Seth Rogen opens up, talks Alzheimer’s on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON — Actor and comedian Seth Rogen spoke Wednesday before a Senate committee about his family’s personal battles with Alzheimer’s and the need for more help from the government for people who suffer from the disease.
While comical in his delivery, Rogen’s message was serious. He explained that in a span of 35 years, 16 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s.
“Americans whisper the word Alzheimer’s because their government whispers the word Alzheimer’s, and although a whisper is better than the silence that the Alzheimer’s community has been facing for decades, it’s still not enough,” Rogen said. “It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it gets the attention and the funding it deserves and needs.”
Rogen spoke of his mother-in-law’s battle with Alzheimer’s, which began in her mid-50s.
“[I thought] it was something only really, really old people got,” Rogen said.
He went on that by the age of 60, she was unable to recognize loved ones, speak, feed herself or dress herself.
“The situation is so dire that it caused me, a lazy, self-involved, generally self-medicated, man-child to start an entire charity organization,” Rogen said.
Along with his wife, Lauren Miller, Rogen created “Hilarity for Charity,” where they inform teens about Alzheimer’s. He has said he hopes the campaign will help with the stigma that goes along with Alzheimer’s.
Rogen has become a champion for Alzheimer’s awareness in recent years. In 2011, he and his wife contributed to “A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.”