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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

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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