Kim Sedmak serves as the Policy Outreach Director for AARP's Policy, Research and International division. In her current role, Kim is responsbile for communication planning, promotion and public affairs along with building eternal relationships to showcase the work of AARP's Public Policy Institute.

People, Professionals and Public Health Take Cognitive Aging Head-On

This blog is part of a daily online report from ASA, where AARP’s policy and research experts and thought leaders are sharing fresh perspectives and insights, identifying innovative trends, and providing cutting-edge data, research and commentary. Read more here. The music of the 80’s and 90’s rock band Blondie blasted throughout the meeting hall in anticipation of the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) riveting conference session on cognitive brain health about to get underway. Attendees hustled to their seats to …

Diversity Within: Conference Session Illuminates Asian American and Pacific Islander Study

The city of San Francisco, the setting for the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference, is all about diversity. More than a third (34%) of the total population in San Francisco is Asian/Pacific Islander (according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey), and even within that community, diversity is the key word. In fact, diversity within the Asian community is true across America as well. The ASA conference presented a rich opportunity to share recent findings from …

Leadership Longevity Awards: AARP’s Public Policy Institute Recognized for Ad Council Campaign Featuring Male Caregivers

It was a night of celebration from the moment the 15th Annual Longevity Leadership Awards got underway Wednesday evening at the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, where the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference is happening. As this year’s six awardees were announced, the Golden Gate Bridge shimmered off the bay in the sunset. AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI) took honors in garnering the award for Leadership Media & Innovation for its collaboration withAARP Media and the …

Building an Age Friendly U.S.: Good Ideas Have No Borders

The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) annual conference got off to a roaring start Monday as an expected 3,000 attendees from around the world descended upon San Francisco to foster greater collaboration and sharing of advances in supporting an ever-expanding aging population. The ASA Chairs’ Lecture, and one of the conference’s first sessions, featured Stephanie Firestone, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor for AARP International, along with four renowned experts on age friendly issues. Moderated by John Feather, CEO of Grant Makers …