Problem Gambling Radio Show


Mentor, OH September 16, 2014 :

Did you know that the fastest growing group of gamblers is senior citizens? Or that casino trips are the most attended day-trips at senior centers? These facts may be shocking but they are also a window into a growing problem in today’s society; problem gambling among senior citizens.

Michael Buzzelli, Prevention Specialist at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers will be discussing the problem of gambling among the senior citizen population in a program entitled “Our Aging World” on WINT/WELW 1330AM on Wednesday, Sept. 24 from 3 – 4:00 p.m. “Gambling in the elderly population is not new. However, with the exponential growth in gambling venues throughout the state, the propensity for senior citizens to gamble has increased,” Buzzelli said. “With the goal being to minimize personal and social consequences, we must generate greater awareness around Problem Gambling, discuss current gambling behaviors, and educate the public on the associated risks.”

Buzzelli will discuss the risks, how to recognize warning signs and ways to seek treatment. This is a vitally important program for anyone who may see some concerning behavior in a senior family member, friend or spouse.

For those who would like more information on the subject or if you would like Buzzelli to speak at your group about problem gambling, please contact him at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers at 440-205-2665 or

Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing continuous service to the community since 1971. Services at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible due to the generous support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of MHRS, and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.