The “Die Hard” actor’s wife, Emma Heming Willis, has asked paparazzi to keep their distance from him and to stop yelling at him when they see him in public. Heming Willis said, “There’s still a lot of education that has to be put forth” about people with dementia in a moving video that she posted on her Instagram page over the weekend. The 44-year-old model described how “tough and stressful it can be to bring someone out into the world and navigate them securely,” recalling a recent incident in which photographers attempted to speak with the sick actor during a rare public appearance to meet friends for coffee in Santa Monica. “.
She continued in the video, “This is for the photographers and film guys wanting to get those exclusives of my husband out there: Just keep your space. Please respect my space even though I recognize that this is your work. “.
For the sake of the video, “please don’t yell at my husband asking him how he’s doing or whatever — the ‘woohoo’-ing and the ‘yippee ki-yays’,” she added. Just don’t do it. OK, give him some space. Allow our family or whoever is with him that day to safely transport him from point A to point B. In the caption for the video, Heming Willis wrote, “To other caregivers or dementia care specialists navigating this environment… Do you have any recommendations or advice for safely releasing your loved ones into the world? Please comment below. “.
Heming Willis and Willis, both 67, wed in 2009; they have two children together, named Mabel and Evelyn. Her request comes shortly after Willis’ family revealed that his frontotemporal dementia, also known as FTD, had progressed from his aphasia, or speech impairment.
We hope that in the years to come, the lack of treatments for the condition will change. “As Bruce’s situation worsens, we hope that any media attention can be focused on raising a light on this disease that requires significantly more awareness and research,” they stated in an update released online last month.
The frontal lobes (the regions behind your brow) or temporal lobes of the brain exhibit an increase in nerve cell death, which is what the Alzheimer’s Society defines as FTD. These brain areas are frequently linked to language, behavior, and personality.