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  • Her memory is getting worse and she’s afraid of going senile.
  • She suffers from senile dementia.
  • About 10% of Americans between the ages of 65 and 75 suffer from senility.
  • symptoms of senility
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon

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  • VARYA. He’s been mumbling away for three years. We’re used to that.

    YASHA. Senile decay.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • I might be senile.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Laying his ears back until they were flush with his broad skull, he began to wiggle like a pup while at the same time wrinkling his lips in a frightful grimace which may have been intended to register infatuation, but which looked to me more like a symptom of senile decay.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • And it is only when she is out of sight and I’ve regained myself and am retracing my steps to the store in a tentative gait in order, I must oddly hope, to persuade the assistant manager Kari of my senility and madness, that I realize how merciful and lucky it is to have avoided such a meeting with all those difficult, murky remembrances.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s the mouthpiece of a senile Titan queen.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He was never popular, what with his hunting fetish and leaving the country to kind of rot once his old man got senile, but the way he foiled the kidnapping made everybody realize that this was some brave fella and they were lucky to have him next in line to lead them.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride

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  • Four, Vivian is ancient, but she doesn’t appear to be senile.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • On the one hand, Stingo, I am sorry about this since it puts you in financial straits and I am in no position to be of much help, beset as I am already by the seemingly endless troubles and debts of your two aunts down in N.C. who I fear are prematurely senile and in a pathetic way.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I take note: artist instead of painter, the foreboding still, sign-pointing the way to senility.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "I knew you was getting senile," she say.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • But now the houses all seemed a little senile, with arthritic hinges and window screens hanging at embarrassing angles.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • I’m being senile.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided into a doddering, loose-lipped senility.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Thousands of years ago, Ra got senile and retreated into the heavens, leaving Osiris in charge.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • For several weeks I didn’t see him or hear his voice on the phone — mostly I was in New York, trotting around with Jordan and trying to ingratiate myself with her senile aunt — but finally I went over to his house one Sunday afternoon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • I’m not senile.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He showed marked signs of senility by a tendency to fall asleep, forgetfulness of quite recent events, remembrance of remote ones, and the childish vanity with which he accepted the role of head of the Moscow opposition.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • So I’m not senile after all.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • It was a lean Jewish face, with a great fuzzy aureole of white hair and a small goatee beard — a clever face, and yet somehow inherently despicable, with a kind of senile silliness in the long thin nose, near the end of which a pair of spectacles was perched.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • But I’m very glad," Dr. Shaw had concluded, "to have had this opportunity to see an example of senility in a human being.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Billy has gone to sleep a senile widower and awakened on his wedding day.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • One day you’ll discover for yourself how strength seeps away, but I’m neither morbid nor senile.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Was she going senile?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Well, I hope don’t nobody let me roam around like that when I get senile.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Conservative Catholics declared the Pope "senile," while scientific purists accused him of trying to spread the church’s influence where it did not belong.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • At twenty-two, the age of thirty seems to be the verge of senility.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • General Dreedle had the unco-operative fighter-plane commander transferred to the Solomon Islands to dig graves and replaced him with a senile colonel with bursitis and a craving for litchi nuts who introduced Milo to the B-17 general on the mainland with a yearning for Polish sausage.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • From maturity to senility he would increasingly resemble his paternal procreator.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It’s just that before the truth could sink in, everyone went home for the summer, where they spent two months reading about how you’re a nutcase and Dumbledore’s going senile!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The trampled acres of Tara were all that was left to her, now that Mother and Ashley were gone, now that Gerald was senile from shock, and money and darkies and security and position had vanished overnight.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • This seemed impossible, but glancing closer Dagny saw that her dust-colored hair was not gray and that there were few wrinkles on her face; it was only the vacant eyes, the stooped shoulders, the shuffling movements that gave her the stamp of senility.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Nor was it the dotage of senile love.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • I’ve been telling you the old fool’s gone senile.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • He grew harder and harder ever since Colonel Gerineldo Marquez refused to back him up in a senile war.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • To run around saying it did matter to me that I live in a world where you can grow old and be alone and have to get down on your hands and knees and beg for friends? A place where people just sort of forget about you because you get a little old and your mind’s a bit senile or silly?
    Paul Zindel  --  The Pigman
  • He’s old, not senile.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Maybe he’s going a bit senile.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • And I said it was also Uncle Terry, but he was in Sunderland and he was Father’s brother, and it was my grandparents, too, but three of them were dead and Grandma Burton was in a home because she had senile dementia and thought that I was someone on television.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • We try to teach our children to avoid touching alien things, but every day they see you do it, you senile old man.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • Sometimes she panted like a dog on a hot day, and when she died of a heart attack at sixty-six, senile to the point of idiocy even at that early age, Carrie had not even been a year old.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There was something childish in those eyes, though it was not the childishness of senility.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • You just told me I was nearly senile,
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Every morning before I was out the main gate I had one last impression that was both ordinary and unforgettable: a pyramid of turtles; the iridescent snout of a mandrill; the stately silence of a giraffe; the obese, yellow open mouth of a hippo; the beak-and-claw climbing of a macaw parrot up a wire fence; the greeting claps of a shoebill’s bill; the senile, lecherous expression of a camel.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • An enormous senility seemed to have settled upon him.
    George Orwell  --  Shooting an Elephant
  • He was a universal genius—on that point I agreed with the old chap, who thereupon blew his nose noisily into a large cotton handkerchief and withdrew in senile agitation, bearing off some family letters and memoranda without importance.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Look at him now, glowing in the dark, showing a senile grin.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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