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Have your Loved Ones Gone All In?

Apr 7, 2017 by Luke Ries

Casinos have begun targeting seniors with free transportation offers, senior discounts, wheelchair accessible buildings, and some even offer oxygen for those who need it. Gambling can be a fun activity for seniors, but it can become addicting after a while, and eventually wipe them out financially if they aren’t careful.

When to Find Help?

Seniors may use gambling as a way to distract themselves from loneliness, depression, or physical ailments, or they may think they can win big and help with financial problems they are having. Gambling can be a fun distraction for your loved one, but how can you tell if they have a gambling addiction?

  • Do they frequently ask for money because they “lost their wallet?”
  • Have they dropped other hobbies and interests?
  • Are their bills past due?
  • Are they making poor decisions all together?
  • Do they become uncomfortable, angry, or lie when you ask about gambling?
  • Is their retirement or savings diminishing quickly?

Depression, embarrassment, and shame is common among gamblers. If you think your loved one is suffering from a gambling addiction you can have them contact The National Council on Problem Gambling, which can direct them to more resources.

Comfort Keepers® in Racine can Help

At Comfort Keepers®, we understand that every moment matters, especially when your aging loved ones are in the midst of a problem. Despite your best efforts, it is often difficult to find time to be with them every second of the day. That’s where we come in. Our compassionate, professional in home caregivers can help your loved ones stick to a daily routine and keep them out of the casinos. We provide everything from companionship to respite care, to ensure that your loved ones are living a healthy and independent life.

For more information about how our caregivers can help your loved ones stick to a daily schedule, or about our other in home senior care services, call us at (262) 2299-0320 or click here.

References
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/how-to-recognize-and-hand_b_5763058.html

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