Is your house too large? Consider sharing it with others. Learn about shared housing at a seminar July 26.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Michele Fiasca

At the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center we have noticed that many seniors are finding themselves in a quandary.

Many seniors are living in a house that is too large for them, but are hesitant to sell and downsize, because it is likely they won't be able to replace what they have for the same money or less.

Ever think about sharing your home? Don't let that bring back bad memories of housemates you might have had during your college and young adult days. There are financial perks to shared housing, and it might even be fun to have others around. Imagine feeling less lonely or enjoying the financial freedom of only half a house payment.

The Adult Community Center is bringing Michele Fiasca, founder of Let's Share Housing, and mortgage consultant Rachel Mohlere for a presentation on how to make shared housing work for you. The session will be held at 10 a.m. July 26 here at the center. Michele, who appeared on the "Today Show" in 2014 to share information about Let's Share Housing, will provide a blueprint of how to make shared housing work for you. She and Rachel will talk about how to use and modify your house to help you afford a richer life, how to meet, vet and make agreements with potential roommates/renters and modifications you might need to make to your house, professionals who can help make them and ways to fund those upgrades. Bring your questions and concerns as the women have answers. The seminar is free and open to all.

The lunch menu this week features chef salad on Friday, July 14; Philly cheese steak sandwiches on Monday, July 17; and chicken cassoulet on Wednesday, July 19. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner. Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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