Local resident Dr. Gerard J. Kerins, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Associate Chief of Geriatrics for Education and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director at the Yale School of Medicine, has been reappointed to serve on the 21-volunteer member board of Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging by J. Brendan Sharkey, (D) –Hamden, Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was also recently elected by his fellow board members to serve on the executive committee. Dr. Kerins was first appointed to the board of the non-partisan, public policy and research office in 2005. Since that time, the Commission’s legislative charge has grown as has the 65+ population, by a projected 57% increase by the year 2040. His clinical areas of interest and research include Alzheimer’s disease and the care of older adults with developmental disabilities. He is a consultant to the state Department of Developmental Services, and serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter. “Dr. Kerins has devoted his life to the study and care of the medical and health issues that face older adults, and has been a valuable member of the Commission’s board since 2005. I’m honored to be able to reappoint him for another term, and look forward to his continuing contribution to this important work.” said Speaker Sharkey. Commission on Aging Executive Director Julia Evans Starr said the agency has benefitted from Dr. Kerin’s experience. “We’re proud that Dr. Kerins continues to serve on our board. As one of the state’s most respected leaders in the field of geriatrics, he is extremely valuable in helping us meet our charge – to improve the quality of life of older adults,” said Evans Starr.