Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #609 -- October 13, 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:


A. "2009 State & Local Public-Employee Retirement Systems Data," (October 2011, .pdf, ASCII text, and Excel format, 3p.). Note: There is a three page summary report. In addition to the Excel tables, a complete data file (in ASCII format) can also be downloaded.

B. "Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE)" (October 2011, interactive data query, map tool, and ASCII text format, with an accompanying report-.pdf format, 8p.). The data is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "Census Bureau Publishes Health Insurance Coverage Estimates for All Counties" (CB11-172, Oct. 13, 2011).


2. INTER-UNIVERSITY CONSORTIUM FOR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH: "ICPSR's National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging announced the release of the following new datasets that may be of interest to researchers of aging on Oct. 9, 2011. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

- National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2009

- Population Registers of Sart, Belgium, 1811-1900


3. MISSOURI STATE DATA CENTER: "Comparing post- and inter-censal estimates by age, sex, race and (Hispanic) origin 2000-2010," (October 2011). "The Missouri Census Data Center has a new web application that allows users to display basic population trends over the decade 2000-2010 using the recently released intercensal estimates from the Census Bureau."


II. Reports and articles:

4. US PREVENTIVE SERVICES TASK FORCE DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS: "Screening for Prostate Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement," (October 2011).

Related evidence:


5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "U.S. Postal Service: Allocation of Responsibility for Pension Benefits between the Postal Service and the Federal Government," (GAO-12-146, October 2011, .pdf format, 60p.).


6. CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE/AN PHRIOMH-OIFIG STAIDRIMH [IRELAND] REPORT: "Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC): Thematic Report on the Elderly 2004 and 2009," (September 2011, .pdf format, 19p.).


7. GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE FOR SCOTLAND REPORT: "Centenarians in Scotland, 2002-2010," (September 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 12p.)


8. AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR FINANCIAL STUDIES REPORT: "Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index," (October 2011, .pdf format, 60p.).


9. BROOKINGS INSTITUTE REPORT: "Medicare Reform: Rhetoric versus Substance," by Henry J. Aaron (October 2011, .pdf format, 16p.).



A. "Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation: Geographic Differences and Trends, 2010," by Craig Copeland (EBRI Issue Brief No. 363, October 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).

B. EBRI Notes (Vol. 32, No. 10, October 2011, .pdf format, 13p.). Note: The title of this issue is "Ownership of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k)-Type Plans, 1996-2009," by Craig Copeland.


11. KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION REPORT: "Medicare Part D Data Spotlight: A First Look at Part D Plan Offerings in 2012," by Jack Hoadley, Juliette Cubanski, Elizabeth Hargrave, Laura Summer, and Jennifer Huang (October 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).


12. SOCIETY OF ACTUARIES REPORT: "The Rising Tide of Pension Contributions Post-2008: How much and when? An analysis of funding for the U.S. private sector single-employer defined benefit system," (October 2011, .pdf format, 14p.).



A. "Removing Barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Care: Hospital Privileges," by Andrea Brassard and Mary Smolenski (October 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Health Reform Law Creates New Opportunities to Better Recognize and Support Family Caregivers," by Lynn Feinberg and Allison M. Reamy (October 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).


14. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "The 2011 MetLife Retirement Income IQ: A Survey of Pre-Retiree Knowledge of Financial Retirement Issues," (October 2011, .pdf format, 30p.).



A. "Social isolation among older Londoners," by Jonathan Clifton (October 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).

B. "Older Londoners: Final report," edited by Jonathan Clifton (October 2011, .pdf format, 28p.).



A. FCA has recently updated their "Selected Caregiver Statistics" with new data (October 2011). "Topics include an examination of the numbers of caregivers, age, relationships between caregiver and care recipient, gender, race, duration of care, impact on employment, economic value, stress on the family, access to support, and more."

B. "Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers," (October 2011, HTML format).

C. "Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)," (October 2011, HTML format).


17. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Oct. 7-Oct. 13, 2011).


18. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 11, No. 19, Oct. 12, 2011).



A. "Molecular basis for amyloid-{beta} polymorphism," by Jacques-Philippe Colletier, Arthur Laganowsky, Meytal Landau, Minglei Zhao, Angela B. Soriaga, Lukasz Goldschmidt, David Flot, Duilio Cascio, Michael R. Sawaya, and David Eisenberg (Vol. 108, No. 41, October 11, 2011, p. 16938-16943).

B. "Ubiquitin ligase Nedd4 promotes {alpha}-synuclein degradation by the endosomal-lysosomal pathway," by George K. Tofaris, Hyoung Tae Kim, Raphael Hourez, Jin-Woo Jung, Kwang Pyo Kim, and Alfred L. Goldberg (Vol. 108, No. 41, October 11, 2011, p. 17004-17009).



A. "Identification of Bilateral Changes in TID1 Expression in the 6-OHDA Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease," by Juliane Proft, Jamshid Faraji, Jerrah C. Robbins, Fabiola C. R. Zucchi, Xiaoxi Zhao, Gerlinde A. Metz, and Janice E. A. Braun (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26045. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026045, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

B. "Altered Connectivity Pattern of Hubs in Default-Mode Network with Alzheimer's Disease: An Granger Causality Modeling Approach," by Xiaoyan Miao, Xia Wu, Rui Li, Kewei Chen, and Li Yao (PLoS ONE 6(10): e25546. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025546, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "A 32 kb Critical Region Excluding Y402H in CFH Mediates Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration," by Theru A. Sivakumaran, Robert P. Igo, Jeffrey M. Kidd, Andy Itsara, Laura J. Kopplin, Wei Chen, Stephanie A. Hagstrom, Neal S. Peachey, Peter J. Francis, Michael L. Klein, Emily Y. Chew, Vedam L. Ramprasad, Wan-Ting Tay, Paul Mitchell, Mark Seielstad, Dwight E. Stambolian, Albert O. Edwards, Kristine E. Lee, Dmitry V. Leontiev, Gyungah Jun, Yang Wang, Liping Tian, Feiyou Qiu, Alice K. Henning, Thomas LaFramboise, Parveen Sen, Manoharan Aarthi, Ronnie George, Rajiv Raman, Manmath Kumar Das, Lingam Vijaya, Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel, Tien Y. Wong, Anand Swaroop, Goncalo R. Abecasis, Ronald Klein, Barbara E. K. Klein, Deborah A. Nickerson, Evan E. Eichler, and Sudha K. Iyengar (PLoS ONE 6(10): e25598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025598, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

D. "New Insights into Alzheimer's Disease Progression: A Combined TMS and Structural MRI Study," by Eini Niskanen, Mervi Kononen, Sara Maatta, Merja Hallikainen, Miia Kivipelto, Silvia Casarotto, Marcello Massimini, Ritva Vanninen, Esa Mervaala, Jari Karhu, and Hilkka Soininen (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26113. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026113, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

E. "Age-Related Impairment of Ultrasonic Vocalization in Tau.P301L Mice: Possible Implication for Progressive Language Disorders," by Clement Menuet, Yves Cazals, Christian Gestreau, Peter Borghgraef, Lies Gielis, Mathias Dutschmann, Fred Van Leuven, and Gerard Hilaire (PLoS ONE 6(10): e25770. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025770, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).


21. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Vitamin E and the Risk of Prostate Cancer: The Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT)," by Eric A. Klein, Ian M. Thompson Jr., Catherine M. Tangen, John J. Crowley, M. Scott Lucia, Phyllis J. Goodman, Lori M. Minasian, Leslie G. Ford, Howard L. Parnes, J. Michael Gaziano, Daniel D. Karp, Michael M. Lieber, Philip J. Walther, Laurence Klotz, J. Kellogg Parsons, Joseph L. Chin, Amy K. Darke, Scott M. Lippman, Gary E. Goodman, Frank L. Meyskens Jr., and Laurence H. Baker (Vol. 306, No. 14, October 12, 2011, p. 1549-1556).

Related NIH Press Release:



A. "Matrix-embedded cells control osteoclast formation," by Jinhu Xiong, Melda Onal, Robert L. Jilka, Robert S. Weinstein, Stavros C. Manolagas, & Charles A. O'Brien (Vol. 17, No. 10, October 2011, p. 1235-1241).

B. "Evidence for osteocyte regulation of bone homeostasis through RANKL expression," by Tomoki Nakashima, Mikihito Hayashi, Takanobu Fukunaga, Kosaku Kurata, Masatsugu Oh-hora, Jian Q. Feng, Lynda F. Bonewald, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Anton Wutz, Erwin F. Wagner, Josef M. Penninger, & Hiroshi Takayanagi (Vol. 17, No. 10, October 2011, p. 1231-1234).


23. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles. "Arthritis, Occupational Class, and the Aging US Workforce," by Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, David J. Lee, Lora E. Fleming, Daniel J. Tancredi, Kristopher L. Arheart, William G. LeBlanc, Kathryn E. McCollister, Sharon L. Christ, Grant H. Louie, and Peter A. Muennig (American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101, No. 9, 2011, p. 1729-1734).


III. Working Papers:

24. POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER [UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA]: "The Impact of the PROGRESA/Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Health and Related Outcomes for the Aging in Mexico," by Jere R. Behrman and Susan W. Parker (WPS 11-02, October 2011, .pdf format, 24p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:



A. "International Comparisons in Health Economics: Evidence from Aging Studies," by James Banks and James P. Smith (WR-880, October 2011, .pdf format, 43p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

B. "Intervivos Giving Over the Lifecycle," by Michael D. Hurd, James P. Smith, and Julie Zissimopoulos (WR-524-1, October 2011, .pdf format, 46p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

C. "What's My Account Really Worth? The Effect of Lifetime Income Disclosure on Retirement Savings," by Gopi Shah Goda, Colleen Flaherty Manchester, and Aaron Sojourner (WR-873-1, July 2011, .pdf format, 35p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


26. LEVY ECONOMICS INSTITUTE OF BARD COLLEGE [ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY]: "Unpaid and Paid Care: The Effects of Child Care and Elder Care on the Standard of Living," by Kijong Kim and Rania Antonopoulos (Working Paper No. 691, October 2011, .pdf format, 24p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


27. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) [MC MASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Economic Security in an Aging Canadian Population," by Robert L. Brown (SEDAP Working Paper No. 285, August 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).


This paper has been written to bring up to date materials in a monograph that was a part of the Butterworths series of monographs in social gerontology, in particular, the 1991 monograph entitled: Economic Security in an Aging Population (Brown, 1991).

The paper reports on research that indicates that today's retirees are doing very well in terms of their replacement ratios and that Canadian poverty rates among the elderly are low relative to OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.

Government-sponsored plans have been strengthened either through explicit expansion (e.g., the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)) or through the reform of the Canada/Quebec Pension Plans (C/QPP). Also important is the maturation of Employer-sponsored pension plans. However, for the latter, coverage rates are down.

This has created concern that future generations of Canadian retirees may not be able to experience the standard of living that is the reality for today's elderly.

The paper concludes that the aging of the population is not the cause of the increased cost of health care and social security today. Even by 2031, when the entire baby boom will be aged 65+, the impact of population aging on costs will be manageable. The paper also discusses the affordability of these systems if the normal age at retirement were to rise.


28. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Pension-Induced Rigidities in the Labor Market for School Leaders," by Cory Koedel, Jason A. Grissom, Shawn Ni, and Michael Podgursky (CESifo Working Paper No. 3605, October 2011, .pdf format, 42p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


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 Oct. 1, 2011.


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

30. Ageing and Society (Vol. 31, No. 8, November 2011).

31. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 8, October 15, 2011).

32. American Journal of Public Health (Vol. 101, No. 11, November 2011).

33. Canadian Journal on Aging/Revue canadienne du vieillissement (Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2011).

34. Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 23, No. 4, 2011).

35. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect (Vol. 23, No. 4, 2011).

36. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (Vol. 10, No. 4, October 2011).

37. Rotman International Journal of Pension Management (Vol. 4, No. 2, Autumn 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 October 10, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 10, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 10, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 10, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of October 10, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of October 10, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding/Employment Opportunities:

39. US NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Limited Competition: Archiving and Dissemination of Research Data on Aging (P30)," (RFA-AG-12-013, National Institute on Aging, application deadline is February 2, 2012).


40. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 11, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

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

Nov. 18, 2011: Cultural Diversity and Mental Illness: Contextual Priorities and Community Partnerships -- St. Paul University, Ottawa Canada.

Dec. 12, 2011: Older Workers and Work Ability Conference -- Melbourne Australia.


Feb. 25, 2012: ICGGM2012 -- New Delhi, India.

Mar. 28, 2012: ASA 2012 Aging in America Conference -- Washington D.C.



Aug. 27-30, 2011: UICC World Cancer Congress 2012--Montreal, Quebec.

Oct. 9-12, 2011: 19th International Congress on Palliative Care--Montreal, Quebec.


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

43. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "A Time for Solutions: Finding Consensus in the Medicare Reform Debate," a hearing held October 12, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, full hearing can be viewed in Windows Media Player format, running time 1 hour 42 minutes).



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


Latham, K., The effect of modifiable risk factors on activity limitation and limitation-free life expectancy among late midlife adults, United States -- Florida University of Florida [2011].

Matzek, A., The Impact of Family and Non-Family Roles on Caregiver Health Over Time, United States -- Minnesota University of Minnesota [2011].


Clarke, Philippa; Smith, Jacqui, "Aging in a Cultural Context: Cross-national Differences in Disability and the Moderating Role of Personal Control Among Older Adults in the United States and England," The Journals of Gerontology, 66B:4 [2011].

Dowd, Jennifer Beam; Todd, Megan, "Does Self-reported Health Bias the Measurement of Health Inequalities in U.S. Adults? Evidence Using Anchoring Vignettes From the Health and Retirement Study," The Journals of Gerontology, 66B:4 [2011].

Giertz, S.; Kubik, J., "The Disability Screening Process and the Labor Market Behavior of Accepted and Rejected Applicants: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study," Journal of Labor Research, 32:3 [2011].

Haas, Steven; Glymour, M. Maria; Berkman, Lisa F., "Childhood Health and Labor Market Inequality over the Life Course," Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 52:3 [2011].

Lin, James C.; Guerrieri, Joy Gioia ; Moore, Alison A ., "Drinking Patterns and the Development of Functional Limitations in Older Adults: Longitudinal Analyses of the Health and Retirement Survey," Journal of Aging and Health, 23:5 [2011].

Maurer, J.; Klein, R.; Vella, F., "Subjective Health Assessments And Active Labor Market Participation Of Older Men: Evidence From A Semiparametric Binary Choice Model With Nonadditive Correlated Individual-Specific Effects," The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93:3 [2011].

McNamara, Tay K.; Gonzales, Ernest, "Volunteer Transitions Among Older Adults: The Role of Human, Social, and Cultural Capital in Later Life," The Journals of Gerontology, 66B:4 [2011].

Mezuk, Briana; Bohnert, Amy; Ratliff, Scott; Zivin, Kara, "Job Strain, Depressive Symptoms, and Drinking Behavior Among Older Adults: Results > From the Health and Retirement Study," The Journals of Gerontology, 66B:4 [2011].

Yao, R.; Curl, A., "Do Market Returns Influence Risk Tolerance? Evidence from Panel Data," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 32:3 [2011].


United States Government Accountability Office, Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices, Washington, DC, U.S. Government Accountability Office [2011].

United States Government Accountability Office, Social Security Reform: Raising the Retirement Ages Would Have Implications for Older Workers and SSA Disability Rolls, Washington, DC, U.S. Government Accountability Office [2010].





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