How Old Is Too Old to Parent?

"Good Morning America's" parenting contributor Anne Pleshette Murphy said the Brasovankins have provided able, consistent care giving and said there's been no evidence presented that their care has been anything less than as good as it can be.

"I think taking this child out of this home is going to be more traumatic than anything he could experience being raised by this elderly couple," she said.

She said although there is not a lot of research on elderly parenting, in this case what makes a good caregiver is wanting to take care of the child.

"I'm a big believer that age is a state of mind," Murphy said. "I know 60-year-olds who are old. I know 90-year-olds who are young."

She said elderly caregivers should keep in mind their physical fitness, because taking care of kids can be exhausting for those with health issues.

Murphy said grandparents raising grandchildren should build a strong support group. She also said the couples should not dip into their savings to pay extra bills, but rather, see whether they could get assistance from the government.

"Get help from the Medicaid program to pay your grandchild's doctor's bills," she said. "You must take extra steps to protect your own health."

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