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CBC Interview: What it’s like to have aphasia, the ‘devastating’ language disorder Bruce Willis has – Aphasia Institute
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There’s a general lack of awareness and understanding about aphasia, with only seven percent of people in a 2020 online survey by the U.S.-based National Aphasia Association able to accurately identify it as a language disorder. Yet, aphasia is more common than Parkinson’s Disease

But that awareness is shifting now that it’s been revealed that actor Bruce Willis is stepping away from his career because of aphasia. In an Instagram post Wednesday, his family said Willis, 67, “has been experiencing some health issues” and is suffering from aphasia that is impacting his cognitive abilities.

Read more about aphasia in this CBC interview with our own member, Christine Patten, and our Manager of Clinical & Education Services, Elyse Shumway.

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