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SOURCE Institute for American Values
NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Older Americans, once content with church bingo, are flocking to casinos to play the slots. Since the mid-1970s, the number of seniors visiting casinos has more than doubled, a rate surpassing other age groups. In 2012, more than half of people visiting a casino were age fifty or older.
The growing popularity of casino gambling among older adults is contributing to increases in problem gambling among the nation's aging population, according to Seniors in Casino Land, a newly released report by Amy Ziettlow, an affiliate scholar at the Institute for American Values, a New York City think tank.
Problem gambling among vulnerable older women is strongly linked to the proliferation of the modern slot-machine-dominated casino.
"The new face of problem gambling in America is a senior woman," according to research cited in the report.
The report is based on Ziettlow's fieldwork and interviews with older casino gamblers.
Among its findings:
To read the report: http://www.americanvalues.org/catalog/pdfs/seniors-in-casino-land.pdf
To read Ziettlow's op-ed in The Tampa Tribune: http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/the-harmful-x2014-even-deadly-x2014-effects-of-casino-gambling-20140223/
About Amy Ziettlow: http://www.americanvalues.org/about/bio.php?pid=9
More on IAV at: http://www.americanvalues.org/
Amy Ziettlow will be speaking at a public forum at Stetson University College of Law on Thursday, February 27, 12:00 pm. The address: 1700 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
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