Assisted living gives daughter peace of mind, less stress

Mabel Lawson
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Mabel Lawson is now 89, and the widow has lived at Zionsville Meadows for nearly a year.

Before the move, her two children had the responsibility of keeping her safe at home.

"I spent a lot of time worrying and it would even interfere with sleep," said Karen Castle, Lawson's daughter. "I would be thinking of things during the night and I would wake up thinking about her."

Lawson said Castle is always there whenever she needs her.

But, now Karen feels the quality of their time together is better because there is so much less work to do.

"We come here now to visit her and so we get more of the 'what I would like to remember her some day" rather than "think of all the things I had to do for her,'" Castle said.

Lawson has had a knee replacement and it was hard to get up and down the stairs. She also could no longer work in the yard.

"She doesn't really want me to stay for along time because she will say, 'Oh I have bingo in just a few minutes,' or 'We have game time or the artist is coming and I'm in this class,'" Castle said.

Lawson works out in the gym, rides a bike and lifts weights.

"I don't know, it seems like the day just goes fast," she said.

It's a transition that works for this family.

"Now I don't have those worries," Castle said. "I know somebody is here to take care of her."

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