Jann Arden reflects on becoming a mother to her mother

The Canadian singer-songwriter has released a song and cookbook, Feeding My Mother, about caring for her mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Singer-songwriter Jann Arden's book is about taking care of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's. (Alkan Emin/Random House Canada)

Jann Arden, one of Canada's best loved musicians, saw her whole life change when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and her father passed away. For the past several years, Arden has been cooking for her mother, spending time with her in the kitchen as they navigate this difficult chapter in both of their lives. It's a chapter that she's living through while continuing to keep up with her career as a singer-songwriter. 

Arden has a new record coming out on Friday, March 16 and will be at the Juno Awards the following weekend. She joins Tom Power to talk about how she's balancing her career and family, and what it's like being "a mother to her mother" in her new song and book Feeding My Mother.

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Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

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