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Gambling Links

Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario):  Describes what is meant by "problem gambling", and identifies Ontario services providing problem gambling services. See:



Mental Health and Addictions  (Saint Joseph's Care Group in Thunder Bay) has a Seniors and Gambling site. See:

"Gamble Scramble"  is a useful collection of gambling awareness games for older adults.



The Addiction Foundation Manitoba: See:

Description: Has a wealth of information on problem gambling as it relates to seniors. Included among the topics (click to go to page)


  • Subtle signs of problem gambling
  • 12 reasons why older people gamble
  • Ways to keep the fun in gambling
  • 10 ways to keep busy other than gambling
  • Gambling resources for seniors
  • Quiz for Seniors
  • Warning Signs Crossword Puzzle
  • Inside View - Seniors & Addictions
  • Seniors affected by someone else's gambling


    Seniors Problem Gambling Counsellors:


    Deb Kostyk, MSW, RSW, CGC, 

    Seniors and Gambling Prevention and Education Consultant

    Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

    1031 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0R8

    Phone: 204-944-6250 Fax: 774-8091





    Provides workshops and presentations about problem gambling and older adults and participate in initiatives related to the issue of problem gambling and older adults. Provides counselling to older adults who are concerned about their gambling and to older families affected by someone else's gambling.




    Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services

    21 Hunter St E, 3rd Floor

    Hamilton, ON. 

    L8N 1M2

    Phone: 905-546-3606 – ask for Intake to register


    This program is for older adults (55+) who are concerned about gambling, alcohol, drugs and /or medications and who wish to make healthy lifestyle choices.  It offers individual, educational and on-going support group opportunities.




    Lifestyle Enrichment for Senior Adults

    Centretown Community Health Centre

    420 Cooper Street,

    Ottawa, ON

    K2P 2N6

    Phone: 613-233-4443

    Fax: 613-233-2062

    Description:  The LESA program has been offering counselling to older adults with gambling problems for the last three years. Counsellors for seniors problem gambling are Christine McKay and Aude Belanger. The services are available in English and French, and a significant piece of the work entails outreach/education to the community and service providers.


    Thunder Bay:

    Evelyn Bakich, R.N., C.P.G.C.


    Older Adult Gambling Program

    Sister Margaret Smith Centre

    Box 3251 35 N. Algoma Street

    Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

    P7B 5G7

    Phone: 807 343-2425

    Fax: 807 -343-9447




    The Sister Margaret Smith Centre offers programming to meet the needs of the older adult and to address financial, leisure, family, social, mental health and legal issues that have occurred as a result of gambling. Click here for more information.




    Do you know of counsellors who work specifically with seniors on gambling issues? Do you know of counsellors trained to understand the needs of older persons in this area and  the life issues they are facing?

    If so, please let us know, and we'd be happy to add them to this list of resources. Contact: 


    Ontario Problem Gambling Centre

    Description: Mission is to enhance the understanding of problem gambling, and to strengthen treatment and prevention practices through research.

    Statistics on Gambling in Canada

    Statistics Canada in March, 2003 produced a 5 page Fact Sheet on Gambling for their publication, Perspectives on Labour and Income. Statistics Canada — Catalogue no. 75-001-XIE. It looks at

    Some of the figures are amazing.  Did you know the revenue for Canada from gambling increased over five fold, from $2.7 billion in 1992 to almost $12 billion in 2002.

    Articles on Problem Gambling

    General article on problem gambling among seniors in Minnesota.


    Weekly Addiction Gambling  Education Report. "Gambling at Any Age", Volume 7 Number 25 - June 19, 2002.   Describes "gambling experiences and psychosocial problems of older adult pathological gamblers". See


    Alberta Alcohol and Drug Addiction Commission AADAC, 2000. "Seniors and Gambling: Exploring the Issues", . A two stage study in Alberta. Looked at :

    1. What are the gambling attitudes and behaviours of seniors?

    2. What prevention and intervention strategies are most effective for seniors?

    The  revised South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS-R), and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) were administered as part of the survey.

    See:  (pdf. version)


    Canadian Foundation on Compulsive Gambling site:

    Description:  The Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario) helps individuals and communities address gambling in a healthy and responsible way, with a strong emphasis on preventing gambling-related problems.

    RGCO states "Gambling is everywhere in our society, therefore, it is vital to support public education programs, research, and professional and public information services related to gambling. Since 1983, the RGCO has:

    "* Created innovative programs to promote responsible gambling

    * Educated the public on how to avoid problem gambling

    * Informed people with a gambling problem of where they can find help

    * Promoted changes to public policy.

    * Undertaken much needed research. "


    Information specifically on seniors and gambling can be found at:



    Weekly Addiction Gambling Education Report (Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Council on Problem Gambling): Describes the effect of drinking while playing Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs)


    "Gambling it all away".  Maclean’s magazine, John Nicols, February 7, 2000.

    Research on Problem Gambling


    Saskatchewan Report on Problem Gambling. See:



    Measuring Gambling and Problem Gambling in Ontario.  by  Wiebe, J., Single, E.  &  Falkowski-Ham, A. (December 04, 2001). Available on the Internet :



    Prevalence of Gambling and Problem Gambling Among Older Adults in Manitoba (October 2000)

    Seniors and Gambling: The Final Report on the Survey of Key Informants 

    These are now only available through the Addiction Foundation Manitoba Library.




    Seniors and Gambling Exploring the Issues, (AADAC, December, 2000)



    Research on gambling and problem gambling in later life has burgeoned in the past five years. 

    Here are  some of the recent articles developing mainly in academic journals:

    Casino gambling among urban elders: just another social activity?. Zaranek, Rochelle R.. Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Mar 2005, 60B (2). S74-S81. (8 p.)

    Exploring the politics and policy surrounding senior center gambling activities.  Higgins, Jennifer. Journal of Aging Studies, Feb 2005, 19 (1). 85-107. (23 p.)

    Gambling among older, primary-care patients: an important public health concern. Levens, Suzi. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Jan 2005, 13 (1). 69-76. (8 p.)

    Gambling behaviors in black older adults: perceived effects on health. Christensen, Margaret H.. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Apr 2004, 30 (4). 34-39. (6 p.)

    Bipolar disorder in later life: older adults presenting with new onset manic symptoms usually have underlying medical or neurologic disorder. Hoblyn, Jennifer. Geriatrics, 2004, 59 (6). 41-44. (4 p.)

    Casino gambling and aging consumers: overcoming barriers and reaping the benefits of experiential leisure consumption.  Loroz, Peggy Sue. Journal of Hospitality and Leisure Marketing, 2004, 11 (2-3). 115-138. (24 p.)

    Gambling and older people in Australia. McCormack, John. Australasian Journal on Ageing, Sep 2003, 22 (3). 120-126. (7 p.)

    Gambling among older adults: a comparative analysis. Stitt, B. Grant. Experimental Aging Research, Apr-Jun 2003, 29 (2). 189-203. (15 p.)

    Elderly casino gambling behavior: marketing implications. Moseley, Charles B.. Journal of Hospitality and Leisure Marketing, 2003, 10 (1-2). 87-99. (13 p.)

    Age, executive function, and social decision making: a dorsolateral prefrontal theory of cognitive aging. By: MacPherson, Sarah E.. Psychology and Aging, Dec 2002, 17 (4). 598-609. (12 p.) (Journal Article)

    Win, lose or brunch. Steere, Mike. Modern Maturity, Nov-Dec 2002, 45 (6). 53-56+. (5 p.)

    You bet they're having fun! Older Americans and casino gambling. Hope, Janet. Journal of Aging Studies, May 2002, 16 (2). 177-197. (21 p.) (

    Comparison of young, middle-aged, and older adult treatment-seeking pathological gamblers. Petry, Nancy M.. Gerontologist, Feb 2002, 42 (1). 92-99. (8 p.)

    Casino gambling and older adults: is it harmless recreation?. Martin, Cathy D.. Southwest Journal on Aging, 2002, 17 (1-2). 57-63. (7 p.) (Journal Article)

    Comprehensive policy analysis of and recommendations for senior center gambling trips. Higgins, Jennifer. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 2001, 12 (2). 73-91. (19 p.)

    Gambling as a social activity of older adults. McNeilly, Dennis P.. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 2001, 52 (1). 19-28. (10 p.)

    Busy bodies: activity, aging, and the management of everyday life. Katz, Stephen. Journal of Aging Studies, Jun 2000, 14 (2). 135-152. (18 p.)

    Gambling habits among aged African Americans. Bazargan, Mohsen. Clinical Gerontologist, 2000, 22 (3-4). 51-62. (12 p.) (Journal Article)

    Marketing of gambling to the elderly. Gosker, Erika. Elder Law Journal, 2000, 7 (1). 185-216. (32 p.)

    What's driving boomers crazy: therapists report on their most urgent problems today. Hochman, Gloria. New Choices: Living Even Better After 50, Mar 1998, 38 (2). 30-33. (4 p.)

    Compulsive gambling and the aging marital system. Gafner, George. Clinical Gerontologist, 1990, 10 (1). 45-47. (3 p.)


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