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‘Olu Jacobs is suffering from Dementia with Lewy Bodies’ — Joke Silva

Olu Jacobs is battling Dementia with Lewy Bodies, DLB.

Making this known on Saturday, Jacob’s wife, Joke Silva, while speaking on the health status of her husband, said the veteran actor, who has been off the movie screens but recently seen publicly at Africa International Film Festival Awards (AFRIFF) in Lagos, looking frail, revealed that her husband has been battling with Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) for a couple of years.

Speaking with Channels Television, Joke Silva posited that, “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. Furthermore, 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.

“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.”

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