Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #618 -- December 15, 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 2010 CENSUS NEWS RELEASE: "Census Bureau Releases New Race and Ethnic Demographic Information from the 2010 Census for Nevada and New Mexico" (CB11-CN.194, Dec. 15, 2011). This release announces the beginning of the distribution of 2010 Census SF2 data tables. It links to extraction (American FactFinder) and Microsoft Excel (via ftp) data, as well as documentation. The Bureau will be announcing state data releases as they become available.


2. HUMAN MORTALITY DATABASE: Note: HMD requires free registration before providing data. The following updates have been added to the database:

Data for Russia were revised and updated through 2010.

Data availability:

Data access:


II. Reports and articles:

3. US ADMINISTRATION ON AGING NEWSLETTER: AoA eNewsletter (Dec. 12, 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).



The following enrollment tables have been published:

A. "Medicare State Enrollment 2010: Aged, Disabled, and All"

B. "Medicare Enrollment by State, Age Group, and Entitlement for 2010, 2009"

C. "Medicare County Enrollment 2008"

D. "Part B State Buy-Ins: 2000-2010:

All can be found at:


5. US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT: "Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Program: 2011 Report to Congress" (OEI-04-11-00450, December 2011, .pdf format, 22p.).



A. "Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance: Retirement Benefit and Retained Asset Account Disclosures Could Be Improved" (GAO-12-94, November 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 43p.).

B. "Delphi Pension Plans: GM Agreements with Unions Give Rise to Unique Differences in Participant Benefits," (GAO-12-168, December 2011, .pdf format, 57p.).

C. "Medicare: Many Factors, Including Administrative Challenges, Affect Access to Part D Vaccinations," (GAO-12-61, December 2011, .pdf format, 97p.).


7. US NATIONAL CENTER FOR HEALTH STATISTICS DATA BRIEF: "Residential Care Facilities: A Key Sector in the Spectrum of Long-term Care Providers in the United States," by Eunice Park-Lee, Christine Caffrey, Manisha Sengupta, Abigail J. Moss, Emily Rosenoff, and Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin (Data Brief 78, December 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).



A. "Estimated Financial Effects of the "Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011," legislation introduced as S. 1944 (112th Congress) on December 5, 2011 and as S. 1917 (112th Congress) on November 28, 2011 by Senator Robert Casey (Office of the Chief Actuary, Dec. 6, 2011, .pdf format, 2p.).

B. "Estimated Financial Effects of the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011," legislation introduced as H.R. 3630 (112th Congress) on December 9, 2011 by Representative Dave Camp (Office of the Chief Actuary, Dec. 12, 2011, .pdf format, 2p.)

For A. and B. above:

Scroll to date.

C. International Update, December 2011 (Administration, Research, Statistics, And Policy Analysis), December 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.).





A. "Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, July 2010 to June 2011" (December 2011, .pdf format, 63p., with supplementary tables in compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Downloads" tab for link to report and tables.

B. "Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 2009" (December 2011, compressed and uncompressed Microsoft Excel format).

Click on "Downloads" tab for link to data.


11. FEDERAL STATISTICAL OFFICE OF GERMANY REPORT: "Older People in Germany and the EU," (December 2011, .pdf format, 91p.).,property=file.pdf



A. "Age-related personal allowance - Commons Library Standard Note," by Antony Seely, Dominic Webb (SN06158, December 2011, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "State Pension age - Commons Library Standard Note," by Djuna Thurley (SN02234, December 2011, .pdf format, 35p.).

C. "Public service pension increases - Commons Library Standard Note," by Djuna Thurley (SN05434, December 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).

D. "Pensions: Automatic enrolment and employer contributions - Commons Library Standard Note," by Djuna Thurley (SN04847, December 2011, .pdf format, 47p.).



A. "Experienced Voices: What Kind of Care Works Best for Dual Eligibles? Insights from Focus Groups with Older Adults Enrolled in Both Medicare and Medicaid," by Lynda Flowers (December 2011, .pdf format, 51p.).

B. "An Analysis of 2010 Utility Expenditures by Older Consumers," by Neal Walters (December 2011, .pdf format, 12p.).


14. AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY AGING IN THE KNOW STUDY SUMMARY: "Identifying a Subclinical Form of Delirium: Better Screening Methods Could Influence Health Outcomes" (December 2011).


15. BOSTON COLLEGE CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH ISSUE BRIEF: "Do Low-Income Workers Benefit From 401(k) Plans?" by Eric Toder and Karen E. Smith (IB#11-15, December 2011, .pdf format, 7p.).



A. Ottawa's Pension Gap: The Growing and Under-reported Cost of Federal Employee Pensions," by Alexandre Laurin and William B.P. Robson (December 2011, .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Saving Pooled Registered Pension Plans: Its Up To the Provinces," by Keith Ambachtsheer and Edward Waitzer (December 2011, .pdf format, 6p.).

More information about C.D. Howe Institute:


17. CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN IRELAND (CARDI) E-LIBRARY UPDATE: CARDI e-library has updated its links to relevant papers from Dec. 9-15, 2011).


18. INSTITUTE NATIONAL D'ETUDES DEMOGRAPHIQUE [PARIS, FRANCE] PERIODICAL: Population and Societies (No. 483, November 2011, .pdf format, 4p.). The title article of this issue is "Elder care and dependence: no longer just a women's concern?" by Carole Bonnet, Emmanuelle Cambois, Chantal Cases, and Joelle Gaymu.


19. INTERNATIONAL LONGEVITY CENTRE UK [LONDON] REPORT: Successfully giving up driving for older people," by Charles Musselwhite (November 2011, .pdf format, 41p.).

Link to full text is at the bottom of the page.


20. JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION [YORK, UK] REPORT: "Involving older people in service commissioning: more power to their elbow?" by Gerald Wistow, Eileen Waddington, and Vanessa Davey (December 2011, .pdf format, 75p.).

More information about JRF:


21. PHI REPORT: "Caring in America, A Comprehensive Analysis of the Nations Fastest-Growing Jobs: Home Health and Personal Care Aides," by Dorie Seavey and Abby Marquand (December 2011, .pdf format, 121p.).

More information about PHI:



A. "Pension Math: How Californias Retirement Spending is Squeezing The State Budget," by Joe Nation (December 2011, .pdf format, 48p.).

B. "Shrinking Services: Public Pension Costs and Their Impacts on San Jose," by Joe Nation (December 2011, .pdf format, 24p.).

Topical graphs from California Common Sense:

More informaton about CACS:



A. "Hypoxia Due to Cardiac Arrest Induces a Time-Dependent Increase in Serum Amyloid Levels in Humans," by Henrik Zetterberg, Erik Mortberg, Linan Song, Lei Chang, Gail K. Provuncher, Purvish P. Patel, Evan Ferrell, David R. Fournier, Cheuk W. Kan, Todd G. Campbell, Ray Meyer, Andrew J. Rivnak, Brian A. Pink, Kaitlin A. Minnehan, Tomasz Piech, David M. Rissin, David C. Duffy, Sten Rubertsson, David H. Wilson, and Kaj Blennow (PLoS ONE 6(12): e28263. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028263, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 6p.).

B. "A Novel Neurotrophic Drug for Cognitive Enhancement and Alzheimer's Disease," by Qi Chen, Marguerite Prior, Richard Dargusch, Amanda Roberts, Roland Riek, Cedric Eichmann, Chandramouli Chiruta, Tatsuhiro Akaishi, Kazuho Abe, Pamela Maher, and David Schubert (PLoS ONE 6(12): e27865. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027865, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2011, HTML, XML, and .pdf format, 17p.).;


24. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTICLE: "Human bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells are increased in frequency and myeloid-biased with age," by Wendy W. Pang, Elizabeth A. Price, Debashis Sahoo, Isabel Beerman, William J. Maloney, Derrick J. Rossi, Stanley L. Schrier, and Irving L. Weissman (Vol. 108, No. 50, Dec. 13, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, p. 20012-20017). This article is available free of charge.


25. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL ARTICLE: "Comparative assessment of implantable hip devices with different bearing surfaces: systematic appraisal of evidence," by Art Sedrakyan, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Stefan Dabic, Samantha Jacobs, Stephen Graves, and Danica Marinac-Dabic (BMJ 2011;343:d7434, Vol. 343, No. 7835, Dec. 10, 2011, HTML and .pdf format, 12p.). This article is available free of charge.


III. Working Papers:

26. MICHIGAN RETIREMENT RESEARCH CENTER: "Macroeconomic Conditions and Updating of Expectations by Older Americans," by Purvi Sevak and Lucie Schmidt (WP 2011-259, November 2011, .pdf format, 40p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


27. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF AN AGING POPULATION (SEDAP) [MC MASTER UNIVERSITY, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA]: "Modelling the Age Dynamics of Chronic Health Conditions: Life-Table-Consistent Transition Probabilities and Their Application," by Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer (SEDAP Working Paper No. 288, November 2011, .pdf format, 40p.).


We derive transition probability matrices for chronic health conditions using survey prevalence data. Matrices are constructed for successive age groups and the sequence represents the 'age dynamics' of the health conditions for a stationary population - the probabilities of acquiring the conditions, of moving from one chronic conditions state to another, and of dying. One can simulate the life path of a cohort under the initial probabilities, and again under altered probabilities to explore the effects of eliminating a particular condition or reducing its mortality probabilities. We report the results of such simulations and note the general applicability of the methods.


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

28. Age and Ageing (Vol. 41, Supplement 1, January 2012). The topic of this supplement is: "Communications to the British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting 12th-14th October 2011, Brighton: January 2012."

29. Aging and Mental Health (Vol. 15, Supplement 1, December 2011). This supplement contains the abstracts from the 39th Congress of the European Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (EAGP), 11th Congress of the Gerontopsychiatric Portuguese Association (APG) held Nov. 2-4, 2011 in Oporto, Portugal.

30. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 174, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2011).

31. Gerontechnology (Vol. 10, No. 2, 2011).

32. Medical Care (Vol. 50, No. 1, January 2012).


33. 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 Dec. 12, 2011:

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 12, 2011:

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of Dec. 12, 2011:

D. Prostate Cancer: Literature for the week of Dec. 12, 2011:

E. Stem Cell Research: Literature for the week of Dec. 12, 2011:

F. Ophthalmology: Literature for the week of Dec. 12, 2011:

AMEDEO Literature Guide:


V. Funding Opportunities/Employment Opportunities:

34. AGEWORK.COM: AgeWork has updated its employment page with listings through Dec. 15, 2011.


VI. Conferences:

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

Mar. 30-31, 2012: 23rd Annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology & Geriatrics -- Atlanta, Georgia

Jun. 25-27, 2012: BRC 2012: The 11th Biennial Conference of the Borneo Research Council -- Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei Darussalam


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

36. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING TESTIMONY: "Aging in America: Future Challenges, Promise and Potential," a hearing held Dec. 14, 2011 (.pdf format). In addition to the print testimony, a video transcript (running time 2 hours, 8 minutes, 27 seconds) is available at the site.


VIII. Websites of Interest:

37. TimeSlips: Creative Story Telling: TimeSlips, sponsored by The Extendicare Foundation, The Helen Bader Foundation, The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, The Picker Institute, and The Retirement Research Foundation, "is... an improvisational storytelling method that replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. Originally designed to support growth and learning with people with dementia and their caregivers, the TimeSlips method is fun for anyone. The TimeSlips Project aims to:

* Inspire people with dementia to hone and share the gifts of their imaginations

* Inspire others to see beyond loss to recognize the strengths of people with dementia

* Improve the quality of life of people with dementia and those who care for them To achieve these goals, the TimeSlips Project:

* Offers training, certification, and consulting for facilitators and organizations

* Acts as a resource for those dedicated to transforming dementia care through creative engagement

For more information see:



38. PANEL STUDY OF INCOME DYNAMICS BIBLIOGRAPHY UPDATE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research PSID has recently added the following item to its bibliography. The entire bibliography can be searched or browsed in various ways at:


Chapela, Jorge Gonzalez. The Effect of Residential Location on Retirement Age: Theory and Some Evidence on Male Behavior in the US. Urban Studies. 2011

Freedman, Vicki A.; Stafford, Frank P.; Schwarz, Norbert; Conrad, Federick, and Cornman, Jennifer. Disability, Participation, and Subjective Wellbeing Among Older Couples. Social Science & Medicine. 2011; doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.10.018.

Kuang, Yingxu; Englebrecht, Ted, and Gilley, Otis W. A Distributional Analysis of the Fair Tax Plan: Annual and Lifetime Income Considerations. Southern Economic Journal. 2011; 78, (2):358-382.

Life Course:

Kuang, Yingxu; Englebrecht, Ted, and Gilley, Otis W. A Distributional Analysis of the Fair Tax Plan: Annual and Lifetime Income Considerations. Southern Economic Journal. 2011; 78, (2):358-382.


Chapela, Jorge Gonzalez. The Effect of Residential Location on Retirement Age: Theory and Some Evidence on Male Behavior in the US. Urban Studies. 2011; doi: 11.1177/0042098011423566


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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