Seniors gamble as much as young adults.
Using the Canadian Problem Gambling Index the rate of problem gambling is estimated at 4.6%, contrasted with 6.4% for the general population.
The report indicates that older adults, as compared to younger adults reported
* at least one instance of gambling in the past year.
* gaming with lottery tickets (reported by 65.3% of the sample), instant win tickets (32% of the sample) and Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at casinos (24.1%).
* purchase of lottery and instant win tickets more frequent;
* less participation in sports lotteries and games other than slots or VLTs/at casinos.
*spending a greater amount of money and a higher proportion of their income
The report also points to these predictive factors:
* gambling problems were 29 times higher among those who reported playing VLTs/at casinos once a month.
* being married or living common law, having a higher education level, and living in more traditional family arrangements were associated with reduced risk of gambling problems.
* rising expenditures on gambling were strongly related to gambling problems; and 16 times higher among those who spent 2% or more of their income on gambling, in comparison to those who spent less than 1%.
Alcohol dependence and any substance dependence significantly increases the odds of reporting a gambling problem.
The study was conducted by J. McCready, R. Mann, J. Zhao, R. Eves. www.gamblingresearch.org