dutch survey data on how respondents evaluate work disability of hypothetical people with some work related health problem (vignettes). We analyze how the thresholds respondents use to decide what constitutes a (mild or more serious) work disability depend on the number of people receiving disability insurance benefits (DI) in their reference group. We find that reference group effects are significant and contribute substantially to an explanation of why self-reported work disability in the Netherlands is much higher than in, for example, the US.


25. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers.

A. "Lifecycle Impacts of the Financial and Economic Crisis on Household Optimal Consumption, Portfolio Choice, and Labor Supply," by Jingjing Chai, Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Ralph Rogalla (WP2011-05, June 2011, .pdf format, 36p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Trading in 401(k) Plans during the Financial Crisis," by Ning Tang, Olivia S. Mitchell and Stephen P. Utkus (WP2011-06, June 2011, .pdf format, 24p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:



A. "The Future of Retirement and the Pension System: How the Public's Expectations Vary over Time and across Socio-Economic Groups," by Luc Bissonnette and Arthur van Soest (Discussion Paper 5759, June 2011, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:

B. "Antidepressants and Age," by David G. Blanchflower and Andrew J. Oswald (Discussion Paper 5785, June 2011, .pdf format, 28p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. PENSIONS INSTITUTE, CASS BUSINESS SCHOOL, CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [UK]: "The Cost of Counterparty Risk and Collateralization in Longevity Swaps," by Enrico Biffis, David Blake, Lorenzo Pitotti, and Ariel Sun (PI-1107, June 2011, .pdf format, 42p.).


Derivative longevity risk solutions, such as bespoke and indexed longevity swaps, allow pension schemes and annuity providers to swap out longevity risk, but introduce counterparty credit risk, which can be mitigated if not fully eliminated by collateralization. We examine the impact of bilateral default risk and collateral rules on the marking to market of longevity swaps, and show how longevity swap rates must be determined endogenously from the collateral flows associated with the marking to-market procedure. For typical interest rate and mortality parameters, we find that the impact of collateralization is modest in the presence of symmetric default risk, but more pronounced when default risk and/or collateral rules are asymmetric. Our results suggest that the overall cost of collateralization is comparable with, and often much smaller than, that found in the interest-rate swaps market (as a result of the offsetting effects of interest rate and longevity risks), which may then provide the appropriate reference framework for the credit enhancement of both indemnity-based and indexed longevity risk solutions.


28. WORLD BANK POLICY RESEARCH PAPER: "Deconstructing herding : evidence from pension fund investment behavior," by Claudio Raddatz and Sergio L. Schmukler (WPS5700, June 2011, ASCII text and .pdf format, 54p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


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 Jun. 11, 2011.


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

30. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 15, No. 5, 2011).

31. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 1, Jul. 1, 2011).

32. International Journal of Aging and Human Development (Vol. 72, No. 4, 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 Jun. 20, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 20, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Jun. 20, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Jun. 20, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Jun. 20, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Jun. 20, 2011::

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

34. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through June 23, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

35. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING: "2012 Aging in America Conference," to be held Mar. 28-Apr. 1, 2012 in Washington DC. For more information see:


36. AARP: "Innovation in Health: The EU approach for Active and Healthy Aging," to be held Jun. 30, 2011, in Washington, DC. For more information see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

37. US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR, AND PENSIONS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON PRIMARY HEALTH AND AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Senior Hunger and the Older Americans Act," a hearing held Jun. 21, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony a video transcript of the hearing (running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes, 10 seconds) is available at the site.



A. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: "Protecting Medicare with Improvements to the Secondary Payer Regime," a hearing held Jun. 21, 2011 (.pdf format).

B. Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony: "Dual-Eligibles: Understanding This Vulnerable Population and How to Improve Their Care," a hearing held Jun. 21, 2011) (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony a video transcript of the hearing (running time: 2 hours, 23 minutes, 57 seconds) is available at the site.


39. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING TESTIMONY: "Social Security's Finances," a hearing held Jun. 23, 2011 (.pdf format).



40. HEALTH AND RETIREMENT STUDY: HRS has recently added the following items to its bibliography. The full bibliography is available at:


Crimmins, E.; Garcia, K.; Kim, J.K., "Are International Differences in Health Similar to International Differences in Life-Expectancy?" in Crimmins, E.; Preston, S.; Cohen, B., International Differences in Mortality at Older Ages: Dimensions and Sources [2010]


Hsu, J.; Willis, R.J., The implications of Alzheimer's Risk for Household Financial Decision Making: Essays on the acquisition of human capital, University of Michigan [2011]

Puig de la Parra, Andrea, The demand for preventive activities among older adults and its association with Medicare expenditures, University of Pennsylvania [2010]


Cheshire, H.; Ofstedal, M.B.; Scholes, S.; Schroeder, M., "A Comparison of Response Rates in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Health and Retirement Study," Longview Journal: Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2:2 [2011]

Crimmins, Eileen; Kim, J.K.; Sole-Auro, A., "Gender differences in health: results from SHARE, ELSA and HRS," European Journal of Public Health, : [2010]

Dowd, J.B.; Aiello, A.E.; Chyu, L.; Huang, Y.; McDade, Thomas, "Cytomegalovirus antibodies in dried blood spots: a minimally invasive method for assessing stress, immune function, and aging," Immunity and Ageing, 8:1 [2011]

Leland, Natalie; Porell, Frank; Murphy, Susan, "Does Fall History Influence Residential Adjustments?," Gerontologist, The, 51:2 [2011]

Maestas, Nicole, "Back to Work: Expectations and Realizations of Work after Retirement," Journal of Human Resources, 45:3 [2010]

McArdle, John; Prescott, C.A., "Contemporary Modeling of gene x environment effects in randomized multivariate longitudinal studies," Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5: [2010]

Mezuk, Briana; Kershaw, Kiarri; Hudson, Darrell; Ah, Kyuang; Ratliff, Scott, "Job Strain, Workplace Discrimination, and Hypertension Among Older Workers: The Health and Retirement Study," Race and social problems, 3:1 [2011]

Ofstedal, M.B.; Weir, D., "Recruitment and Retention of Minority Participants in the Health and Retirement Study," The Gerontologist, 51: [2011]

Plassman, B.; Langa, K.; McCammon, Ryan J.; Fisher, Gwen G.; Potter, Guy; Burke, James R.; Steffens, David; Foster, Norman L.; Giordani, B.; Unverzagt, Frederick; Welsh-Bohmer, K.; Heeringa, S.G.; Weir, D.; Wallace, R., "Incidence of dementia and cognitive impairment not dementia in the United States," Annals of Neurology, : [2011]

Rocca, Walter; Petersen, Ronald; Knopman, David; Hebert, Liesi; Evans, Denis; Hall, Kathleen; Gao, Sujuan; Unverzagt, Frederick; Langa, Kenneth; Larson, Eric; White, Lon, "Trends in the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment in the United States," Alzheimer's and dementia, 7:1 [2011]

Rogers, M. A. M.; Blumberg, N.; Heal, J.; Langa, K., "Utilization of blood transfusion among older adults in the United States," Transfusion, 51:4 [2011]

Rogers, M. A. M.; Langa, K., "Untreated Poor Vision: A Contributing Factor to Late-Life Dementia," American Journal of Epidemiology, 171:6 [2010]

Zivin, K.; Llewellyn, David; Lang, Iain; Vijan, S.; Kabeto, M.; Miller, E.; Langa, K., "Depression among older adults in the US and England," American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11: [2010]


Alan L. Gustman; Thomas L. Steinmeier; Nahid Tabatabai, The Growth in Social Security Benefits Among the Retirement Age Population from Increases in the Cap on Covered Earnings, The University of Michigan [2010]

Brown, Meta; Scholz, John Karl; Seshadri, Ananth, A New Test of Borrowing Constraints for Education, Madison, WI, University of Wisconsin, Madison [2010]

Cox, Donald; Way, Megan McDonald, Expectations versus Realizations of Familial Insurance: Evidence from the Great Recession of 2008, Boston College [2011]

Crimmins, E.; Kim, J.K.; McCreath, H.; Seeman, T., Results from the Health and Retirement Study Biomarker Validation Project, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan [2011]

Evans, Mary; Smith, V. K., The Role of Dependency in Adult Child and Older Parent Migration Decisions: Impacts of Air Pollution Exposeures, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan [2010]

Haider, Steven; McGarry, Kathleen, Parental Investments in Education and Later Financial Transfers, UCLA [2011]

Hurd, Michael; Rohwedder, Susann, The Effect of the Risk of Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care on Economic Preparation for Retirement, University of Michigan [2010]

McArdle, John; Willis, R.J., Cognitive Aging and Human Capital, University of Michigan [2011]

McGarry, Kathleen, Dynamic Aspects of Family Transfers, UCLA [2011]

Nolte, Michael A.; Servais, Marita, Occupation and Industry Coding in HRS/AHEAD, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan [2010]

Ofstedal, M.B.; Weir, D.; Chen, K.T.; Wagner, J., Updates to HRS Sample Weights, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan [2011]

Seltzer, Judith A.; Bianchi, Suzanne M.; McGarry, Kathleen; Yahirun, Jenjira, Co-residence and Geographic Proximity of Mothers and Adult Children in Intact and Step Families, UCLA [2011]

Servais, Marita, Overview of HRS Public Data Files for Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Analysis, Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan [2010]


41. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:

Mayer, Adalbert. The Evolution of Wages Over the Lifecycle: Insights From Intergenerational Connections. Applied Economics. 2010; 42, (22):2817-2833.


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.


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