La Récolte June Newsletter

In this Issue >>>

Resident of the Month

Money Talk

Boosting your energy levels

Recipe of the Month

Health Talk

Resident of the Month

Xandra Frielingsdorf

As a accomplished baker, devoted mother of three and wife for 54 years, Mrs. Frielingsdorf has lived a full life and it has been my honor to have her as resident of the month for our June edition.

In the Spotlight

We would like to know about your life before La Récolte?

Since finishing school, i have always lived in Bellville /Durbanville surroundings.

Oskar and i have now been married for 54 years.

I use to work in the bank, however i decided to retire when we started a family.

We had three beautiful children. After my third child i decided to bake part time for a local bakery, it turned into a full time job. I worked there for 28 years.

Why did you decide to become a tenant/owner at La Récolte?

The house and garden in my previous house got to big for us. Five years ago we saw a La Récolte advertisement, my daughter immediately said that we should have a look as it is around the corner from her and the location is very central to everything. We moved in two years ago.? The house and garden in my previous house got to big for us. Five years ago we saw a La Récolte advertisement, my daughter immediately said that we should have a look as it is around the corner from her and the location is very central to everything. We moved in two years ago.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy my small garden, building puzzles and knitting.

We have a fantastic unit with a stoop in front.

We enjoy sitting on the stoop, drinking coffee and playing games with our fabulous neighbors."


Money Talk

The idea of talking with an aging parent about their finances can create stress and anxiety for adult children. You don’t want a senior loved one to think you are questioning their money-management abilities or worrying about their health. It’s an unfortunate reality, however, that emergencies happen more frequently with age. If you aren’t able to pay a parent’s bills when they become ill, it can create some real problems. That’s why it’s best to tackle this conversation when an aging parent is still independent. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur. The easiest way to get started is to be honest. Kindness and empathy are important. Explain that you want to be prepared to help if it’s ever needed.

Here are a few of the issues you’ll need to discuss:

*Do they have a will? If so, where is it kept?

*Have they designated someone as their financial power of attorney or their power of attorney for healthcare decisions?

*What financial institutions do they use?

*Do they have log in and password information stored in a place you can access in the event of an emergency?

*What income do they have each month from pensions and investments?

Remember, your goal should be to gain the knowledge necessary to keep your parent’s home running smoothly if they suffer a short-term or long- term medical event.


Boosting Your Energy levels

Youthful days are filled with vibrant energy. Dashing to win races with playmates and simply causing a stir at home are common activities that dominate childhood. As people advance in years, energy levels naturally dwindle. Being 60 or over, however, can still be filled with some of the exuberance of youth—even if somewhat curbed.

Why Do Seniors Have Less Energy?

Energy normally decreases as people age. Bodily cells alter as a consequence of both the environment and genes. Cell changes in aging bodies cause muscle mass to lose strength and flexibility. The end result is that vigorous activities become exhausting all too soon.

Fortunately, seniors have plenty of opportunities to boost their energy levels:

Strengthen the heart

The pumping machine known as the heart is a key player in energy levels. Raising the heart rate through exercise delivers a rich source of oxygen to muscles and improves the heart’s capabilities.

Reduce stress

Stress rapidly depletes energy. Seniors who are overwhelmed with stressful emotions should take care to manage and reduce their stress levels.

Consume healthy foods

A careful approach to eating is essential to maintaining optimum energy levels.

Build muscle

Arnold Schwarzenegger, even in his 70’s, remains a powerhouse of strength and vitality. Take a cue from this legend and build strong muscles.

Stimulate the mind

Challenging one’s mind is an excellent way for people over the age of 60 to ward off the mental laziness that saps energy levels.

Sleep well

Quality sleep is more important that the quantity of hours slept.


Recipe of the Month

Sweet Potato Soup


▢ 3 medium sweet potatoes, rough chopped and cooked

▢ 1/2 cup onion, chopped

▢ 1/2 tsp Garlic

▢ 35 grams ginger, peeled and chopped

▢ 1 can coconut milk

▢ 2 Apples, peeled, cored, rough chopped and cooked

▢ 1.5 tbsp. olive oil

▢ 3 cups of water

▢ 1 tbsp. curry powder

▢ 1 tsp Thyme

▢ 2-3 tbsp. fresh herbs

▢ 1 tbsp. lemon juice

▢ Salt and Black Pepper to taste


▢ Heat olive oil and add the onion, garlic and ginger.

▢ Stir often until onions are soft and have started to brown.

▢ Add curry powder, thyme and sauté for 2 more minutes.

▢ Add the cooked apples and sweet potato.

▢ Add coconut milk and puree the soup.

▢ Add 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice, black pepper and salt to taste.

▢ Ladle hot soup into serving bowls and garnish with toppings of choice.


Health Talk: What is dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Though dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal aging.


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Health Talk

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