Over the weekend, it was confirmed that famous actress Nichelle Nichols has been diagnosed with dementia. The 85-year-old had been dealing with several health issues in the last few years, and her doctor, Dr. Meena Makhijani, has now confirmed a diagnosis.
Nichols is best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in the original “Star Trek.” The iconic role thrust Nichols into a life of stardom and notoriety, eventually allowing her to make a significant impact on the world.
In the 70s and 80s, Nichols reportedly led one of NASA’s most “successful recruitment campaigns for women and minority groups.” According to Entertainment, the actress helped in recruiting Dr. Sally Ride, the first African female astronaut, Col. Guinon Bluford, the first African-American astronaut, and Charles Bolden, the former NASA administrator and first African-American to lead the program.
In the past few years, after a successful life, Nichols began suffering from various health issues. In 2015, she was rushed to the hospital after suffering stroke. Now, after working with Dr. Makhijani for several years, a diagnosis has been confirmed.
Dr. Makhijani said that the actress has “moderate progressive dementia.”
The doctor noted that Nichols reportedly has a “major impairment of her short-term memory and moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place and immediate recall.”
However, the doctor did say that Nichols still has much of her memory intact.
Dr. Makhijani said, “There’s no apparent impairment [with] long-term memory, orientation of her body, comprehension, verbal communication, concentration, recognition of familiar people, as well as the ability to reason logically and plan actions.”
Many fans reached out on social media to share their sadness over the diagnosis.
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