NJ council campaigns for seniors with addiction

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Credits: 800-Gambler

The CCGNJ recognised that people of any age can develop a gambling addiction and supports seniors struggling with the problem.

US.- The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) released a statement in which it is established that the entity recognises that people from any age or identity is subject to developing a disorder with gambling, either in casinos in Atlantic City or in the online world.

The CCGNJ said that it is seeking to spread awareness of the signs of gambling addiction through community outreach and education so people who are at risk of developing gambling addiction and their families can identify the signs before the issue develops.

The council said that seniors are the fastest-growling demographic of gamblers in the United states, as people over the age of 65 possess unique risk factors for gambling addiction: Retirees may seek gambling as an outlet for social interaction, an escape from boredom, and as an emotional distraction from loss. Some even report that gambling distracts them from chronic pain.

Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the CCGNJ, said: “There is no age limit on addiction. For loved ones of elderly people that are displaying signs of gambling addiction, the message must be one of support, not of shame.”

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