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Seth Rogen's Impassioned Yet Funny Plea for Alzheimer's Awareness

The actor tells a Senate committee in Washington about his mother-in-law's struggle with the disease.
3:00 | 02/26/14

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Transcript for Seth Rogen's Impassioned Yet Funny Plea for Alzheimer's Awareness
Thank you very much for having mean mr. chairman ranking member Moran and the members of the subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today and for the opportunity for me to be called an expert something -- that's cool. I don't know if you know who I am at all you -- you never -- knocked up chairman so. So little insulting and I want the record anything else and it's very important guys want to record the note this is the first time I will wager this is the first time in any congressional hearing in history. That the words knock -- -- But I cannot -- like the rest of us. First I should answer the question I assume many -- you're asking guests are aware this has nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana. In fact if you can believe it this concerned something that I find even more important. I started dating my wife Laurie in nine years ago when her mother was almost 54 years old. The first time I met her parents being the Mench that I am I was excited to spend time with them and -- -- think I was the type of guy she should continue dating. It was this trip the first time I met my now mother in law Lawrence. First admitted to herself and then to me that something was off with her mother. I guess the clues were unfortunately easy to spot since both of -- mother's parents had alzheimer's disease. Soon after this trip at 55 years old Lawrence mother was diagnosed with early onset alzheimer's. Now this point my impression of alzheimer's we'll probably when I assume most people's impression he has I thought was something only like really really old people dot. And I thought that way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten -- wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over. This period which was the only red signals farmers displayed in movies or television lasted a few years for -- -- After that however is when I saw the real ugly truth of the disease. After forgetting -- -- -- loved ones work my mother in law a teacher for 35 years then forgot how to speak feed herself dress yourself. And go to the bathroom herself. All by the age of sixty. -- father and a team of caregivers dedicate their lives to letting my mother Alabi is comfortable is she can be. They would love to do more but can't because as you've heard unlike any of the other top ten causes of death in America. There's no way to prevent -- or or even slow the progression of alzheimer's disease. Another thing I didn't realize until I was personally affected -- the shame and stigma associated with the disease. It was before I was born. But I'm told of a time when cancer had a stigma that people were shamed by. Celebrities and other public figures that -- -- would hide rather than be voices a hope for people in similar situations. And although it's turning this is currently where we are largely out with alzheimer's disease seems like and it's because of this -- of hope. And shameful stigma that my wife some friends and myself decided to actually try and do something to change the situation. The situation excuse -- We started polarity for charity. -- -- for charity is a fund we have as a part of the Alzheimer's Association to raise money to help family struggle with alzheimer's and support cutting edge research. That's right the situation is so dire that it caused me a lazy self involved. Generally self medicated man child to start an entire charity organization. It was through this that we -- we weren't just complaining there was nothing to be done but actively taking steps to do something. Instead of being disappointed that young people were so misinformed about the reality of the disease we've started to educate them. We recently start a college program that allows university students to hold their own polarity for charity events. And in the months since it started eighteen schools nationwide have signed up to hold events. The fact -- -- college students to stop playing video games and volunteer their time is a huge accomplishment. Especially considering both Xbox one and -- station for came out this year I'm sure these people know when I'm talking about this. I came here today for a few reasons one -- a huge house of cards -- Just -- the whole thing had to cut to be here. Two is to say people need more help. I've personally seen the massive amount of financial strain this disease causes and if the American people ever decide to reject genitalia driven comedy I will no longer be able to afford it. Please don't. Therefore I can't begin to imagine how people -- more limited incomes are dealing with this. As you've also heard studies show that alzheimer's and related dementia is the most costly condition United States. Yes it's more costly -- heart disease in the country -- for a dollar and 29 cents you can get a talk only added to read -- They're delicious but they're not healthy. While death and stroke while deaths from other major diseases like heart disease HIV and strokes continue to decline. Dust from alzheimer's have increased almost 70% in the last fifteen years. Over five million Americans have alzheimer's and -- -- -- in 35 years and -- -- sixteen million we'll have the disease. The third reason I'm here simply. Is to show people that they are not alone so few people share their personal story so few people have something to relate to. I know that at me and my wife saw someone like me talking about this it would probably make us feel a little muscle. Americans whisper the word alzheimer's. Because -- government whispers the world -- the word alzheimer's. Although whisper is better than the silence of the alzheimer's community has been facing for decades. It's still not enough. In -- -- yell and scream to the point that a finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs. I drew a day when my charity is no longer necessary and I can go back to being the lazy self involved man child I was meant to be. People look to their government for hope and I -- that when it comes to Alzheimer disease you continue to take more steps to provide some more. I would like to thank the committee again for the opportunity to share my story and to voice my wholehearted support for the continuing work that pursues a cure for alzheimer's disease thank you very much.

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