Problem Gambling in Older Adults
From bingo games to casinos, gambling can be a fun way for older adults to socialize and break up their routines. While most will gamble responsibly, some will develop compulsive habits that can risk their savings and emotional and physical health.
Concerns about Older Adults and Problem Gambling
Problem gambling among older adults is different from gambling in younger age groups for the following reasons:
Problem Gambling—Signs and Symptoms
Not sure if you or someone you know has a gambling problem? Here are some of the most common signs:
- Gambling to forget worries, calm nerves or reduce depression
- Arguing with friends and family about gambling
- Losing interest in other things, even food
- Willing to go without basic needs to be able to gamble
- Being preoccupied with gambling
- Feeling the need to gamble more to get the desired effect
- Gambling alone and/or more often
- Health problems from gambling
- Financial problems from gambling
Untreated problem gambling can cause serious physical, emotional and financial problems, especially among older adults.
The first step to recovery is recognizing that a gambling
problem exists. The second is seeking help.