Resident and Salon Sylvia Volunteer

Sylvia Walters is 90 years old. If you asked Sylvia about her age she would say that she feels 30 in a 90 year old body. She is always positive with a smile on her face. Born in Johannesburg, she moved from town to town due to the fact that her father, a hotelier, was asked to work on numerous hotels around South Africa. She went to seven different schools and spoke Afrikaans as her home language.

After meeting her husband in Port Elizabeth she moved to Cape Town where she brought up her family. Her husband died young and Sylvia had to go back to work. With many years of hotel knowledge she was able to work in the industry and raise her children. Until a short while ago she was still consulting for a backpackers in the Gardens area.

Nowadays you will find Sylvia at the reception of Salon Sylvia in the Susman Lifestyle Centre. You cannot miss her; she is the one with the big smile.

Sylvia came to Highlands House just over a year ago so as to be closer to her sister Miriam who is in the Special Care Unit. Miriam has cerebral palsy and has been at Highlands House for over 20 years.

"It is really lovely to be able to spend some special time with her. We attend Shul together every Saturday morning, that's special".

Sylvia enjoys the activities at the Home and is involved in playing cards, especially bridge. She was also a member of the Lions Club for many years

When asking her what keep her young, she said the following, "It's the need to know things, to be inspired, to do things. What inspires me now is if I can help people."

In a recent UJC video Sylvia was interviewed and she said, "I have so much gratitude for Highlands House. They have looked after my sister for 20 years. If there weren't people who cared deeply in their hearts, Highlands House wouldn't exist"."

We love having you at Highlands House Sylvia!


Revamp of our Coffee Shop
R600 000
R50 000

We are entering a new era and its time for our coffee shop to be upgraded. We're making good progress to making funds available but we're not quite there yet. Help us get there!