One of the worst nightmares for artists: not being able to communicate. This is happening to Bruce Willis, 67 years old. His family has just announced that he suffers from aphasia, a condition for which he has decided to retire, and that will surely keep him away from film sets forever.
Aphasia is the loss of the ability to understand or express spoken or written language. It commonly occurs after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, although it can also occur as a manifestation of Alzheimer’s. Learn more about this condition.
His daughter Rumer (Willis has three daughters from his marriage to Demi Moore) said in an Instagram post: “To my father’s wonderful supporters, as a family I want to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing health issues and has recently been diagnosed. with aphasia, a condition that impacts their cognitive abilities.”
The three daughters, Rumer, Tallulah and Scout, along with his ex-wife Moore, shared the post, saying “this is a challenging time for the family.” Moore and Willis always remained friends, even after the divorce.
The actor from Die Hard, Moonlighting, Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, among dozens of other box office hits, and much loved in the world of Hollywood, has been receiving support on social media. Among them Gabby Giffords, a former legislator and victim of gun violence, who said: “Today I am thinking of Bruce Willis and his family. Aphasia prevents me from finding the right words. It can make the person feel lonely and isolated.”
Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It can make it hard to read, write, and express what you want to say. It is more common in adults who have had a stroke.
Other causes can be brain tumors, infections, injuries and degenerative diseases such as dementia, which affect the areas of the brain linked to language.
The type of problem that triggered it, and its severity, will depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the extent of the damage.
There are four types of aphasia:
expressive aphasia: the patient knows what he wants to say, but has difficulty saying or writing it.
receptive aphasia: you hear the voice or can read a print, but do not make sense of what you read or hear
anomic aphasia: has trouble using the right words to describe objects, places, or events
Overall aphasia: the patient cannot speak, understand what is said to him, read or write
It is not yet known what type of aphasia Willis has, and what caused it.
There are many speech and behavioral therapies to treat aphasia, and depending on the severity and many factors, such as the patient’s age and whether they have other medical conditions, a person may regain a high percentage of their speech and communication skills. . Although in most cases there is always some residual aphasia.