Caron Leid, Author of Alzheimer’s: What they forget to tell you and Dementia & The Brain – What they forget to tell you (coming soon), is a dedicated mother and passionate student. Born in Swindon, England to George and Marlene Leid, immigrated to Canada in 1971 and then spent her formative years in Trinidad W.I. attending Holy Name Convent in Port of Spain. Her parents then moved back to Canada, to Brampton, Ontario where she currently resides.
Caron pursues her passion for education by pursuing her Doctorate in Education. Her book has been featured on Chapters, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and international book stores. Caron received her undergraduate degree from University of Windsor, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. Her career and passion surrounded educating others and believes in the pay it forward principle. As the primary caregiver to her mother for the last 18 years and counting, Caron hopes that her story can inspire people that struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and the various aspects surrounding the disease.
When my mother was first diagnosed 18 years ago, at the age of 57, I had a newborn and immediately was propelled into the sandwich generation. There were not a lot of resources or information surrounding living with the disease. I started journaling my experience more for cathartic purposes, and then had the courage enough to publish it in hopes of helping others.
Caron has spent over 18 years researching Alzheimer’s disease. She has written several journal articles on living with the disease. She appeared on CTV National News twice, discussing being an informal caregiver and the effects of it. Caron has also worked with the Alzheimer society of Canada to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease. Caron has also spoken at two international conferences on living with the disease.
The last speaking engagement was in Paris, France where she presented a key note speech on Living with Alzheimer’s disease. She is a strong advocate and expert on Alzheimer’s disease and Compassion Fatigue. Caron has a weekly podcast that is available on iTunes, podomatic, FM-series. She is now in the process of completing her second book on Alzheimer’s disease and building her counselling practice and a private foundation to help other caregivers.