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Mom prays her rosary from waking to sleeping. 10 or more hours a day. She has dementia mild to moderate. She is 98. Has cateracts and severe hearing loss. She has begun praying her rosary without actually having one in her hand. She has a far away look on her face. She fingers the beads, pulls at it, untangles it, looks at it . Should we let it go or give her an actual rosary. I don't know if we need to keep her in the present or allow her to go into this other realm. We do understand she is escaping because she can't hear or see. We have begged her to get hearing and vision corrected but she refuses.

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Thanks guys. It sounds like I'm a pretty awful person. Hubby and I spend 24/7 with Mom. She has no idea she doesn't have anything in her hands. She's perfectly happy to say her rosary with or without her rosary. So I'm putting this whole question to bed. Not going to worry about and not going to disturb her. If she asks for it I'll find it and give it to her.
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Is there any reason to not allow her to have the Rosary? If not, then I would do anything that seems to bring her comfort. I don't know that it's up to you to keep her in any particular mental state. The dementia will progress as it progresses and it's not really possible to prevent it. I don't think that providing her with something that makes her content is helping her decline.
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Give her a rosary. Why even question it? It may comfort her or she may let it slip thru her fingers. Greet her; touch her; hold her hand occasionally; try to engage her; but let her do just exactly as she wishes. She has nothing. But her rosary.
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