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Wendy Williams has the same progressive brain condition as Bruce Willis

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Former talk show host has been diagnosed with aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, the same conditions that have affected actor Bruce Willis. The decision was made to share this news to raise awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. Aphasia is a devastating condition that steals a person’s ability to communicate. It is often caused by damage to the language centers of the brain. Frontotemporal dementia is a group of disorders caused by a buildup of proteins in the brain’s frontal or temporal lobes. It typically strikes between the ages of 45 and 64. People with aphasia can have problems finding words and speaking or understanding what others are saying. Williams received her diagnoses in 2023. ‘Over the past few years, questions have been raised about Wendy’s ability to process information and many have speculated about Wendy’s condition,’ according to a statement. Frontotemporal dementia can affect communication and cause changes in behavior, personality, or movement. The most common dementia for people under 60, FTD can cause challenges in communication. People with FTD typically live six to eight years with the condition. There are two other types of FTD. Behavior variant frontotemporal dementia is characterized by changes in executive functions, thinking, and planning. Another type affects motor neurons and can cause difficulty in using hands or arms. In primary progressive aphasia, the person might have trouble speaking or understanding words. Over time, they may fail to recognize familiar faces and objects. Some may become mute. To diagnose FTD disorders, a neurologist will conduct a careful clinical examination, paired with psychological testing. Unlike Alzheimer’s disease, there are no current therapies to slow down the progression of FTD. Medical professionals can attempt to improve a patient’s quality of life by prescribing medications to reduce agitation, irritability, or depression. It is important for people with a progressive dementing syndrome like FTD to continue to eat well, exercise regularly, and stay connected with people. As the disease progresses, patients can continue to have active, satisfying lives, adapting to their symptoms in ways that are inspiring.