As we age, we all want our lives to remain full, engaging and independent—and social experiences, gambling included, can provide entertainment. But keep in mind: what’s harmless fun for some can be a problem for others. The rush that comes from taking a chance, and occasionally winning, can make gambling addictive. And problem gambling can have social, emotional, and financial impacts on people, families, and entire communities.
That’s why it’s important for older adults to be aware of the potential risks of gambling, and mindful of gambling’s place in their social interactions and lives. There are many healthful alternatives that offer social engagement and active enrichment, with less risk. After all, as an older adult, this is your time to make the most of every day.