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Entertainment 'Star Trek' icon Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia

08:50  11 august  2018
08:50  11 august  2018 Source:   wonderwall.com

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" Star Trek " legend Nichelle Nichols has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia . Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock. TMZ obtained documents filed in the 85-year-old's conservatorship in which Dr. Meena Makhijani, who specializes in osteopathic medicine

' Star Trek ' icon Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia and the disease has progressed. According to docs filed in Nichelle 's conservatorship, Dr. Meena Makhijani -- who specializes in osteopathic medicine -- says Nichols has been a patient of hers for the last 2-3 years

"Star Trek" legend Nichelle Nichols has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia.

Nichelle Nichols et al. looking at the camera: Nichelle Nichols is © Paramount Television/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Nichelle Nichols is "Star Trek". TMZ obtained documents filed in the 85-year-old's conservatorship in which Dr. Meena Makhijani, who specializes in osteopathic medicine, states that Nichelle has "moderate progressive dementia." Nichelle has been Dr. Makhijani's patient for several years.

Court documents also stated that the actress "has major impairment of her short-term memory and moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place and immediate recall," TMZ said.

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Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia , according to TMZ. The outlet has obtained documents filed in the 85-year-old's Nichols got her start as Uhura in Star Trek on the TV series in the '60s. The actress even appeared at Comic-Con last month to discuss her iconic role.

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There is some good news. Dr. Makhijani indicated that there is no "apparent impairment for things like long-term memory, orientation of her body, comprehension, verbal communication, concentration, recognition of familiar people, as well as ability to reason logically and plan actions," TMZ said.

Nichelle rose to prominence in the 1960s with her groundbreaking role as Lieutenant Uhura in "Star Trek."

Eariler this year, Nichols' son Kyle Johnson indicated that his mom had dementia and had four fiduciaries assigned to her as conservators to prevent others from taking advantage of her.

In legal documents filed in May, Kyle said the fiduciaries were necessary because her dementia was "impacting her executive functioning" and made her "susceptible to undue influence."

He added, "Certain individuals have unduly exerted themselves into Ms. Nichols' life to her detriment."

Nichelle Nichols standing posing for the camera: Nichelle Nichols attends the © Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock Nichelle Nichols attends the "Star Trek: Discovery" TV show premiere in Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2017.

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