Seth Rogen is best known as a comedic actor–he made his name in films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up–but he was mostly serious last month when he testified before Congress on the need for funding for Alzheimer’s research:
He tells the story of first meeting his wife’s mother-in-law, who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He goes on to describe the stigma attached to the condition and notes that, “unlike any of the other top 10 causes of death in America, there is no way to prevent, cure, or even slow the progression.” In response, Rogen started Hilarity for Charity, a fund connected with the Alzheimer’s Association, to help combat the lack of understanding and support. In addition, Rogen says he’s telling his story because, “if me and my wife saw someone like me talking about this, it would probably make us feel a little less alone. America whispers the word ‘Alzheimer’s’ because their government whispers the word ‘Alzheimer’s.'” Rogen’s testimony is a simultaneously funny and moving personal account, and a strong call for more attention and action to help understand and combat the disease.
What are your personal experiences with Alzheimer’s or other dementias? In what ways are you or your community helping to increase awareness?