Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #9--November 18, 1999

Note: The next CAAR Report will be issued next Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1999.


The University of Wisconsin Center for the Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) announces the opening of the CDHA web site. Here, interested users can find: directory information on CDHA members; a mission statement; links to selected data resources; links to CDHA affiliate institutions; links to other NIA Demography of Aging Centers; and other information. The site is also the home of an archive of CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research). Subscription to the CAAR report is free of charge and subscription information is available at the CAAR site. We welcome your comments on both the CAAR report and the CDHA site in general.

Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) Website:

Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Newsletter:

I. Data:

1. HRS UPDATE: University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study now makes access to electronic HRS codebooks easier by providing it directly through the HRS Data Center Page.

HRS Codebooks:

HRS Data Center:

2. WLS UPDATES: The Wisconsin Longitudinal Survey has announced several updates. They are: "a 9/99 revised version of the extract program, WLSGV; a new edition (DPLS edition 3) of the third wave data (1993/94 Sibling Telephone and Mail surveys); a new edition (DPLS edition 7) of the second wave data (1992/93 Graduate Telephone and Mail Surveys) has been released; and a new edition (DPLS edition 8) of the first wave data (1957-1977 graduate and sibling surveys) has been released. For more details see:


II. Reports and articles

3. AOA REPORT: The Administration on Aging has released "Profile of Older Americans: 1999," (HTML format). The report takes the form of a series of annotated informational tables and charts relevant to the topic. Sources include the Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Press Release:


4. _NATURE_ SCIENCE UPDATE: "Lifelines: From Mice to Methuselah," by Henry Gee. This article is basically an explanation, in lay person's terms, of the _Nature_ article, "The p66shc adaptor protein controls oxidative stress response and life span in mammals, by Migliaccio, E., Giorgio, M., Mele, S., Pelicci, G., Reboldi, P., Pandolfi, P.P., Lanfrancone, L. & Pelicci, P.G. (Nature 402, 309 (1999)). There is a link to full text of the article which may or may not be available at your organization.

5. MODERN MATURITY ARTICLE: "The Methuselah Factor," by Fred Warshovsky, (AARP _Modern Maturity_, Nov./Dec. 1999, HTML format).

6. SSA REPORT: "Social Security: Short Term Initiatives to Improve National 800 Number and Program Service Center Service to the Public," (Nov. 1999, HTML format).


A. 72ND SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: "Twenty-year Survival After Coronary Artery Surgery: An Institutional Perspective From Emory University," by L. Van-Thomas Crisco. (November 8, 1999, HTML format). Note: Medscape requires registration before providing free access to its articles.

B. WOMEN'S HEALTH CONFERENCE REPORT: Scientific and Clinical Developments in Osteoporosis, by Robert Lindsay (21st Annual Meeting of The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, September 30-October 4, 1999, St. Louis, Missouri, Medscape Women's Health Vol. 4, No. 6, 1999, HTML format). Note: Medscape requires registration before providing free access to its articles.

C. GENERAL MEDICINE: "A Guide to the Assessment and Care of the Patient Whose Medical Decision-Making Capacity is in Question," by Randall F. Moore (HTML format). Medscape General Medicine Special Article. Note: Medscape requires registration before providing free access to its articles.

and Click on "A Guide to the Assessment..."

8. CENSUS BUREAU CPS REPORTS: The Census Bureau, as part of an effort to "[make] a series of reports issued during the pre-Internet era available on its public Web site, has released ten reports on educational achievement gleaned from the March Current Population Surveys. Reports available cover the years 1973-1993. The Bureau plans to release some 500 "pre-Internet" demographic documents in the future.

Press Release:

First "pre-Internet" electronic reports:

9. _FORBES_ ARTICLE: "Rocker-to-Grave Insurance," by Rob Wherry (_Forbes_, Nov. 29, 1999).


III. Working Papers

10. INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS: "Demographic Trends and Household Saving in China," by M. Wakabayashi and L. MacKellar (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Working Paper IR 99-057, November 1999, .pdf and .ps formats, 20p.).

>From the Abstract:

A key source of economic growth in China has been the abundance of household savings, especially in rural regions. In this paper, we estimate saving functions for urban and rural areas in China, paying particular attention to the role of demographic structure. Our results confirm other researchers' finding that saving rates vary inversely with both the elderly and youth dependency ratios, but that the former effect is more significant. This suggests that prospective demographic trends in China will put downward pressure on household savings. Combining our estimation results with reasonable assumptions about economic growth and U.N. population projections, we predict that household savings in China will begin to decline about 2025. A significant shortage of "ex ante" savings could develop as a result. These results confirm the results and reinforce the concerns expressed by Heller and Szymansky (1997) about the long-run prospect for savings in the East Asian region and possible implications for the global economy.


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

11. _The Gerontologist_ (Vol. 39, No. 5, Oct. 1999) Note: This journal is available in full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of ProQuest and of this issue.

Click on "October"

12. _Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences_ (Vol. 54A, No. 11, November 1999).

13. _Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences_ (Vol. 54B, No. 6, November 1999)

14. _Population and Development Review_ (Vol. 25, No. 3, Sept. 1999). Note. Selected abstracts are available at the site.

15. CARL Uncover Journal Tables of Contents. Follow the instructions below to access tables of contents.

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

_Social Work_ (Vol. 44, No. 6, November 1999). Note: This journal is available in full text in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your
library for the availability of ProQuest and of this issue.

_Clinical Gerontologist_ (Vol. 20, No. 3, 1999)

_Journal of Women and Aging_ (Vol. 11, No. 2/3, 1999)

_Journal of the American Geriatrics Society_ (Vol. 47, No. 11, Nov. 1999)


V. Funding Opportunities:


The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program's purpose is to promote research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work, and statistics. The program is funded by a grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Each grant awarded will be up to $25,000. In addition to submitting a paper, successful applicants will also present their results to SSA in Washington, DC. Eligibility requirements are limited to those stated; no affiliation with the CRR is necessary to apply. Proposals must be received by January 31, 2000. For more information see:


VI. Legislation Information Updates

17. SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING: The Boomers are Coming: Challenges of Aging in the New Millennium (November 8, 1999).

Is America equipped to handle the political, social and economic challenges that lie ahead as 77 million baby boomers prepare to retire early in the next century? The purpose of this hearing is to explore the looming concerns that could become a crisis if not addressed today.

18. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS: President's Social Security Legislation (November 9, 1999).

The hearing evaluates the President's new Social Security plan and discusses the impacts of the plan on taxpayers, the Federal Budget, the Social Security program, and the economy.


VII. Websites of Interest

19. BERKELEY MORTALITY DATABASE: The Berkeley Mortality Database "was established in 1997 by Prof. John R. Wilmoth of the Department of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. Construction of the database is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging as a means of advancing research on human longevity. [Its] goal is to assemble a large and detailed collection of mortality data for national populations and to make those data easily accessible to researchers around the world." Included are tables on births, deaths, population estimates, exposure estimates, and life tables for France, Japan, Sweden, and the US at this time. Selected data for France is available as far back as 1899, for Japan as far back as 1950, for Sweden as far back as 1749, and for the US as far back as 1900. Documentation is available at the site. Note to University of Wisconsin CDHA members: Print documentation is available in the
codebook section of the print library.

Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706