La Récolte March Newsletter

In this Issue>>>

Resident of the Month

Benefits of Reading

Recipe of the Month

What is Parkinson's disease?

Resident of the Month

Ella Thompson

This well-known tenant is young at heart, well travelled and has a true zest for life.

In the Spotlight

Please tell me about your life before La Récolte?

I was a qualified registered nursing practitioner. I did my studies at the university of the Orange Freestate. I worked at the Alta Du Toit school, a special needs school for severe intellectually disabled children for 26 years till I retired. Before that I worked at the renal unit at Tygerberg Hospital.

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

My only 2 children live abroad for the past 18 years. My son in the UK and my daughter in New Zeeland. Moving to La Récolte made it much easier to visit them for extended periods since I could just lock up and go.

What do you do for fun?

I love reading and to attend the symphony concerts at the townhall and other music events and go to the Labia for movies until COVID-19 19 curtailed it. Some of my highlights in life have been traveling with my children.

"I have made amazing new friends since

moving in here. It is so much easier to

manage every day's life and there is a real sense ofcommunity here.

La Récolte is very central situated near

a few shopping centers, hospitals and

Cape Town. Just what I was looking for. I would encourage people to think about retirement villages like La Récolte when one decides to retire".


The Benefits of Reading

Nothing beats a good book. Books can take us places we have never been, help us relive another time, and take us on great adventures – all without ever leaving home. Getting lost in a page-turning book isn’t just an enjoyable hobby for seniors, but it also can enhance your mental and emotional health. Whether it’s poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, research indicates that avid readers may experience many health benefits. If you haven’t cracked a book open in a while, here are a few reasons to curl up with a good read. Scientific studies have found that reading reduces stress, enhances sleep to improving memory circuits, sharpens decision-making and possibly even delaying the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

Here are a few recommended books that you are sure to enjoy:

1) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

3)The Diary of Anne Frank

4) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 5) Little Women by Louisa May Alcot

These benefits of reading for seniors show that you can never go wrong with taking the time to enjoy a good book. Bookworms everywhere can rest assured knowing their favorite activity is also improving their mental and emotional health.


Recipe of the Month

Chocolate Marshmallow Tart


▢ 200g chocolate and coconut biscuits

▢ 100g butter, melted

▢ 500g cream cheese

▢ 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

▢ Grated zest of 1 lemon

▢ 375g white marshmallows

▢ 90ml milk

▢ 2 tbsp. cocoa, and extra to decorate

▢ 227g tinned crushed pineapple, drained

▢ 250ml cream, stiffly whipped

▢ 100g dark chocolate, melted

▢ 125g raspberries


▢ Line a 25cm diameter, spring-form cake tin with cling film.

▢ Place biscuits in a food processor and pulse until it has a breadcrumb texture. Add butter and mix until it forms a moist mixture.

▢ Line the base and sides of the tin with biscuit mixture. Set aside.

▢ Whisk cream cheese, lemon juice and zest with an electric mixer until smooth. Set aside.

▢ Place marshmallows and milk in a large pot and melt over moderate

heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon. Add cocoa and pineapple and stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Leave until lukewarm.

▢ Add marshmallow mix to cream cheese mix and combine.

Fold in cream. Pour into lined tin. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight, until set.

▢ Spoon over chocolate and spread evenly. Place back in fridge for 10

minutes or until chocolate hardens.

▢ Remove ring of tin.

▢Roll raspberries in cocoa and place on top of tart


What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking.

In most people, symptoms appear at the age of 60 years or over.

Here are some early signs of Parkinson’s disease:

•Movement: There may be a tremor in the hands.

•Coordination: A reduced sense of coordination and balance

•Gait: The person’s posture may change

•Facial expression: This can become fixed, due to changes in the nerves

•Voice: There may be a tremor in the voice

•Handwriting: This may become more cramped and smaller.

•Sense of smell: A loss of sense of smell can be an early sign.

•Sleep problems

Having these symptoms does not always mean that a person has Parkinson’s disease. People over the age of 60 should consider speaking with their healthcare provider if they experience any of the symptoms listed above.

The importance of recognizing

early symptoms

Many people think that the early signs of Parkinson’s are normal signs of aging. For this reason, they may not seek help. However, treatment is more likely to be effective if a person takes it early in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

For this reason, it is important to get an early diagnosis if possible.


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Health Talk

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