AARP Kentucky

Ashley Schmidt

Biography:

Ashley Schmidt joined the AARP Texas team as a Senior Program Specialist in the summer of 2006. Ashley holds a master’s and a doctorate in sociology from Florida State University. Ashley works in the communications department, managing the Texas state Bulletin page, working with members of the press and placing ads as well as producing press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and more.

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Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “Tax season can be a confusing and challenging time for many Kentuckians,” said AARP State …

These streets weren’t made for walking…

Posted on 08/26/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Second only to driving, walking is one of the most popular means of getting from point A to point B in the US.  It’s easy, cheap and has the added benefit of boosting your mood and increasing your health and longevity.  All you need is a pair of sneakers and you’re ready to go! Or are you? Just how walkable is your neighborhood? I’d be willing to wager not very.  While Kentucky communities tend to be car and truck friendly, …

AARP joins Centre College and WAVE3 News in cancelling efforts for U.S. Senate debate

Posted on 08/25/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Given lack of agreement between the candidates,AARP Kentucky is disappointed that its offer to jointly host a U.S. Senate Debate with Centre College and WAVE3 News will not proceed as planned on September 3, 2014. “Our goal throughout these past several months was simple and straight forward: An unfiltered debate about Kentuckians and for Kentuckians,” stated AARP Kentucky State President Jim Kimbrough. The partnership between AARP, Centre College and WAVE3 News offered the fullest range of experience needed for a …

Rep. Whitfield Backs Reauthorizing Landmark Law That Helps Address Older Kentuckians’ Needs

Posted on 07/24/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

AARP is praising Rep. Edward Whitfield (KY-1) for signing on as a co-sponsor of the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization, bipartisan legislation which would extend for four years provisions of the landmark 1965 law that helps pay for an array of services which address many key needs of older Kentuckians. The OAA funds home-delivered meals, transportation, community-based long-term care, legal services, elder abuse and prevention services, preventive health services, nursing home ombudsmen, senior community service jobs and services that help …

Want to voice your concerns and experiences with rural hospitals?

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Auditor Adam Edelen will host a series of public hearings across Kentucky this summer to discuss the financial health of rural hospitals. The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities. “Rural hospitals are teetering on the edge of survival in many Kentucky communities,” Auditor Edelen said. “This is an effort …

New Scorecard Gives Kentucky Low Marks For Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Much more must be done to improve long-term services and supports A national report card released today on Kentucky’s  performance on  long-term care services and support for seniors, people with physical disabilities and family caregivers places the state at the bottom of the pack, with a rank of 51. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A …