Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
As many of you know, this year my father passed away from Alzheimer's Disease. What some of you many not know is that he was diagnosed with the disease in his mid 50's and had shown some signs even earlier. While my father was still alert, his main focus was always about finding a cure and he participated in any and every study that he could. Upon his passing, we followed his wishes and donated his brain to Mt. Sinai to continue his goal of finding a cure.
And while I too want to find a cure, I think what Seth and Lauren Rogen are doing, raising awareness of this disease and what it is really like is equally important. Living with this disease for over 20 years had a significant impact on me and my family. We felt that our situation was so unique; no one else could understand what we were going through and it was indescribable, but sadly there are many (too many) families going through same thing. Please donate to this cause and let's help raise awareness!!
Seth and Lauren Rogen wrote -
THIS IS ALZHEIMER’S is a feature length film documenting what Alzheimer’s Disease looks like in three very different situations.
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disease. There is no cure. The cause, treatments, and even proper diagnosis are still a huge mystery and unfortunately, proper awareness of this horrible disease is even more mysterious.
Our younger generation often equates Alzheimer’s with a dementia that simply makes older people forget where they put their car keys—not at all the reality of what it means to truly lose one’s memory.
How about witnessing your father getting lost in his own backyard because he forgot that one step in front of the other means walking? How about watching your mother strapped down to a chair in case she falls during dinner? Or how about explaining to your children that their 30 year old father soon won’t remember their names or that he’s their father altogether? This is Alzheimer’s, and it’s not a disease just for the old. It’s a disease whose pervasiveness is growing and as our population ages so will the number of Alzheimer’s patients. We need to engage and inform our younger generations so no one is left in the dark.
THIS IS ALZHEIMER’S takes a first-hand look at families coping with Alzheimer’s and will allow those who have been fortunate enough to not witness the disease firsthand to learn what Alzheimer’s disease is like through relatable human stories; and the millions who have experienced the disease will see that they are not alone. This film does not focus on the science behind the disease, but simply paints a portrait of how devastating the effects of this disease can truly be for the millions of people who are currently living with it, and the many more who it will be affected by it as it continues to grow.