Actor Seth Rogen gave the Senate an unexpected treat yesterday afternoon when he comically and whole-heartedly spoke out about Alzheimer’s disease.
“Yes, I am aware that this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana,” Rogen said after thanking the senators for “the opportunity for me to be called an ‘expert’ at something.”
Rogen laid out the story of how he learned about Alzheimer’s. He explains that before meeting his mother-in-law, he had the same perception that most people probably do about Alzheimer’s – “really, really old people… forgetting keys, wearing mismatched shoes and asking the same question over and over.”
But about three years after meeting his mother-in-law, she had progressed far past the side effects mentioned above. At the age of 60 she had forgotten who she was, who her loved ones were, how to speak, feed, eat, dress, and use the restroom herself.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death. What does a family do to help when there’s no way to prevent, cure or slow the its progress?
That’s when Rogen, his wife Lauren Miller and some of their friends started Hilarity for Charity.
Hilarity for Charity is an organization that throws events featuring big name acts in comedy and music to fund families, education and research for the National Alzheimer’s Association.
“That’s right, the situation is so dire that it caused me a lazy, self-involved…man-child to start an entire charity organization,” Rogen said.
Moving forward, Rogen clarified his reasons for attendance, “First – I’m a huge House of Cards fan. Two – people need more help… and the third reason I’m here is simply to show people they’re not alone.”
Rogen later tweeted a photograph of all of the senator’s empty seats who chose not to attend his talk.
All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer's. Unless more noise is made, it won't change. pic.twitter.com/xDW6tlMHmH
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
After watching this video you’ll not only learn, according to Alzheimer’s Association studies, that:
- Today more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- By 2050, as many as 16 million Americans will have the disease and an American will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
- Out of the top 10 leading causes of death, Alzheimer’s is the only one without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.
Plus you learn:
- Seth Rogen really loves his wife and family.
- He is more than a lazy, self involved, pot-head man-child. He actually cares about people.
- He can be funny in front of government officials, while talking about seriously sad diseases.
- And he’s already finished House of Cards like the rest of us.