Gambling Among Older Adults

The LCADA Way, a local organization committed to the transformation of individual lives, families and communities suffering from alcohol abuse, substance abuse and behavioral health issues, has an important message for residents concerning gambling among older adults.

Gambling is a popular form of entertainment for older adults. Incentives provided by the casinos makes gambling an increasingly popular hobby.

Some older adults experiencing depression or isolation seek relief through trips to the casino. While such excursions may seem like a solution to these problems, they may actually worsen the problem due to financial losses.

Older adults sometimes gamble more frequently to relieve the boredom that can come with having more free time.

Common signs of problem gambling include:

  • Lying or more secretive about gambling
  • Spending more money than one can afford to lose
  • Gambling to ease sadness, loneliness, boredom or stress
  • Neglect of personal needs
  • Pawning / selling valuables or borrowing money
  • Increased isolation from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
Many problem gamblers don’t realize that they have a problem, and don’t know where to get help even if they do.

For more tips on responsible gambling, go to the95percent.org

The LCADA Way has professionals who specialize in problem gambling issues. Please call The LCADA Way at (440) 989-4900 to confidentially discuss treatment options, and/or to request additional problem gambling materials.