Comedian’s charity provides grants for Alzheimer’s care


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Actor and comedian Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, are helping families receive free Alzheimer’s care thanks to their charity Hilarity for Charity. Their charity has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care, an organization that provides in-home care to Alzheimer’s patients in the United States and Canada.

Home Instead Senior Care has an office located in Fort Wayne. The community franchise provides a trained care giver to help seniors with daily actives.

“The stresses that are on family care givers taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s are really tremendous,” Jim Sullivan, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Fort Wayne said.

The grants have already provided a total of 6,000 hours in free care to more than 130 families with someone with Alzheimer’s disease. The organization is still accepting applications for grants, which range from 25 hours of short-term care to long-term care.

“This touches a lot of lives. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It’s kind of like what they say about cancer – most families will be touched by it,” Sullivan said. “Life doesn’t end just because you have Alzheimer’s.”

To apply for the grant from Hilarity for Charity, visit the website for Help for Alzheimer’s Families.The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program is funded by Hilarity for Charity donations, including the organization’s annual Variety Show fundraiser in which nearly $1 million was raised in 2014. To supplement this funding, United States- and Canada-based Home Instead Senior Care franchise owners pledged more than 37,000 hours of in-home care services, valued at $740,000. Individuals living in Canada or the U.S. and providing care to the nearly six million loved ones in North America living with Alzheimer’s disease are eligible to apply.

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