In 2022, action star Bruce Willis announced his retirement from the silver screen. The reason was a diagnosis of aphasia. His family has revealed it’s a more serious condition than previously thought. Willis has Frontotemporal Dementia, or FTD. A degenerative brain disorder, the prognosis is tragic. There is no cure, and it’s not familiar to many. At the very least, it’s a relief to Willis’ family to have a complete diagnosis.
FTD is a condition that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These areas of the brain largely control behavior, language, and personality. Sooner or later, FTD causes these areas to degenerate and atrophy. This results in behavioral changes and communication difficulties. This can include Often mistaken at first for Alzheimer’s disease, the condition presents itself at an earlier life stage. Usually between 40 and 60 years old as opposed to Alzheimer’s tendency to occur at age 60 or older.
Willis’ family, including ex-wife Demi Moore, have appreciated the support from fans. “thank you all for the outpouring of love and compassion for Bruce over the past ten months. Your generosity of spirit has been overwhelming, and we are tremendously grateful for it.” His family wants to point out the lack of awareness concerning this condition. Above all, they encourage others to study the condition and donate to organizations that research it.
“As Bruce’s condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs far more awareness and research.” We wish him the best for his life and treatment going forward.