Actor Bruce Willis Diagnosed with Aphasia
In March 2022, Bruce Willis’ family announced on social media that he is stepping away from a long career as an actor following a diagnosis of aphasia. Willis’ family, in the past, had made comments on the actor’s memory challenges. The Los Angeles Times reported that in recent years, accommodations were made on film sets because of these struggles.
Willis began his career in theatre and then became known on television in the hilarious series Moonlighting, with Cybil Shepherd. He advanced his acting career from television to the big screen and appeared in approximately 150 movies, including Die Hard and Pulp Fiction.
Aphasia impacts a person’s ability to understand language. The individual could have trouble reading, writing, speaking, and understanding what others are saying to them.
Aphasia is most associated with strokes and head injuries, but it can also be caused from a slow-growing brain tumour or progressive disease. Willis’ family has not released the cause of the actor’s aphasia.
For more information on aphasia, educational videos, and available supports, click on the links below:
Surrey Aphasia Group: http://vip.m3160m.icu/videos/video-type/suddenly-speechless-surrey-aphasia-group/
Part of the Brain Educational Videos: http://vip.m3160m.icu/videos/video-type/parts-of-the-brain/
Aphasia Institute: https://www.aphasia.ca/
March of Dimes Aphasia Fact Sheet: https://www.marchofdimes.ca/en-ca/programs/acs/aphasiainfo
The BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) Celebrates 40 Years of Service & Forms a Strategic Alliance with the CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses
?is the official website of the?BC Brain Injury Association (BCBIA). We are excited to announce fourty years of service in British Columbia. BCBIA was founded in 1982 and incorporated in 1983.
Throughout the years, BCBIA has been the voice of the brain injury community, evolving from providing direct services to joining forces with the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society (PCBICS) in 2012, to becoming the provincial resource for online education and networking through .
BCBIA is evolving again. We have formalized a Strategic Alliance with the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses (CGB) under the leadership of Janelle Breese Biagioni.
For more information on our milestone and the newly formed alliance, check out our blog.
The Journey Ahead
We are pleased to announce a new section of lled The Journey Ahead. This project was generously funded by ICBC.
This section is for survivors, family members, friends, and caregivers to learn about brain injury, what it entails, to find suitable and appropriate supports, and to provide information about additional services, funding sources, and other community resources.
Please check out The Journey Ahead and let us know what you think.