I am a huge Star Trek fan. I used to sit with my father and watch the old episodes with Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
One of the characters I related to and was happy to see on the show was actress Nichelle Nichols’ character, Lt. Uhura. Being a beautiful black woman on a favorite show back then was a proud moment for many Black Americans.
She is now 86 years old and suffering Dementia. In the video below, you can hear her crying out for help in an eerie tone as her son, who friends claim to have ill intentions, is heard trying to take her home when she doesn’t want to leave with him.
And a guardianship fight involving her son. Long-time handlers and friends claim the son has ill intentions.
In the audio, Nichols is heard saying, “I’m the boss of me Gill, he’s not the boss of me.”
Gilbert Bell, who says he is Nichols long-time friend and manager, sent us the video. He claims it shows Nichols looking over court documents — filed by her son in an attempt to gain control of her estate — for the first time.
But as Bell puts the camera down, but keeps rolling, she is head saying, “I didn’t give permission to have conservatorship over me. I didn’t know what he was doing.”
When her son allegedly enters the room to shut down the meeting between his mother and Bell, you can hear Nichols reacting with screams.
“You get your hands off me. You’re trying to get rid of me,” screamed Nichols. [CBS 46]
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Many people don’t realize that at that time, the person needs constant supervision. And at that time, the person may have enough of their faculties to see the efforts to monitor them – something they consider an intrusion and infringement of their freedoms. And maybe the fear they experience when they suspect they’re slipping away.
Dementia can range from total withdrawal to vicious outbursts. Of course, her “friend” gave the radio station the audio- isn’t he one of the people that want to “care” for her? Under a conservatorship, her son will have to account for every bit of her money that is spent and be subject to periodic welfare checks.
Dealing with dementia in older persons can be a nightmare. If they have a docile personality, it’s just a matter of frustration when they don’t recognize people. However, if they have a militant or strong personality, they tend to be combative, paranoid, and constantly bi-polar, and unfortunately, this is more often the case.
I feel for anyone in that condition and the people that are caring for them.
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