Kirkus Featured Review:  Author and Psychologist Dr. Constance Vincent’s New Book Not Going Gently Details Her Courageous Fight against Alzheimer’s for Her Mother. . .and Herself   “Vincent is an adept writer, both when it comes to engrossing storytelling and in delivering medical facts with significant weight.  . .A quick, emotional, and educational memoir about Alzheimer’s.” 

Not Going Gently was selected to be featured by Kirkus Reviews in their June 15, 2015 issue.  Kirkus is considered by many to be the “world’s toughest book critic. . .uniquely associated with excellence,” and only 10% of Indie reviews are chosen for this honor.

Testimonial:  Dr. Krik Erikson, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and author of a key brain study “A highly candid and intimate memoir that chronicles the many challenges facing those touched by Alzheimer’s disease.  It is impossible not to be moved by Dr. Vincent’s heartfelt account. . .”

Press Release:

(Washington, DC) Dr. Constance Vincent’s Not Going Gently is more than just a poignant mother-daughter memoir of a loved one slowly slipping away.  The book interweaves story and science into a unique first-person, very informed account of her mother’s personal experience living with Alzheimer’s, intertwined with her own determined and dogged professional research into the disease, to perhaps get a glimpse of what she might expect in her own future.

“For baby boomers––or anyone else––concerned about memory loss, the big fear is always ‘what if I’m getting Alzheimer’s’? And if you have dementia in your family, you have even more reason to worry,” says Dr. Vincent, a retired psychologist based in northern California. “But here’s the Catch 22.  The disease has a ‘head start’ of twenty or more years ravaging your brain before you recognize the damage, and then it’s too late for help.  You have to take preventive measure to stop it now, before symptoms appear.”

While much of what information exists about Alzheimer’s tends to focus on only one aspect of the disease from either a scientific or personal perspective, Not Going Gently melds the two in an all-inclusive portrait of the disease.  The book respectfully and honestly addresses this devastating illness that affects millions of people and their loved ones, while also offering hope through key prevention plans.

Not Going Gently is an easy to read, warmly emotional memoir on love, aging, and loss that contrasts Dr. Vincent’s mother Madeline’s touching and dramatic story with her own normal age-related memory changes and research into the disease.  The book includes:

  • Risks, warning signs, diagnosis, and stages of Alzheimer’s disease
  • How the brain creates and stores––or loses––different kinds of memories
  • The latest research into the causes of Alzheimer’s
  • Better treatment ideas for protection, offering hope for the future
  • Advice for family planning
  • Groundbreaking prevention plans that include nutrition, essential lifestyle changes, and building a cognitive reserve

Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back against Alzheimer’s for Her Mother. . .and Perhaps Herself  (October, 2014) is available at bookstores everywhere and on

Its Spanish translation, No Me Iré Dócilmente: El relato de una psicóloga que lucha contra la enfermedad de Alzheimer, por su madre . . .y quizá por ella misma was released in October, 2016, and is also available in both print and on Kindle at

About the Author:

Constance earned her doctorate in psychology from University of California, Irvine, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University.  She was an associate professor of psychology at Chapman University for a number of years before teaching classes on aging at Santa Clara University.  The daughter of a father who suffered from dementia and a mother who has Alzheimer’s disease, Constance has been a long-distance caregiver for her mother the past nine years. Constance is married and lives in northern California.

To contact Constance, please mail to  To reach her by phone, please leave a message at 650-854-0885, and she will return your call.


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