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La Récolte November Newsletter

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Positive Aging

Resident of the Month

Medication mistakes

What is Movember?

Recipe of the Month

Summer Sun

Resident of the Month

tol Otto


Mr. Otto is one of the oldest residents at La Récolte.

He is warm, approachable and to my surprise 90 years of age!

It is a honour to have him as resident of the month in this month’s Edition.


In the Spotlight


Tell me about your life before La Récolte?

90 years ago, I was born in Parow Western Cape. After leaving school, I started working at

Plywood’s in Parow. Every so often the company would send me overseas to buy machinery and run factories. I married my wife, Joan in 1958.

In 1960, I was sent to Borneo to open a new factory. Unfortunately, the factory burnt down and we had to return to SA. I worked for this company until I retired and became a Director.

Why did you decide to retire?

On Friday, 13th February 2015, my wife and I lost our house to a fire.

We rebuilt the house but after two years decided to retire.

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

Our son brought us to the La Récolte office, we decided we liked what we saw, and bought our unit. We are enjoying the peace and quiet, and have made some very good friends, and find life really wonderful.

What do you do for fun?

I started cycling at the age of 18.

I first rode for the WP Junior team and later for the Senior team. I was chosen as Captain of the Bellville cycling team, as well as the Captain of the WP senior cycling team.

I was WP champion in both the 5- and 10-mile races. After my competing days were behind me, I qualified as International Cycling Referee for road and track racing.


Positive Aging


How do you feel about growing old? For some, it’s a scary time filled with change and loneliness. But it doesn’t need to be that way. In fact, it shouldn’t. We’re social creatures and growing old isn’t a solo sport. That’s what positive aging is all about. How we choose to define, view, and accept the changes is crucial to our ability to “age gracefully.”

One element of life that is guaranteed for each and every one of us is that of continuous aging and death. No matter who you are, where you are from, or what you do in your life, you are going to experience aging. While there are certainly things one can do to slow the aging process, there is nothing one can do to mitigate aging and the things that aging brings. Therefore, instead of trying to stop aging, it is best to try to embrace ageing .


The Secret of Successful Aging. The key? Don’t let loneliness take over your life. Real conversations are the answer. We’re social beings and need to stay connected to others.

Here are three suggestions:

Celebrate your age

Defy expectations

Grow friendships


Aging can be difficult to accept. Our body might not be able to do the things it did when we were young. Bones break easier. Aches and pains can be a daily occurrence. Our vision becomes impaired, our hair turns grey, our noses and ears stretch and we get shorter. As we age, we struggle to find our place, so redefine who you are and identify your purpose!

Medication Mistakes

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