The Chamberlin News
Tips for Conversations with Aging Parents About Care
Having conversations with your parents about their care can be very stressful. The stress can even be multiplied when you bring your other family members or loved ones into the conversation. Further stress comes when worries start to arise about how your parents and loved ones will react to the broaching of this delicate subject. Will they be hurt? Will they be angry? Will your relationship with them suffer? As a result of all these factors, many people will outright avoid or delay this imperative conversation. In order to help mediate some of this stress, we have developed several tips to help you prepare and have a productive conversation with your parents about their care. Don’t wait It can be very difficult to start a conversation about anyone’s care; however, it is even more uncomfortable or awkward to initiate a conversation about your parents care with them or with other family members. Despite this difficulty though, you are never going to be certain of what others think if you do not talk to them. Moreover, waiting can make the conversation even harder to have. It helps to prepare ahead of this conversation by coming up with questions and talking points […]
The Future of Fort Monroe – March 15th
The Chamberlin Presents: The Future of Fort Monroe Wednesday, March 15th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Glenn Oder, the Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority, will discuss future plans for this very historic military base. Light Refreshments will be served. Afterwards, take a tour of The Chamberlin and see how our rental advantage can work for you. RSVP by March 13th to (757) 637-7200.
Elderlife Financial Seminar – March 1st
The Chamberlin Presents: Elderlife Financial Seminar Wednesday, March 1st The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. What matters most for YOUR retirement? Learn how to make your retirement dreams come true from an Elderlife specialist. Elderlife Financial Services can make the transition from home ownership to independent living retirement easy. The Chamberlin can help you maintain the lifestyle and living choices to best suit your needs. Tours of the historic Chamberlin to follow the seminar. RSVP by February 27th to 757-637-7200
Stay Local With Our Shore Leave Progam
Are you or a loved one signed up for training near Fort Monroe or temporarily assigned work nearby? Want to spend a season near relatives? Stay local with our Shore Leave program and enjoy a custom designed 3, 6, or 9 month retreat with our sweeping bay views, stylish furnished apartments and world-class cuisine… all starting at $2850 per month! Your Shore Leave package includes: cable TV, heating & cooling, housekeeping services every other week, transportation within 15 miles, 30 meals a month, laundry facilities, Hygeia Health Club, exercise classes, indoor heated pool, and access to a robust monthly activity calendar. Call us to book your stay today! (757) 637-7200.
Taste & Tour – February 23rd
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, February 23rd Noon – 2 p.m. Join us for a Taste & Tour to learn about how the rental advantage at The Chamberlin can benefit you. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our award winning chef and then tour our beautiful independent retirement community on the waterfront. RSVP by February 21st to (757) 637-7200. (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Planning for the Inevitable – February 20th
The Chamberlin Presents: Planning for the Inevitable with Dignity Memorial Monday, February 20th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join us for a talk on a subject that no one likes to discuss; learn more about funeral planning. Dignity Memorial will present a light-hearted educational seminar on the planning aspect that helps alleviate the stress when a death occurs. Light Refreshments will be served. Afterwards, take a tour of The Chamberlin and see how our rental advantage can work for you! RSVP by February 18th to (757) 637-7200.
Prelude to Shen Yun 2017 in Norfolk – February 11th
The Chamberlin Presents: Prelude to Shen Yun 2017 in Norfolk Saturday, February 11th Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:15 to 8:15 pm A Taste of Traditional Chinese Culture at The Chamberlin At the Chamberlin, we will have an introduction to Shen Yun, with a dancer, musician playing the Guzheng, and Mr. Dong Xiang. Dong Xiang is the executive director of New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television, Washington, D.C., which is the only independent TV network that broadcasts uncensored Chinese programming into China and around the world. In 2001, Mr. Xiang began producing and hosting “Weekly Economic Review,” one of the few world financial programs in the United States spoken in Chinese. The 30-minute program covers economic news from the U.S., Europe and Asia, with in-depth analysis of current economic issues emerging between the U.S. and China. The program can potentially reach 100 million viewers. Mr. Xiang is executive director of the Falun Dafa Association of Washington DC that presents the classical Chinese dance show Shen Yun to The Kennedy Center Opera House. Shen Yun has come to Washington annually since 2007. As a premiere, world-class dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings the wonders of traditional Chinese culture […]
Signs Your Loved One Needs Additional Care
Worrying about the care of an elderly loved one is always a stressful time not only physically, but also emotionally. This stress only increases as loved one becomes harder and harder to care for. Stress tends to peak at an all-time high when the question then becomes whether the loved one is able to still provide effective care for himself or herself or whether it is time to seek outside help, such as moving their loved one to a senior living community. This is a difficult question to answer as it is concerned with both the practicalities of the situation and the emotions of those involved. To help take some of the guess work out of the decision, we have developed a list of red flags that can indicate that it is time to take the next step and reach out for additional help with your loved ones care. Physical Red Flags – Take a good look at your loved one’s recent health history. Have he or she had an accident such as fall in recent times? Falls and accidents tend to increase as an individual gets older. Did it take your loved one longer than normal to recover from […]
Family Dynamics in Estate Planning – February 8th
The Chamberlin Presents: Family Dynamics in Estate Planning Wednesday, February 8th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn how family dynamics can affect estate planning with local attorney Ted Miller. He will provide valuable insight on planning, retirement living and how The Chamberlin can help you maintain the lifestyle and living choices to best suit your needs. Light refreshments and tours available following the presentation. To RSVP, call (757) 637-7200 by February 6th.
Resident Panel – February 1st
The Chamberlin Presents: Resident Panel Wednesday, February 1st The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 12:00 pm Is The Chamberlin the best fit for you? The moment you step inside The Chamberlin, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Come visit with experts – our very own residents – to learn how The Chamberlin is a grand showcase of exceptional senior living and as comfortable as home should be. Our award winning chef will provide light refreshments while you hear our expert panel discuss the pleasures of life on the bay. Tours available! Open to the public, the program is free. RSVP by January 30th to (757) 637-7200.
Complimentary Taste & Tour – January 19th
Join us for a complimentary Taste & Tour of The Historic Chamberlin The Chesapeake Dining Room, The Chamberlin Thursday, January 19th 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. We’ll talk, tour and taste our way through The Chamberlin. RSVP by January 16th to (757) 637-7200. (OR USE THE FORM BELOW)
Tips to Get Organized and to Declutter in 2017
2017 is officially upon us. The dawning of this New Year marks not only the ending of the holiday season, but also a time of a reflection for many people—as it does every year. Thoughts turn to what has occurred in the past year. Goals that have been achieved. Life events that have occurred. Changes that have been challenging to accept. Tasks that have been forgotten or not accomplished. It is often the latter that we tend to fixate on. What did we not have the time or the will to conquer in the past year? How will we do better in the coming year? These questions make January the month of resolutions. Resolutions to do better at some task. Resolutions to make thoughtful changes. Resolutions to change troublesome habits. However, despite the best of intentions, most of these resolutions will be abandoned by the time that Valentine’s Day rolls around. According to polls, one of the top resolutions that will be made this month is to get organized and to declutter. In effort to help to accomplish and maintain this resolution, we have compiled some helpful tips and tricks to help you become the Organizing Ruler or your household […]
Concert in the Grand Lobby by Time for 2 – January 31st
The Chamberlin Presents: Time for 2, Cello and Violin Duet Tuesday, January 31st Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:30 to 8:15 pm You are welcome to attend a concert in the Grand Lobby of The Chamberlin. Kendall and Kearston Gonzalez are two amazing musicians who play classical show tunes and other popular songs. Come for this relaxing evening and enjoy hot cider and cookies. This is a free event. For more information, call Susan at 637-7203.
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – January 26th
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole – “Guarding the Shore” Thursday, January 26th The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am Return to the time when lighthouse keepers were tending the lights for guidance and warning to passing ships and the men of the United States Life Saving Service were rescuing those in distress. You will hear shipwreck stories and tales of these great men who spent their time guarding the shore. In a theatrical presentation, Vanessa will present information about the coast, and those who worked to keep it safe. She will present at 10 am in the Solarium on the 9th floor of the Chamberlin. The presentation is open to the public, at no charge. For more information, call 637-7203.
Retirement Living and Taxes – January 5th
The Chamberlin Presents: Retirement Living and Taxes Thursday, January 5th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. What matters most for YOUR retirement? Learn how to make your retirement dreams come true from trusted local experts Sandy & Linda of Block Advisors. They will provide valuable insight on future planning, retirement living, taxes and how The Chamberlin can help you maintain the lifestyle and living choices to best suit your needs. Light refreshments and tours available following the presentation. RSVP by January 3rd to (757) 637-7200.
Sounds of Joy Christmas Concert – December 14th
The Chamberlin Presents: Sounds of Joy Christmas Concert Wednesday, December 14th Grand Lobby, The Chamberlin Concert from 7:30 to 9:30 pm Celebrate the season with The Sounds of Joy at The Chamberlin! Stay for a tour after the concert and mix and mingle at The Chamberlin. Experience our difference. RSVP by December 12th to 757-637-7200. Light refreshments will be served
Christmas at Fort Monroe – December 12th
The Chamberlin Presents: Christmas at Fort Monroe Monday, December 12th The Solarium, The Chamberlin From 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. Hear how the holidays have been celebrated over the years at Fort Monroe. From the grand Christmas buffets at the luxurious Chamberlin Hotel to the lean years during wartime, Robert Kelly, Casemate Museum Historian, will bring history to life! RSVP by December 9th to 757-637-7200. Light refreshments will be served.
Vanessa Cole from Williamsburg Living History – December 22nd
The Chamberlin Presents: Vanessa Cole – “Christmas at Home and in the Field” Thursday, December 22nd The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 am Christmas is never easy during times of war and the Civil War is no exception. By the time we get to the mid-19th century, most of our modern Christmas traditions are in place, Come celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Victorian style, as we did during the Civil War both at home and in the field. In a theatrical presentation, Vanessa presents information from Civil War times. She will present at 10 am in the Solarium on the 9th floor of The Chamberlin. The presentation is open to the public, at no charge. For more information, call 637-7203.
Hollywood’s Take on World War II, Fact or Fiction – December 1st
The Chamberlin Presents: Hollywood’s Take on World War II, Fact or Fiction Thursday, December 1st The Solarium, 9th Floor, The Chamberlin Presentation from 3:00 to 4:00 pm An afternoon presentation by Ron Lewis of the Mariner’s Museum. Presentation begins at 3 pm. This presentation will center on Pearl Harbor, and the events that occurred before, during and after this attack, using references to the 2001 movie. He will address how the events affected us globally, and locally, and discuss how accurate the hit movie was! It’s a history lesson wrapped up in a love story, in other words, straight out of Hollywood! You won’t want to miss this presentation a week before Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Open to the public, the program is free. For more information, call 637-7203.
That Time of the Year
It is almost that time of year. There is a crispness in the air promising that it is going to get even colder. There are peppermint mochas in festively designed cups in everyone’s glove covered hands. There is even the illusive sound of bells, of the jingle variety, coming from somewhere. The Holiday Season is upon us. This season is the most anticipated time of the year. During the winter, when the natural world is slowing down the whole of human kind seems to be speeding up. There are gifts to buy, people to see, parties to plan, and those aforementioned peppermint mochas to make sure that one can keep up the energy to accomplish all of these tasks. Despite all the songs saying otherwise, this is also the most stressful time of the year. After weddings, death, and serious illness, polls show that people find the winter holidays to be one of the most stressed filled times. All the rushing about trying to make sure you purchased the most wanted children’s gift of the season for little Nephew Timmy or making sure that Great Aunt Gracie is not seated by Cousin Phyllis at the holiday meal so that family […]
News and Events
“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?”