State General Assembly leaders reappoint Penny Young to Commission on Aging
Published 6:41 pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Local resident and Town Council member Penelope L. Young has been reappointed to a two-year term on the 21-member volunteer board of the Connecticut Commission on Aging by state Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams and Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan.
The Commission on Aging is the nonpartisan Hartford-based research and public policy arm of the state legislature.
Young, who has been a member of the Commission on Aging board since 2007, has served as 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 agency's board of directors and holding assignments on the allocations, personnel, nutrition, finance and executive search committees.
She is a current member, 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.
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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, 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.
"Penny Young's deep experience and knowledge of issues affecting older adults have contributed significantly to the CoA's increasingly important work over the last several years," Executive Director Julia Evans Starr said.
"We're fortunate to have the benefit of Penny's counsel as the commission helps our state solve imminent and long-term issues affecting our soaring older-adult population."