“Star Trek” Star Nichelle Nichols Is Living With Dementia

May 7, 2018  |  

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Nichelle Nichols, who is known for her iconic role as Uhura in “Star Trek” is living with severe dementia.

Nichols’ son Kyle Johnson says that his 85-year-old mother needs protection to prevent people from taking advantage of her.

According to TMZ, Johnson filed documents nominating 4 fiduciaries to become his mother’s conservators—giving them control of her finances and authority to make decisions regarding her health.

Johnson says this is necessary because Nichols’ dementia is “impacting her executive functioning” and makes her “susceptible to undue influence.”

Johnson says there are already people who have taken advantage. “Certain individuals have unduly exerted themselves into Ms. Nichols’ life to her detriment.”

Despite suffering a stroke in 2015 and her dementia, Nichols has continued to work. She has three projects being released this year.

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