After a diagnosis of aphasia, a disorder related to complications in language, which forced Bruce Willis to retire from acting, the 67-year -old actor’s career spans four decades dedicated to the industry in Hollywood. Some of his most notable films are Die Hard, Armageddon, and The Sixth Sense.
The statement, released by his family through his social networks, ensures that Willis has been facing health problems that have affected his cognitive abilities. Bruce family wrote that he is walking away from the career that has meant so much to him. It is a difficult time for our family. As Bruce Willis always says, ‘he lives for the moment,’ and we plan to do just that together.
What Type Of Aphasia Does Bruce Willis Have?
Although aphasia forced Bruce Willis to retire from acting, he and those close to the actor did not reveal more details about his state of health. The neurologist stated that the most common aphasias usually develop after a cerebral infarction, head trauma, or a brain tumor.
He said that it is primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a rare type of dementia that mainly impacts the frontal and temporal lobes of the left cerebral hemisphere. It found the neurons that allow comprehension emission of language.
According to the specialist, Willis may have problems expressing their thoughts and understanding, saying or repeating words; over time, they often lose the ability to read and write. Dysarthria (weakness in the muscles used for speaking) prevents others from understanding what the patient says.
Is There A Cure For Bruce Willis’s Aphasia?
Although developed some alternatives have, there is no cure for this degenerative disease or medications to treat it.
According to experts, there are three variants of primary progressive aphasia: Non-fluent, Semantic, and Logopenic.
He added that this disease evolves slowly, so it is difficult to pinpoint the time it began, as described by the neurologist Arnold Pick, in 1892, in a patient with isolated language impairment.
Alternatives For The Treatment Of Willis’s Aphasia
While tried, some therapies can help improve or maintain communication skills for patients suffering from aphasia with success.
The neurologist explained that advances in Artificial Intelligence and devices such as the brain-computer interface could offer an alternative to improve communication with these patients.