Bruce Willis is battling this terrifying disease and here’s what you need to know to prevent it
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The dementia community has a new advocate who is willing to talk about the difficult disease: actor Bruce Willis.
The word “dementia” is associated with an image of a frail, elderly person living the twilight of their life in a care facility or with their loved ones, unable to provide for themselves. Yet with the recent revelation of Willis’ diagnosis of fronto-temporal dementia (FTD), we are reminded that dementia is not restricted to our elderly, but can afflict many of us for various reasons.
The iconic actor’s wife is being vocal about the diagnosis and the paucity of treatment options available.
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Most adults shudder at the thought of being diagnosed with dementia, and even more struggle to cope with caring for someone who suffers from this debilitating, soul-crushing curse.
Actor Bruce Willis is coping with a diagnosis of fronto-temporal dementia, as we are reminded that the disease doesn’t always impact people who are elderly and frail. (Tolga Akmen/AFP )
Dementia is defined by a progressive loss of intellect, memory, and abstract thought and is often associated with behavioral and/or personality changes. Unlike other