Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #613 -- November 11, 2011

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I. Data:

1. US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS: "American Time Use Survey (ATUS) Well-Being Module Microdata Files," (November 2011). The data files can be downloaded in zipped comma-delimited format (SAS, SPSS, and Stata programming statements are provided). Documentation is available in .pdf format.



A. "Life Tables, Australia, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

B. "Life Tables, New South Wales, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

C. "Life Tables, New South Wales, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

D. "Life Tables, Victoria, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

E. "Life Tables, Queensland, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

F. "Life Tables, South Australia, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

G. "Life Tables, Western Australia, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

H. "Life Tables, Tasmania, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

I. "Life Tables, Northern Territory, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).

J. "Life Tables, Australian Capital Territory, 2008-2010," (November 2011, Excel format).


II. Reports and articles:

3. US SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ACTUARY MEMORANDUM: "Estimated Financial Effects of a Proposal to Restore Sustainable Solvency for the Social Security Program Requested by Representative Jason Chaffetz," (November 2011, .pdf format, 21p.).



A. CMS' Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement has recently been updated (tables available in .zip compressed .pdf and Microsoft Excel format):

- End Stage Renal Disease (2011, Tables 11.1-11.2).

- Medicare Hospital Outpatient Services (2010, Tables 10.1-10.5).

B. "Decision Memo for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease (CAG-00424N)," (November 8, 2011).

C. "National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and High-Intensity Behavioral Counseling (HIBC) to prevent (STIs) (CAG-00426N)," (November 8, 2011).

D. Medicare and Medicaid Research Review (Vol. 1, No. 4, 2011, .pdf format).

The articles are: "IME and Disproportionate Share Adjustments to Medicare Inpatient Payment Rates," by Nguyen Xuan Nguyen and Steven H. Sheingold (19p.).

"Disparities in Routine Breast Cancer Screening for Medicaid Managed Care Members with a Work-Limiting Disability," by Sharada Weir, Heather E. Posner, Jianying Zhang, Whitney C. Jones, Georgianna Willis, Jeffrey D. Baxter, and Robin E. Clark (20p).


5. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Nov. 7, 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).



A. "Public service pension reform - 2010 onwards," by Julia Lourie and Djuna Thurley (Commons Library Standard Note SN00712, November 2011, .pdf format, 26p.).

B. "Pensions: Automatic enrolment and employer contributions," by Djuna Thurley (Commons Library Standard Note SN04847, November 2011, .pdf format, 44p.).


7. WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES POPULATION ESTIMATES: Estimates have been updated through Jul. 1, 2010 (Microsoft Excel and .pdf format).



A. "Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare and the Private Sector: A Status Update," by Robert A. Berenson and Rachel A. Burton (November 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).

B. "Long-Term Care in an Era of Shrinking Government," (November 8, 2011, Ustream format, running time 1 hour 26 minutes).


9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT RESEARCH INSTITUTE ISSUE BRIEF: "Tax Reform Options: Promoting Retirement Security," by Jack VanDerhei (EBRI Issue Brief No. 364, November 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).



A. "Protecting Older Investors: The Challenge of Diminished Capacity," by Naomi Karp and Ryan Wilson (November 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).

B. "Medicare Part D Open Enrollment for 2012," by Leigh Purvis and N. Lee Rucker (November 2011, .pdf format, 10p.).


11. PEW SOCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS REPORT: "The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being: The Old Prosper Relative to the Young," by Richard Fry, D'Vera Cohn, Gretchen Livingston and Paul Taylor (November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 36p.).


12. ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION REPORT: "Alzheimer's from the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimers Plan Must Address," (November 2011, .pdf format, 39p.).


13. INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN'S POLICY RESEARCH REPORT: "Retirement on the Edge: Women, Men, and Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession," by Cynthia Hess, Jeff Hayes, and Heidi Hartmann (October 2011, .pdf format, 56p.).


14. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] BRIEF: "Older drivers and behavioural change," by Dr. Craig Berry (November 2011, .pdf format, 23p.).


15. INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON PUBLIC POLICY [MONTREAL, QUEBEC] REPORT: "Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older Canadians: An Overview of the Policy Challenges," by Neena L. Chappell (No. 21, October 2011, .pdf format, 31p.).


16. ECONOMIST ARTICLE: "Not so retiring: The state with the biggest pension problem is stumbling toward a solution," (November 2011).



A. "Clearance of p16Ink4a-positive senescent cells delays ageing-associated disorders," by Darren J. Baker, Tobias Wijshake, Tamar Tchkonia, Nathan K. LeBrasseur, Bennett G. Childs, Bart van de Sluis, James L. Kirkland & Jan M. van Deursen (Vol. 479, No. 7372, November 10, 2011, p. 232-236).

B. "Genome sequencing reveals insights into physiology and longevity of the naked mole rat," by Eun Bae Kim, Xiaodong Fang, Alexey A. Fushan, Zhiyong Huang, Alexei V. Lobanov, Lijuan Han, Stefano M. Marino, Xiaoqing Sun, Anton A. Turanov, Pengcheng Yang, Sun Hee Yim, Xiang Zhao, Marina V. Kasaikina, Nina Stoletzki, Chunfang Peng, Paz Polak, Zhiqiang Xiong, Adam Kiezun, Yabing Zhu, Yuanxin Chen, Gregory V. Kryukov, Qiang Zhang, Leonid Peshkin, Lan Yang, Roderick T. Bronson, Rochelle Buffenstein, Bo Wang, Changlei Han, Qiye Li, Li Chen, Wei Zhao, Shamil R. Sunyaev, Thomas J. Park, Guojie Zhang, Jun Wang & Vadim N. Gladyshev (Vol. 479, No. 7372, November 10, 2011, p. 223-227).


18. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Positive affect measured using ecological momentary assessment and survival in older men and women," by Andrew Steptoe and Jane Wardle (Vol. 108, No. 45, November 8, 2011, p. 18244-18248).



A. "Frequency and Associated Factors for Care Giving among Elderly Patients Visiting a Teaching Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan," by Waris Qidwai, Mohammad Uzair Abdul Rauf, Seema Sakina, Ayesha Hamid, Sidra Ishaque, and Tabinda Ashfaq (PLoS ONE 6(11): e25873. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025873, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Granulovacuolar Degenerations Appear in Relation to Hippocampal Phosphorylated Tau Accumulation in Various Neurodegenerative Disorders," by Yuu Yamazaki, Tomoyasu Matsubara, Tetsuya Takahashi, Takashi Kurashige, Eisuke Dohi, Masanori Hiji, Yoshito Nagano, Takemori Yamawaki, and Masayasu Matsumoto (PLoS ONE 6(11): e26996. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026996, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).

C. "Alzheimer's Disease and Non-Demented High Pathology Control Nonagenarians: Comparing and Contrasting the Biochemistry of Cognitively Successful Aging," by Chera L. Maarouf, Ian D. Daugs, Tyler A. Kokjohn, Douglas G. Walker, Jesse M. Hunter, Jane C. Kruchowsky, Randy Woltjer, Jeffrey Kaye, Eduardo M. Castano, Marwan N. Sabbagh, Thomas G. Beach, and Alex E. Roher (PLoS ONE 6(11): e27291. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027291, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 17p.).

D. "Immunogenicity and Reactogenicity of 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) Inactivated Monovalent Non-Adjuvanted Vaccine in Elderly and Immunocompromised Patients," by Joao L. Miraglia, Edson Abdala, Paulo M. Hoff, Andre M. Luiz, Danise S. Oliveira, Carla G. S. Saad, Ieda M. M. Laurindo, Ana T. R. Viso, Angela Tayra, Lia C. Pierrotti, Luiz S. Azevedo, Lucia Maria A. Campos, Nadia E. Aikawa, Maria do Carmo S. T. Timenetsky, Expedito Luna, Maria Regina A. Cardoso, Jose da S. Guedes, Isaias Raw, Jorge Kalil, and Alexander R. Precioso (PLoS ONE 6(11): e27214. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027214, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

E. "Evidence for More than One Parkinson's Disease-Associated Variant within the HLA Region," by Erin M. Hill-Burns, Stewart A. Factor, Cyrus P. Zabetian, Glenys Thomson, and Haydeh Payami (PLoS ONE 6(11): e27109. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027109, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 8p.).


20. NATURE MEDICINE ARTICLE ABSTRACT: "Suppression of bone formation by osteoclastic expression of semaphorin 4D," by Takako Negishi-Koga, Masahiro Shinohara, Noriko Komatsu, Haruhiko Bito, Tatsuhiko Kodama, Roland H. Friedel & Hiroshi Takayanagi (Vol. 17, No. 11, November 2011, p. 1473-1480).


III. Working Papers:


A. "Social Security on Auto-Pilot: International Experience with Automatic Stabilizer Mechanisms," by Barry Bowsworth and R. Kent Weaver (WP No. 2011-18, November 2011, .pdf format, 43p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.

B. "The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Extensions on Disability Insurance Application and Allowance Rates," by Matthew S. Rutledge (WP No. 2011-17, October 2011, .pdf format, 46p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


22. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK: "Impact of Population Aging on Asia's Future Growth," by Donghyun Park and Kwanho Shin (Working Paper No. 281, October 2011, .pdf format, 21p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:


The demographic dividend that contributed substantially to economic growth in developing Asia in the past is dissipating. Population aging affects growth through savings, capital accumulation, labor force participation, and total factor productivity. We examined the impact of aging on those four channels in 12 developing Asian economies that collectively make up the bulk of the regions population and output. We then made projections about the effects of demographic change on the economic growth of the 12 from 2011 to 2020 and from 2021 to 2030. Our results indicate that there will be a sizable adverse economic impact where population aging is more advanced.


23. 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 Nov. 1, 2011.


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

24. Ageing International (Vol. 36, No. 4, December 2011).

25. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association (Vol. 7, No. 6, November 2011).

26. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 10, Nov. 15, 2011).

27. Dementia (Vol. 10, No. 4, November 2011).

28. Health Affairs (Vol. 30, No. 11, November 2011).

29. Journal of Gerontological Social Work (Vol. 54, No. 6, November 2011).

30. Journal of Gerontology (A): Biological Sciences (Vol. 66A, No. 12, December 2011).


31. 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 November 7, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of November 7, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of November 7, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of November 7, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of November 7, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of November 7, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities:


A. "Implications of the Economic Downturn for Health, Wealth, and Work at Older Ages (R01)," (PA-12-009, National Institute on Aging, application dates are February 5, June 5, and October 5).

B. "Limited Competition: Revision(s) to the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (U19)," (PAR-12-008, National Institute on Aging, application dates are January 25, May 25, and September 25).

C. "Academic Research Enhancement Award (Parent R15)," (PA-12-006, a reissue of PA-10-070, National Institute on Aging, in conjunction with other agencies, application dates are February 25, June 25, and October 25).


33. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Nov. 9, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

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

Dec. 12, 2011: Changing Images of Ageing -- Berlin, Germany.

Nov. 20, 2012: Ageing: Challenging the boundaries -- Brisbane, Australia.


VII. Websites of Interest:

35. SLOAN CENTER ON AGING AND WORK AT BOSTON COLLEGE: "Aging & Work Literature Database," (November 2011). "The Sloan Centers unique resource provides a 'first-stop' for locating reports and journal articles about the multi-generational workplace in the US and around the world."

To search the database, go to:





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