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Older Adult Gambling-Not Child's Play

Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:59 am
by Administrator
Problem and compulsive gambling can affect anyone at any age but for older adults, there are more triggers and negative consequences than any other population. Older adults may indulge in gambling for a variety of reasons. It could be the onset of retirement, the death of a loved one, boredom or loneliness, escaping aches and pains of an older body or an illness. It could very well start out as a social engagement to meet new people but can quickly spiral out of control. Compulsive gambling among older adults comes with many problems that younger problem gamblers don’t often experience. Older adult gamblers can neglect their personal health, gamble away life savings and retirement funds. They will often conceal their activity from others because they feel that family members and friends will think they cannot take care of themselves and will be placed under care or in a assisted living facility and lose their freedom. Also, older adults do not have the time to earn back lost finances like a younger person does. It is important to educate seniors of the dangers of problem and compulsive gambling and offer helpful tips on how to keep gambling recreational. Tips such as setting time limits and the amount of money spent on gambling are helpful. Also, don’t gamble on credit or use savings and always treat winning as a bonus. These tips, among others, can help the individual keep their gambling in check. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for resources that can help.