Old Mom: Dies at 69, Leaves Orphan Twins

Even in the adoption world, parents older than 50 find ways to circumvent agency standards to adopt infants, usually through private attorneys.

Nancy Perry Graham, now 53 and editor of AARP, the magazine, took that route with three children, including a daughter who is now 3.

"I would be the first to say that age is something to think about," she told ABCNews.com. "Nothing gives you a guarantee. I lost my dad when I was young, and I hope that my kids won't have to go through that. You never know."

But, Graham said she has a lot of energy and is in good shape physically, serving as a soccer mom and going on Girl Scout camping trips. "I feel like I have been more involved with lot of activities than even parents who are younger."

Older couples bring "stability" in their finances and careers to parenthood, said Graham, whose husband is 48.

"In an ideal world maybe I should have had the kids younger," she said. "But the advantage is I got to the point in my life where the kids truly come first. When I was younger, I didn't have the luxury."

She agreed that 66-year-old Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara probably "pushed the upper boundaries," but said parental age should be a personal choice.

"These days, 66 is still pretty young," said Graham. "Women are living until their 80s and 90s, and there are plenty of men out there having kids that age. The most important thing is having parents who love them. And having them at this age, you really want them."

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