New Canaan resident and Town Council member Penny Young has been named vice chairman of Connecticut's Commission on Aging, a Hartford-based research and public policy office of the General Assembly.

As the vice chairman, Young will provide strategic direction to identify and promote public policies to improve the quality of life of Connecticut's older residents, according to Julie Starr, the commission's executive director.

Young joined the commission in 2007, when then Gov. M. Jodi Rell appointed her to a four-year term. She was reappointed in 2011 and 2013.

As vice chairman, she said she's "looking forward to making contributions at the local and state level." Two of the issues she plans to focus on are adequate transportation and housing for senior citizens.

Young is one of two Fairfield County residents in the 13-member commission.

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"I'm really pleased with the election because it brings more representation on the committee for Fairfield County," she said.

Young has been a leader in enhancing the quality of life of senior citizens. She is a member of the Elder Care Council of New Canaan, the Senior Center of New Canaan and the Waveny LifeCare Network. Young has also served as president of the Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging and she's an adviser to Staying Put, an aging-at-home effort.

In 1996, Young researched, developed and facilitated an expansion of the senior center program at Lapham Community Center. She served two years on New Canaan's Long-Range Planning Task Force and has been involved in health and human services assessments with town governing bodies, human service agencies and the United Way.

Young has been an elected member of the New Canaan Town Council since 1997., 203-330-6582, @olivnelson