Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #611 -- October 27, 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. US CENSUS BUREAU: "2008-2010 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates" (CB11-TPS.40, Oct. 27, 2011). This news release links to tables in the Census Bureau's American Factfinder web based extractor and to FTP download of the tables (compressed comma-delimited format).


II. Reports and articles:


A. "OASDI and SSI Program Rates & Limits, 2012," (October 2011, .pdf and HTML format, 1p.).

B. SSI Monthly Statistics, September 2011 (October 2011, HTML and .pdf format).


3. US INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRESS RELEASE: "IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2012," (October 20, 2011).,,id=248482,00.html



A. "Market Characteristics and Awareness of Managed Care Options Among Elderly Beneficiaries Enrolled in Traditional Medicare," by Jessica N. Mittler, Bruce E. Landon, Alan M. Zaslavsky, and Paul D. Cleary (Medicare and Medicaid Research Review, Vol. 1, No. 3, Article 3, October 2011, .pdf format, 17p.).

B. "The Impact of Paradoxical Comorbidities on Risk-Adjusted Mortality of Medicare Beneficiaries with Cardiovascular Disease," by Mary S. Vaughan-Sarrazin, Xin Lu, and Peter Cram (Medicare and Medicaid Research Review, Vol. 1, No. 3, Article 2, October 2011, .pdf format, 17p.).


5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Oct. 24, 2011, .pdf format, 10p.).



A. "Occupational Pension Schemes Survey 2010," (Statistical Bulletin, October 27, 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Period and cohort life expectancy tables, 2010-based," (Data Tables, October 2011, Excel format).

C. Pension Trends has added two new chapters: Chapter 1: Pensions legislation - an overview; and, Chapter 5: State pensions (2011 edition, October 2011, .pdf and Excel format).

Chapter 1:

Chapter 5:


7. STATISTICS CANADA/STATISTIQUE CANADA ARTICLE: "Delayed retirement: A new trend?" by Yves Carriere and Diane Galarneau (Perspectives on Labour and Income, Vol. 23, No. 3, October 2011, .pdf and HTML format).


8. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "The Hospital Dementia Services Project: a study description," (October 2011, .pdf and Rich-text format, 16p.).



A. "Local Government Pension Scheme, 2010 onwards - Commons Library Standard Note," by Djuna Thurley (SN05823, October 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

B. "Pensions Bill 2011 - final stages - Commons Library Standard Note," by Djuna Thurley (SN06082, October 2011, .pdf format, 13p.).


10. C.D. HOWE INSTITUTE [CANADA] REPORT: "Legal for Life: Why Canadians Need a Lifetime Retirement Saving Limit," by James Pierlot (No. 336, October 2011, .pdf format, 32p.).


11. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Oct. 21-Oct. 27, 2011).


12. METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE REPORT: "Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs: The 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs," (October 2011, .pdf format, 50p.).



A. "Medicaids Long-Term Care Users: Spending Patterns Across Institutional and Community-based Settings," (October 2011, .pdf format, 32p.).

B. "Examining Medicaid Managed Long-Term Service and Support Programs: Key Issues To Consider," (October 2011, .pdf format, 19p.).


14. HSBC REPORT: "The Future of Retirement: Why family matters," (October 2011, .pdf format, 39p.). Note: Use the drop-down boxes at the bottom of the page to download the report.


15. AARP REPORT: "Winter Heating Costs Report: 2011-2012 Heating Costs to Burden Many Older Consumers," by Ann McLarty Jackson and Neal Walters (October 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).


16. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: "A soluble {alpha}-synuclein construct forms a dynamic tetramer," by Wei Wang, Iva Perovic, Johnathan Chittuluru, Alice Kaganovich, Linh T. T. Nguyen, Jingling Liao, Jared R. Auclair, Derrick Johnson, Anuradha Landeru, Alana K. Simorellis, Shulin Ju, Mark R. Cookson, Francisco J. Asturias, Jeffrey N. Agar, Brian N. Webb, ChulHee Kang, Dagmar Ringe, Gregory A. Petsko, Thomas C. Pochapsky, and Quyen Q. Hoang (Vol. 108, No. 43, October 25, 2011, .pdf and HTML format, p. 17797-17802). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.



A. "NK-Like T Cells and Plasma Cytokines, but Not Anti-Viral Serology, Define Immune Fingerprints of Resilience and Mild Disability in Exceptional Aging," by Abbe N. Vallejo, David L. Hamel, Robert G. Mueller, Diane G. Ives, Joshua J. Michel, Robert M. Boudreau, and Anne B. Newman (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26558. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026558, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

B. "Anti-Retroviral Treatment Outcomes among Older Adults in Zomba District, Malawi," by Joel Negin, Monique van Lettow, Medson Semba, Alexandra Martiniuk, Adrienne Chan, and Robert G. Cumming (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26546. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026546, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

C. "Identification of Allele-Specific RNAi Effectors Targeting Genetic Forms of Parkinson's Disease," by Christopher R. Sibley and Matthew J. A. Wood (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26194. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026194, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 13p.).

D. "Association between Several Clinical and Radiological Determinants with Long-Term Clinical Progression and Good Prognosis of Lower Limb Osteoarthritis," by Erlangga Yusuf, Jessica Bijsterbosch, P. Eline Slagboom, Herman M. Kroon, Frits R. Rosendaal, Tom W. J. Huizinga, and Margreet Kloppenburg (PLoS ONE 6(10): e25426. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025426, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

E. "Tau Enhances {alpha}-Synuclein Aggregation and Toxicity in Cellular Models of Synucleinopathy," by Nahuai Badiola, Rita Machado de Oliveira, Federico Herrera, Cristina Guardia-Laguarta, Susana A. Gonlves, Marta Pera, Marc Suarez-Calvet, Jordi Clarimon, Tiago Fleming Outeiro, and Alberto Lleo (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26609. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026609, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

F. "Reversal of Glial and Neurovascular Markers of Unhealthy Brain Aging by Exercise in Middle-Aged Female Mice," by Caitlin S. Latimer, James L. Searcy, Michael T. Bridges, Lawrence D. Brewer, Jelena Popovic, Eric M. Blalock, Philip W. Landfield, Olivier Thibault, and Nada M. Porter (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26812. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026812, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

G. "Elevated Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase in Brains of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease," by Giuseppe Astarita, Kwang-Mook Jung, Vitaly Vasilevko, Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, Sarah K. Martin, David H. Cribbs, Elizabeth Head, Carl W. Cotman, and Daniele Piomelli (PLoS ONE 6(10): e24777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024777, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

H. "Peptide Fingerprinting of Alzheimer's Disease in Cerebrospinal Fluid: Identification and Prospective Evaluation of New Synaptic Biomarkers," by Holger Jahn, Stefan Wittke, Petra Zurbig, Thomas J. Raedler, Ske Arlt, Markus Kellmann, William Mullen, Martin Eichenlaub, Harald Mischak, and Klaus Wiedemann (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26540. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026540, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 12p.).

I. "Reversal of Fragile X Phenotypes by Manipulation of A{beta}PP/A{beta} Levels in Fmr1KO Mice," by Cara J. Westmark, Pamela R. Westmark, Kenneth J. O'Riordan, Brian C. Ray, Crystal M. Hervey, M. Shahriar Salamat, Sara H. Abozeid, Kelsey M. Stein, Levi A. Stodola, Michael Tranfaglia, Corinna Burger, Elizabeth M. Berry-Kravis, and James S. Malter (PLoS ONE 6(10): e26549. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026549, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 11p.).



A. "Hospitalization-Associated Disability: "She Was Probably Able to Ambulate, but I'm Not Sure"," by Kenneth E. Covinsky, Edgar Pierluissi, and C. Bree Johnston (Vol. 306, No. 16, October 29, 2011, p. 1782-1793).

B. "The Continuing Paradoxes of Nursing Home Policy," by Bruce C. Vladeck (Vol. 306, No. 16, October 29, 2011, p. 1802-1803).


III. Working Papers:

19. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CENTER FOR DEMOGRAPHY AND ECOLOGY: "Costa Rica: Subjective Survival Expectations versus Self-Rated Health Status," by Beatriz Novak (CDE Working Paper 2011-11, 2011, .pdf format, 29p.).


Purpose: The main objective of this study was to investigate whether subjective survival expectations in a developing country were as good as predictors of mortality as they have shown to be in other contexts.

Design and Methods: Data for this study was drawn from the first wave of the Costa Rican Longevity and Healthy Aging Study (2004-2006), a nationally representative sample of non-institutionalized adults over 60 years of age (N = 3000). Parametric Gompertz regressions were used to model mortality stratifying by gender and age (60-69 and 70-89). The first of the six models estimated included subjective survival expectations but not self-rated health status. The second included self-assessed health status but not subjective survival expectations. The third model included both variables. The last three models were similar to the first three, but each of them included four body functioning biomarkers. All models were adjusted by sociodemographic, health-related and health-related behavior variables.

Results: Only among males aged 60 to 69, subjective survival expectations were independent mortality predictors in models that may or not include body functioning biomarkers (p < 0.05 and p < 0.1 respectively). Results also suggested that subjective survival may be mediating the effects of objective measures of health status on mortality, and not just mediating the effects of self-assessed health status on mortality.

Implications: Differences between underlying mortality risks and those perceived by individuals can be employed to establish effect of external health shocks on updating self reported health status as well as potentially significant behavioral changes.


20. PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL, WHARTON SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Note: PRC requires free registration before providing working papers. "Public Pension Pressures in the United States," by Olivia S. Mitchell (WP2011-21, October 2011, .pdf format, 25p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


21. US CENSUS BUREAU POPULATION DIVISION: "The Use of Medicare Enrollment Data in the 2010 Demographic Analysis Estimates," by Kirsten West, Jason Devine, Bethany DeSalvo, and Katherine Condon (Working Paper No. 89, October 2011, .pdf format, 27p.).


This paper was prepared along with three companion documents to facilitate discussion during a Demographic Analysis (DA) technical review workshop. The paper focuses on Medicare enrollment as a source for estimating the population aged 65 and older on April 1, 2010. Three major issues are discussed:

- Not all United States residents aged 65 and older are enrolled in Medicare - either by law, or by preference. Correction factors need to be applied to the Medicare Enrollment Database (MEDB) to obtain an accurate estimate of the size and distribution of the United States population on April 1, 2010 by single year of age, sex, and race.

- There are records in the MEDB that should be excluded from the DA estimates. This includes people under 65 who qualify for Medicare, enrollees with residences outside of the United States, and records for people who were deceased as of April 1.

- The MEDB contains records with unknown and missing race codes. Also, Hispanic origin is recorded as a race category in the MEDB. These records need to be assigned a race code of Black or non-Black.

The paper proposes strategies for meeting the challenges associated with these issues.


22. ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT: "The Role of Guarantees in Defined Contribution Pensions," by Pablo Antolin, Stephanie Payet, Edward R. Whitehouse, and Juan Yermo (OECD Working Papers on Finance, Insurance and Private Pensions No. 11, September 2011, .pdf format, 30p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


23. WORLD BANK POLICY RESEARCH PROGRAMME: "The labor supply and retirement behavior of China's older workers and elderly in comparative perspective," by John Giles, Dewen Wang and Wei Cai (WPS 5853, October 2011, .pdf and ASCII text format, 40p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


24. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES/Ifo INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMIC RESEARCH (CESifo) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Do Mobile Pensioners Threaten the Deferred Taxation of Savings?" by Volker Meier and Andreas Wagener (CESifo Working Paper No. 3617, October 2011, .pdf format, 18p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


25. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Work-Related Health in Europe: Are Older Workers More at Risk?" by Melanie K. Jones, Paul L. Latreille, Peter J. Sloane, Anita V. Staneva (Discussion Paper No. 6044, October 2011, .pdf format, 39p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


26. MERCATUS CENTER [GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY]: "From Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution," by Scott Beaulier (No. 11-37, September 2011, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


27. 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. 15, 2011.


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

28. Ageing and Mental Health (Vol. 15, No. 8, 2011).

29. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (Vol. 26, No. 5, August 2011).

30. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 9, November 1, 2011).

31. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 19, No. 11, November 2011).

32. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 54, No. 1, January/February 2012).

33. Journal of Aging Studies (Vol. 26, No. 1, January 2012).

34. OMEGA--Journal of Death and Dying (Vol. 64, No. 1, 2011/2012).

35. Research in Nursing & Health (Vol. 34, No. 6, December 2011).


36. 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 24, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 24, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 24, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of October 24, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of October 24, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of October 24, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Books:


A. The Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders, edited by Chad Noggle, Raymond Dean, and Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr. (October 2011, ISBN-13: 9780826198549, 830p.).

B. Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Schlossberg's Theory With Practice in a Diverse World, Fourth Edition, by Mary Anderson, Janne Goodman, and Nancy Schlossberg (2011, ISBN-13: 9780826106353, 344p.).


VI. Employment/Funding Opportunities:


A. "2012 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program," (October 2011). Note: The deadline for applications is January 27, 2012. "The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide opportunities for scholars from all academic disciplines and senior scholars working in a new area to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income and disability insurance issues." For more information:

B. "2012 Dissertation Fellowship Program," (October 2011). Note: The deadline for applications is January 27, 2012.


39. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Oct. 27, 2011.


VII. Conferences:

40. FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR FAMILY AFFAIRS, SENIOR CITIZENS, WOMEN AND YOUTH [GERMANY]: "Changing Images of Ageing - International Perspectives for a Future-Oriented Policy on Senior Citizens and Generations," (December 12, 2011, Berlin, Germany).


VIII. Legislation Information Updates:

41. US HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, SUBCOMMITTEE ON MILITARY PERSONNEL HEARING TESTIMONY: "Military Retirement Reform," a hearing held October 25, 2011 (witness statements are available in .pdf format, the hearing is available in Flash Player format, running time 1 hour 16 minutes).


IX. Websites of Interest:

42. MEDICARE.GOV WEBSITE UPDATES: The following site was updated on Oct. 13, 2011: "Hospital Compare" (data can be downloaded in Access and comma-delimited format).





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