Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #594 -- June 30, 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. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following update has been added to the database:

- Data for Netherlands were revised and updated through 2009.

Data Availability:

Data Access:



A. "Personal Health Care Expenditures," (tables 1.1 - 1.4, June 2011, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Medicare Short Stay Hospitals," (tables 5.1 - 5.12, June 2011, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Medicare Physician Services," (tables 9.1 - 9.9, June 2011, .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

D. "Medicare State Enrollment, 2007-2009," (June 2011, .pdf format).


3. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS: "2010 National Health Interview Data Release," (June 2011, zipped ASCII [data] and .pdf [documentation] format, SAS, SPSS, and Stata coding statements).


II. Reports and articles:

4. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF POLICY REPORT: "OASDI [Old-Age, Survivors, And Disability Insurance] Beneficiaries by State and County, 2010," (June 2011, .pdf, Excel, and HTML format, 185p.).


5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE: "Medicare: Issues for Manufacturer-Level Competitive Bidding for Durable Medical Equipment," (GAO-11-337R, May 2011, .pdf format, 29p.).


6. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among Adults Aged 18 and Over in the United States, 1998-2009," by Lara J. Akinbami and Xiang Liu (Data Brief No. 63, June 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).


7. US CENSUS BUREAU REPORT: "Finances of Selected State and Local Government Employee Retirement Systems, First Quarter 2011" (June 2011, HTML, ASCII text, and Microsoft Excel format).


8. EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY AND RESEARCH POLICY BRIEF: "Active Ageing and Prevention in the Context of Long-Term Care: Rethinking Concepts and Practices," by George Rupp (June 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).


9. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE [UK] REPORT: "The Future Economic, Health and Social Care Costs of Dementia," (June 2011, .pdf format, 39p.).


10. CENTRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE [UK] REPORT: "Age of Opportunity: Transforming the lives of older people in poverty," (June 2011, .pdf format, 158p.).

More about the Centre:


11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Living Close to the Edge: Financial Challenges and Tradeoffs for People on Medicare," (June 2011, .pdf format, 48p.).

Related video documentary (Flash format):


12. POPULATION REFERENCE BUREAU ARTICLE: "More of Us on Track to Reach Age 100; Genes, Habits, Baboons Examined for Longevity Clues," by Paola Scommengna (June 2011).



A. "Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Benefits Over a Lifetime," by C. Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane (June 2011, .pdf and Word format, 9p.).

B. "Retirement Account Balances" (updated June 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 1p.).


14. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 11, No. 11, Jun. 22, 2011).


15. DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ARTICLE: "A Dynamic Extension of the Period Life Table," by Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer (Vol. 24, Article 34, June 2011, .pdf format, p. 831-854).



A. "Molecular Implication of PP2A and Pin1 in the Alzheimer's Disease Specific Hyperphosphorylation of Tau," by Isabelle Landrieu, Caroline Smet-Nocca, Laziza Amniai, Justin Vijay Louis, Jean-Michel Wieruszeski, Jozef Goris, Veerle Janssens, and Guy Lippens (PLoS ONE 6(6): e21521. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021521, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "The Cycad Genotoxin MAM Modulates Brain Cellular Pathways Involved in Neurodegenerative Disease and Cancer in a DNA Damage-Linked Manner," by Glen E. Kisby, Rebecca C. Fry, Michael R. Lasarev, Theodor K. Bammler, Richard P. Beyer, Mona Churchwell, Daniel R. Doerge, Lisiane B. Meira, Valerie S. Palmer, Ana-Luiza Ramos-Crawford, Xuefeng Ren, Robert C. Sullivan, Terrance J. Kavanagh, Leona D. Samson, Helmut Zarbl, and Peter S. Spencer (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20911. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020911, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

C. "Computational Study of Hippocampal-Septal Theta Rhythm Changes Due to Beta-Amyloid-Altered Ionic Channels," by Xin Zou, Damien Coyle, KongFatt Wong-Lin, and Liam Maguire (PLoS ONE 6(6): e21579. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021579," XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

D. "Amitriptyline-Mediated Cognitive Enhancement in Aged 3g Alzheimer's Disease Mice Is Associated with Neurogenesis and Neurotrophic Activity," by Wayne Chadwick, Nick Mitchell, Jenna Caroll, Yu Zhou, Sung-Soo Park, Liyun Wang, Kevin G. Becker, Yongqing Zhang, Elin Lehrmann, William H. Wood, Bronwen Martin, and Stuart Maudsley (PLoS ONE 6(6): e21660. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021660, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

E. "Activation of PKR Causes Amyloid {beta}-Peptide Accumulation via De-Repression of BACE1 Expression," by Gerard ILL-Raga, Ernest Palomer, Matthew A. Wozniak, Eva Ramos-Ferndez, Monica Bosch-Morato, Marta Tajes, Francesc X. Guix, Jose J. Gal, Jordi Clarimon, Carmen Antunez, Luis M. Real, Merce Boada, Ruth F. Itzhaki, Cesar Fandos, and Francisco J. Munoz (PLoS ONE 6(6): e21456. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021456, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

F. "Comparison of Endothelial Progenitor Cells in Parkinson's Disease Patients Treated with Levodopa and Levodopa/COMT Inhibitor," by Phil Hyu Lee, Han-Soo Kim, Ji E. Lee, Youjeong Choi, Jin Yong Hong, Hyo Suk Nam, Young H. Sohn, and Hyun Ok Kim (PLoS ONE 6(6): e21536. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021536, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

G. "Rapid Changes in Phospho-MAP/Tau Epitopes during Neuronal Stress: Cofilin-Actin Rods Primarily Recruit Microtubule Binding Domain Epitopes," by Ineka T. Whiteman, Laurie S. Minamide, De Lian Goh, James R. Bamburg, and Claire Goldsbury (PLoS ONE 6(6): e20878. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020878, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).


17. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Aggregation of {gamma}-crystallins associated with human cataracts via domain swapping at the C-terminal {beta}-strands," by Payel Dasa, Jonathan A. Kingb, and Ruhong Zhou (Vol. 108, No. 26, June 28, 2011, p. 10514-10519).


III. Working Papers:

18. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt," by Nicole Maestas, Kathleen Mullen and Alexander Strand (WP 2010-241, May 2011, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "The surprisingly large policy implications of changing retirement durations," by Peter Hicks (SEDAP Working Paper No. 284, June 2011, .pdf format, 56p.).


The paper reviews evidence that suggests that, over the coming two decades, people are likely to stay in the work force at least five years longer, possibly by considerably more. The implications for policy are surprisingly large and surprisingly unrecognized. Recent trends, if extended into the future, suggest that changes of this magnitude are quite likely given a continuation of past labour market conditions. However, these past trends do not reflect new pressures that will work strongly in the direction of even shorter durations of retirement and longer durations of work.

These new pressures will result from changes in labour supply and demand that will result from the baby boom generation moving into traditional retirement years in large numbers, increasing the demand for older workers. On the supply side, there will be a large in increase in the educational levels and skills of older people. The effect of market forces could be further enhanced by policy action.

In other words, a five year extension of working life is the minimum that should be included in most future labour market scenarios. Delaying work-retirement transitions by even this amount would have large, positive economic and fiscal effects, significantly reducing the well-known negative effects of population ageing. They would have particularly important consequences for pension policy, with a dramatic reduction in the need for retirement savings and, particularly if accompanied by flexible work-to retirement pathways, would reduce the risk of changed income needs in old age.

A range of other social benefits, including greater individual choice and well-being, also seem likely - if harder to quantify. However, as with any large social change, distributional consequences are inevitable. A few groups could be relatively worse off in a world where the norm was for work to be extended later in life. In the absence of strategy for addressing the needs of these potential losers, there may well be reluctance to take policy action, despite the likelihood of large gains for most, and on many fronts

B. "The Age Pattern of Retirement: A Comparison of Cohort Measures," by Frank T. Denton, Ross Finnie, and Byron G. Spencer (SEDAP Working Paper No. 283, June 2011, .pdf format, 19p.).


Measures of retirement that take a cohort perspective are appealing since retirement patterns may change, and it would be useful to have consistent measures that would make it possible to compare retirement patterns over time and between countries or regions. We propose and implement two measures. One is based on administrative income tax records and relates to actual cohorts; the other is based on a time-series of cross sectional labour force surveys and relates to pseudo-cohorts. We conclude that while the tax-based observations for actual cohorts provide a richer data set for analysis, the estimated measures of retirement and transition from work to retirement based on the two data sets are quite similar.


20. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "The Decline of Early Retirement Pathways in the Netherlands: An Empirical Analysis for the Health Care Sector," by Rob Euwals, Annemiek van Vuren, and Daniel van Vuuren (Discussion Paper No. 5810, June 2011, .pdf format, 24p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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

21. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 19, No. 7, July 2011).

22. Canadian Journal on Aging/Revue canadienne du vieillissement (Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2011).

23. European Journal of Palliative Care (Vol. 18, No. 4, 2011).

24. Experimental Aging Research (Vol. 37, No. 3, 2011).

25. Journal of Applied Gerontology (Vol. 30, No. 4, August 2011).

26. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 23, No. 3, 2011).

27. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 10, No. 3, 2011).

28. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 63, No. 2, 2011).


29. 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 June 27, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of June 27, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of June 27, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of June 27, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of June 27, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of June 27, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:

30. NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS: Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries, edited by Eileen M. Crimmins, Samuel H. Preston, and Barney Cohen (2011, ISBN-10: 0-309-18640-4, ISBN-13: 978-0-309-18640-7, .pdf and OpenBook format, 200p.).


31. SPRINGER PUBLISHING: Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice through Research, by Leslie A. Morgan, Ann Christine Frankowski, Erin G. Roth, Lynn Keimig, Sheryl Zimmerman, and J. Kevin Eckert (2011, ISBN-13: 9780826130341, 258p.).


VI. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

32. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through June 29, 2011.


VII. Conferences:

33. CONFERENCEALERTS.COM PALLIATIVE CARE CONFERENCES: "The 2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care," to be held at Florence, Italy (Nov. 22-25, 2011). For more information see:

"Navigating Pathways to Quality Hospice Palliatve Care," to be held at St. John's, Canada (Sept. 8-11, 2011).

Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care:


VIII. Websites of Interest:

34. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING WEBINAR: "Aligning Systems for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees," (to be held July 5, 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern). Space is limited so registration is required, go to:





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