After his mother-in-law was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller started Hilarity for Charity to raise awareness of the disease. This weekend, Rogen visited the University of Vermont to offer live commentary on Superbad as the college’s prize for raising the most money for this charity. Ultimately, Rogen hopes to change the conversation enough so that the “government actually does something about it.”
In an interview with Time, Rogen said:
I think the government is reactive to people’s desires as opposed to leading the way for people’s best interest. I think that people want to get elected and they want to stay in power, and if it seems like people care about something, then they appeal to that thing, you know? So that’s our real goal, is to make it that Alzheimer’s is the type of thing that people in government have to support to make the general population happy.
Miller joined the conversation, speaking about her hope to remove the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s.
A lot of people, when they’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my mom included—she wouldn’t let us tell anyone. For a couple years, until she was so far advanced that it was so obvious and she didn’t know we were telling people, she wouldn’t let us tell anyone. Which is really sad. We just want to try to end that stigma.
Head to Time for the rest of Rogen and Miller’s thoughts on Alzheimer’s.