Caregiver's solution is win-win for aging mom

Caregiver's solution is win-win for aging mom
Mabel Lawson and Karen Castle
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Caregivers often run into stressful problems when caring for aging parents. A local woman sought help from American Senior Communities.

Mabel Lawson is now 89. The widow is marking nearly one-year of living at Zionsville Meadows. Before the move, keeping her at safe home was the responsibility of her two children.

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

"She is always there whenever I need her," said Lawson.

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 someday, rather than think of all the things I had to do for her," said Castle.

"I had a knee replacement and it was hard to get up and down the stairs and I couldn't work out in the yard," said Lawson.

"She doesn't really want me to stay for a long 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.'" said Castle.

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

"It seems like the day just goes fast," said Lawson.

For this family, it's a transition that has worked.