Caron Leid, Author of Alzheimer’s: What they forget to tell you and Dementia & The Brain – What they forget to tell you, Self Love- What they forget to tell you and Grief- What they forget to tell you 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.
Her books have been featured in 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 passion for learning and education is never ending. Her career and passion surrounds educating others and believes in the pay it forward principle.
When my mother was first diagnosed 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 20 years researching Alzheimer’s disease and 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 several platforms including Apple Podcasts Spotify, 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.
When her marriage ended she had to incorporate yet another role that she was unfamiliar with -being a single parent. Raising her son is her most important role and much of her pursuits are based off of making him proud of her. She finally graduated with her PhD in education in 2022. Caron is a counsellor and has a private practice. As challenging as her life was, she continued working and studying. Her mother passed away after 20 years with the disease. Caron kept her mom at home with her from the beginning to palliative care, and has seen every aspect of the disease. Caron hopes that her story can inspire people that struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and the various aspects surrounding the disease.
This life journey has many turns and detours and sometimes dead-ends. You have to keep going, whether that means shifting things around with the tools that you have, or getting some new tools. It really is perspective and grit and never giving up! As the saying goes instead of asking “why is this happening to me?” “Ask yourself “what is it trying to teach me”- That shift makes all the difference!!
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