Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back against Alzheimer’s for Her Mother
. . .and Perhaps Herself

badgeconstancenhermomA poignant mother-daughter memoir, Not Going Gently interweaves story and science into a unique book.  Constance shares her mother’s personal experience living with Alzheimer’s intertwined with her own professional research into the disease.

For baby boomers––or anyone else––concerned about memory losses, 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. 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 measures to stop AD now, before symptoms appear.

While most books about Alzheimer’s focus on only one aspect of the disease from either a scientific or personal perspective, this book melds the two in an all-inclusive portrait of the disease.  And it not only honestly addresses this devastating illness that affects millions of people and their loved ones, it also offers hope through groundbreaking prevention plans.

Not Going Gently is a non-fiction memoir that contrasts her mother’s touching and dramatic story with the author’s own normal age-related memory changes and research into the disease. You’ll learn:

  • the risks, warning signs, diagnosis, and stages of Alzheimer’s disease,PP Native Cover 4795834_Front Coverhow the brain creates and stores––or loses––different kinds of memories,
  • the latest research into the causes of AD,
  • better treatment ideas for protection, offering hope for the future,

and most importantly, you’ll learn

  • groundbreaking prevention plans for the individual that include nutrition, essential lifestyle changes, and building a cognitive reserve,
  • advice for family planning

Although Not Going Gently contains a significant amount of information, it is easy to understand, warmly emotional, and openly expressive on the themes of love, aging, and loss.

Dr. Kirk Erikson, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and author of a key brain study, said that Not Going Gently “is 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 of her mother Madeline’s disease, the ways that she and her family coped and adapted to the demands of caregiving, and the many obstacles facing society as we struggle to understand, prevent, and treat Alzheimer’s disease. I would highly recommend this memoir to anyone attempting to understand the complex changes that occur in Alzheimer’s disease and to learn what to hope for, and what to expect, in the course of the disease.”

Kirkus Reviews  http://www.kirkusreviews.com wrote “Vincent is an adept writer, both when it comes to engrossing storytelling (“The disappearance of a couple in their mid-eighties would cause concern almost anywhere, but especially so in Nevada”) and delivering medical facts with significant weight (“Unless medical breakthroughs occur, by 2050 a new diagnosis will occur every thirty-three seconds, tripling the current number of  5.4 million Alzheimer’s patients. . .”).

Alzheimer’s September Song is a poignant, beautiful video that shows Alzheimer’s as the Autumn of Life with photos of her mother, Madeline, against the backdrop of changing leaves.  This new, two-minute music video is available on YouTube under Alzheimer’s September Song.  http://www.youtu.be/WHLXnZYRDOU

No Me Iré Dócilemente, the Spanish title of Not Going Gently, became available to purchase on Amazon.com on October 14, 2016. The Kindle version is also available now at a special  introductory price for a short time.  Many thanks to Ingrid Acosta G., the wonderful translator in Bogota, Colombia.

Buy both books and Kindle versions in English and in Spanish now at  Amazon.com.
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