La Récolte April Newsletter

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Board of Trustees 2021

Finding the right community

Recipe of the Month

Healthy Habits

Health Talk

Board of Trustees 2021

This carefully selected group has overall responsibility to manage La Récolte and to look after its day to day operation to deliver the highest level of comfort, care and security to our residents.

We are excited to introduce them and congratulate Rina Matthysen who has been selected as the new Chairman. All owners automatically become members of this Association which elects its trustees annually.


Rina Matthysen


Vice Chairman

Eugene Jooste


General and Development

Jaco Steyn


Communication, Balconies and Generators

Warner Slater


Gardens, Cleaners and Windows

Neil van Tonder



Elizna Duminy


WPC Meals and Nurses

Evelyn Hepburn



Finding the Right Community

Moving is a big task, so make sure you'll be relocating to an independent living community you'll enjoy. It's important to start by considering both your present and future needs. You may be able to live independently right now, but where do you see yourself in five years? Will your facility of choice still be able to accommodate you? Is the community in a desirable area?

Important questions to consider:

Accessibility: Can you get around easily with a walker or a wheelchair (even if you don't use one right now)? Would you feel safe coming and going after dark? How is the property secured and monitored at night?

Residents: Do you feel like you fit in with the community's other residents? Are the staff friendly and helpful?

Size and location: Are you looking for a community that's large and luxurious or one that's small and homey? Do you want to live in an apartment or a fully detached home?

Assessing the above aspects and taking your time when choosing an independent living facility can help ensure that you move into one you'll love. You deserve to spend your retirement years living as comfortably and freely as possible!


Healthy Habits

The second half of your life can bring some of your most rewarding decades. You may be more confident than your younger self.

You gain wisdom and patience. Sure, your hair sprouts more grays and your face sports more lines. But you can grow older with your body and mind as healthy as they can possibly be.

Here are a few Guidelines:

Eat Whole Foods- It’s more a way of eating than a formal diet.

You load up on veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat dairy.

Walk- Aim for 30 minutes every day.

Add Fiber- Swap out your white bread for whole grain.

Fiber fills you up and for longer.

Stay Optimistic- Life tests us in many ways. But positive thinking can be a powerful ally. When you choose to be optimistic and grateful, your mind and body respond in kind.

You can learn to be optimistic. Things you can do include: Smile, spin your thoughts to the good things instead of the bad, keep a gratitude journal, do good things for others, surround yourself with people who boost your spirits and accept things you can’t change.


Recipe of the Month

Carrot and Red Lentil soup


▢ 2 tablespoons oil

▢ 2 onions, chopped

▢ 2 garlic cloves, crushed

▢ 4cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated

▢ 1 large green chilly, chopped

▢ 2 tablespoons tikka masala curry paste

▢ 5 (500g) carrots, peeled, grated

▢ 1 cup dried red lentils

▢ 800g can crushed tomatoes

▢ 270ml can coconut milk

▢ 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped

▢ Plain yoghurt/Fresh coriander leaves and Poppadum's, to serve


▢ Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

▢ Add onion, garlic, ginger and chilly.

▢ Stir for 5 minutes or until onion has softened.

▢ Add curry paste, stirring for 1 minute

▢ Add carrot, stirring, for 2 minutes or until coated in paste.

▢ Stir in lentils, tomatoes, coconut milk and 1 liter cold water.

▢ Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, for 20 minutes or until carrot and lentils are tender.

▢ Remove pan from heat.

▢ Using a stick blender, blend until smooth.

▢ Serve with yoghurt, extra coriander and poppadum's.


Health Talk

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it typically presents with no noticeable symptoms. Some senior citizens may not find out they have it until they begin experiencing serious problems with their heart, brain or kidneys.

The good news is that medication and lifestyle changes can help lower blood pressure and keep it under control.

Here are a few lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure:

Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline Exercise regularly

Eat a healthy diet

Reduce sodium in your diet

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink Quit smoking

Cut back on caffeine

Regular visits with your doctor are also key to controlling your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is well-controlled, check with your doctor about how often you need to ch


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Resident of the month

Fun things to do in May

Health Talk

Recipe of the Month


La Récolte

Retirement Village

Contact Residentia Trust at: 021 9756794

Cnr of Old Oak & Mountainview Road, Ridgeworth, Stellenberg


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