Nearly a year after Bruce Willis stepped back from acting, his family announced that he is suffering from frontotemporal dementia and that his condition is getting worse. In a statement on February 16, the 67-year-old actor's family said that they are relieved 'to finally have a clear diagnosis'.
In March 2022, Willis was diagnosed with aphasia - which causes difficulties with speech - but this has progressed and he has been given a more specific diagnosis of dementia, the family said.
DailyO asked Dr Shyam Sharma, 75, MBBS, General Physician, about dementia and he said that there are no 'treatments available for the disease', something that the Willis family also said.
"Forgetting things is just one of the symptoms of dementia", Willis's family said in the released statement. Dr Shyam agrees with this, and adds that there is no specific age limit and that it can strike anyone. Dementia is a name for problems with mental abilities caused by gradual changes and damage in the brain.
He further adds that frontotemporal dementia is different from normal dementia:
Dementia mostly affects individuals over the age of 65, however, frontotemporal dementia appears at an earlier age. The majority of instances are diagnosed in persons aged 45 to 65, however, it can also affect younger or older people.
As mentioned above, there is no treatment available for dementia; however, the NHS website explains that there are several medicines, therapies and support groups that can help to manage the behavioural problems and help the person.
Bruce Willis is a famous American actor and has gained fame from portraying John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988-2013).
He also was known for his role in playing the leading role in the series Moonlighting. He has been nominated for five Golden Globes (won one) and three Emmys (won two).
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