Keeping Seniors Connected
For the many older adults who may be feeling confused about the upcoming transition to digital television that will be taking place on February 17, the Baltimore County Department of Aging and the Keeping Seniors Connected campaign are here to help. BCDA has recruited volunteers that will help install converter boxes in the homes of Baltimore County seniors.
Volunteers to Help With Installation
Baltimore County seniors who elect to install a converter box, but are unable to perform the task by themselves or with the help of family or friends are encouraged to call Senior Information and Assistance at 410-887-2594 and a volunteer, who has been trained by the FCC and undergone a background check, will assist with the installation of the converter box. Seniors that are unsure whether or not they will need a converter box are also encouraged to call 410-887-2594 and a certified information and referral specialist will assess the need over the phone.
Making the Switch
By February 17, 2009, all full-power broadcast stations will stop broadcasting in analog format and switch only to digital format. Individuals will older television sets that do not have cable or satellite television service will need to either purchase a converter box, purchase a newer digital television set or subscribe to a cable or satellite television service.
Keeping Seniors Connected Campaign
The Baltimore County Department of Aging is offering this service through a partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Keeping Seniors Connected campaign, which is funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).