Bruce Willis remains one of the most popular actors in all of Hollywood, who made a name for himself in films such as the Die Hard franchise. Bruce Willis quit acting after being diagnosed with aphasia earlier this year. His diagnosis has also raised awareness in a huge way.
In fact, Bruce Willis previously confessed that he was having cognitive issues on set. The likes of John Travolta also paid tribute to Bruce Willis after his diagnosis as well.
According to TMZ, Bruce Willis’ openness in sharing his experiences about aphasia has greatly helped people know about the disease. A recent survey shows more Americans are now aware of the term, largely due to Bruce Willis himself.
The National Aphasia Association tells conducted a survey in the wake of Bruce’s announcement. The numbers showed a spike in awareness across the country, which they found “astounding.”
– 68% of people have heard the term “aphasia” … a huge jump from 2020, when only 14% had heard of the condition
– 40% of people are “aphasia aware,” meaning they’ve heard the term and can identify it as a language disorder … a significant increase over 2020, when only 7% were “aphasia aware”
– Significantly fewer people think having difficulties with speech indicates being intellectually deficient, with the number dropping from 42% in 2020 to 21% currently.
It was further said that 1 in 5 respondents mentioned Bruce’s name when responding to a question about the last place they remember reading or hearing about aphasia.
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