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Self Awareness Tools for Seniors
Some Reasons why Seniors Gamble:
Boredom: Due to an overabundance of leisure time after retirement, limited availability of other social activities, general physical limitations.
Loneliness: Often caused by relocation after retirement or the loss of a spouse, child or lifelong friend.
Escape: Usually stemming from an inability to cope with loss or other emotional and physical traumas associated with the later stages of life.
Excitement/Social interaction: Many seniors find gambling an exciting activity at a time when excitement may be very limited. Others find it an opportunity to socialize.
Some Warning Signs for Seniors:
• Sudden need for money or loans
• Mood swings based upon winnings and losses
• Secrecy or avoidance when questioned about time or money
• Missing possessions or assets, including pawning or sale of personal items
• Using retirement funds to gamble or cashing in an insurance policy
• Neglecting personal needs or health
Vermont Council on Problem
Gambling produces an informative and educational monthly newsletter.
Help for Families
Compulsive gamblers usually deny that they have a problem – both to themselves and others. We invite significant others to turn to us for guidance and support. We can offer suggestions on how to deal with problem gamblers: what to say, how to say it, and where to find helpful resources.
Click here to download the Gam-anon questionare (PDF).
Help for Communities
Our organization works with communities to combat gambling addiction and promote responsible gaming across Vermont.
We serve as a resource for all Vermonters on the problems of compulsive gambling. This includes providing training and screening tools to help social service agencies identify and treat gambling addiction.
100 State Street, Suite 352
Montpelier, VT 05602