AARP Kentucky

Ashley Schmidt


Ashley Schmidt joined the AARP Kentucky team as Director of Communications in the spring of 2014. Prior to coming to Kentucky, she worked for AARP Texas. 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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648,000 Kentucky caregivers need your help: please sign our petition

Posted on 07/10/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

AARP Kentucky is working to supports the state’s family caregivers – an unpaid silent army 648,000 strong who help make it possible for older Kentuckians to live independently at home, where they want to be. We need your help to do more for these family caregivers. Download a copy of the petition, here: 2016 KY Family Caregiving Support In Kentucky alone, 648,000 Kentuckians are caregivers to other adults, providing care valued at a staggering $7 billion annually. Many people incorrectly …

You’re Invited!

Posted on 07/7/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Mark your calendar for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging Watch Party hosted by AARP Kentucky  and the UofL Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging builds on a year-long effort to listen, learn, and share with older adults, families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field. The 2015 Conference aims to embrace the transformative demographic shift occurring in the United States and recognize the possibilities of aging. The …

AARP sponsored World Elder Abuse Day Conference held in Prestonsburg, KY

Posted on 06/16/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect Hurt at any Age Every year some 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Researchers believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as five cases go unreported. Elder abuse is often a silent crime. Most of us never see it because most victims are abused behind closed doors by their own family members. And, too often, people who …

Statement by AARP Kentucky State Director on Attorney General Jack Conway’s Acceptance of the Invitation to Participate in a Gubernatorial Debate

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

The following is a statement by AARP Kentucky State Director Ron Bridges on Attorney General Jack Conway’s acceptance of the invitation to participate in a gubernatorial debate with Matt Bevin on Tuesday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. at Centre College. “We are pleased that candidates, Democratic Party candidate Jack Conway and Republican Party candidate Matt Bevin have accepted the invitation to participate in our October 6th gubernatorial debate in partnership with Centre College and WAVE 3 News.  This will be …

AARP wants to hear from you!

Posted on 06/2/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

AARP Policy Council seeks your input. Ever wonder how AARP develops their policies?  Every year we ask for input on our policies from members, volunteers and staff.  Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard! Tell us what you think about AARP’s policy positions during our annual policy solicitation, which runs through Monday, August 31st.  The National Policy Council will take your suggestions into account as they make recommendations to the Board of Directors to update existing AARP policies.  Be sure …

Centre College, AARP and WAVE 3 News invite Kentucky gubernatorial candidates to debate

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

With the result of Republican gubernatorial primary election still in flux, AARP Kentucky, alongside Center College and WAVE3, has extended invitations to Attorney General Jack Conway and his two potential Republican opponents, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin and Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer, to participate in a gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Matt Bevin has accepted. The hour-long event would be broadcast live across the Commonwealth on both television and radio stations by media partner WAVE 3 News. Scott Reynolds, …