Alcazar presents 'From House to Home'

As people age, they often find that their house is getting too big and the yard is becoming too much to manage. Yet even thinking about change can be overwhelming. The Alcazar, an institution that offers independent living for seniors, is offering free workshops this fall.

"From House to Home" is a series of workshops designed to help seniors and their children think about the next stage of their lives. These free programs will be held at the Alcazar, 2450 Derbyshire Road, on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m., beginning with a reception at 6:30, catered by Ben Cyr, owner of Green Planet Catering. A schedule and description of the workshops follow:

Sept. 15, Downsizing and Decluttering. Muffy Kaesberg and JoEllen Salkin, from Organizing 4 U, discuss how to get started; how to prepare your home for sale. Learn what to keep and what do with the rest.

Oct. 6, Staging Your Home for a Quick Profitable Sale. Marissa Iacovetta and Angie Potts, of Reflections Interior Design, help you discover how to use what you already own to redesign your home to maximize its appeal and value to potential buyers.

Oct. 13, Selling Your Home. This informative session helps you develop a marketing plan for your home. With legal tips for seniors, this program is presented by Lee-Ann Spacek, owner of North Coast Residential Relocation, and Arthur Smialek, attorney at law.

Oct. 20, Living Smart! Matt Fox of HGTV's "Room by Room" shows how a bigger place isn't necessarily better. In fact, smaller is probably smarter.

Nov. 10, Safe and Happy at Home will be presented by the Benjamin Rose Institute and Autumn Richmond, LSW, of the Eldercare Services Institute.

For more information or reservations, contact Janet Hildebrandt at 216-321-5400, x.103 or by email:

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 PM, 08.25.2009