Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Dementia and Aphasia, Similar to Bruce Willis

Amidst swirling rumors about her health, Wendy Williams’ care team recently confirmed that the iconic TV host has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. The announcement, made through a press release on February 22, 2024, sheds light on the challenges Williams has faced due to these conditions and aims to raise awareness about aphasia and FTD.

Primary progressive aphasia, a subtype of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), affects communication skills, including speech, writing, and language comprehension. FTD, a progressive condition, leads to cognitive function changes and alterations in behavior. Williams’ conditions have presented significant hurdles in her life, sparking ongoing speculation about her health.

The statement from her care team addressed concerns about Williams’ ability to process information, loss of words, erratic behavior, and difficulties in understanding financial transactions. Wendy Williams, 59, received the diagnosis in 2023, enabling her to access the necessary medical care.

This revelation comes just days before Williams’ return to television through a Lifetime documentary titled “Where Is Wendy Williams?” scheduled for release on February 24, 2024. The documentary, featuring Williams and her family, aims to address speculations about her health and cognitive abilities.

The diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia and FTD was made in 2023, highlighting the impact on Williams’ communication abilities. FTD is characterized by the shrinking of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, influencing personality, behavior, and language. Unlike more common forms of dementia, FTD occurs at a younger age, typically between 40 and 65.

Dr. Sami Barmada, director of Michigan Brain Bank, compared Williams’ condition to that of Bruce Willis, who faced similar health challenges. The documentary also reveals that filming had to be halted in the same year due to Williams entering a treatment facility for cognitive issues. More on that in the video below.

Acknowledging the stigma associated with aphasia and FTD, Williams’ care team shared this personal update to counter inaccurate and hurtful rumors about her health. Currently under a court-appointed legal guardian, Williams has measures in place to protect her finances and health due to cognitive issues.

Williams’ sister, Wanda Finnie, disclosed that Wendy is in a wellness facility specializing in treating cognitive issues. The Lifetime documentary will provide updates on her health journey, offering viewers insights into her struggles and triumphs.

From battling Graves’ disease to addressing hyperthyroidism, Wendy Williams has faced various health challenges throughout her career. The documentary promises to be an intimate portrayal of the beloved TV personality, allowing audiences to understand her journey and the impact of her health conditions.

How do you think Williams’ openness about her health struggles will impact the conversation around dementia and aphasia?