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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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be in (one's) dotage

To be in a state of senility or mental decline due to old age. Just because we are in our 70s doesn't mean we are in our dotage! You'd best treat your children well, for it is they who will look after you when you're in your dotage.
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be in your ˈdotage

(often humorous) be old and not always able to think clearly: Sarah moved back in with her father so that she could look after him in his dotage.Sometimes the kids talk to me as if I’m in my dotage! OPPOSITE: (in) the first flush of youth, enthusiasm, etc.
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Laugh if you will, but the idea of allowing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to spend his dotage in exile is becoming increasingly attractive to the British government, amid the realization that, despite two weeks of coalition airstrikes, the war to oust him has now reached a stalemate.
They say in your dotage there are many things you can't do, Despite my protestations, I realise that statement is true.
Now in my dotage, I saw a nice 12-gauge at Bass Pro, bought it and took it out to the range.
There seems to be no major study available of Gaunt [try Anthony Goodman's John of Gaunt: The Exercise of Princely Power in 14th-century Europe, published by Longman, Ed] who was de facto ruler during the dotage of Edward III and the minority of Richard II.
Nonetheless, faced with a shrinking workforce as the baby boomers began their migration (sometimes forced) into dotage, faced with an engineering timeline that got shorter as the regulations got tougher, faced with economics that did appear unworkable, the industry responded by totally changing the way engines and equipment are designed, manufactured, serviced and perceived.
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.
Harder, perhaps, to embrace without irony the more tricked-out artifacts of modernism's schizophrenic dotage.
There is still a healthy market for second-hand equipment, of course, but modern management techniques and tighter cost controls leave less room for old, underperforming assets to survive into their dotage than in the past.
He added: 'If you are under 50, when you reach your dotage, there will be no nurse there to dote on you.
Even less is known of his dotage and death--in fact, the place and date of his death have never been determined.
So did Oriana Fallaci, who wrote about it in the days when she was still an internationally respected journalist, long before she gave herself over to the racist diatribes of her dotage.
There is nothing cool about hating your job and doing nothing about it" and "the idea of working in unfulfilling jobs during your youthful years so that you can enjoy some golf and cribbage in your dotage has to be one of the most depressing thoughts there is.