Bill Gates’s latest podcast episode, which was released on Thursday, delves into how Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller, use their humour and celebrity status to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.
In the opening of the first episode, Gates explains that Unconfuse Me with Bill Gates aims to explore topics he wants to learn more about, even if they leave him feeling puzzled.
Rogen and Miller, the founders of Hilarity for Charity, join him in discussing brain health, starting with Alzheimer’s Disease, which tragically affected both Miller’s mother and Gates’s father.
Miller explains that creating Hilarity for Charity, which aims to support families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s, conduct research, and educate people about brain health, was a delicate balance of combining fun and awareness about the disease.
According to Rogen, there’s a societal stigma around Alzheimer’s, making people uncomfortable discussing the disease as it involves the loss of control over mental health. He believes a significant shift in how Alzheimer’s is talked about, addressed, and funded is necessary to drive progress.
Gates also explores the importance of professional caregiving with his guests. Rogen shares how caring for Miller’s mother took a toll on her father’s health, highlighting the need for external support. Hiring a caregiver made a significant positive impact on their lives and relationship.
The conversation then delves into the potential for preventative treatments in the next five to ten years. Rogen and Miller stress the importance of brain health preservation while waiting for possible treatments, emphasizing sleep, exercise, nutrition, mental fitness, and emotional well-being.
Rogen, known for his openness about cannabis, shares his experiences with the drug. Both he and Miller discuss their openness with their neurologists and how nobody in the medical community has advised against marijuana use.
They even speculate that its benefits, such as increasing appetite and reducing stress, might be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s, though lack of federal funding hinders research in this area.
The podcast concludes with a humorous anecdote from Gates about his rebellious youth and his first encounter with smoking weed. Unconfuse Me with Bill Gates can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.