DHS News Newsletter June 2009
DHS keeps TV accessible to isolated older adults
The DHS Area Agency on Aging now has a program to assist both older adults and people with disabilities who do not have digital-ready television.
The program, called Digital TV: Keeping Seniors Connected is designed to ensure that those who are most dependent on television as a primary source of information will continue to have access to it.
“There are a number of very important reasons for making sure that people are able to view television, particularly those who may be homebound or live alone,” said Mildred Morrison, Administrator of the Area Agency on Aging. “Not only does it ease feelings of isolation, but it also enables people to be aware of emergency situations within the community, and to have access to services that may be available to them.”
Digital TV: Keeping Seniors Connected helps the participant obtain a converter box coupon, and to purchase the converter box along with the necessary peripheral equipment. It also provides for a technician to install the equipment, and then demonstrate how to use it.
To qualify for Digital TV: Keeping Seniors Connected, one must be over the age of 60 or have a disability. They must not already have cable television service or a digital television set in their home.
Further information on Digital TV: Keeping Seniors Connected can be obtained by calling 412-350-4242 or by visiting www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/digitaltv.aspx.
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