AARP Kentucky

Ashley Schmidt

Biography:

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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Nominate an outstanding volunteer for the 2016 AARP KY Andrus Award!

Posted on 05/3/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Can you think of a volunteer who’s made a significant impact in their community?  Who’s always willing to go the extra mile?  Who inspires others to volunteer? Nominate them for the 2016 AARP Kentucky Andrus Award for Community Service – AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Kentuckians age 50+ who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, …

Madison Hackney wins AARP KY’s Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest

Posted on 04/26/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Madison Hackney received top honors in the 2016 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Madison and her grandmother, Joy Belcher, received their awards at the Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremonies in Louisville. The Feds Creek Elementary student’s grandmother, Joy Belcher was the subject of her winning essay, “My Rock, My Security, My AARP Grandparent of the Year.” According to Madison, “She has cared and loved for me …

2016 Kentucky General Assembly: What Happened?

Posted on 04/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Frankfort is quiet – for now.  Kentucky’s General Assembly officially adjourned April 15 after dealing with 941 filed bills and crafting the state’s two-year, $21 billion budget.  Every Session is unique and generates compromises, agreements and disagreements on every imaginable issue. For AARP Kentucky, its primary focus this Session was on the needs of the state’s 650,000 family caregivers and the nearly 77,000 retired teachers in the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. AARP Kentucky Grassroots activists and staff work year-round on …

Kentucky Needs to Pass The Kentucky Family Caregivers Act

Posted on 03/21/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Chasity T., from Kentucky, has cared for her husband Allen since 2005 when he returned from Iraq injured by an IED blast and suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and nerve damage to his hips and back.  She helps him with his daily activities, manages his 14 medications and tries to keep his anxiety and anger levels low.  She became a full-time caregiver to her husband in 2010 as his health continued to worsen.  She struggles to …

Do you love social media? AARP Kentucky is looking for you!

Posted on 03/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Older Kentuckians are increasingly plugging into social media, and AARP Kentucky wants to hear what they have to say! Folks on our social media channels are busy chatting about caregiving, financial security, livable communities, Social Security, grandkids, pets and other things that matter to them. AARP KY is recruiting volunteers who use Facebook and/or Twitter to encourage people to share ideas about these issues online. When we reach out to our members via social media, we are not just reaching members. Potentially, …

The Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus: What you need to know!

Posted on 03/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

  On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus is being held in 114 of 120 Kentucky counties across the Commonwealth. Voting will take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. local time. Only registered Kentucky Republicans are eligible to vote. The voting process is pretty similar to a typical Kentucky election.  You will be required to show identification, sign in, and vote by secret ballot.  This year however, assigned voting locations have changed. Most …

Kentucky Republicans: Where does your candidate stand on Social Security?

Posted on 02/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

You’ve paid into Social Security year after year and deserve to know how the candidates would keep it strong for us, our kids and grandkids. Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century so we can keep the promise for future generations. If someone thinks they’re ready to be President, they should at least be able to tell us their plans to keep Social Security strong. Across the country and in Kentucky, the new AARP campaign “Take a …

2016 Family Caregivers Day at the Capitol is coming: You can participate in person, or from your own home!

Posted on 02/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

Are you a family caregiver? Have you ever been a family caregiver? Think you might be a family caregiver soon? Are you currently receiving care from a loved one, or do you think you might need to in the future? We’re asking you to help AARP Kentucky stand with KY Family Caregivers! Participate in 2016 Family Caregivers Day at the Capitol, whether in person, or from your own home or workplace – Wednesday, February 24, 2016. You’re invited to join …

AARP invites YOU to 2016 Family Caregivers Day at the Capitol

Posted on 01/26/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 You’re invited to join AARP Kentucky volunteers for the 2016 Family Caregivers Day at the Capitol. This is your opportunity to support Kentucky’s 650,000 unpaid family caregivers caring for loved ones. It’s also your opportunity to meet your state legislators and talk one-on-one about the needs of family caregiving and retirement security in the 2016 General Assembly. Your presence in the State Capitol will help family caregivers and help to make their …

AARP honors local family caregiver, JoAnn from Hebron

Posted on 11/20/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/aschmidt/" title="Posts by Ashley Schmidt" rel="author">Ashley Schmidt</a> | AARP Kentucky |

“I was stressed and worn out. I could not work and take care of him so I eventually took an early retirement. It was the only way I felt I could survive,” said JoAnn. Since the 1990s, JoAnn, age 66, cared for her husband, John, a former police officer, due to disability from injuries, heart disease, and lung and colon cancer. As his health declined, John depended solely on JoAnn for constant, complex care. John died in 2014; JoAnn now …