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I think the bigger question is: what parent would allow that? You can certainly bet that if something happens one of the first thing that will be looked at is medical chart. But the guilt that everyone would be left with would be overwhelming to all.
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Mild cognitive decline (early-stage Alzheimer's can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals with these symptoms)
Friends, family or co-workers begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview, doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration. Common stage 3 difficulties include:
Noticeable problems coming up with the right word or name

Trouble remembering names when introduced to new people
Having noticeably greater difficulty performing tasks in social or work settings Forgetting material that one has just read
Losing or misplacing a valuable object
Increasing trouble with planning or organizing.
-I would not overreact to the words early signs of Alzheimer's. They are still very competent, however, 3 hours is a long time for any elder to keep a 7 year old occupied. I really think it is an individual decision at this stage depending on how active the 7 yr. old is and the overall behavior of the 7 year old. When my dad was in the early stages, I would have had no problem leaving a 7 year old with him for a hour to an hour and a half because my dad was a hands on kind of man. He would have the 7 year old help with yard work, raking leaves, pulling weeds, bagging up clippings he pruned off shrubs. So it just depends on the situation. I want to stress here that just because a person is in early stages it does not mean they are incompetent and unable to handle things. Use your own judgement and most importantly discuss this with the elder's dr.
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Is there anyway to get that child away from their irresponsible parents? You read in the paper everyday grandma (or someone else not fit to take care of themselves) took a nap and a child dies or is seriously injured. Call child protection services and get this child endangerment reported.
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Not if it were my child. They don't have the energy or quick responses as a younger person would have. I don't see any age limits as far as law, but if you knowing leave a child with someone who is not responsible and somethings does happen, you could be in trouble too.
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