Wendy Williams Diagnosed with Dementia, Primary Progressive Aphasia

Wendy Williams, the former host of “The Wendy Williams Show,” has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia in 2023. At the age of 59, Williams faces these challenging conditions. Primary progressive aphasia is a neurological syndrome that gradually impairs language abilities.

This condition results from the deterioration of brain tissue important for speech and language but is not caused by stroke or brain injury, as stated by the National Aphasia Association.

Frontotemporal dementia, detailed by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration, occurs due to the degeneration of brain’s frontal and/or temporal lobes. It stands as the most common form of dementia in individuals under 60 years old and currently has no cure.

General information on dementia reveals an “impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions” necessitating everyday activities difficult, clarifies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC projects up to 14 million people could be living with some form of dementia by 2060.

Despite her diagnosis, Williams continues to perform many tasks independently and retains her signature humor. She is receiving care tailored to ensure both protection and attention to her needs. She is thankful for the continuous support and well wishes from the public.

The news comes alongside announcements about an upcoming Lifetime documentary titled “Where Is Wendy Williams?” set to premiere on February 24. Serving as executive producer, this documentary aims to provide insight into Williams’ recent life events and efforts to rejuvenate her career. Described as offering a “raw, honest and unfiltered reality” by Lifetime, it garners significant anticipation.

Alex Finnie, Williams’ niece involved in the project, emphasized its timely nature saying, “Now is the perfect time because I wanna take ownership of my story.” This statement highlights both personal empowerment and a broader advocacy mission.

In a press release from Wendy Williams and her medical team regarding this public announcement,intentions were clear: they aim to foster understanding and compassion for Williams while raising awareness about aphasia and frontotemporal dementia. Furthermore, they strive to support individuals facing similar health challenges.

This brave disclosure not only positions Wendy Williams in a vulnerable spotlight but also serves as a crucial platform for educating the public about these relatively unknown conditions.

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