through the changes, challenges, and losses that come with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.
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.
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 Rogen is a screenwriter, director, producer, dog lover, and philanthropist, whose life has been touched many times over by Alzheimer’s. In 2012—when Lauren’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at just 55 years old— Lauren, still in her twenties, co-founded HFC to activate the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates. Since then, Lauren and the HFC team have brought significant awareness to Alzheimer’s, raising over $12 million and awarding over 290,000 hours of in-home care to families all while using humor and hope to engage people. Her dedication to sharing her personal story and using humor as a form of advocacy has left an indelible impact on the Alzheimer’s space.
Since 2013, Lauren has served as the Alzheimer’s patient advocate on the board of California’s Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). She also sits on the California Alzheimer’s Task Force. In 2012, Lauren starred in, co-wrote, and produced the film For A Good Time Call, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. She made her feature-length directorial debut in 2018 with the “dramedy” Like Father, a film she wrote and which starred Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer. If there is one thing Lauren wants people to remember, it’s that Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be sad or scary when you’re fighting against it. You can come to an HFC event and have fun, but also do something for Alzheimer’s.
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.