Feeding My Mother

Feeding My Mother

Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives With Memory Loss

Book - 2017
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The many people who are dealing with a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer's will find inspiration and strength in Jann's wholehearted, loving response and her totally Jann take on the upside-down world of a daughter mothering her mother. Feeding My Mother is one heck of an affirmation that life just keeps on keeping on, and a wonderful example of how you have to roll with it.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780735273924
Characteristics: 195 pages :,illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ;,24 cm.

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Dolphinbay
Mar 16, 2020

excellent read, Jann personalized her book and gave you insight on Alzheimers in her own way

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writermala
Aug 24, 2019

This is perhaps the most poignant book I have read in a long time. Jann Arden has shared the story of her parenting her parents when they become dependent on her. What defines the book is not the grief and despair rather it is the humour with which Jann's mother, and consequently Jann herself, handle the situation. This is an upside down world where Jann takes on the role of mothering her mother and she does it with humour and food. I loved the recipes Jann has shared and i could relate to every story Jann told of her parents. When Jann points out that MOM is WOW upside down I nearly cried. As Baby Boomers entering the stage where we become caregivers to our parents, this book is sure to have a huge following. A real keeper.

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Dolly9433
Apr 27, 2019

The book itself identifies and endures Jann with both of her parents; then in the latter half focuses/emphasizes her relationship highs and lows with her mother primarily. However, after seeing her televised mini-series, one time, gave me a diminished respect towards her and a much lower opinion of her now. I don't know if her strange outbursts and unruly, wild behaviour on t.v. screen, are the result of producing higher viewer t.v. ratings or rather truly her actual lifestyle & real personality in daily life? (The one, distasteful trailer, couch, scene stood out the most in my mind). Also, she is burdening her relatives and family members with her chores & problems which she needs to address and sort-out on her own with her resources. Thx.

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jillvaughan
Feb 15, 2019

The format presented an easy read - for some maybe. Jann Arden expressed every emotion I'm now experiencing ,,, that made it a somewhat difficult read (hence I had to request a renewal) but Jann affirmed I'm not alone. You, too, are not. Help shine a light into this progressive disease of dementia. A must read whether you're trying to cope now or need to equip yourself for the future.

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motocaab
Feb 11, 2019

Jann is a surprisingly good writer and observer of human nature. This book is genuine and intimate. Recommended to my sisters. Highly recommend. My previous exposure to Jann Arden was through a couple of episodes on Rick Mercer Report; this book shows a deep human side of her.

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imaryg
Aug 13, 2018

It was a cute little book, a very, easy, quick read. Interesting book format with her recipes sprinkled in based on cooking for her parents. It expresses very honestly, the angst that often beleaguers those who have parents suffering from dementia, poor health and alzheimer's.
Worth reading.

Practical, like her mom, Jann's heart-melting memoir about her experiences living with and caring for her parents as they age and forget; provides a guide to us on how to live the experience with patience and kindness.
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movar
May 13, 2018

It's informative, funny, personnal and heart breaking. It would help and cheer anyone who is going through this type of trip with a parent or a mate. Jann's mother is a lucky woman and Jann is lucky daughter to have been brought by this incredible mother,

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vickydriver
Apr 30, 2018

Was not sure what to expect heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Not intended to be a how to just a what is or was. Highly recommended

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posmith
Mar 16, 2018

The book is very easy to read. Jann is a good writer. I am pleasantly surprised how inspiring the book is.

"It's just life being life and you've gotta embrace it all with your heart pounding away on your sleeve and a smile on your face... and don't forget to cry, because that'll get you through anything."

Having a mother with moderate dementia, I can truly relate to what Jann was going through. I was wondering how long she could keep her mum home. Heard couple days ago that she finally had to put mum in a care facility.

I've also learned a few tips in how to interact with my mother.

Thanks, Jann.

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