Demi Moore's advice for families dealing with dementia

Demi Moore's advice for families dealing with dementia

The 'G.I. Jane' actress says families with loved ones who have dementia should let go of who they were and who you would like them to be...

Demi Moore and her ex-husband Bruce Willis
Demi Moore and her ex-husband Bruce Willis / Instagram (@demimoore)

Demi Moore shared a beautiful message for people who have a family member battling with dementia. 

According to the Alzheimer's Association, "dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life". 

Demi's ex-husband, 'Die Hard' actor Bruce Willis, has dementia. The former couple, who have three children together - Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah - maintained a close relationship after their divorce. 

She continues to spend time with Bruce, his wife Emma Heming Willis, and their two daughters - Mabel and Evelyn.

During an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM, Demi was asked what advice she had for families coping with the disease. 

"I think the most important thing I could share is just to meet them where they’re at. And when you let go of who they’ve been or even who you would like them to be, you can then really stay in the present and take in the joy and the love that is present and there for all that they are -  not all that they’re not," the 61-year-old 'Indecent Proposal' actress said. 

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Bruce was first diagnosed with aphasia in 2022, which resulted in him taking a step back from his career as an actor. 

South African singer Lira was also diagnosed with aphasia after suffering a stroke in 2022. Read more here: Lira shares aphasia diagnosis information after stroke.

Bruce was later diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2023. Demi released a joint statement with their daughters and his wife Emma about the 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," the family said. 

They vowed to raise awareness about the debilitating disease and how it impacts families. 

"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."

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