Seth & Lauren Rogen
COMEDIAN AND FILMMAKER FOCUS ON CAREGIVER
Seth Rogen, the well-known comedic actor, and his filmmaker wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, believe that comedy can serve as a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Lauren has been vocal about the loss of her family members to Alzheimer’s. Both of her grandparents succumbed to the disease, followed by her mother – who started showing signs of the disease in her early 50s. Lauren and Seth watched as she lost her ability to speak and dress – before dying at age 68. For the last decade, the two have devoted themselves to raising awareness about dementia. One of their latest ventures involves a nonprofit called Hilarity for Charity, which is focused on caregivers. As Miller Rogen offered to STAT, “My family really went through it and we saw what caregivers go through, and that really inspired our work at Hilarity for Charity…The cost of care is so unrealistic for most people. It’s just so obscene that some people have to leave their jobs to care for their loved ones.” A 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which was cited in the Stat piece, shares that the estimated cost of care for someone with dementia in the last five years of their life is approximately $287,038. Through Hilarity for Charity, the couple’s mission is to ease the burden of caregivers for those who suffer from dementia. As part of their fundraising endeavors, they organize an annual comedy event that brings together stars including Tiffany Haddish, Snoop Dogg, and John Mayer. The Rogens have raised more than $20 million and provided more than 400,000 hours of in-home care to families in need.