Do you have a story to tell about Alzheimer’s or dementia? We welcome contributions from caregivers, patients, family members and members of the medical community whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s. We hope that giving a voice to this disease will help ease the burden for others, and we appreciate your help in our mission. Our professional team will work with you to help streamline your message and polish your story.
Please submit contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a headshot and short bio linking to your twitter, website, Instagram, etc.
We only accept original stories. We cannot republish content that has been featured elsewhere.
We so appreciate your contributions, but we are not able to run every story that is submitted. We aim to respond to each potential contributor within two weeks.
By submitting your story, you acknowledge that you agree to our terms of service and any edits the Being Patient editorial team deems necessary.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
These are stories from the person with direct experience with the disease—a caregiver, medical professional or patient. They are advice-based, but use anecdotes to carry the story and demonstrate a greater point. If any studies or statistics can be woven through the story, it makes for a stronger piece.
These are 800-1000-word stories that require multiple sources, both experts and first-person accounts. They should provide insight into the experience of a dementia patient or caregiver for people who might not be familiar with the disease, but they should also offer concrete advice or professional commentary on a dilemma someone with Alzheimer’s or a family member might face.
These are longer (1000 words) pieces that focus on compiling all the research around a subject. For example: What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment? These require a few quotes from an expert source and several study citations (which can be found on PubMed). These are the types of stories that answer questions a patient or caregiver might Google. A few topics we’re looking for:
- Obesity and Alzheimer’s
- Early-Onset Alzheimer’s
- Sundown Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s and Seizures
- Forms of Dementia
Scientific Study Write-Ups
These are around 500-600 words and are based on one recent study. Example: Sipping Sugary Drinks Is Linked to Brain Problems. These can usually be written with a press release and by reaching out to an expert via email if necessary, and citing other relevant studies. These are written from embargoed press releases; please inquire with email@example.com.