Alzheimer’s requires more research, education, and funding. It also requires more people to speak out vociferously in order to gain some much-needed attention. Seth Rogen voiced his ideas and attracted attention about the disease. This devastating disease is brutally strangling the life out of loved ones everywhere.
Actor Seth Rogen spoke to the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee on February 26, 2014. There were only two of the Senators left to hear him speak. Tom Harkin (Iowa-D) is the chairman of the committee and was present along with Jerry Moran (Kansas-R). The rest of the sixteen lawmakers had walked out just before Rogen’s presentation or just did not bother to show up at all.
Why did they leave? Perhaps the issue is of little or no importance to them or the government, according to Mr. Rogen’s Twitter feed. Many of the responses from people on social media networks are agreeing that they feel the same way as Seth Rogen.
On the side of the Democrats, there were nine Senators who left or did not show up at all. They include Senator Patty Murray from Washington, Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois, Mary Landrieu from Louisiana, Senator Reed from Rhode Island, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Senator Jon Tester from Montana, Senator M. Pryor from Arkansas, Senator J. Merkley from Oregon and Senator Jeanne Shaheen representing New Hampshire.
On the Republican side, there were seven Senators who either left or did not show up at all. The list includes Senator Mike Johanns of New Hampshire, Senator Cochran from Mississippi, Senator Shelby representing Alabama, Senator L. Alexander from Tennessee, Senator John Boozman of Arkansas, Senator Graham from South Carolina and Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois.
The brutal disease of Alzheimer’s needs more funding for education and research. It also needs more attention and can no longer be a silent issue. It is indeed a whispered daily torture. Anyone involved closely with someone who has Alzheimer’s will attest to the magnitude of every tragic detail it encompasses. The disease prompted Seth Rogen to come forward and lend his voice on behalf of Alzheimer’s education.
Some people would claim that caregiving should be done at home and not in a care-center. The reality is that many victims of the disease are cared for at home due to lack of financial means to do anything else. Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be challenging. An extreme amount of patience and understanding is required.
In-home care requires a twenty-four hour watchful family member. This is especially true for households that cannot afford a full-time nurse. Caregiver research has shown that it is extremely difficult for one person alone to accomplish holding down a full-time job while providing around the clock in-home care for an Alzheimer’s stricken relative. More education is needed to teach the public and policy makers alike what this disease can entail.
Celebrities such as Soleil Moon Frye, David Hyde Pierce, Terrell Owens, Melina Kanakaredes and Elisabeth Hasselbeck have also given a voice to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s website invites anyone and everyone to join in with their voices and be heard. People can write to their Senators. The public can walk along or even run with the Alzheimer’s Association annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a menacing and debilitating disease. It wipes out the ability to accomplish daily tasks. It attacks the brain in such a way that even the most precious of memories are forgotten. Some people even forget how to do simple things such as being able to swallow. It is critical that this disease receives the attention required to educate, research and find a cure. Seth Rogen voiced his concern and other people are urged to do the same. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s has moved up and is now considered the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
by Saki Kahala