Ways to help Seniors with Problem Gambling?
After working hard to make a living and raise a family, many older adults look forward to time for themselves to do the things they want. Gambling has for some seniors become a means of socializing and recreation. Recently, gambling has become an activity many seniors pursue. There is nothing wrong with this, unless gambling becomes the most exciting activity in someone's life. It is important to maintain a balance. Careful decisions are needed about how you spend your time, money and energy. Seniors are more likely to be living on a fixed income. Seniors are more available to take advantage of promotions being offered by casinos.
Why Are Some Seniors More Vulnerable to Problem Gambling?
- Frequently have to deal with the loss of a spouse, loved ones or close friends
- Unable to cope with the transition to retirement
- Increased frequency of health problems that limit their mobility or ability to participate in other activities
- The stress of financial problems
- Cognitive declines that may impair their judgment
- Seniors see casinos as a safe and comfortable environment
What Are the Consequences of not Gambling responsibly for Seniors?
- Inability to recover from gambling losses.
- Bankruptcy and legal issues that result
- Offloading your financial problems to family and friends.
- Potential change from current standard of living.
- Increased frequency of health problems caused by the stress of gambling losses.
- Neglecting medical needs due to cost of prescriptions or health aides.
- Emotionally more difficult to recover from gambling losses due to the reduced ability of the senior to recover financially.
What are the warning signs that a senior may have a Gambling Problem?
- They avoid accounting for the time spent gambling.
- Unexplained or illogical money problems
- Valuable items are disappearing without explanation
- Avoiding friends and family
- Not participating in activities they have enjoyed in the past
- Lying about the amount of money and time spent gambling
- Change in personality
- Deterioration in hygiene and personal appearance.
What do I do if I need help or I know someone who does?
Call the Saskatchewan Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-306-667-4442