Gambling Awareness Month…Seniors and Gambling

Seniors and Gambling?   Yes, Seniors can become addicted to gambling.  Think about it… where do most seniors go as a group from senior centers, and the senior housing- they go to the casino or to play bingo.   Where they get to see friends, and the casino shows them a good time – free drinks, incentives like food and extra points, etc.  There is nothing wrong with gambling responsibly however, sometimes it can become a problem.  They start spending money that they have in savings, money meant to buy groceries, pay rent and utilities, money that was for their medication.  Yes, this happens!  Look for warning signs – do they go alone?  Are they spending a lot of time there?  Are they skipping medications?  Is there savings/money disappearing?  Help is available if they need help.