AARP Kentucky


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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AARP Kentucky Comments — Public Hearing: Kentucky HEALTH 115 Waiver

Posted on 07/6/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Kentucky |

AARP Kentucky Comments – Public Hearing: Hazard, Kentucky Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Waiver Application Good morning.  My name is Scott Wegenast, Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach with AARP Kentucky.  I appreciate the opportunity to comment on the proposed Kentucky HEALTH 1115 Waiver application, and to specifically express our concerns about the proposed changes for Medicaid and the possible negative impact the changes could have to the 1.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries in the state. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with …

Your Turn to Speak-out: Kentucky HEALTH

Posted on 06/28/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Kentucky |

Share your feedback, personal stories or comments on the proposal to change Medicaid! Governor Matt Bevin is asking for Kentuckians’ input on his comprehensive plan to change how Kentucky’s Medicaid program delivers health care coverage for some 440,000 Kentuckians.  Three Public Hearings on the proposed changes are being held across the state and are open for anyone seeking to add their comments on the Governor’s proposal (Section 1115 Waiver). The federal government allows states to apply for changes in how …

AARP Provides a Morning of Relaxation for Louisville Area Family Caregivers!

Posted on 06/23/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Kentucky |

Are you currently caring for a family member?  Do you struggle to find balance between work, family and caregiving responsibilities?  Help is available! Please join AARP Kentucky on Saturday, July, 9th  for a morning of relaxation and education open to all family caregivers: Feel free to drop in any time between 9 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The event is at the Hilton Garden Inn – Louisville Airport on 2735 Crittenden Drive, Louisville, KY 40209. You’ll be treated to: The Spa: access massages, screenings …

Four June Workshops Help Louisvillians Prepare to Care

Posted on 06/16/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Kentucky |

AARP Kentucky volunteers are hosting four Prepare to Care workshops in Louisville this June.  The workshops will help people plan for the role of family caregiver. “Unfortunately, most families don’t have a caregiving plan in place. This workshop tells you how to make a plan before the situation becomes a critical need,” said Deborah Turner, an AARP Kentucky volunteer. “The workshop is not only about the aging parent or the disabled adult who will need care, it is also about helping caregivers …

AARP volunteers from Kentucky head to Washington to push robust agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

Posted on 06/8/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Kentucky |

This week, volunteers and staff from Kentucky headed to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff are carried out crucial asks: AARP Kentucky advocates have asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for …

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

Posted on 05/3/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></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, …