Bruce Willis: what is frontotemporal dementia, the disease from which the actor suffers?

At 67, Bruce Willis suffers from frontotemporal dementia. What is this incurable disease that the American actor has just been diagnosed with?

Last spring, Bruce Willis announced via his daughter that he was ending his career due to serious health problems. The American actor and producer suffered from aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage.

His family unveiled, Thursday, February 16, a new diagnosis concerning the hero of “Die Hard” or “The army of the twelve monkeys”, the disease having progressed for a few months. Demi Moore’s ex-husband now has frontotemporal dementia, a neurodegenerative disease similar to Alzheimer’s disease.

There is no treatment

The communication difficulties suffered by Bruce Willis are only one of the symptoms. This incurable disease, which in half of the cases is hereditary, affects the neurons of the brain in the frontal and temporal lobes and generally appears in people between the ages of 40 and 65. It causes memory problems, difficulty moving and behavioral changes.

“Today, there is no treatment for this disease, a reality which we hope will change in the years to come”, explained in particular Emma Heling Willis, the wife of Bruce Willis, in a press release. Through this fight, the actor’s family wishes to raise public awareness regarding this dementia.

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