Hollywood actor, Bruce Willis, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), according to a statement issued by his family. The diagnosis comes after the family had announced his retirement from acting in March 2022, citing an initial diagnosis of aphasia, a brain disorder that affects language skills.
FTD is a rare form of dementia that is most common in people under 60. The disease affects the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain, leading to changes in behavior, personality, and movement, as well as challenges in communication. As the disease progresses, a range of new symptoms may emerge.
Unfortunately, there are currently no treatments that can stop or slow the progression of FTD, and there is no cure or preventative measure for the disease. On average, patients with FTD have a life expectancy of 7 to 13 years after the onset of symptoms.
Bruce Willis, 67, is a beloved actor who has made significant contributions to the film industry. The announcement of his diagnosis is a difficult time for his family and loved ones, and our thoughts go out to them as they go public with this important news.