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SAFE Shares Info With Seniors On Problem Gambling

SAFE visited the Glen Cove Senior Center last month to share important information on the perils of gambling – when it is a problem, where help is available and the signs to recognize if it may become a problem. Social worker Aimee Abraham presented a workshop that included a PowerPoint presentation, a video, as well as a question and answer period toward the end of the program.

 

There are five different types of gambling, she said. They include the social gambler that engages in the activity for leisure, the problem gambler who’s involvement is more excessive, a pathological gambler who has an uncontrollable response to gambling, the organized crime gambler that launders illegal funds through illegal resources and the professional gambler who does it for a living in a controlled fashion and can deal with their loses.

 

“Four to six million people are problem gamblers,” said Abraham, who went on to discuss the different media outlets that encourage gambling. “The Internet provides avenues to gamble and the advertising on television and the radio encourages it. And you don’t need to work hard to find ways to gamble. You can even do it on your phone.”

 

Aging adults engage in Bingo at senior centers which can be enjoyable, but for someone with a gambling problem it can have dire consequences. Many seniors are limited financially so they may see playing Bingo or scratch-off lottery cards as a way to add to their income. And since retired seniors have more time on their hands, gambling can become an escape. 

 

“Seniors with a gambling problem will find that their mood is affected by their gain or loss when gambling,” Abraham said. “A problem gambler is willing to go without food and medication so they can gamble. They might even cash in their insurance policy.”

 

A senior with a gambling problem suffers the same consequences as their younger counterparts. Their family won’t even trust them anymore. Abraham said that 20 percent of seniors with a gambling problem have filed for bankruptcy and 20 percent attempt or commit suicide.  

 

She shared the following warning signs:

 

• They continue to gamble despite its threatening consequences.

 

• They become preoccupied with gambling.

 

• Their time spent gambling interrupts previous engaged activities.

 

SAFE, Inc. encourages anyone with a potential or actual gambling problem to seek help.   

 

For further information on SAFE, Inc. and their initiatives contact Social Worker Aimee Abraham at 516-676-2008. SAFE Inc. is a not-for-profit tax- exempt substance abuse education and prevention agency located in Glen Cove. Visit www.safeglencove.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlenCovePrideCoalition.


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


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