Demi Moore’s compassionate advice for families navigating dementia extends beyond her update on her ex-husband Bruce Willis. The “Feud” star, who shares three adult children with Willis, has been actively involved in supporting her family through this challenging journey.
In her recent interview on “Good Morning America,” Moore not only discussed Willis’ diagnosis but also emphasized the significance of embracing the present moment. “What I’ll share is what I say to my children, which is, it’s important to just meet them where they’re at and not hold onto what isn’t, but what is, because there’s great beauty and sweetness and loving and joy out of that,” she explained. This heartfelt advice resonates with many facing similar circumstances.
Moreover, Moore reiterated this perspective during a conversation with Andy Cohen on Sirius XM, underlining the importance of letting go of preconceived notions and finding joy in the love that remains.
Bruce Willis, known for his iconic roles in “Die Hard” and other films, was married to Moore from 1987 to 2000. While their paths diverged, Moore found love with Ashton Kutcher, whom she wed in 2005 until their separation in 2011.
Willis’ retirement from acting in March 2022 due to aphasia marked a significant turning point. Subsequently, in February 2023, his family disclosed the more specific diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, a condition affecting specific brain regions, according to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.
Frontotemporal dementia presents challenges beyond communication, as highlighted in the family’s statement. Despite these difficulties, having a clear diagnosis brought a measure of relief to Willis and his loved ones.
Close friend and “Moonlighting” creator Glenn Gordon Caron provided insights into Willis’ current state in October, revealing that the actor faces challenges with verbal communication. However, Caron emphasized that Willis’s essence remains unchanged, saying, “When you’re with him, you know that he’s Bruce.”
Emma Heming, Willis’ current wife, has been candid about her role in caring for the actor. In a poignant Instagram post in 2023, she shared the daily struggles and grief she experiences while providing support.
Moore’s openness about Willis’ journey and her valuable advice serve as a source of inspiration and comfort for many families grappling with the complexities of dementia. The resilience and love exhibited by all parties involved in this challenging situation reflect the strength of familial bonds in the face of adversity.