There are some circumstances where grandparents who are in “loco parentis” may be awarded custody of their grandchildren. “Loco parentis” is a legal term meaning the grandparent stands in the shoes of the parent and has developed a parent/child relationship with the grandchild.


Studies suggest that Americans age 65 and older are less likely to be chronically disabled or living in a nursing home today than seniors of the same age were two decades ago. Still, there may come a time when you can no longer manage on your own. You may simply need help with daily grooming, bathing, preparing meals—or just getting around. Or, you may need round-the-clock care in a nursing home. There are options available.

Grandparents often have a special bond with their grandchildren however, sometimes instances such as a messy divorce may come between a grandchild and a grandparent. Many grandparents may feel helpless but Arizona provides people who meet the requirements of A.R.S. §25-409 with some hope.


Most of us are familiar with the “silver alert” as a notification that a person sixty-five years of age or older has gone missing. Recently, the Arizona legislature added to the alert notification to include those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Being a caregiver is hard work. Caregiving is not just “taking care” of another person, whether it be a spouse, parent or child, but it’s also about listening and seeing the stories of those we help.


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