AARP Kentucky

Ashley Schmidt


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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General Assembly approves caregiving study to examine needs of Kentuckians

General Assembly approves caregiving study to examine needs of Kentuckians

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

 The General Assembly recognizes the growing needs of family caregivers, calls for new research to examine present and future needs.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 tasks the Legislative Research Commission to conduct a study on family caregiving and long-term supports and services in Kentucky and deliver recommendations by December 2014.  This is a big win for the 735,000 Kentuckians who are caregivers for a loved one, providing an estimated 704 million hours of care at an estimated value of $7.1 billion. …

Hats off to Volunteers

Hats off to Volunteers

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, AARP Kentucky would like to recognize the many Kentuckians who go above and beyond the call of duty to make life better for others.  Nearly a million Kentuckians volunteer their time and talents to strengthen their communities and improve the lives of others. Here at AARP Kentucky, we count ourselves lucky to be able to support just some of those volunteers as they work to make the world a better place.  Dr. Ethel Percy …

Looking to start your own business?  We can help.

Looking to start your own business? We can help.

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP are teaming up to host Encore Entrepreneur month.  Two local events are planned in Kentucky targeting individuals over the age of 50 who want to grow their own business  April 11, 2014 in Bowling Green at SBDC Office, 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101 Beginning at 9:00am to 11:00am. Follow link to register: April 25, 2014  in Lexington at Community Venture Corporation, 1450 N Broadway Rd. Lexington 40505. Beginning at …

Celebrating Vera: A Special Lifelong Learner

Celebrating Vera: A Special Lifelong Learner

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

AARP Kentucky is pleased to fund a Bluegrass Alliance for Women (BAW) Lifelong Learning Scholarship presented to Vera Soules Mabson. A 1978 graduate of Allen County – Scottsville High School, Vera says she wasn’t ready when she first went to college.  “I came from a family that didn’t have the opportunities that many families did.  We were very poor.  I came from a family of six and was raised by a single mother.  We struggled a lot.  So, I wasn’t …

AARP Honors Representative Linda Harper-Brown's Leadership

AARP Honors Representative Linda Harper-Brown’s Leadership

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

AARP Honors Representative Linda Harper-Brown for Her Leadership  Nine legislators honored for their efforts on behalf of older Texans IRVING, TEXAS–AARP Texas is recognizing the work of State Representative Linda Harper-Brown of Irving by presenting her with a 2013 Legislative Leadership Award. The award recognizes Representative Harper-Brown’s leadership in supporting a “Complete Streets” law in Texas that encourages transportation planners and decision makers to think in terms of access and safety when planning communities or renovating streets. This legislation wouldn’t …

Pioneer spirit makes Black History Month special

Pioneer spirit makes Black History Month special

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

by Charlene Hunter James In 2007 at age 75, Barbara Hillary became the first known African-American woman to reach the North Pole. Not long after, she reached the South Pole just one year shy of her eightieth birthday, earning the distinction of being the first African-American woman to reach both North and South Poles. Here is one audacious woman who reimagined her life and went on to do something unique and personally meaningful to her, long after many of us …