A woman of many talents

2019-07-09 06:00
Ann Wilson (89) still does chores in her house.PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

Ann Wilson (89) still does chores in her house.PHOTOS: TIYESE JERANJI

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For a the 89-year-old Constantia resident, Ann Wilson, age is nothing but a number as she is still fit as a fiddle and does everything for herself.

Wilson will be turning 90-years-old on Thursday 21 November but does not show any signs of slowing down. She is very active for a woman of her age and is a woman of many talents.

Inviting People’s Post to her home at the Constantiaberg Villas, Wilson made sure that she pulled all the stops to look her best. Her make-up was on par with her hair neatly done and she was in her best mood.

She enjoys singing and she has done several movies and commercials, not to mention that she has had a stint on SA’s Got Talent.

With not so many things to do for people her age, she says she misses being on commercials. “I would love to do that again. I really enjoyed it, but there are no jobs coming. I also love acting but I think singing is my thing,” she said laughing.

Wilson can impersonate anyone and even animals, a skill that she had to master over time she said. She is also part of a group called The Companions. The group is made up of local performers that volunteer their time to entertain seniors and disabled people throughout the peninsula

“I just enjoy being around people and keeping them entertained. It keeps me young. When people get old they slow down. No, don’t do that, life becomes boring. Keep healthy and have fun. Do good things, but who wants to do good things with me,” she says, as she bursts into laughter.

With the sound of children playing outside, she says: “Listen to those kids, it’s the only reason we know we are still alive. I love playing with children. When I have time, I play tennis as well, but I really enjoy Sudoku. I also enjoy swimming, but I just don’t like getting wet,” she says with a laugh.

With little or no help most of the time, she cleans her house and still drives herself around, not to mention that she has to take 16 steps with no help each time she has to get in or out of her house. “I still drive. I also drive other people around if they need help. I try to keep myself busy all the time.”

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