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(Fairfax, VA – August 4, 2009) –The New Yorker magazine cartoonist Mort Gerberg has lived long and laughed much.  Gerberg will share his knack for finding humor in aging as the keynote speaker at the “Third Annual Positive Aging Fair:  Tools for Creative Aging” on Sept. 10 at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV), 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The event will run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Gerberg edited the book Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement…and the Great Beyond, in 2007, and will sign copies of it at the fair. The All-Jewish Cartoon Collection is another of the nearly 40 other books Gerberg has written, illustrated or edited. 

The aging fair provides information and resources that promote active aging through healthy lifestyles that help seniors live longer, more independently and more positively.
Participants in the fair may choose among six interactive small-group workshops on healthy aging topics:
• Writing Your Memoirs led by George Mason University associate professor of English Don Gallehr.  Preserve memories and experiences in writing for yourself and your children.
• Wills, Trusts and Creative Estate Planning  (Or Must I Leave Everything to My Children?) led by Helen Cohn Needham and Susan Pollack of the law firm Needham, Mitnick & Pollack.  Learn about financial options for the future.
• Sexuality After 50 led by Ruth Kershner, a social worker in JSSA’s Aging Services Department. Gain insights into the impact of physical changes on sexuality, dating for people over 60, and coping with widowhood.
• Gardening with Healing Plants led by environmental educator Karen Buchsbaum. Learn about plants with healing properties, then bring home a fledging plant you start in a pot yourself.
• Take Charge of Your Health in Retirement led by Virginia Inglese, registered dietician and social worker.  Discover strategies to keep you healthy and energized.
• Healthy Brains led by social worker Nancy Dezan, presenting puzzles and other mental challenges to keep your mind strong.

The day’s events will also include a raffle and information booths on subjects such as senior housing options, the arts, county services and health and fitness.

The Positive Aging Fair welcomes Northern Virginians over 50 from all faiths and backgrounds.  The fair is sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), JCCNV, JConnect, and the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA).  Major business sponsors from the community include NurtureCare, Inc., and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.

General admission to the fair is $8, or $10 if a kosher lunch is requested in advance.  Registration may be done by phone at 703-323-0880 or online at

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