Demi Moore had some poignant words for families caring for relatives suffering from dementia.
The GI Jane star shared her advice last week while speaking to media personality Andy Cohen, after her ex-husband Bruce Willis was diagnosed with aphasia – which affects communication and memory – and later frontotemporal dementia.
“I think the most important thing… is to meet them where they are,” he told the US presenter on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy show.
“When you let go of who they were or who you think they (should be) or even who you want them to be, you can then truly stay in the present, and enjoy the joy and love that is present. and there, with all that is, not all that is not.”
Chloë Sevigny, who appeared alongside Demi to promote the FX series Feud: Capote vs. the Swans, chimed in to lighten the mood, saying: “I’ll use it when I go home and see my mum next. It’s not that he has dementia, but he’s very annoying.”
Demi and her family seem to remain positive despite the circumstances, and often provide updates on Bruce’s condition. The two share three daughters, and blended their families after Bruce remarried in 2009.
The family jointly announced Bruce’s aphasia diagnosis and retirement in 2022.
“We are going into this as a strong family unit, and wanted to invite his fans to attend because we know how much he means to you, as much as you do to him,” they wrote at the time.
“As Bruce always says, ‘Turn it on’ and together we plan to do just that.”A photo shows Demi Moore (second from left) with Bruce Willis (third from left) and their blended family.
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Bruce and Demi married in 1987, separated in 1998 and divorced in 2000.
The Die Hard star then married model Emma Heming two years after they met at their trainer’s gym. Since then they have had two children: 11-year-old Mabel and nine-year-old Evelyn.
“My grief can be crippling but I learned how to live with it,” the model wrote on Instagram after Bruce’s aphasia diagnosis, but added that “grief is the deepest and purest form of love.”
Demi’s children with her ex — Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis — previously shared how difficult it was watching their father struggle.
But they appear to have taken Demi’s advice to “be present” to heart, with social media posts showing their blended family celebrating and spending time with the beloved actor.