The Chamberlin News
Tips for Becoming Happier as You Age
When was the last time you truly felt happy? Finding everyday happiness is a challenge for everyone in today’s fast paced society. It is especially challenging for the elder part of our population. How do you remain happy despite chronic conditions and the effects of aging? Walt Disney once said “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” Research similarly illustrates Disney’s statement. Researchers have shown more positive thinkers tend to have a stronger positive “happy” outlook of themselves and those around them; whereas, those who are more negative in their frame of mind tend to be more doubtful of their own self-worth and the worth of others. So with this is mind, here are some tips to guide your beginning steps on the road to becoming happier as you age. Focus on what you can do instead of what you cannot It is often difficult to not dwell on the things that we wish we could change. We wish that we did not have aches and pains. We wish that we could eat anything we want without repercussions. We wish we could still do all the activities we used. However, focusing […]
Fort Monroe Historical Society Lecture – November 6th
Monday, November 6th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Meeting from 11:30 to 12:30 pm Open to the Public Conservation of Historic Buildings and Sites Larry Waldrop of the National Park Service will speak on using both traditional craft and modern technology for the conservation of historic buildings and sites. Larry has worked on Historic Preservation Projects both public and private. He currently is with the National Park Services Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. RSVP to 757-637-7200 by November 3rd.
Recognize and Cope with Caregiver Burnout
Caring for an elderly loved one is a stressful undertaking for anyone. It not only is physically stressful, but also emotionally. This stress can build up over time and can even become worse as your loved one becomes harder and harder to care for. At this point, caregivers can easily become burnt out and feel helpless as to what they can do to rectify the situation and return to a healthy life balance. With that in mind, we have gathered some tips below to help you recognize and cope with caregiver burnout. Common Indicators of Caregiver Burnout – Reflect on how others have been interacting with you. Have close friends and family members expressed concern that you look tired or just your general well-being? Sometimes it takes someone close to you for you to realize that there might be a problem. Caregivers when they are close to burnout tend to be too involved in the care of their loved one to take note of their own wellness. – Reflect on the health of your current relationships. Have things seemed tense between you and your spouse? Or your close friends and families? One way that stress can be unhealthily expressed is […]
In The Kitchen: Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Mango Salsa
We were in the kitchen this morning with Chef David Payne – executive chef at The Historic Chamberlin. Video Link: http://wavy.com/2017/08/09/in-the-kitchen-pan-seared-sea-scallops-with-parmesan-risotto-and-mango-salsa/ Source: In The Kitchen: Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Mango Salsa
Memory Care: Navigating a Difficult Conversation
Having a conversation about your loved one’s health is already a difficult topic to broach. However, when the loved one in question is in need of memory care this conversation becomes even more difficult to have. There is not only the concern over your loved ones care and health, but also how other family members might take the news that their family member needs memory care. To help prepare you for this conversation, we have come up with a couple tips to make the conversation a little easier to have for everyone involved. Observe your loved ones behaviors Think of this process as a fact finding mission to familiarize yourself with your loved ones current health care needs. This will help both to express to your family why your loved one needs additional care as well as to advise the healthcare professional that will be responsible for you loved one’s care. Below are some behaviors and questions to help you on your mission: – Does your loved one frequently forget information that they could easily recall before? Does he or she confuse who family members and friends are? Does he or she forget where/when he or she is? Do commonplace […]
Fort Monroe and The Chamberlin: Then and Now – September 28th
Thursday, September 28th The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Presentation begins at 11:00 am Benefit Luncheon for The Fort Monroe Foundation – $20 per person The Chamberlin and the Fort Monroe Casemate Museum will have a guest speaker, Benefit Luncheon and tours of The Chamberlin and Fort Monroe. The program begins at 11:00 at The Chamberlin with Darcy Sink, the Education and Volunteer Coordinator of the Casemate Museum. Darcy will present her program titled ‘The Seaside Calls: visit Fort Monroe, 1901.’ Darcy is a state-licensed educator with a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and a Master’s from Nova Southeastern University. RSVP to 757-637-7200 by 9/25.
Taste & Tour – September 7th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, September 7th Noon – 2 p.m. Join us to taste our award-winning chef’s cuisine and tour our historic community. The Chamberlin is a showcase of exceptional senior living and combines old time elegance with desirable modern conveniences. RSVP by September 5th to (757) 637-7200. (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
The Chamberlin: Then and Now – August 31st
Join us for an exclusive look of The Historic Chamberlin The Chamberlin Thursday, August 31st Noon – 2 p.m. Join us for a look at The Chamberlin today. Once, one of the most opulent hotels in the country, The Chamberlin was converted to an upscale older adult community on the Chesapeake Bay in 2008. Come see the extensive amenities and the grand residences of The Chamberlin today. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by August 28th to (757) 637-7200. (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Here Comes the Sun: Tips to Help You Stay Cool
Here comes the sun…FINALLY! It seems like it has been years since summer was last here. With the dawning of the sunny summer season, life inside the house seems a lot drearier. Why be inside when you can do what you are doing outside! Why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoy the outdoors? However, some individuals—including seniors—tend to be more sensitive to heat and are more easily harmed by prolonged exposure to the summer heat. Hold on, do not think your days of sitting poolside are over. We have come up with some quick tips and tricks to help you to stay cool and fully enjoy the sunny weather safely. 1) Most importantly, remember to drink plenty of fluids before, while, and after going outside. During hot weather it is suggested that we increase the daily suggested amount by an extra three- eight ounce servings in order to make up for any fluids lost while sweating (making for a grand total of eight- eight ounce servings). Besides water, fruit and vegetable juice can be great alternative hydrators and will also replace electrolytes. Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as black tea and coffee as they act as dehydrators. So […]
Tour The Chamberlin & Hear Music by the Bay
Take a tour of The Historic Chamberlin and enjoy Fort Monroe’s Music by the Bay Concert Series Thursday evenings – July 13th, July 20th & July 27th Tours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Concert from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Join us at The Chamberlin for a tour followed with Music by the Bay, produced by Fort Monroe and held at the Gazebo. This event is a tradition and has been enjoyed by countless families over the years. To RSVP, call 757-637-7200.
Taste & Tour – August 3rd
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, August 3rd Noon – 2 p.m. Join us to taste our award-winning chef’s cuisine and tour our historic community. The Chamberlin is a showcase of exceptional senior living and combines old time elegance with desirable modern conveniences. Event is Full, Next Date 9/07
Taste & Tour – July 20th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, July 20th Noon – 2 p.m. Join us to taste our award-winning chef’s cuisine and tour our historic community. The Chamberlin is a showcase of exceptional senior living and combines old time elegance with desirable modern conveniences. Event is Full, Next Date 8/03
Fort Monroe Historical Society Lecture – July 10th
Monday, July 10th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Meeting from 11:30 to 12:30 pm Open to the Public Dreams of War and Peace Jonathan W. White of Christopher Newport University presents Dreams of War and Peace, a revelation of dreams during the Civil War. The dreams of this era reflected hopes & fears and were recorded in diaries, letters and memoirs. Optional lunch to be served in The Chesapeake Dining Room. RSVP by July 7th to 757-637-7200.
Taste & Tour – July 6th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, July 6th Noon – 2 p.m. Join us to taste our award-winning chef’s cuisine and tour our historic community. The Chamberlin is a showcase of exceptional senior living and combines old time elegance with desirable modern conveniences. Event is Full, Next Date 7/20
Fear 2 Freedom Benefit Luncheon – June 13th
The Chamberlin presents a Fear 2 Freedom Benefit Luncheon Presented by Rosemary Trible, Founder and President June 13th from 12 – 2 p.m. Formal Dining Room, The Chamberlin $25 per person Rosemary Trible, Founder and President of Fear 2 Freedom, will be the speaker for a benefit luncheon at The Chamberlin. Fear 2 Freedom’s mission is to restore hope & dignity to survivors of sexual assault and empowering students and citizens to combat this assault in our communities. Rosemary Trible was a victim of sexual assault and has dedicated her life to helping others overcome their trauma and find joy in their lives. Fear 2 Freedom has provided F2F kits to hospitals and communities in Virginia and 3 other states. $25 per person. Luncheon will benefit the Fear 2 Freedom organization. RSVP by June 9th to 757-637-7200.
Taste & Tour – June 8th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, June 8th Noon – 2 p.m. Join us for a Taste & Tour to learn about how the rental advantage at The Chamberlin can benefit you. Taste our award winning chef’s cuisine and tour our historic building! The moment you step inside The Chamberlin, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Learn how The Chamberlin is a grand showcase of exceptional senior living, and as comfortable as home should be. RSVP by June 6th to (757) 637-7200. (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Ladies Fashion Show – May 22nd
The Chamberlin presents: “Ladies Fashion Show” Monday, Monday 22nd The Chamberlin 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Join The Chamberlin at our Spring Fashion Show. We will celebrate the fashion trends and color palates that are the rage this year. Call to reserve your seat at this exclusive event at The Chamberlin. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by 5/19 to 757-637-7200.
Tips to Stay Motivated and Seize the Day
In spring, the world seems to slowly come back to life again. The weather becomes milder; plants and flowers begin to grow and bloom; and the wildlife seems to return in full force. With this awakening of nature, we shake off our winter reverie and begin to become more active ourselves. We want to be out and about doing the most to seize the day; however, every now and again we or those around us might need a little motivation. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of tips to help not only the seniors in your life, but also yourself to get and to keep motivated and seize the day! – Create attainable goals: We tend to think of goals as something for the young and those in the work force, but this is not the case. No matter your age you can benefit from setting long term or short term goals. Goals not only act to motivate you, but give you a focused sense of purpose. Once a goal is achieved the person also benefits from a more secure sense of independence at being able to accomplishing something challenging on their own. Keep in mind though […]
Financial Planning – May 10th
The Chamberlin Presents: Financial Planning Solutions to the High Cost Associated with Aging Wednesday, May 10th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Join Oscar Alvarez, Investment Advisor & Certified Financial Planner, to learn how to maintain the lifestyle that suits your needs during your retirement years. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by May 9th to 757-637-7200.
An Afternoon Tea – May 6th
History, Etiquette and The Art of the Perfect Pour Saturday, May 6th Grand Lobby at The Chamberlin. 2:00-4:00 pm You are cordially invited for afternoon tea as we celebrate Mother’s Day in style at The Chamberlin, the historic luxury independent senior living community in Hampton Roads. Wear your best hat and enjoy assorted teas and desserts with us. Seating is limited. Kindly R.S.V.P. by May 5th to 757-637-7200
News and Events
- Tips for Becoming Happier as You Age
- Fort Monroe Historical Society Lecture – November 6th
- Recognize and Cope with Caregiver Burnout
- In The Kitchen: Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Parmesan Risotto and Mango Salsa
- Memory Care: Navigating a Difficult Conversation
- Fort Monroe and The Chamberlin: Then and Now – September 28th
- Taste & Tour – September 7th
“Sometimes now when I look out our window in The Chamberlin while watching ship traffic it amazes me to realize that hundreds of years ago a good number of my own ancestors passed in sailing ships the spot that I am looking at in the present day.”
“Curtis was born in Barboursville, W.V. and Julia in Huntington, W.VA. After 34 years Curtis retired as Captain USN. Julie is the “Admiral”. Curtis and Julia were married in 1954. They have 2 children and 5 grandchildren (plus some “strays”).”
“With no big buy-in, living at The Chamberlin enables me to remain financially independent, something that’s extremely important to me. By avoiding that big buy-in I can continue to be on my own and don’t have to depend on my children.”
“We’ve got a whole wonderful lifestyle. We can go swimming, get a haircut, get good food without leaving the building. And within a very easy distance are all the hobbies and things I love to do. We can play in the yard, dig in the dirt, and go fishing. Plus, the fort is magnificent.”
“We have a full time activities director and she’s doing more and more – as a matter of fact now we have two activities directors keeping up with all the things that are going on here. For us, it’s like living on a cruise ship.”
“Growing up during the big depression, many of us learned to really value money. We want to be secure and financially independent. We want value. I feel like we have value for our money here at The Chamberlin. We get our money’s worth for sure.”
“I get up every morning and can’t believe that I’m living in such a great place. I love the sense of grandeur here, the charm of the building and the way it’s been so beautifully renovated. And I love that that we live right on the bay”
“Here you are really getting twice as much as what you pay for. Wonderful accommodations, wonderful staff, wonderful view. How many more wonderfuls do you need?”