Iowa Case Sheds Spotlight On Whether People With Alzheimer's Can Consent To Sex

April 8, 2015 1:31 PM

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Iowa Case Sheds Spotlight On Whether People With Alzheimer's Can Consent To Sex

When is someone who is suffering from dementia no longer able to consent to sex? That is the big question that is drawing the attention of Alzheimer's disease experts and elder law scholars to an Iowa courtroom this week.

Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old former Republican state legislator, was accused last summer of sexually abusing his wife after he had sex with her in the nursing home where she lived as a dementia patient. His wife, Donna Lou Rayhons, died on Aug. 8, 2014, a week before her husband was charged with one...

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