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Bruce Willis' Family Determined to Make Christmas 'Special' for Him Amid Actor's Heartbreaking Dementia Battle

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Dec. 9 2023, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Bruce Willis' loved ones are still planning to go all out for the holidays despite the actor's battle with dementia.

"Christmas will be very special for the family this year. And bittersweet, too," an insider said of the blended brood, which includes his wife, Emma Heming, and their two daughters, as well as his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their three adults daughters.

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Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming share two daughters.

"It’s heartbreaking as his memory gets worse, but his love never falters. His eyes still light up around his loved ones, who cherish every single day with Bruce," the source shared with a magazine. "But this Christmas just feels different, because — you never know — it could be his last."

It's also the first Christmas for Bruce, 68, as a grandfather, as his and Moore's eldest child, Rumer, 35, welcomed a daughter this year.

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The actor's family has been by his side throughout his health battle.

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"The idea is to follow their Christmas tradition, with the whole family flying out to Idaho," the insider spilled. "The backup plan, in case they need to make it easier for Bruce, is to stay in L.A."

Regardless of where everyone gathers, the loved ones are eager to "look at old photos, which Bruce loves to do, play games, and of course wear matching pajamas."

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The movie star's family announced his aphasia diagnosis in March 2022.

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As OK! reported, the movie star's family revealed in March 2022 that he would be retiring form acting due to aphasia, but this past February, doctors diagnosed him with frontotemporal dementia.

In a recent interview, daughter Tallulah, 29, offered an update on her father's new life. "These days, my dad can be reliably found on the first floor of the house, somewhere in the big open plan of the kitchen-dining-living room, or in his office," she told Vogue over the summer. "Thankfully, dementia has not affected his mobility. That office has always been a kind of window into what he’s most interested in at any given moment."

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"He still knows who I am and lights up when I enter the room," she continued. "He may always know who I am, give or take the occasional bad day. One difference between FTD [frontotemporal dementia] and Alzheimer’s dementia is that, at least early in the disease, the former is characterized by language and motor deficits, while the latter features more memory loss."

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The family got together for Bruce's birthday in March.

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In October, his former colleague Glenn Gordon Caron revealed the dad-of-five is "not totally verbal."

"He’s an extraordinary person. The thing that makes [his disease] so mind-blowing is [that] if you’ve ever spent time with Bruce Willis, there is no one who had any more joie de vivre than he. He loved life and … just adored waking up every morning and trying to live life to its fullest," the Moonlighting creator recalled. "So the idea that he now sees life through a screen door, if you will, makes very little sense. He’s really an amazing guy."

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In Touch reported on the family's Christmas plans.

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