The charity said the family of US actor Bruce Willis revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia, meaning thousands more traffic to the Alzheimer’s Association website.
The 67-year-old Pulp Fiction star was recently diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), sources say His family shared on Instagram on February 16.
Following the announcement in March 2022 that he has aphasiaa condition that affects language and speech.
Alzheimers Society chief executive Kate Lee said there was a 12,000% increase in traffic to Alzheimers.org.uk between 14/15 February and 16/17 February.
Ms Lee, speaking as a charity supporting carers and people living with Alzheimer’s, launched a campaign to highlight the changing nature of close relationships following a dementia diagnosis, which was supported by Celebrity backing.
The campaign features emotional TV and radio commercials narrated by Oscar-winning British actor Colin Firth.
This is after Willis’ wife, Emma Heming Willis, ask the paparazzi not to yell at the actor And said members of the media tried to talk to her husband while he was having coffee with friends.
She shared her experience as a caregiver in an Instagram video: “If you’re someone who’s been caring for someone with dementia, you know how difficult and stressful it can be to let someone out and navigate them safely, even just For a cup of coffee.”
She asked photographers and “videographers” to “keep their distance” and asked other carers or dementia care specialists to share their tips and advice on how to get their loved ones “out in the world safely”.
Heming Willis has previously spoken on how to put the needs of your family above your own Paid the ‘price’ after her husband was diagnosed with aphasia.
during an interview Bump website Last year she said: “I try to find time every day to take care of myself. I put the needs of my family above my own, but I find that doesn’t make me any hero.
“So much care for other people in my family has taken a toll on my mental health and overall health, and it’s not doing anyone in my family any favors.”
Because of the brain areas it affects, the front and sides of the brain, FTD can cause changes in personality, behaviour, language and movement, the NHS said.
It mainly affects people between the ages of 45 and 65.
Like other forms of dementia, it starts slowly but gets progressively worse.
There is currently no cure for FTD, but treatments such as medication, therapy, and memory exercises can help manage some symptoms.