Nichelle Nichols – Dementia
Nichelle Nichols, born in 1932, is an American actress and singer. Nichols is mostly known for playing communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the ‘Star Trek’ television series between 1966–1969. Nichols’s role was groundbreaking as one of the first African American female characters on American television not portrayed as a servant. Today, according to medical documents the star was diagnosed with “moderate progressive dementia” and was described as having “major impairment of her short-term memory and moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place and immediate recall.” That is quite common for 85-year-old’s, but we still hope that she will get to live the last years of her life with lesser suffering as possible.