Bruce Willis' wife opens up about his battle with dementia, reveals sad details

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Bruce Willis' wife got candid with how caregivers take a mental toll, and people around the world are chiming in their support.

Despite playing larger-than-life characters such as G.I. Joe, and Die Hards John McClane, Bruce Willis is currently facing the harsh realities of life. Bruce Willis, although retired, is not enjoying the perks of retirement, as he is battling severe health conditions, that are deteriorating his life by the day.

Bruce, who is dealing with dementia, isn’t doing great, and neither is his wife Emma Hemming Willis, given that she is a primary caregiver for Bruce Willis as he battles a lifelong fight against dementia. Here’s what is happening at the Willis household.

Bruce Willis fights dementia

Bruce Willis has been living away from the media limelight and attention for the past couple of months. This is due to his unfortunate diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. Bruce, who was initially diagnosed with aphasia, had some speech disorders. After probing into his symptoms, tests revealed that he was suffering from dementia.

As per his daughter Tallulah, the disease has not affected his mobility, thankfully. This is what Tallulah said about her father’s current living conditions in a conversation with Vogue, as per Marca.

“These days, my dad can be reliably found on the first floor of the house, somewhere in the big open plan of the kitchen-dining-living room, or in his office. Thankfully, dementia has not affected his mobility. I wish I knew what he was thinking.
"The room is filled with the knickknacks he has collected: vintage toy cars, coins, rocks, objects made of brass.”
"He likes things that feel heavy in the hand, that he can spin around in his fingers. There's always music playing.”

Thankfully, he is able to recognize Tallulah. But, recently, his wife, Emma Hemming opened up about the mental toll it takes to be the primary caregiver to someone suffering from dementia, and it does not look well for her. Here’s what is happening.

Emma Hemming’s role as a caregiver

In a recent video that Emma posted on Instagram, she addressed the topic of mental health for a caregiver. In an effort to give and receive support from other caregivers, she spoke about the other angle of chronic diseases, the condition of the loved ones of the patient, and dealing with the odds as a caregiver. She said:

“I'm asking care partners to send me photos because I just think it's so important for us to sort of break up our thinking, which can feel, for me, very much like doom and gloom. So, I know it looks like I'm out living my best life. I have to make a conscious effort every single day to live the best life that I can."

Emma admitted that caregiving isn’t an easy job, but she is trying to do the best she can. She addressed the mental toll she has been feeling lately by saying the following words:

“I don't want it to be misconstrued that like, I'm good, 'cause I'm not. I'm not good. But I have to put my best foot forward for the sake of myself and my family because again, when we are not looking after ourselves, we cannot look after anyone that we love."

Emma Hemming’s underlying grief

This isn’t the first time Hemming has opened up about feeling down. As per USA Today, she talked about her grief in a previous post, a few months ago, addressing her mental state after her husband’s diagnosis. The mother of two said:

“Sometimes in our lives, we have to put our big girl panties on and get to it, and that’s what I’m doing," Heming continued. "But I do have times of sadness every day, grief every day, and I’m really feeling it today."

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