Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #78--April 5, 2001

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. ICPSR: The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan added 17 studies to its holdings from Mar. 26 to Apr. 2, 2001. Of possible interest to researchers in aging may be:

Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Summary Statistic File 4A -- Housing [Fourth Count] (#8126)

Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Summary Statistic File 4C -- Housing [Fourth Count] (#8129)

Detroit Area Study, 1993: Health and Aging (#2839)

Note: ICPSR has also made available ASCII copies of:

Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Summary Statistic File 4A -- Population [Fourth Count] (#9014)

Census of Population and Housing, 1970 [United States]: Summary Statistic File 4C -- Population [Fourth Count] (#8107)

Note: These are temporary Internet addresses. ICPSR studies can always be found at:

Search on Study Number.

2. AOA: "Americans with Disabilities: 1997," (US Administration on Aging, adapted from US Census Bureau Survey of Income and Program Participation, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).


II. Reports and articles:


A. "The Population Profile of the United States: 1999: America at the Close of the 20th Century" (US Census Bureau Current Population Reports Special Studies P23-205, March 2001, .pdf format, 81p., with a Microsoft PowerPoint slide show). Note: The report can be downloaded in its entirety or chapter by chapter. Of particular interest to researchers in aging may be Chapter 18: "Keeping Up with Older Adults" (under Part V.: The Many Faces of Diversity).

Press release that links to report:

B. "1999 Service Annual Summary" (US Census Bureau, data tables in .pdf format).

Press release that links to report:

4. SSA OP PERIODICAL: _SOCIAL SECURITY BULLETIN_ (US Social Security Administration, Office of Policy, Vol. 63, No. 2, 2000, HTML and .pdf format).

5. _MLR_ ARTICLE: "Pension integration and retirement benefits," by Keith A. Bender (US Bureau of Labor Statistics _Monthly Labor Review_, Vol. 124, No. 2, March 2001, .pdf format, p. 49-58).


Pension integration generally increases benefits modestly for workers with less tenure and decreases benefits substantially for workers with more tenure; offset integrated plans have significantly higher replacement rates than excess-rate integrated plans.

6. GAO REPORT: "Medicare Fraud and Abuse: DOJ Has Improved Oversight of False Claims Act Guidance, (US General Accounting Office GAO 01-506, March 2001, .pdf format, 15p.).

Note: GAO Internet addresses are valid for only a limited period of time. After that time, documents can be found by searching the US Government Printing Office:

Search on report number or title.


A. "The ILC Report: Longevity News and Trends in the U.S. and Abroad" (International Longevity Center USA, March 2001, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "The Economics of Aging Newsletter" (ILCUSA and the Gerontological Society of America, Spring 2001, .pdf format, 6p.).

More information on ILCUSA:

8. MRRC NEWSLETTER ISSUE BRIEF: "Chances are...Stochastic Forecasts of the Social Security Trust Funds and Attempts to Save it," by Michael Anderson, Shripad Tuljapurkar, and Ronald Lee (Michigan Retirement Research Center MRRC Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2000, p. 1-2, 5).

MRRC Newsletter:

9. AUSTRALIAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND AGED CARE PRESS RELEASE: "Record Level of High Care and Aged Care Places Released" (Australian Ministry of Health and Aged Care, Apr. 3, 2001).

10. _SCIENCE ARTICLE ABSTRACTS: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Extension of Life-Span by Loss of CHICO, a _Drosophila_ Insulin Receptor Substrate Protein," by David J. Clancy, David Gems, Lawrence G. Harshman, Sean Oldham, Hugo Stocker, Ernst Hafen, Sally J. Leevers, and Linda Partridge (_Science_, Vol. 292, No. 5514, Apr. 6, 2001, p. 104-106).

B. "A Mutant _Drosophila_ Insulin Receptor Homolog That Extends Life-Span and Impairs Neuroendocrine Function," by M. Tatar, A. Kopelman, D. Epstein, M.-P. Tu, C.-M. Yin, and R. S. Garofalo (_Science_, Vol. 292, No. 5514, Apr. 6, 2001, p. 107-110).


A. "Plan to end age discrimination in NHS is launched," by Zosia Kmietowicz (_British Medical Journal_ News, Vol. 322, No. 7289, Mar. 31, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 751).

B. "Longitudinal comparison of depression, coping, and turnover among NHS and private sector staff caring for people with dementia," by M. Margallo-Lana, K. Reichelt, P. Hayes, L. Lee, J. Fossey, J. O'Brien, and C. Ballard (_British Medical Journal_ Vol. 322, No. 7289, Mar. 31, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 769-770).

C. "Care of older people: Mental health problems," by Alistair Burns, Tom Dening, and Robert Baldwin (_British Medical Journal_ Education and Debate, Vol. 322, No. 7289, Mar. 31, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 789-791).

12. _THE LANCET_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT; MEDIA REVIEW: Note: _The Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Effects of a large-scale intervention with influenza and 23-valent pneumococcal vaccines in adults aged 65 years or older: a prospective study," by Brith Christenson, Per Lundbergh, Jonas Hedlund, and Ake Ortqvist (_The Lancet_, Vol. 357, No. 9261, Mar. 31, 2001, p. 1008-1011).

B. "Education for physicians on end-of-life care: EPEC trainer's guide on CD ROM," by J. Norelle Lickiss (_The Lancet_, Vol. 357, No. 9261, Mar. 31, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, p. 1051-1052).



13. _NEJM_ BOOK REVIEW: _Decoding Darkness: The Search for the Genetic Causes of Alzheimer's Disease_, by Rudolph E. Tanzi and Ann B. Parson, reviewed by Lewis P. Rowland (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 344, No. 14, Apr. 5, 2001, p. 1101).

14. MEDSCAPE ARTICLES: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Managed Care Options Elusive for Some Seniors, Expanding for Others," by Christine Wiebe (Medscape Money & Medicine, 2001).


B. Medscape Women's Health Journal Scan: Menopause, by Janet Guthrie (Medscape Women's Health, Vol. 4, No. 4, updated March 2001).


15. _ECONOMIST_ ARTICLE: "Gordon says saving is good for you: The chancellor of the exchequer wants people to save for the future. Shame, then, that his pensions policy has made it less worthwhile for many" (_Economist_, Apr. 7, 2001).


III. Working Papers:

16. NBER: "Rethinking the Estate and Gift Tax: Overview," by William G. Gale and Joel Slemrod (National Bureau of Economic Research W8205, March 2001, .pdf format, 87p.).


This paper surveys, integrates, and extends research on estate and gift taxes. The paper begins with information on features of U.S. transfer taxes, characteristics of recent estate tax returns, the evolution of transfer taxes, the role of such taxes in other countries, and theory and evidence concerning why people give intergenerational transfers. The next sections examine the incidence, equity, and efficiency of transfer taxes. Subsequent sections cover administrative issues and the effects on saving, labor supply, entrepreneurship, inter vivos gifts, charitable contributions, and capital gains realizations. The paper closes with a discussion of policy options and a short conclusion.

Click on "PDF" or submit your email address at the bottom of the abstract for full text.

17. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF PHILADELPHIA: "Will bequests attenuate the predicted meltdown in stock prices when baby boomers retire?" by Andrew B. Abel (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Working Paper No. 01-2, January 2001, .pdf format, 16p.).


Jim Poterba finds that consumers do not spend all of their assets during retirement, and he projects that the demand for assets will remain high when the baby boomers retire. Based on his forecast of continued high demand for capital, Poterba rejects the asset market meltdown hypothesis, which predicts a fall in stock prices when the baby boomers retire. The author develops a rational expectations general equilibrium model with a bequest motive and an aggregate supply curve for capital. In this model, a baby boom generates an increase in stock prices, and stock prices are rationally anticipated to fall when the baby boomers retire, even though, as emphasized by Poterba, consumers do not spend all of their assets during retirement. This finding contradicts Poterba's conclusion that continued high demand for assets by retired baby boomers will prevent a fall in the price of capital.


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

18. Age and Ageing (Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2001). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

19. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 153, No. 7, Apr. 1, 2001). Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

20. 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

American Journal of Sociology (Vol. 106, No. 3, November 2000). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 27, No. 1, 2001). Note: This journal is available in full electronic text in the EBSCO Academic Search Elite Database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

Journal of Adult Development (Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2001).


V. Funding Opportunities:

21. NIH NIA: "Gene Discovery for Neurological and Neurobehavioral Disorders" (US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Mar. 26, 2001).

"The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to promote the identification of genes that cause or contribute to human neurological and neurobehavioral diseases. It is intended to encourage applications for genetics research projects with one or more of the following objectives: (1) to identify the gene or genes that produce disease susceptibility (2) to identify "modifier" genes that affect disease susceptibility or outcome and (3) to investigate the relationship between genotype and disease phenotype. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of such projects, collaborative studies are encouraged. Studies using invertebrate or vertebrate animal models are appropriate if they directly promote the identification of human disease susceptibility genes."

22. AOA: "Technical Assistance Project for Statewide Senior Legal Hotlines -- Announcement and Application Kit" (US Administration on Aging).

"The Administration on Aging (AoA) announced in the _Federal Register_ of March 30, 2001, that it will hold a competition for a grant award for a Technical Assistance Project for Statewide Senior Legal Hotlines to support the senior legal hotline programs, as authorized by Title IV, Section 424 of the Older Americans Act, as amended (P.L. 106-501). The accompanying set of materials comprises the application kit for preparing and submitting grant proposals to compete for this project award.

_Federal Register_ program announcement:

Announcement and application kit:


VI. Conferences/Seminars:

23. UCLA HEALTH AND AGING FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SUMMER PROGRAM: "The Health and Aging Faculty Development Program at UCLA provides visiting faculty the opportunity to examine cultural diversity among aging populations. It offers participants state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary perspectives in social and health-related aspects of aging. Participants in the program can develop aging-related content for classroom and field content. The program's goal is to enhance the interest and resources of faculty to improve existing curriculum and expand health and aging education at their home institutions. The program will take place on June 19-23, 2001, at University of California in Los Angeles."

For more information contact Pamela Jackson-McCall:

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research:


VII. Legislation Information Updates:

24. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING HEARING: "Healthy Aging in Rural America," a hearing held on Mar. 29, 2001.

Hearing testimony:

Hearing transcript: Note: this is a video transcript and viewers will need the RealPlayer plug-in or helper application to view it. Running time: 1 hour, 57 minutes.

25. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING PUBLICATION: "Protecting Older Americans Against Overpayment of Income Taxes: (Deductions and credits you are entitled to use for 2000)" (US Senate Special Committee on Aging Report 107-TAX, 2001).

26. AOA: Committee Assignments Relating to the Older Americans Act - 107th Congress (US Administration on Aging, 2001).


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