increase support groups nationwide, and fund cutting edge research.
Since its inception, Hilarity for Charity has raised more than $7 million to support these efforts.
Hilarity for Charity and the Home Instead Senior Care network are working together to award in–home care grants throughout the United States and Canada to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias through our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program.
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there is care. The goal of our care grant program is to provide exceptional in–home care to families affected by this disease and to give these families support and rest. To date, we have provided over 110,000 hours of respite care to Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in need.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much this grant has meant to me..The gift of this treasured grant allows me some rest each week, and/or time to run errands. When our caregiver arrives, I am able to leave with peace of mind..Thanks from the bottom of my heart for providing funds for our ‘angel’ each week”— Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program grant recipient
“The words Thank You just doesn’t seem to be enough to express my heartfelt appreciation. I have barely been out of Sue’s sight, since 2006. Our world has shrunk to the size of her bedroom and bath with conversation from babbling to hysteria. Please accept my total gratitude, for the chance to join humanity again.”— Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Relief Grant Program grant recipient
Support & Awareness
Hilarity for Charity’s goal is to mobilize a new generation of Alzheimer’s advocates while supporting young people who are currently affected by the disease.
We provide a variety of support and awareness initiatives, including a Google hangout support group; focusing on the unique needs of people under the age of 40 navigating their way through this disease, and “This Is Alzheimer’s” a feature length film documenting what Alzheimer’s looks like for three different families facing the disease.
“As a busy mom of three kids as well as my mom’s caretaker, I have felt overwhelmed and alone in my situation. Being part of the Google Hangout group has been incredible, because I no longer feel alone, and it’s a great feeling to know there are others that can relate to exactly what I’m going through. The support and encouragement of the Google Hangout group helps me cope better as I go through this Alzheimer’s journey with my mom.”— Google Hangout Group Participant
“As someone newer to this journey, the Hilarity for Charity group was a lifeline during a time full of confusion and uncertainty. While there is still a great deal of unknown, being able to connect and empathize with other younger caregivers who have shared similar experiences is of immeasurable help.”— Google Hangout Group Participant
Each year, Hilarity for Charity earmarks a percentage of revenue to cutting edge research. We are proud to have directly sponsored the following grants focused on early onset and detection of Alzheimer’s disease:
· Ramon Casanova, Ph.D. Wake Forest University Health Sciences: New Methods for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
· Carrie R. McDonald, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego La Jolla, California:
Statistically Determined MCI Subtypes: Genetics, Biomarkers and Outcomes.