Actor Raises Awareness for Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Actor and comedian Seth Rogen testified before the Senate on Wednesday about the importance of Alzheimer’s research.

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Played Key Role In Activism, Says Rogen

Rogen became an Alzheimer’s spokesman after his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the early-onset version at 55. Rogen explained when he first learned about her diagnosis, he thought: “forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same questions over and over.” But as it progressed, Rogen began to see the disease’s grim reality day-to-day. By the time Rogen’s mother-in-law turned 60, she had already forgotten how to speak, feed herself, get dressed and use the bathroom on her own. His family soon felt overwhelmed with his mother-in-law’s caretaking duties.

He further explained to the Senate that currently, there’s no way to prevent or slow the disease’s progression. As a result, the financial burden of Alzheimer’s can be quite significant. According to a study published in the The New England Journal of Medicine, dementia and Alzheimer’s are the most costly U.S. diseases. This means families with limited incomes constantly face unpredictable financial obstacles coping with Alzheimer’s.

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