Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #61--November 30, 2000

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. HCFA: "Medicare County Enrollment as of July 1, 1999 Aged and Disabled 3/2000 update." This extraction program gives county numbers by state for aged and disabled enrollment for hospital insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI).

2. NCHS:

A. The National Center for Health Statistics has released "State Health Statistics by Sex and Race/Ethnicity." Mortality data is available "at the State level for gender, age, cause of death, and year for 1994-97. Data can be accessed via the Beyond 20/20 extraction program (which must be downloaded and installed), or an expedited query system that does not require a downloaded program.

B. NCHS has also released the Family Resources Income and Assets portion of the 1996 National Health Interview Survey.

Scroll to "Micro-data" and then 1996 Income File under "Downloadable Data," and 1996 Income File under "Downloadable Documentation."


II. Reports and articles:

3. _MLR_ ARTICLE: "Older workers: employment and retirement trends," by Patrick J. Purcell (US Bureau of Labor Statistics _Monthly Labor Review_, Vol. 123, No. 10, October 2000, p. 19-30, .pdf format).


As members of the "baby-boom" generation begin to retire and collect Social Security, pension, and other benefits, many changes to both the public and private retirement systems may occur, such as raising the ages of eligibility, creating more flexible pension plans, and introducing "phased retirement."

4. SSA OP RESEARCH NOTE: "Earnings of Black and Nonblack Workers Who Died or Became Disabled in 1996 and 1997" (US Social Security Administration Office of Policy Research and Statistics Note No. 2000-01, November 2000, .pdf format, 17p.). "Social Security solvency proposals may affect blacks as a group differently than those of other races because of differences in earnings, mortality, and rates of disability. To provide some background for understanding this issue, this note examines the earnings of workers by age and race, comparing those who recently died or became entitled to Social Security disability benefits with those still alive. It does not analyze any specific proposal for changing benefits."

5. HCFA REPORT: "Estimated Sustainable Growth Rate and Conversion Factor, for Medicare Payments to Physicians in 2001" (US Health Care Financing Administration, November 2000, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

6. WHITE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE: "President Clinton Takes Action to Improve Nutrition for America's Seniors and Families," (White House press release via Administration on Aging, Nov. 22, 2000, HTML format).


A. "Prevention of Hip Fracture in Elderly People with Use of a Hip Protector," by Pekka Kannus, Jari Parkkari, Seppo Niemi, Matti Pasanen, Mika Palvanen, Markku Jarvinen, and Ilkka Vuori, (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 21, Nov. 23, 2000, p. 1506-1513).

B. "Hip Protectors -- A Breakthrough in Fracture Prevention," by Laurence Rubenstein (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 343, No. 21, Nov. 23, 2000, HTML format). Note: This is a _NEJM_ editorial.

8. THE _LANCET_ ARTICLE: "End-of-life decisions in medical practice in Flanders, Belgium: a nationwide survey," by Luc Deliens, Freddy Mortier, Johan Bilsen, Marc Cosyns, Robert Vander Stichele, Johan Vanoverloop, Koen Ingels (The _Lancet_, Vol. 356, No. 9244, Nov. 25, 2000, p. 1806-1811, HTML and .pdf format).

Scroll to or "find in page" "End-of-life decisions in medical practice in Flanders, Belgium: a nationwide survey".

9. _AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH SYSTEM PHARMACY_ (VIA MEDSCAPE) ARTICLE: "DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone," by Joseph Pepping (_American Journal of Health System Pharmacy_, Vol. 57, No. 22, Nov. 15, 2000, p. 2048-2056, HTML format).


10. _NEWSWEEK_ ARTICLE: "Feeling the 50-Year Itch," by Karen Springen (_Newsweek_, Dec. 4, 2000).


III. Working Papers:

11. MCMASTER UNIVERSITY (CANADA) QSEP: "2 1/2 Proposals to Save Social Security," by Deborah Fretz and Michael R. Veall (Research Institute for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population Research Report R.R. No. 56, November 2000, .pdf and WordPerfect format, 24p.).


This is a review article of three books that deal with the problems facing the U.S. Social Security system. One deals with the OASDI (Old- Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) financial shortfall and proposes an alternative plan with both a tier one benefit and a tier two provision based on personal saving accounts. A second considers the social insurance system more comprehensively, arguing for a grand reform which would include new programs, particularly in the areas of child care and housing. A third largely confines itself to arguing against those who wish to change the OASDI plan because of the financial projections, although it also argues for a more comprehensive health care insurance system. The review concludes that key differences expressed in the books, particularly between the first and third, rest on different value judgments regarding intergenerational equity and the role of government.



12. CENSUS BUREAU SIPP: "The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Methods Panel Improving Income Measurement," by Pat Doyle, Betsy Martin, and Jeff Moore (Survey of Income and Program Participation Working Paper No. 234, November 2000, .pdf format, 22p.).


The Census Bureau recently established the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 2000 methods panel project to evaluate and redesign the core instrument for SIPP, a recurring, nationally representative, longitudinal survey of people and their socio-economic characteristics. The objectives of the project are to improve response rates in SIPP, to reduce income under reporting, and to improve data quality. It is a research project consisting of analysis of extant data as well as experimental research. The data analysis component includes examining patterns of nonresponse, examining reporting patterns across waves of interviewing, and analyzing patterns of income receipt. The program of experimental research consists of three phases, designed to allow for two iterations of testing and refining the Wave 1 and Wave 2+ core instruments. Each phase will culminate in a split-sample field test of about 2,000 interviewed Wave 1 households, 1000 randomly assigned to each of the control treatment (receiving the standard SIPP instrument) and experimental treatment (receiving a modified instrument). We will assess our success in meeting our objectives through analysis of data obtained in the field experiments and debriefings of respondents and interviewers.


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

13. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 4, No. 4, November 2000). Note 1: Electronic full text of this journal may be available. Check your organization's library. Note 2: This issue is a "special section" on primary care.

14. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 152, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic (HTML and .pdf format) full text via Highwire Press. Check your library for availability.

15. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 31, No. 2, October 2000).

Click on "Tables of Contents and Abstracts", and then on "Volume 31, Issue 2".

16. Journal of Health Care Economics (Vol. 20, No. 1, January 2001).

Click on "Search, Abstracts, Indices", then "Abstracts Archive", then "Volume 20, Issue 1, 01-January-2001". Note: Full electronic text (.pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

17. Journal of Marriage and the Family (Vol. 62, No. 4, November 2000).

Click on "Current Issues", then Volume 62, No. 4, "View this issue". Note: Electronic full text of this issue (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library. This journal is also available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

18. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents. CARL Uncover provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

B. click on "Search Uncover"
C. click on "Search Uncover Now"
D. Type the Journal Name in the search box and click the radio button "Journal Title Browse"
E. click on the journal name
F. click on "journal issues"
G. click on the issues identified below

Canadian Journal on Aging (Vol. 19, No. 2, Summer 2000).

Demography (Vol. 37, No. 4, November 2000). Note: This journal is available in electronic full-text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Aging and Social Policy (Vol. 11, No. 2/3, 2000).

Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 41, No. 1, 2000).


V. Funding Opportunities:

19. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: The BC CRR is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program's purpose is to promote research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work and statistics. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or comparable professional certification. Grant awards will be up to $25,000 for each successful applicant. The Program is funded through a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The deadline for proposals is March 16, 2001. Awards will be made in May 2001 and projects must be completed within one year of the award. For more information see:


VI. Conferences:

20. EAST-WEST CENTER THIRTY-SECOND SUMMER SEMINAR 0N POPULATION: The East-West Center's 32nd Summer Seminar on Population, to be held May 31-June 30, 2001, in Honolulu, Hawaii, features three workshops, one of which is "Population Aging in Asia and the Pacific: The Challenge for Healthcare Systems." For more information on the Seminar and workshops see:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

21. SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING: "Living Longer, Living Better: The Challenge to Policymakers," a hearing held Nov. 21, 2000.

Hearing testimony:

22. HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING PUBLICATION: "Global Aging Crisis," (Printed Hearing # 106-62, September 2000, HTML and .pdf format, 51p.).

Scroll to or "find in page "106-62".


VIII. Websites of Interest:

23. MEDSCAPE RESOURCE CENTER--OSTEOPOROSIS: "Medscape's Resource Center on Osteoporosis is a collection of the latest medical news and information on conditions associated with bone loss and fracture. This resource includes news, conference summaries, articles, treatment updates, clinical management modules, MEDLINE and Cochrane abstracts, practice guidelines, and links to professional organizations." The site has been updated through Nov. 24, 2000. Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing content.


24. NTERNET INFORMATION NOTES ADDITION: The US Administration on Aging National Aging Information Center has added a new section on caregiving issues to its Internet Information Notes metasite (discussed in CAAR #1, Sep. 16, 1999

item #16).

Caregiving Issues:

Internet Information Notes:

25. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE WEBCASTS: The Family Caregiver Alliance ("the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home,... [and] now a nationally recognized information center on long-term care and the lead agency in California's system of Caregiver Resource Centers"), provides two webcasts from its June 2000 conference for service providers and family caregivers. They are: "Frontotemporal Dementia," by Bruce Miller; and "Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Disease," by William Jagust. Note: Users will need either the RealPlayer or Windows Media Player plug-ins or helper applications to view these webcasts. Slides are included with the webcasts. Running times are 1 hour and 12 minutes for the first presentation, and 1 hour and 2 minutes for the second presentation. Users can chose from: video, audio, and slides; audio and slides; or slides alone.

Presentation #1:

Presentation #2:

Family Caregiver Alliance Clearinghouse:

Family Caregiver Alliance:


Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706