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New Canaan Woman Reappointed To Legislative Commission On Aging

Penelope L. Young was reappointed to Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging.
Penelope L. Young was reappointed to Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging. Photo Credit: Submitted

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A New Canaan woman will continue her work to address the issues facing Connecticut as the population of senior citizens continues to grow.

Penelope L. Young, who also serves on the New Canaan Town Council, has been reappointed to serve on the 21-volunteer member board of Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging.

Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Martin M. Looney made the appointment.

Young was first appointed to the board of the nonpartisan public policy and research office in 2007, and currently serves as newly elected vice chair on the Executive Committee.

“As we continue to expand in the depth of our work statewide, the Legislative Commission on Aging benefits tremendously from Penny’s extensive experience with older adults,” said Julia Evans Starr, executive director of the commission.

The Commission’s legislative charge has grown, driven by a projected 57 percent increase by the year 2040 of the 65-plus population.

Connecticut is already the seventh oldest state in the nation with the third longest lived constituency. An elected member of the New Canaan Town Council since 1997, Young 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 since 1993, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors and a director emeritus and receiving the Excellence in Aging annual award in 2011.

Additionally, Young has served in numerous senior leadership positions for the Elder Care Council of New Canaan, Senior Center of New Canaan and Waveny LifeCare Network, and as an adviser to the Getabout Van and Staying Put organizations.

She previously served on the town's Long-Range Planning Task Force and has participated in many local health and human services needs assessments.

Young also serves as Secretary of the Stamford Symphony Board of Directors.

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