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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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References in classic literature ?
To remind'; and passed the intervening period in a state of dotage.
But as we all enjoy the benefits of longer lives, what is the fairest way to fund the lengthening dotages of public sector employees?
How can she say "on a personal level I've never visited Germany because I want no part of a nation responsible for history's greatest massacre" and then go on to say how the Jews should be forgiving "to men (namely John Damjanjuk and Adolf Storms) in their dotages due to face their maker sooner rather than later".
Dracula lost two Embassy finals to Bristow - thrashed both times - but the darting gods have been kinder to Whitcombe in their respective dotages.
Both married young and quickly lost track of their husbands; both were popular novelists turned political philosophers; both grew into eccentric rural dotages, refusing Social Security and communicating with only a small, select circle of ideologically congenial confreres.
I find it incongruous that Jews can't forgive men in their dotages due to face their maker sooner rather than later.