Hi All, I felt that the following article provided a great insight into the life of elderly people in America. We often read extreme stories (only extremes get reported in India) about how heartless some americans are in sending their parents to foster care etc etc. The below article provides a balanced reporting of the aging of an upper middle class man who went on to live till the age of 104. Even though the article appears long, once you begin, you will read through the last word in minutes. Lessons From a Long Life Milo Tedstrom, a pioneering physician, lived to age 104. His final years enriched his family -- and offer essential lessons about aging in America. By KELLY GREENE Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL January 23, 2006; Page R1 Milo Tedstrom arrived in California in 1928 with his wife, a doctor's bag and all their possessions in a Ford Model A, which he had steered across wood-plank roads through the desert. The first certified cardiologist in Orange County, Dr. Tedstrom, an Arkansas native, would spend the next 50 years studying -- and introducing in California hospitals and clinics -- some of the biggest advances in 20th-century medicine, including electrocardiogram machines, intensive-care units and pacemakers. Dr. Tedstrom retired in 1977, at age 76. What he and his family couldn't know at the time was that Dr. Tedstrom would end up a pioneer of a different sort: one of 61,000 centenarians in the U.S. He died last July at age 104 -- after almost three decades in retirement. Those three decades are a story in themselves, and they speak volumes about the considerable rewards and challenges of aging in America. While much has been written about extended life spans and the need to prepare for longer-than-expected retirements, many families remain unprepared when savings accounts, insurance policies and personal ties are stretched to the breaking point. <REPRINTSDISCLAIMER>The Tedstroms were among the more fortunate; family members found themselves drawing closer as their father and grandfather aged. But even they grew alarmed as a nest egg that once totaled $3 million approached its end. Dr. Tedstrom's long twilight offers a number of valuable lessons about the myriad concerns of later life, including money, inheritance, health care, living arrangements -- and working through differences of opinion to stick together as a family.