WASHINGTON — She has inflammation in her gallbladder, frequent facial pain, and near paralysis on her left side ever since a stroke a few years back — but 74-year-old Sylvia Hollie is still living at home.
It’s a creaky but stately home in D.C.’s increasingly gentrified Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, with well-worn banisters and a wooden wheelchair ramp out front — and it means everything to Hollie. It’s the home where she took care of her ailing mother, and it’s been in the family for 50 years. It’s the home where she listens to daily Catholic Mass, propped up on pillows beneath a painting of the Last Supper one of her neighbors gave her. And it’s the home where she gets to visit, though never as often as she’d like, with her four grandchildren.