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For most older adults, gambling is simply a fun recreational activity, but for those who become addicted to it, it can be a devastating disease that can financially wipe them out.There are a number of reasons why seniors can be vulnerable to gambling problems. For starters, seniors are often catered to by casinos with free bus transportation, free drinks, discounted meals, special rewards and other prizes as a way to entice them.
In addition, many seniors use gambling as a way to distract or escape feelings of loneliness, depression or even a chronic health condition. Some may have financial problems they are seeking to overcome. And some may have cognitive impairment that interferes with their ability to make sound decisions.
The first of its kind program will be offered across all Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming casino properties in the United States and is designed to help players better understand their own behavior and the risks associated with gambling.
The PlayersEdge program also offers access to voluntary self-exclusion and referral to professional help and counseling services for players who feel their gambling has gone too far.
Until the ‘80s, someone throwing away large amounts of money on gambling was considered fashionable.
In the 1980s, the American Psychiatric Association officially identified pathological gambling as a mental disorder.
At that time, about 1.1 million Americans engaged in problematic and compulsive gambling. The number has increased since that time to between 5.1 and 8.4 million people in the United States that meet the criteria for the current diagnosis of gambling addiction.