Seniors are among the fastest-growing groups in America at risk for gambling addiction. For elderly residents of Freehold, Marlboro Township, Monmouth County, and other New Jersey towns, Atlantic City is a popular destination. Casinos encourage seniors to visit by offering them accommodations like buses and lunch buffets. It’s hard for anyone not to enjoy the bright lighting, games, and lively atmosphere, especially later in life.
A recent study determined that 23% of New Jersey residents over 55 exhibit at least one symptom of problem gambling, and that number is growing. A different study found that 70% of the elderly who gambled in the past year “bet more than they could comfortably afford.”
Seniors find it easier to hide their gambling habits from their loved ones. If a spouse has passed or children have moved away, they seek refuge in places where they are acknowledged as valuable, even if they gamble with their life savings. Because the majority of the elderly live on a limited income, a problem habit has the potential to erode or destroy their ability to live comfortably.
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey offers help for gambling in Marlboro Township, NJ (as well as anywhere else in the state). It can be difficult to confront an aging parent or relative about an addiction, and elderly relatives may feel too ashamed or isolated to reach out. By providing support through programs like Gamblers Anonymous meetings in NJ, the 1-800-GAMBLER hotline can help seniors find the support they need to fight a dangerous addiction.
By calling or texting 1-800-GAMBLER, New Jersey residents can access help from anywhere in the state, whether it’s from a slot machine in Atlantic City or a poker table in Marlboro Township.
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that gambling addiction can affect anyone. But thanks to the 24/7, confidential 1-800-GAMBLER hotline, support, treatment, and hope are just a call or text away from Freehold Township, throughout Monmouth County, and across the Garden State.