The emerging concern about gambling-related harms

Government-operated gambling has grown over the past two decades. While many people gamble safely for entertainment, there is an emerging concern about gambling-related harms among some individuals and communities. Personal factors such as low income without the possibility of future earnings, social isolation, addiction to alcohol or other drugs, and physical or psychological health problems, make many seniors vulnerable. Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and having experienced stressful events may also increase the risk of problem gambling.

Gambling-related harms may result in a number of individual challenges, including: health-related harms, emotional distress and conflict in personal relationships. There are a number of steps that can be taken to address problem gambling among seniors.

Read through our resources below to learn more about the risks of problem gambling, how to identify them, and the importance of promoting other types of recreational activities to nurture social interaction and reduce isolation.

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