Journal of Clinical Geropsychology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 75–85 | Cite as

Disposable Time and Disposable Income: Problem Casino Gambling Behavior in Older Adults

  • Dennis P. McNeilly
  • William J. Burke


Increasing numbers of retirees spend their leisure time in the ever-growing number of gambling casinos in this country. For most older adults, casino gambling is a new form of excitement and entertainment. However, for some retirees, especially those vulnerable to depression from the changes and losses that can occur in aging, casino gambling can become disordered, problematic, and/or an addiction. Although prevalence studies have examined the incidence of problem gambling in other age groups, little attention has been directed to the impact of casino gambling on older adults. The authors discuss problem and pathological gambling in retired older adults, and provide clinical case examples of a growing number of older adults with problem gambling behaviors seen in an outpatient geriatric psychiatry clinic. Finally, they urge that an evaluation of gambling behaviors be a routine portion of geriatric clinical evaluations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis P. McNeilly
    • 1
  • William J. Burke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry 985580, Nebraska Medical CenterUniversity of NebraskaOmaha

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