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I am experiencing a wonderful opportuity and challenge as a volunteer with AARP, working with a group to "Keep Seniors Connected", in partnership with the DC Department For The Aging.This program has trained the volunteers to connect the digital boxes to analog tv's which will be necessary to receive television transmission starting June 12th. The seniors in the various wards in the District of Columbia have been very appreciative of our help. In many instances the television is their tie to the world. It is gratifying for me and for them, making it a "win,"win situation. There is still a lot of work to do.
Keeping Seniors Connected
My expericences are the similar to barbara17. It was a wonderful calling to volunteer with AARP DC and DC Department for the Aging partnership installing HDTV convertors for our senior citizens in Washington DC. area.
In a fast moving world of communications, all agree that our seniors should not be left out of this transition to HD. Even though June 12th 2009 is the official start of HDTV nationwide, volunteers are still going strong in making sure seniors stay connected.
The response from our seniors...priceless!
Being part of a nationwide volunteer program such as Keeping Seniors Connected is also a learning experience. Here's a brief listing of situation I experienced when installing convertor boxes for our seniors:
- Some older VCR and or DVD single or combos may not be compatible with newer TVs and visa versa. If you have trouble recording you may want to call the 1800 numbers on your screen or convertor box instructions ro public broadcast announcements about conversions. You can even get advice from local commentators such as Liz Chrenshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Seniors should be made aware that they can rescan occasionally to see if new stations have been added. Chances are they have. I received new ones this week when I scanned.
- Lastly, HD convertions are giving seniors a second breath to the world of 21st century communications and I'm glad to be a part of this volunteer partnership with AARP DC.