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FILE - In this March 10, 2015 photo, Henry Rayhons gets ready to leave court in Garner, Iowa. The nursing home staff caring for Rayhons' wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, told the former Iowa lawmaker that his wife of seven years was no longer mentally capable of legally consenting to have sex. Prosecutors say that Rayhons did not get the message. Rayhons has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse. [Associated Press]

In court, the ethics of dementia patients' sex lives

There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer's. In the days before being placed in a nursing home in Garner, Iowa, last year, Rayhons, 78, could not recall her daughters' names or how to eat a hamburger. One day, she tried to wash her hands in the toilet of a restaurant bathroom. But another que …

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  10. In court, the ethics of dementia patients' sex lives

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    There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer's.

    FILE - In this March 10, 2015 photo, Henry Rayhons gets ready to leave court in Garner, Iowa. The nursing home staff caring for Rayhons' wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, told the former Iowa lawmaker that his wife of seven years was no longer mentally capable of legally consenting to have sex. Prosecutors say that Rayhons did not get the message. Rayhons has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse. [Associated Press]