Comedian Seth Rogen and actor Lauren Rogen called for a national paid family and medical leave policy in a new op-ed.
The couple shared in a piece published Saturday by CNN that Lauren Rogen’s mother died last year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 15 years ago.
"As part of her care team, we learned what it meant to parent a parent as the illness cheated Lauren's mother of her ability to do for herself the daily tasks we take for granted, from eating to bathing to dressing,” the couple wrote. “We lived those early years in the shadows in a way -- it was a time when people quietly whispered about the disease.”
“And it was through our caregiving experience that we learned that government and most employers provide people -- especially young people -- with little to no caregiving resources. We learned the ugly truth that the United States is the only industrialized nation without a national paid family leave policy to help people balance care for older loved ones while working,” they continued.
The couple noted that President BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal includes at least two weeks of paid leave for American employees, in addition to 12 weeks of leave to care for children or family members for coronavirus-related needs.
“Today, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the care crisis in America and shown how desperately we need policies like paid family and medical leave if we are to rebuild the nation's economy. Yet, the last pandemic relief package Congress passed, in December, left out these essential provisions for all caregivers, from parents to caregivers of older adults,” Lauren and Seth Rogen wrote in the Saturday op-ed
“As a new presidential administration and a new Congress chart a path for long-term economic recovery, now is the moment for us to yell and scream for the relief needed by those of us working day and night to care for our parents and the other people we love,” they added.
They specifically called for lawmakers to pass legislation targeting families caring for older loved ones. They also called for lawmakers to “provide relief for at-home caregivers who have had to leave jobs or take lower-paying jobs,” in addition to other policy priorities.
Seth and Lauren Rogen founded the non-profit Hilarity for Charity in 2012, which helps families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, educates "young people about living a brain-healthy life" and more, according to its website.
Seth Rogen has also testified before lawmakers about Alzheimer’s disease.