According to reports, like so many aging Americans on the planet Earth, "Star Trek's" Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia.
Her conservatorship documents obtained by the website TMZ say she has significant impairment in short-term memory and moderate impairment when it comes to abstract concepts, time, place, and recall.
In 2015, she suffered a mild stroke while at home. Often a stroke can lead to mild to progressive cognitive impairment. Dementia usually requires supervision and long-term care services and supports.
The 88-year-old was America's first black woman to star in a primetime show after being cast in 1966 as Nyota Uhura on Star Trek. Media reports say she was diagnosed with dementia officially in 2018.
Now legal papers file with the Los Angeles district of the Superior Court of California describe allegations of sustained elder abuse.
Nichols began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was nominated twice for the Sarah Siddons Award for best actress in "The Blacks" and "Kicks and Company." Her film debut found her dancing with Sammy Davis Jr. in Porgy and Bess (1959). A guest appearance on The Lieutenant (1963) led to an offer from Gene Roddenberry to join the cast of Star Trek (1966). Her best-known role on the series is communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. She later repeated her role in a string of successful Star Trek films.
Sustained Elder Abuse
Her former manager Gilbert Bell, who spent about a decade living in a guest house on her Woodland Hills, California, is being accused of exploiting her. Her son, Kyle Johnson, has filed for conservatorship of his mother because her health has made her a prime target for senior exploitation.
Unfortunately, those living with dementia are at a higher risk of financial exploitation since it is easier for family members, close friends, caregivers, and even financial advisors to manipulate them or trick them into giving up assets and other valuables. Many of these people are paying for care out of savings or have friends or family provide caregiving services.
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