in (one's) dotage

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in (one's) dotage

In a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. My grandfather in his dotage has lately had trouble remembering our names.
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References in classic literature ?
The contemptuously respectful attitude of the younger men to the old man in his dotage was expressed in the highest degree by the behavior of Chichagov, who knew of the accusations that were being directed against Kutuzov.
But, no, no; Porthos is not yet an invalid, nor is Aramis in his dotage.
I suppose the old gentleman was in his dotage, for he manifested in various ways the characteristics which mark this particular stage of life.
My father lived a thousand, and was by no means in his dotage when he died.
The respect shown throughout the play by Claudius to Polonius, the Lord Chamberlain, now in his dotage, suggests that possibly Polonius was instrumental in securing Claudius' election.
The only vaguely controversial thing about McCartney in his dotage is his fondness for wearing trainers with a suit.
But the royal, who has been the Queen's constant public companion for more than 60 years, stressed how he was "winding down" and looking forward to enjoying himself in his dotage.
Conscious of the fairly sizeable generation gap between him and his trendier younger hosts, Bazza admitted he might not be as cutting edge as their audience were used to and, moreover, that he was going a bit deaf in his dotage.
That a brave warrior who ignored his own safety to save another can later be denied vital medical treatment in his dotage is an outrage.
In fact, Wellington was Irish-born and, as his death-mask shows, in his dotage.
Now seventy-six, he is increasingly viewed as a has-been religious right leader in his dotage, prone to say bizarre and offensive things.
However, no-one has been able to ascertain whether McAllister is being compared to Douglas in his youth or in his dotage.
In his dotage, Crowley even managed to convince himself that no less an avatar of human liberty than Adolf Hitler had been inspired by his writings.
Brown's locker wasn't cleaned out the day those comments were published, so we're assuming the habitually hands-on Davis is mellowing in his dotage.