Hilarity for Charity Introduces Documentary: ‘This is Alzheimer’s’

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Hilarity for Charity is a non-profit organization launched in 2012 by actor and comedian Seth Rogen and his filmmaker wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, in the hopes of raising Alzheimer’s awareness among millennials. To date, the organization has raised over $5 million and is now in the process of making a film called This is Alzheimer’s.

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The docu-film explores how Alzheimer’s disease affects the whole family and not just the patient. The trials and frustrations that everyone involved faces and how to live with the disease on a day-to-day basis. The film features Lauren Miller Rogen’s mother, Adele, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 55 and is now cared for full time by her husband, Scott. Also featured is Ken Dodson, who was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 30 years old. Ken, his wife Nikki, and their three children demonstrate how the diagnosis has affected their family life.

The film also looks at Alzheimer’s disease patients who are residents at the Holiday Manor Nursing Home. The patients are at various stages of the disease and the documentary focuses on their lives and of those of their families.

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