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New Canaan's Young elected to state aging commission

Published 9:56 am, Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Penny Young, New Canaan resident and Town Council member, has been elected to serve as member-at-large on the executive committee of the volunteer board of the Connecticut Commission on Aging.

The commission is the nonpartisan state Capitol-based research and public policy arm of the Legislature.

Appointed to the board by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2007, she was reappointed last year by state Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. and Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan. She will serve a two-year term as member-at-large.

Young has been president of the Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging since 2004. She has been a member of the Southwestern Connecticut Area Agency on Aging, based in Bridgeport, since 1993, serving as president, vice president and secretary of the board of directors, and holding assignments on the allocations, personnel, nutrition, finance and executive search committees. She received the annual Agency's Excellence in Aging award.

She is a member of and has served in numerous senior leadership positions for Waveny Care Network, the Elder Care Council of New Canaan and the Senior Center of New Canaan. Young is also an adviser to the transportation services Getabout and Staying Put.

In 1996, she researched, developed and facilitated the expansion of the senior center program from two to five days per week at Lapham Community Center, served as chairman of two building renovation and expansion projects and secured a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Young is also a member of the League of Women Voters, the New Canaan Beautification League and is an ex-officio member of the New Canaan Nature Center.

She served two years on the town's Long Range Planning Task Force and has participated for many years in health and human services needs assessments and long-range strategic planning efforts with the United Way, human service agencies and town governing bodies.

She earned a master's degree in gerontology from the College of New Rochelle, where she served on the Graduate School Advisory Council, and a bachelor's degree in modern languages from the University of Delaware. She serves on the Norwalk Community College Community Advisory Committee to the Human Services, Recreation and Leisure Studies Program.

The agency's 21-member unpaid volunteer board and three full-time professional staff "are dedicated to providing results-oriented research, objective analysis and timely counsel on complex issues that affect hundreds of thousands of our state's residents," said Executive Director Julia Evans Starr. "Penny's deep experience and knowledge of issues affecting older adults contribute significantly to this increasingly important work and we're fortunate and grateful to have the benefit of her counsel."