Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.

ARIZONA HELPLINE 1-800-777-7207



Since 1999, many of our hotline calls have been from or about seniors aged 65 and older. Most of those callers had not had a gambling problem previously. Some Senior gamblers meet our criteria for Escape Gamblers.

Seniors are gambling in record numbers. The stigma that once surrounded gambling is vanishing. Senior centers and churches regularly have outings to local gambling sites nation wide. Many seniors have more disposable income than they need to meet their daily requirements; they have time on their hands in a society that does not honor its elders; after a lifetime of responsibility, they feel they deserve to have some fun and gambling seems exciting. Some are experiencing predisposing factors that make them vulnerable to wanting to escape and gambling may provide that escape.

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NOTE: The act of gambling in itself does not cause pathological

(compulsive) gambling. It is a symptom of other psychological trauma.