Olu Jacobs: He Has Dementia-Wife

WIFE of veteran actor, Joke Silva, has opened up about health issues her husband, Olu Jacob’s, has been contending with.

Joke Silver, herself a veteran actress, who spoke in a television interview, disclosed that her husband has Dementia, with Lewy bodies, DLB, for a couple of years.

Indeed, the actor has been off the movie screens. However, he was recently at Africa International Film Festival Awards, AFRIFF, in Lagos, where he won a lifetime achievement award, looking frail and a somewhat gaunt.

He is dealing with issues and it has been going on for a couple of years. It is known as dementia with Lewy Body. It is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson’s type of disease, it affects the brain so you don’t see the shaking. It affects the person.

It is the first time I said that publicly. I knew the time will come that it has to be known,” she said.

Joke Silva also talked about the effect of her husband’s health condition on herself and family members. According to her, it’s been challenging on not just the famous actor but all members of the family.

It’s been hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and also on family members as well. We have gone through it over the past couple of years and we thank God.

We have gone through some times and situations recently that I wish I had the old you here so I don’t battle these times on my own but we are grateful for the moment of clarity. I miss the times we worked together,” she added.

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