Bruce Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, makes a heartbreaking plea with the actor’s fans as he continues to battle dementia.
The 68-year-old retired from acting in March last year after it was announced that he was diagnosed with aphasia, which affects comprehension and speech.
Earlier this year, the family announced that the Die Hard actor had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which are the result of damage to neurons in the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain.
People with the condition have significant changes in their personalities and others lose their ability to use language properly.
The family decided to go public with the diagnosis to raise awareness of frontotemporal dementia and keep fans updated with Bruce’s journey.
Emma recently took to social media and shared a heartbreaking plea with her husband’s fans after a nurse opened up about how patients with dementia are sometimes treated.
Emma shared a video from nurse Jacqueline who had expressed her sadness at how some caregivers see patients with the condition.
In the video, Jacqueline said she was administering foot care to patients at a facility and asked the caregivers if se should see other patients before ending her shift.
“I’m like ‘what about that lady, what about what lady?’ And the caregiver tells me: ‘Oh, she has dementia, she doesn’t matter.’
“I got quiet, I didn’t know what to say. All I could say was I’m going to take a look at her feet anyway. Look at her foot, trimmed up some toenails, didn’t even charge because, obviously, this lady was missing a level of respect.”
As soon as the nurse hopped into her car, she said: “Those with dementia matter. Their feelings still matter.”
Heartbroken Emma shared the video, saying: “I know my community knows this. But let’s spread this message around as a reminder to others to never be dismissive to anyone in cognitive decline.
“Thank you @yournursefortoday for your care and raising your voice.”
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