‘In awe of the love so many people have for my papa’: Scout Willis emerges feeling ’emotionally tired’ but grateful for outpouring of support after family reveal Bruce Willis, 67, has dementia
- Bruce Willis’ family – including his wife Emma Heming, ex-wife Demi and five daughters – shared the news about the action star’s diagnosis on Thursday
- He has a condition known as FTD which affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, which deal with behavior, problem-solving, planning and emotions
- READ MORE: Bruce Willis ‘steps back’ from acting after aphasia diagnosis
Scout Willis stepped out in Los Angeles on Thursday just hours after her family revealed her father Bruce Willis, 67, has dementia.
The 31-year-old music artist put on a brave face as she ran errands while dressed in green leggings, a faded leather moto jacket and a sweet fuzzy brown hat with ears.
She kept a low profile as she shielded her eyes in square-shaped brown sunglasses with dark lenses.
The actress, whose mom is entertainment icon Demi Moore, received an outpouring of support from her friends on social media after she posted ‘painful’ news about her dad in a joint statement released by her family.
Scout led her famous sisters – Rumer and Tallulah – in expressing their gratitude as she shared a selfie with the message: ‘Feeling emotionally tired and a bit overwhelmed, yet also very in awe of the love so man people have for my papa.’
Brave face: Scout Willis was seen out in Los Angeles on Thursday after her family revealed Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with dementia at 67
Scout led her famous sisters – Rumer and Tallulah – in expressing their gratitude as she shared a selfie with the message: ‘Feeling emotionally tired and a bit overwhelmed, yet also very in awe of the love so man people have for my papa’
Tallulah, 29, responded by writing: ‘Second this Scouter feeling the abundant love for our guy and our family.’
Eldest Rumer, 34, responded by saying: ‘I third this Scouter and Buusk feeling so deeply grateful and in awe of the love for our sweet Daddio.’
Liv Tyler was among her famous friends to lend their support, with the actress sending her ‘so much love’ in the comment section.
Scout, Bruce and Demi’s middle child, joined her family in telling fans the actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) – less than one year after he retired from acting due to his battle with brain disorder, aphasia.
The Hollywood icon withdrew from acting last year as he began his fight with the illness that caused his language abilities to deteriorate – and now his condition has ‘progressed’ according to a joint statement from his family on Thursday.
FTD affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, which deal with behavior, problem-solving, planning and emotions – with symptoms including personality changes, obsessive behavior and speaking difficulties.
The statement, from his wife Emma Heming, ex-wife Demi and five daughters and posted on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration’s website, read: ‘Our family wanted to start by expressing our deepest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of love, support and wonderful stories we have all received since sharing Bruce’s original diagnosis.
‘In the spirit of that, we wanted to give you an update about our beloved husband, father and friend since we now have a deeper understanding of what he is experiencing.’
Strong: The 31-year-old and her family have come together to support the action hero
‘Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD).
‘Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.
‘FTD is a cruel disease that many of us have never heard of and can strike anyone. For people under 60, FTD is the most common form of dementia, and because getting the diagnosis can take years, FTD is likely much more prevalent than we know.
‘Today there are no treatments for the disease, a reality that we hope can change in the years ahead. As Bruce’s condition advances, we hope that any media attention can be focused on shining a light on this disease that needs far more awareness and research.
‘Bruce always believed in using his voice in the world to help others, and to raise awareness about important issues both publicly and privately.
‘We know in our hearts that – if he could today – he would want to respond by bringing global attention and a connectedness with those who are also dealing with this debilitating disease and how it impacts so many individuals and their families.
‘Ours is just one family with a loved one who suffers from FTD, and we encourage others facing it to seek out the wealth of information and support available through AFTD (@theaftd, theaftd.org).
‘And for those of you who have been fortunate enough to not have any personal experience with FTD, we hope that you will take the time to learn about it, and support AFTD’s mission in whatever way you can.’
Devastating: Bruce Willis ‘ family have revealed the actor has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) – less than one year after he retired from acting due to his battle with brain disorder, aphasia
The statement was signed by Emma, Demi, and his daughters Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn.
Willis shares Rumer, 34, Scout, 31 and Tallulah, 29, with Moore, 60 to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000. He also has two daughters, Mabel, 10, and Evelyn, 8, with his wife Emma, 44.
Bruce’s blended family issued a joint statement at the end of March announcing that he was ‘stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.’
The statement revealed he ‘has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.’
Bruce Willis’ family said the star’s condition had ‘progressed’. FTD affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, which deal with behavior, problem-solving, planning and emotions (pictured with L-R wife Emma Heming, ex-wife Demi Moore and daughters Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, Evelyn and Rumer)
WHAT IS FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA?
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) affects the lobes of the brain behind the forehead, which deal with behaviour, problem-solving, planning and emotions.
The left temporal lobe is involved in the meaning of words and the names of objects.
The right recognises faces and familiar objects.
FTD occurs when nerve cells in these lobes die and the pathways that connect them change.
Symptoms are different from just the memory loss that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
These may include:
- Personality changes, such as becoming tactless, uninterested in others and unsympathetic
- Repeated and compulsive movements, such as continued use of certain phrases, hoarding and obsession over timekeeping
- Craving unhealthy food and forgetting table manners
- Speaking difficulties, including slow speech, grammatical errors and asking the meaning of familiar words like ‘bread’
FTD is rare, making up less than five per cent of all dementia cases.
However, it is one of the most common forms of the disease in people under 65.
Sufferers are usually aged between 45 and 65 at diagnosis.
The rate at which FTD progresses varies greatly, with life expectancies ranging from two years to more than 10 after diagnosis.
As it progresses and more of the brain becomes damaged, symptoms often become similar to those in the late stage of Alzheimer’s.
These may include memory loss and patients relying on others to care for them.
Around 10-to-20 per cent of FTD patients also have a motor disorder that affects their movement.
This can lead to twitching, stiffness, slowed movement and loss of balance or co-ordination.
In later stages, such patients may have difficulty swallowing.
Around one-third of FTD patients have a family history of dementia.
And the condition is often caused by an inherited faulty gene from one of a patient’s parents.
Treatment focuses on helping a person live well by easing their symptoms.
This may include counselling or a speech and language therapist.
Source: Alzheimer’s Society
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