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Senior Gambling DetectionDetecting Senior Gambling Problems

The following indicate that a person may have a problem with gambling:

  • gambling to calm nerves, forget worries, or reduce depression
  • losing interest in food
  • always talking about, or planning a gambling activity
  • lying about gambling habits
  • gambling alone with increased frequency
  • depriving oneself or someone else of basic needs in order to gamble
  • gambling with more frequency
  • needing to gamble increasing amounts of money to get the desired effect
  • frequently acting irritable, resentful, or experiencing financial problems caused by gambling

Source:  Senior Prevention Intervention Counseling Education (S.P.I.C.E.)
Topeka, Kansas

What reasons to older adults have to gamble?

What Resources are Available?

National Problem Gambling Help Line
(800) 522-4700

The National Problem Gambling Help Line provides help to people with gambling problems and their families. Callers receive confidential, professional service from trained counselors. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free of charge.

Indiana Help Line
(800) 994-8448

Gambling Recovery Ministries
(812) 926-1052

Gamblers Anonymous (GA)

Gam-Anon: A peer-led support group, Gam-Anon provides a supportive environment for the spouses, relatives, or close friends of- problem gamblers to share their experiences. There is no membership fee.  A list of local meetings is available by calling the above Problem Gambling Help Lines.