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.
See also: dotage
References in classic literature ?
At the present moment they sat there silent, like two persons in their dotage, gazing about them at things they did not see.
It would be sad injustice, the reader must understand, to represent all my excellent old friends as in their dotage.
As far as I understand it, hardworking ordinary people will spend their lives contributing to the health service and then be asked for a lump sum - to ensure care in their dotage.
But wasn't he also the Chancellor in charge who allowed the banks to go on the way they have been doing, who presided over a period where Britain treated racking up debt as some sort of national pastime, and who cut state pensions back so much that people thought their only way to avoid being cold and broke in their dotage was to invest in second and third houses that they probably could not really afford in the first place.
Critics in France pointed out that the hysteria over older women having babies was a little exaggerated, given that men are routinely congratulated for producing children in their dotage.
The elderly (rightly, in most cases) expect to be treated like gold dust in their dotage - but they forget there are other groups of equally vulnerable people in this world who deserve sympathy and respect.
Cruises and holidays are where the action is, with increasing numbers taking up 60s swinging in their dotage.