The wife of actor Bruce Willis has been praised for bringing awareness to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), after giving a heartbreaking health update on the Hollywood star’s condition.
American celebrity correspondent Cooper Lawrence appeared on Sunrise on Friday, where she said many families had been reaching out to Emma Heming Willis, thanking her for the awareness she’s been bringing to the condition.
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“FTD is a different type of diagnosis to Alzheimer’s,” Cooper said.
“It affects a smaller percentage of people with dementia and there are all these families who have come out and said ‘I didn’t even know this was a thing, this is what my relative has’,” she added.
Cooper said many families were now checking with their doctors regarding the diagnosis, particularly if they had a relative with dementia, or they suspect has dementia.
“Most families didn’t even think to ask the doctor, so they have raised awareness in a way that is helping people get the diagnosis that they need — so they can have the conversations they need,” she said.
Entertainment reporter Cooper Lawrence has praised Emma Hemings Willis for her public updates on her husband’s health on Friday, saying it is raising awareness of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Credit: Seven
Cooper went on to say many people were simply unaware of the different types of dementia.
“We don’t know that (FTD) affects memory the same as Alzheimer’s, necessarily,” Cooper said.
“That’s a very big distinction that a lot of families need to know if this is what their loved one is going through.”
Emma opened up about her state of mind this Christmas period on Thursday, which coincided with the couple’s 16th anniversary together.
Cooper said a number of families have come out in praise saying they didn’t realise FTD was different to other forms of dementia. Credit: Seven
It’s understood the health of the Die Hard actor has deteriorated significantly recently.
“How do I really feel about today? Well, how do I look? Think this about sums it up,” Heming Willis said to her 900,000 Instagram followers.
“I just got off the phone with a really dear girlfriend of mine who I was able to have a good cry with.
“It is really important to be able to have someone that you can trust with your feelings instead of just bottling them up and putting your best foot forward and just kind of soldiering through stuff, which I have a tendency to do.”
Heming Willis said that while times had been tough, holidays and anniversaries were particularly “hard”.
“But for me, this year, it has really been about community, building a community and connection. And I just want to say that has been my lifeline and I just want to thank you for that.”
On Wednesday, Heming Willis paid tribute to her husband in an Instagram post to mark their 16th anniversary. Credit: Seven
On Wednesday, Heming Willis paid tribute to her husband in an Instagram post to mark their 16th anniversary.
“16 years with this special man,” she wrote alongside two photos of her and Willis kissing each other’s cheeks.
“My love and adoration for him only grows.”
The 45-year-old also showed her love on her Instagram Story, resharing her post with the caption, “16 years together?! Lord where did the time go,” and in a subsequent slide, “Smitten.”
Willis and Heming Willis — who share daughters Mabel, 11, and Evelyn, 9, in addition to Willis’ three daughters Rumer, 35, Scout, 32, and Tallulah, 29 with ex-wife Demi Moore — tied the knot in 2009.
In recent years, their blended family has been candid about the actor’s struggles with frontotemporal dementia, a more specific diagnosis he received in February after previously being diagnosed with aphasia in 2022.