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Yoko Ono, 87, is 'slowing down' and needs 24-hour care - but is 'still sharp' and has her son Sean round for dinner three times a week

Yoko Ono has 'definitely slowed down' and needs 24-hour care but 'is still as sharp as she once was', according to a friend who has known her for half a century.
Since 2017 the 87-year-old has often been seen outside in wheelchairs and she now rarely leaves her nine-room apartment in The Dakota, New York City.
But Elliot Mintz told The New York Post Ono's mind is still crystal clear and she invites her son Sean for dinner up to three times a week.
'Sean is her best friend,' he said. 'She has definitely slowed down, like anyone at that age, but she is as sharp as she once was.'
Ono had Sean, 44, with the Beatles frontman John Lennon in 1975, but also has daughter Kyoko from a previous marriage to film producer Anthony Cox. 
Yoko Ono, 87, is pictured in a wheelchair at a Women's March in New York in January 2019. She now rarely leaves her nine-room apartment in The Dakota, New York City
Yoko Ono, 87, is pictured in a wheelchair at a Women's March in New York in January 2019. She now rarely leaves her nine-room apartment in The Dakota, New York City
Kyoko, 56, was taken away from her at the age of eight when, two years after their 1969 divorce, Cox won custody and took Kyoko with him to live in a Christian Fundamentalist commune. 
The mother and daughter were reunited a decade later, shortly after Lennon was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota on December 8, 1980.

Mintz last saw Ono at her 87th birthday party in February - when more than 30 guests, including singer Cyndi Lauper and Rolling Stone magazine co-founder Jann Wenner, gathered at Bar Wayo at the South Street Seaport. 
He said Ono was 'a particularly special being' who had packed 400 years into her 87-year life.
Ono was born into a Tokyo banking family in 1933 and suffered through the Second World War. Her family faced starvation and bartered household items for food amid the Allied bombing raids.
Yoko Ono and John Lennon at their home in England in December 1968
Yoko Ono and John Lennon at their home in England in December 1968
'I remember being hungry and I know it's so difficult to just be hungry,' Ono said in a 2013 interview. 'One day I didn't bring a lunchbox. The other kids asked, don't you want to eat? I just said, no, I'm not hungry.'
She has since built up a property empire and often donates large sums of her wealth to charity.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic in New York Ono donated $250,000 to Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx because she know it would not be able to lean on wealthy donors for support, said Mintz.
After her marriage to Lennon in 1969 Ono bought properties in New York City, the Hudson Valley, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Ireland and England.
Her vast property empire has helped towards her personal wealth of around $700million.
And she's been shedding some of her assets over the last decade. In 2017 she sold a building with two residential units for $6.4million - $6million more than she originally paid for it.
Four years before that she sold the 5,700-square-foot West Village penthouse her son Sean had lived in for $8.4million.
Ono had Sean, 44, with the Beatles frontman John Lennon, but also has daughter Kyoko (second right) from a previous marriage to film producer Anthony Cox. Pictured Lennon's son Julian and Kyoko as children together in Scotland in 1969
Ono had Sean, 44, with the Beatles frontman John Lennon, but also has daughter Kyoko (second right) from a previous marriage to film producer Anthony Cox. Pictured Lennon's son Julian and Kyoko as children together in Scotland in 1969
Ono and her son Sean at The Mirage Hotel & Casino June 8, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sean is invited to his mother's apartment for dinner up to three times a week
Ono and her son Sean at The Mirage Hotel & Casino June 8, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sean is invited to his mother's apartment for dinner up to three times a week
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono arrive at the 2014 Grammy Awards
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She is yet to let go of more than 600 acres near the town of Franklin, New York, which she bought along with 100 Holstein cattle before Lennon's death.
The pair had planned to start a breeding enterprise. 
Roland Greefkes, an iron artisan who made a wrought-iron gate for Ono's property, said Ono hadn't been to the site 'for a very long time'.      
In The Dakota, Ono has a suite across from her apartment for guests and keeps two small one-bedroom spaces for her staff, according to an unnamed source.
Mintz said Ono uses the room that used to be Lennon's studio as her office, and that she was often the business-minded half of the relationship.        
Ono was born into a Tokyo banking family in 1933 and suffered through the Second World War. Her family faced starvation and bartered household items for food amid the Allied bombing raids. Pictured, in New York in April 2016
Ono was born into a Tokyo banking family in 1933 and suffered through the Second World War. Her family faced starvation and bartered household items for food amid the Allied bombing raids. Pictured, in New York in April 2016
Former Beatle Lennon and wife Ono address an antiwar rally in Manhattan's Bryant Park in 1972. More than 50,000 people attended the rally staged to protest the escalation of the Vietnam War
Former Beatle Lennon and wife Ono address an antiwar rally in Manhattan's Bryant Park in 1972. More than 50,000 people attended the rally staged to protest the escalation of the Vietnam War
John Lennon and Yoko Ono promote peace in 1969 with bed-in
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Ono also recently donated $50,000 to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, which has provided thousands of meals to those in need in her Upper West Side neighborhood during the pandemic. 
She has a 30-year partnership with WhyHunger, a New York-based nonprofit fighting food deprivation.
'She is the most energetic, the most vivacious person and is very hands-on. She has been incredibly invested for more than three decades,' Noreen Springstead, the group's executive director, told The Post. 
A few years ago, Ono let Why­Hunger license Lennon's 'Imagine' lyrics and drawings for a global anti-hunger campaign.
It raised nearly $7 million for projects in New York and around the world, Springstead said.

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