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What Illness Does Bruce Willis Suffer From? Is He Still Sick In 2022?

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Bruce Willis’ family has announced that the actor will retire from acting due to aphasia, which is affecting his cognitive abilities.

“As a result of this and with much thought, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” his family said, without elaborating on what caused Willis’ illness.

According to Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, a NYC-based neuropsychologist and director of Comprehend the Mind, strokes are the most common cause of aphasia, affecting up to 40% of stroke survivors.

“It can happen unexpectedly,” she said. “After a stroke, head injury, or gunshot wound — but may occur gradually if there is a brain tumor, infection, or progressive neurological disease.”

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to speak or understand spoken language. It also affects their understanding of written words as well as their ability to read and write.

It is important to note that aphasia can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Some people with aphasia can only understand language because of damage to the temporal lobe, which governs how sound and language are processed in the brain. Others only have difficulty speaking, indicating frontal lobe damage. A loss of both speaking and understanding language would indicate damage to both the large temporal lobe and the frontal lobe.

Almost everyone with aphasia has difficulty remembering the names of things they know but cannot recall. As a result, they have difficulty using words in sentences. It also has an impact on those who have the condition’s ability to read and write.

What can cause aphasia?

Aphasia can be caused by damage to any part of the brain that facilitates language. Aphasia can take various forms depending on which part of the brain is injured.

A stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, but other factors such as traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases, tumors, or infections can also cause it.

Is it permanent?

Within a few months, some people experience dramatic improvement in the impediments caused by aphasia.

Others can recover through long-term speech therapy, which can assist the brain in discovering new ways to communicate ideas.

Some people with aphasia use assistive devices to communicate. Researchers are investigating new types of speech therapy as well as non-invasive methods such as magnetic pulse stimulation of brain cells.

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Treating aphasia

According to Hafeez, the goal of treatment is to improve communication skills, and methods include:

“Some people with aphasia have recovered completely without treatment,” she explained. “However, most people retain some degree of aphasia.”
While speech therapy can often help people recover some speech and language functions over time, many people still struggle to communicate, according to Hafeez.

“This can be difficult and frustrating for both the aphasic person and their family members,” she said. “Learning the best ways to communicate with loved ones is critical for family members.”

Family

bruce willis and Emma Heming Willis

Bruce Willis, star of Die Hard, was recently photographed hiking with his wife, Emma Heming Willis, in Los Angeles.

The outing is the first time the 67-year-old has been seen in public since the shocking announcement that he has aphasia.

Emma (43) shared the photos with her 251 000 Instagram followers, which were taken by their 10-year-old daughter, Mabel. Evelyn, their seven-year-old daughter, was not present.

Last week, Bruce’s family, which included his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore (59), and their three daughters Rumer (33), Scout (30), and Tallulah (28) issued a joint statement on Instagram announcing his diagnosis.

The illness, which affects cognitive functioning in the brain, has forced the actor to “step away” from his 40-year career as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable action heroes.

A source claims that “everyone is focused on all the happy moments they are able to share” with the actor.

Bruce’s wife, Emma, a British-American model, is said to be “trying to keep it together for him” during this difficult time.

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