This is Alzheimer’s: The Film

THIS IS ALZHEIMER’S is a documentary which explores how different families navigate
through the changes, challenges, and losses that come with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.

There are currently more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s estimated that friends and family members of those affected provide an estimated 18.1 BILLION hours of unpaid care each year. THIS IS ALZHEIMER’S explores how different families navigate the changes, challenges and losses that come with caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with
this devastating disease.

Hilarity For Charity founder, Lauren Miller Rogen’s mother, Adele, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s when she was only 55 years old. 9 years into her diagnosis, she is no longer able to feed, dress or care for herself. She lives at home with her devoted husband, Scott who spends his days finding a balance between caring for Adele and coming to terms with how this disease has changed his and his family’s expectations.

Ken Dodson, a sweet, kind, and gentle father of three in Adrian, Michigan was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at 30 years old. Ken’s incredible and vivacious wife Nikki holds this love­filled family together as they are at the beginning stages of this frightening disease.

Often, the level of care needed to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s is best received in a nursing facility. The residents at the Holiday Manor Nursing Home are at various stages in their diagnoses and receive care from specially trained staff while their families balance visiting their loved ones and finding the lives they deserve to live.

THIS IS ALZHEIMER’S will allow those who have been fortunate enough to not witness the disease firsthand to learn what Alzheimer’s disease is through relatable human stories; and the millions who have experienced the disease will see that they are not alone.

The Team

  • Laura Cardona

    Producer And Director

    Laura is a documentary filmmaker. She started her career during her undergraduate studies at Florida State University Film School in 2001 where she was awarded a grant from the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights to join a filmmaking team in producing Fighting For Life in the Death Belt, a feature documentary about the death penalty in Georgia. She has since worked on many social and human rights projects and has been recogniz ed and awarded by the Florida Film Commission, the Bert Saperstein Communication Scholarship Fund, the New York Women in Film & Television Scholarship fund, and she was also awarded the City Seeds Fellowship in New York City.

    Over the years she’s worked in post­production on multiple award winning documentaries and television programs for HBO, PBS, ABC, Showtime, the History Channel, National Geographic, among many others. She also produced and directed the North American Segment for the award­-winning “To Be A Human Being” a six­part international documentary series. Laura currently works as a freelance editor for tv/film/commercials, and lives in Los Angeles.

  • Lauren Miller Rogen


    Lauren Miller is a filmmaker and Alzheimer’s Advocate. After graduating with a degree in film from The Film School at Florida State University, she moved to Los Angeles. In 2012, Lauren co­wrote, produced, and starred in the film For A Good Time, Call… which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later distributed by Focus Features.

    Also in 2012, Lauren created Hilarity For Charity with her husband, Seth Rogen and some amazing friends as a way to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease among young people. They have since raised over $5 million and have become leaders in the fight against the disease.

  • Morgan Hanner


    Morgan Hanner has been editing acclaimed film, television and promotional content for the past 8 years. Her recent credits include the highly­-rated CNN documentary series THE SIXTIES, executive produced by Tom Hanks, which was nominated for Emmy and IDA awards. In previous years, she edited festival­-lauded short films, as well as behind the scenes documentaries for the iconic television shows LOST, PERSON OF INTEREST and FRINGE, and the films LINCOLN, WAR HORSE, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. She had the great pleasure of learning how to makes films with Lauren and Laura at FSU Film school. Now she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.