Local Award-Winning Author Releases Book For Caregivers Of Those With Alzheimer's Or Dementia

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - by Donna Thomson

Fans of caregiver advocate and author Christopher-Charles Chaney’s Mama Peaches books will be thrilled that Mr. Chaney has penned a new volume for caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Chaney is right about a lot of things, but first among those is that Mama Peaches was a very funny and wise person. Reading all 165 of Mama Peaches’ best one-liners, I was reminded of Justin Halpern’s hilarious and sometimes touching Sh*t My Dad Says.

So, by the time I turned the page to Mr. Chaney’s section 2 of caregiving knowledge, I felt I knew Mama Peaches. I really liked her, but I was a bit afraid of her too – this is one mother who demanded Sunday school behavior from her children 24/7.

Here’s a small sample of Mama Peaches’ wit and wisdom:

“Boy, I am responsible for what I say, not what you understand.”

 

“It’s not what’s in your pocket, but what’s in your heart that counts.”


“You don’t fall to the top of the mountain, you climb.”

And one of my personal favorites – “You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind.”

 

It’s clear that Mr. Chaney loved his mother and it’s easy to see why – she was strict but lovable and often hilarious. Imagining the decline of such a vibrant personality, I felt like part of the family as a reader. And I was curious to know what lessons Mr. Chaney had for others who walk the path of dementia care. Here are just a few lessons learned that the author elaborates on in later chapters:

wish I’d had the Caregiving conversation earlier, I wish I’d been more inquisitive, I wish I’d had Mama spies, I wish I’d had a better filing system, I wish I had pushed the doctors more, I wish I'd known that dementia causes anger, rudeness, and unpredictable behavior, and I wish I’d sought out support groups earlier.

Next, Mr. Chaney offers us a Prayer Toolbox. There are prayers about banishing guilt, being filled with love, kindness, and patience and there are prayers for acceptance of loss. I wish there had been more prayers that relate directly to the author’s caregiving knowledge – prayers to remember who the personwas even when they’re ravaged by dementia, for example.

Finally, there’s a comprehensive list of national (USA) caregiver resources.This is a highly readable, uplifting book for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. And for fans of Mama Peaches, there are two bonus chapters from his future book release as a treat at the end. I recommend this charming and informative book to anyone who cares for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

 

Released on Oct. 1, Hot Slices is currently among the top sellers in three book categories. It’s clear that this new book will be an important resource that belongs in the hands of all caregivers.  The Mama Peaches books are now available at  www.amazon.com.  

 

* * * *

Donna Thomson is the Canadian author of The Four Walls of My Freedom, an account of how life was forever changed when her son Nicholas was born with cerebral palsy. A former actress, director, and teacher, Donna is a devoted caregiver, disability activist, author, consultant, and blogger. Thomson is also the creator of the Caregiver’s Living Room Blog.



Oncology Symposium Set For Nov. 18

The Rees Skillern Cancer Institute and CHI Memorial will host an oncology symposium for primary care providers on  Saturday, Nov. 18, at Embassy Suites by Hilton from  7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. J. Taylor Whaley, M.D., radiation oncologist, is the program director.  A maximum of 5.6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits   are available. Symposium topics include ... (click for more)

Health Care Justice In America Seminar Is Nov. 2

The debate over a national health care system comes to Chattanooga on Nov. 2 with a presentation by Art Sutherland, M.D., state coordinator of the Tennessee Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.  Dr. Sutherland poses the question, “How do we achieve health care justice in America?” He believes the current, profit-driven private health insurance system fails ... (click for more)

Chattanoogan Hotel Sold By City To Lexington, Ky., Hospitality Group For $32 Million

The city has reached agreement to sell the Chattanoogan hotel for $32 million. The buyer is Schulte Hospitality Group of Lexington, Ky. The firm has 102 hotels in 26 states. Daisy Madison, city chief financial officer, said the proceeds would be enough to pay off all the city's remaining debt for building it. She said there had been interest in buying the hotel before, ... (click for more)

Janice Raper, 69, Killed In Accident On Lee Highway

Janice Raper, 69, was killed Sunday evening in a car accident on Lee Highway. Chattanooga Police responded at 7:54 p.m. to a traffic crash at 6800 Lee Highway. A Toyota Sienna, driven by Ms. Raper was traveling northbound, attempting to make a left turn onto Hickory Valley Road.  A Dodge Challenger, driven by Charise Nash, 26, was traveling southbound on Lee Highway, ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Evil This Way Comes

There is a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, as some of the 20,000 students at Middle Tennessee State are taught, that reads: "By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes." The professors explain that in the 16 th century the “pricking of thumbs” meant an intuition of evil about to happen and every student at MTSU knows several white supremacy ... (click for more)