Fairfield resident Edward A. Roman, executive director of a senior care and residential complex in Stamford, has been appointed to serve on the board of the state Commission on Aging by state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield.

Roman oversees Edgehill in Stamford, which includes 207 independent living apartments, 20 assisted living segments and a 60-bed skilled nursing facility.

The Commission, created by the General Assembly in 1993, works to coordinate concerns and programs among state government and local governments, businesses, and agencies that serve the needs of older adults.

A U.S. Marine veteran and registered nurse, Roman joins the commission's 21-member unpaid volunteer board and four professional staff members. The panel focuses on public/private-sector efforts to advance public policy on issues including health care, long-term care, transportation, financial security, housing, employment and legal assistance.

"The commission has an enviable record of achievement and I appreciate the opportunity to help it make a real difference in Connecticut as our population ages and the public policy issues become even more challenging," Roman said in a statement.

He is a member of Leading Age, the Connecticut Assisted Living Association, the Fairfield-Easton Medical Reserve Corps and the Connecticut Association of Not-for-Profit Providers for the Aging.

Julia Evans Starr, the commission's executive director, said Roman's experience and knowledge of aging issues will assist the group in advising legislators, the governor and other policymakers on how the state can make informed decisions affecting older adults.

"We look forward to working with Ed as the commission helps guide policymakers through the complex issues affecting older adults and we're very grateful that Sen. McKinney appointed him," she said in a statement.

Connecticut, whose population is ranked seventh oldest in the nation, is expected to see its population of residents 65 years old and over soar 64 percent by 2030. The state is also home to 1 million baby boomers -- the oldest of whom are turning 65 themselves -- accounting for nearly one-third of its entire population, the commission reports. Medicaid long-term care expenditures consume approximately 13 percent -- or more than $2 billion -- of the overall state budget, according to the group.