Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #616 -- December 1, 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. MEDICAL EXPENDITURE PANEL SURVEY DATA RELEASE: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released several new MEPS data files (November 2011, data in .zip or self decompressing [.exe] ASCII text and SAS Transport format, with documentation in HTML and .pdf format, and SAS and SPSS programming statements in ASCII format).

- MEPS HC-126G: 2009 Office-Based Medical Provider Visits File (Final)

- MEPS HC-126F: 2009 Outpatient Visits File (Final)

- MEPS HC-126E: 2009 Emergency Room Visits File (Final)

- MEPS HC-126D: 2009 Hospital Inpatient Stays File (Final)


II. Reports and articles:

2. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Nov. 28, 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).


3. US CENSUS BUREAU BRIEF: "The Older Population: 2010," by Carrie A. Werner (C2010BR-09, November 2011, .pdf format, 19p.). The brief is linked to from a Census Bureau news release: "2010 Census Shows 65 and Older Population Growing Faster Than Total U.S. Population" (CB11-CN.192, Nov. 30, 2011).

Click on "new 2010 Census brief" in the second line of the news release for link to full text.



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

Details for Personal Health Care Expenditures 2010: Tables 1.1-1.4

Medicare Short Stay Hospitals 2010: Tables 5.1-5.12

Medicare Physician Services 2010: Tables 9.1-9.9

B. "Decision Memo for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N)" (November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 48p.).

C. "National Trends 1966-2010 Reports:

National Trends 1966 - 2010:

Medicare Enrollment: National Trends 1966 - 2010 Medicare Aged and Disabled Enrollees by Type of Coverage All Areas, as of July 1, 1966-2010 Hospital and/or Supplementary Medical Insurance (2011, .pdf format, 1p.).

Medicare Enrollment: National Trends 1966 - 2010 Medicare Aged and Disabled Enrollees by Type of Coverage All Areas, as of July 1, 1966-2010 Hospital Insurance (2011, .pdf format, 1p.).

Supplementary Medical Insurance Medicare Enrollment: National Trends 1966 - 2010 Medicare Aged and Disabled Enrollees by Type of Coverage All Areas, as of July 1, 1966-2010 Supplementary Medical Insurance (2011, .pdf format, 1p.).

D. News Releases:

"Medicare Expanding Competitive Bidding Program to Save Billions" (Nov. 30, 2011).

"Medicare's Dec. 7th Open Enrollment Deadline Nears" (Nov. 28, 2011).


5. US GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT: "Medicare Advantage: Enrollment Increased from 2010 to 2011 while Premiums Decreased and Benefit Packages Were Stable" (GAO-12-93, October 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 20p.).



A. "Monthly Statistical Snapshot, October 2011 (November 2011).

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


7. US SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION REPORT: "Older Adult Admissions Reporting Alcohol as a Substance of Abuse: 1992 and 2009" (Treatment Episode Dataset 11-1115, November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).


8. AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND WELFARE REPORT: "Australia's welfare 2011," (November 2011, .pdf format, 457p.). Chapter 6, "Ageing and aged care," and Chapter 7, "Informal carers," may be of interest to researchers in aging. Each chapter can be downloaded separately.


9. AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGING REPORT: "2010-11 Report on the Operation of the Aged Care Act 1997" (2011, .pdf format, 123p.).


10. UK OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS PERIODIAL ARTICLE: "The effect of lengthening Life Expectancy on future pension and Long-Term Care expenditure in England, 2007 to 2032," by Juliette Malley, Ruth Hancock, Mike Murphy, John Adams, Raphael Wittenberg, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Chris Curry, Derek King, Sean James, Marcello Morciano, and Linda Pickard (in Heath Statistics Quarterly, No. 52, November 2011, .pdf format, p. 1-29).


11. UK PARLIAMENT REPORT: "Public service pension reform - 2010 onwards," by Richard Cracknell and Djuna Thurley (November 2011, .pdf format, 67p.).



A. "Caring for Caregivers: Help for those who help others," by Sally Abrahms (in _AARP Bulletin_, Dec. 1, 2011).

B. "Food Insecurity Among Older Adults," by James P. Ziliak and Craig Gundersen (August 2011, .pdf format, 154p.).

C. "The Challenges of Family Caregiving," by Susan C. Reinhard, Lynn Feinberg, and Rita Choula (November 2011, .pdf format, 9p.).

D. Prime Time Radio: The following Prime Time Radio show (RealPlayer and MP3 format, running time, between 23 and 30 minutes) has been added to the PTR site:

Retirement Preparations: Former U.S. Treasurer Anna Cabral shares her wisdom (Nov. 29, 2011).


13. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "How Would GASB Proposals Affect State and Local Pension Reporting?" by Alicia H. Munnell, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Josh Hurwitz, and Laura Quinby (SLP#23, November 2011, .pdf format, 15p.).


14. BOSTON COLLEGE SLOAN CENTER FOR AGING AND WORK GENERATIONS OF TALENT REPORTS: "A new research study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College examines work experiences of employees, finding that those 40 years old and older are the most engaged and demonstrate the highest level of organizational commitment, and that those 50 years old and older are the most satisfied with their jobs. The Generations of Talent Study is one of few to assess the effects of country, age, and career stage among employees worldwide. It gathered data about work experiences from 11,298 individuals, working for seven multinational companies, at 24 worksites in 11 countries. In this initial data release, researchers analyze responses in individual countries as well as divide countries into two groups: those with older populations and developed market economies (Old-Developed Countries: Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, UK, U.S.) and those with younger populations and developing market economies (Young-Developing Countries: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Botswana)." The site links to ten topical reports (all .pdf format).


15. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2011).


16. FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE PERIODICAL Caregiving PolicyDigest (Vol. 11, No. 22, Nov. 23, 2011).


17. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION [YORK, NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK] REPORT: "A Better Life - what older people with high support needs value," by Jeanne Katz, Caroline Holland, Sheila Peace and Emily Taylor (November 2011, .pdf format, 59p.).

More information about JRF:


18. MATHER LIFEWAYS AGING IN ACTION ARTICLE UPDATES: Mather's AiA has added articles for the week of Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2011).

More information about Mather Lifeways:


19. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Organ aging and susceptibility to cancer may be related to the geometry of the stem cell niche," by Krastan B. Blagoev (Vol. 108, No. 48, Nov. 29, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 19216-19221). This article is available free of charge.


20. PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE (PLoS) ARTICLE: "Does Reduced IGF-1R Signaling in Igf1r+/- Mice Alter Aging?" by Alex F. Bokov1, Neha Garg, Yuji Ikeno, Sachin Thakur, Nicolas Musi, Ralph A. DeFronzo, Ning Zhang, Rebecca C. Erickson, Jon Gelfond, Gene B. Hubbard, Martin L. Adamo, and Arlan Richardson (PLoS ONE 6(11): e26891. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026891, Vol. 6, No. 11, November 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 10p.).



A. "Aging Genes: The Sirtuin Story Unravels," by Jennifer Couzin-Frankel (News Focus, Vol. 334 no. 6060, Dec. 2, 2011, p. 1194-1198).

B. "Yeast Informs Alzheimer's Disease," by Leeanne McGurk and Nancy M. Bonini (Perspectives, Vol. 334 no. 6060, Dec. 2, 2011, p. 1212-1213).

C. "Functional Links Between A{Beta} Toxicity, Endocytic Trafficking, and Alzheimers Disease Risk Factors in Yeast, by Sebastian Treusch, Shusei Hamamichi, Jessica L. Goodman, Kent E. S. Matlack, Chee Yeun Chung, Valeriya Baru, Joshua M. Shulman, Antonio Parrado, Brooke J. Bevis, Julie S. Valastyan, Haesun Han, Malin Lindhagen-Persson, Eric M. Reiman, Denis A. Evans, David A. Bennett, Anders Olofsson, Philip L. DeJager, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Kim A. Caldwell, Guy A. Caldwell, and Susan Lindquist Vol. 334 no. 6060, Dec. 2, 2011, p. 1241-1245.).



A. "Prostate-Cancer Screening--What the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Left Out," by Allan S. Brett, and Richard J. Ablin (Perspectives, Vol. 365, No. 21, Nov. 24, 2011, HTML and. .pdf format, p. 1949-1951). This article is available free of charge.

B. "One Man at a Time--Resolving the PSA Controversy," by Mary F. McNaughton-Collins and Michael J. Barry (Perspectives, Vol. 365, No. 21, Nov. 24, 2011, HTML and. .pdf format, p. 1951-1953). This article is available free of charge.

C. "Stratifying Risk--The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and Prostate-Cancer Screening," by Fritz H. Schroder (Perspectives, Vol. 365, No. 21, Nov. 24, 2011, HTML and. .pdf format, p. 1953-1955). This article is available free of charge.

D. "Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans," by Daniel S. Budnitz, Maribeth C. Lovegrove, Nadine Shehab, and Chesley L. Richards (Special Article, Vol. 365, No. 21, Nov. 24, 2011, p. 2002-2011).


23. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Functional outcomes of multi-condition collaborative care and successful ageing: results of randomised trial," by Michael Von Korff, Wayne J Katon, Elizabeth H.B. Lin, Paul Ciechanowski, Do Peterson, Evette J. Ludman, Bessie Young, and Carolyn M. Rutter (BMJ 2011;343:d6612, Vol. 343, No. 7833, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:

24. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH: "How Do Subjective Mortality Beliefs Affect the Value of Social Security and the Optimal Claiming Age," by Wei Sun and Anthony Webb (WP#2011-22, November 2011, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


25. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF MINNEAPOLIS [MINNESOTA]: "On Efficiently Financing Retirement," by Ellen R. McGrattan and Edward C. Prescott (Working Paper No. 692, November 2011, .pdf and Post Script format, 34p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


26. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Logical Implications of GASBs Methodology for Valuing Pension Liabilities," by Robert Novy-Marx (w17613, November 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).


It is well known that the funding status of state and local government defined benefit pension plans, as measured by the accounting methodology prescribed by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), improves when the plans take on more investment risk. This paper documents several lesser known logical implications of the GASB methodology. In particular, I show that GASB accounting is susceptible to the "Yogi Berra fallacy," under which a pizza is less filling when sliced into fewer pieces: GASB gives different "valuations" for the exact same assets and liabilities when they are partitioned differently among plans. Moreover, the marginal valuation of assets can be negative under GASB. In such cases a plan can improve its GASB funding status literally by burning money. Finally, I show that GASBs methodology is exactly equivalent to fairly valuing plan liabilities, but accounting for stocks at more than twice their traded prices, and further crediting a plan an additional dollar for each dollar of stock that it intends to buy in the future.



A. "Social Protection of Older People," by David E. Bloom, Emmanuel Jimenez, and Larry Rosenberg (PGDA Working Paper No. 83, November 2011, .pdf format, 11p.).

B. "Longitudinal Aging Study in India: Vision, Design, Implementation, and Some Early Results," by P. Arokiasamy, D. Bloom, J. Lee, K. Feeney, and M. Ozolins (PGDA Working Paper No. 82, Novmeber 2011, .pdf format, 43p.).


India is poised to experience a dramatic rise in its aging population in coming decades, yet comprehensive research and effective policy to confront this transition are lacking. According to projections constructed by the United Nations Population Division, the share of Indians aged 60 and over will increase from 8% today to 19% by 2050 (representing 323 million people, more than the entire US population in 2011). This demographic shift will pose significant challenges. India's traditional reliance on private family networks to provide older people with care, companionship, and financial support will be stressed not only by the increasing number of aging Indians who rely on it, but also by changing household dynamics and patterns of spatial mobility among younger family members.

The Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI) is intended to inform the design and expansion of a new generation of institutions - public and private - for the care and support of India's population of older people by providing comprehensive data to the scientific and policy community. LASI is an evidence base for analyzing the (1) health, (2) economic and financial resources, and (3) living arrangements and social connections of older Indians. It enhances opportunities for cross-national analysis by adding India to the growing number of countries with harmonized data on their older populations. LASI surveys will be carried out every two years, providing longitudinal data to support research and policy development.

This paper provides an overview of the conception and content of the 2010 LASI pilot survey that was conducted in four states: Punjab, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Kerala. We highlight key aspects of the field work, such as response rates and interview duration, and discuss the breadth and quality of the economic, health, and social data collected. We pay close attention to the cultural and geographic diversity LASI is able to capture, and bring to light interesting patterns in, and relationships among, measures of health, social connectedness, labor force participation, and hardship among the elderly.


28. EUROPEAN COMMISSION: "Fewer, older and multicultural? Projections of the EU populations by foreign/national background," by Giampaolo Lanzieri (December 2011, .pdf format, 37p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


29. INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF LABOR (IZA) [UNIVERSITY OF BONN, GERMANY]: "Firm-Sponsored Classroom Training: Is It Worth It for Older Workers?" by Benoit Dostie and Pierre Thomas Leger (Discussion Paper No. 6123, November 2011, .pdf format, 30p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at the site.


30. 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. 21, 2011.


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

31. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 11, December 2011).

32. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (Vol. 19, No. 12, December 2011).

33. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity (Vol. 8, No. 2, October 2011).

34. Research on Aging (Vol. 34, No. 1, January 2011).


35. 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 Nov. 28, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 28, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Nov. 28, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Nov. 28, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Nov. 28, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Nov. 28, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

36. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING WEBINAR: "The Health Care Innovation Challenge," to be held in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 8, 2011.

"On November 14, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Health Care Innovation Challenge from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, a new initiative designed to test creative ways to deliver high quality medical care and reduce costs across the country. The Challenge will award up to $1 billion in total grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

To give interested potential applicants from the aging and disability networks the opportunity to hear more about the funding opportunity announcement, AoA will host a webinar with Innovation Center staff, who will provide an overview of the Challenge and answer your questions." Registration and technical specifications are available at the site.

A webcast will be available at:

The event will be recorded and made available after the webinar at:

"A second webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, which will delve deeper into the application process with special focus on quality measurement and financial plans." More information about this webinar will be posted on the US Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services at"



37. NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH: "Visiting Fellow in Aging Research - 2012" (application deadline is Dec. 28, 2011). "NBERs Fellowship Program in Aging Research offers support for outstanding economists to visit our Cambridge (Massachusetts) office for one or two years of intensive research in aging and health. Fellows are free of all teaching and other university responsibilities.... Applications are being accepted for 2012-2013 and/or 2013-2014. Applicants must have completed a PhD before they begin the program, and must be US Citizens or lawfully admitted for permanent residence at start of the fellowship." For more information see:


38. RAND SUMMER INSTITUTE: "RAND is pleased to announce the 19th annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI). RSI consists of two annual conferences that address critical issues facing our aging population. The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists will be held on July 9-10, and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging conference on July 11-12, 2012. Both conferences will convene at the RAND Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica, California." For more information see:


39. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 1, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

40. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING: "When Its Time to Intervene -Taking Over a Loved Ones Financial Affairs," a webinar to be held on Nov. 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time (0:00 GMT). For more information, including registration information see:


41. AMERICAN SOCIETY ON AGING: "The Aging, Mobility and Quality of Life (AMQoL)," to be held Jun. 24-26, 2012 in Ann Arbor Michigan. For more information see:



"Crossing Borders for Palliative Care" Tel Aviv, Israel (Feb. 29, 2012)

"The International Conference on Clinical Practice in Alzheimer Disease (CPAD)" Budapest, Hungary (November 8, 2012).


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

43. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Overprescribed: The Human and Taxpayers' Costs of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes," a hearing held Nov. 30, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a link to a video transcript may be available at the site at some point in the future.


It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgement; and in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer

Cicero--106-43 B.C.


Jack Solock
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Social Sciences Research Services
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