Problem Gambling

Ontario Resource Group on Problem Gambling & Older Adults (55+)
Building on the accomplishments and knowledge accrued by the treatment system to date, the resource group will articulate program-level and system-level strategies for continuing to enhance problem gambling services for older adults.
Purpose

  • Articulate program and system strategies to enhance problem gambling services for older adults.
  • Develop guidelines, recommendations and strategies for services provided for older adults with problem gambling that will:
      a) support best practices
      b) enhance access
      c) remove barriers
      d) increase the likelihood of positive outcomes

Goals

  • Enhance visibility of Ontario Resource Group on Problem Gambling and Older Adults (55+)
  • Broaden awareness of older adults and gambling related problems to allied service sectors on a provincial level
  • Obtain feedback and identify the needs of service providers working with older adults who may be experiencing gambling related difficulties.

Contact Information

Evelyn Bakich RN, CPGC
Box 3251, 35 N. Algoma Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5G7
 

Betting on Older Adults Resource Kit

  • The resource kit entitled, Betting on Older Adults, is funded by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care. Part of the kit includes a documentary video, which incorporates non-actor testimonials, narrative, and is aimed at increasing the understanding of responsible and problem gambling.
  • The Ontario Resource Group on Problem Gambling and Older Adults (55+) and the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario have worked in partnership to develop the resource kit. The Sault Area Hospital's Addictions Treatment Clinic is one of three provincial sites that comprise the Ontario resource Group on Problem Gambling and Older Adults (55+).
  • Distribution for Betting on Older Adults including the video is scheduled for early summer 2005.

Addictions Treatment Clinic

  • The Addictions Treatment Clinic is one of three programs, in the province, funded to provide specialized problem gambling treatment services to the special populations, older adults and is considered a provincial resource with expertise in this area.

Services

  • To offer confidential community counselling services primarily to adults 55+ and their families experiencing difficulties related to gambling.
  • Services include individual, couple, family and group counselling services
  • In home and/or in office counselling option
  • Presentations, education and awareness
  • Provincial resource and member of the Ontario Resource Group on problem Gambling and Older Adults 55+.

Gambling Outreach

  • The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care continue to support initiatives to provide gambling awareness in the District of Algoma.
  • The Addictions Treatment Clinic is the designated problem gambling service agency for the District of Algoma.
  • The Addictions Treatment Clinic provides direct service to individuals, couples, and families in Sault Ste. Marie, provides gambling awareness and public education, and consultation to services in the district.
  • We have a unique opportunity to create links and partnerships with a variety of district service providers to explore options for district gambling awareness service delivery.
  • The initiatives that the Addictions Treatment Clinic has focussed on for the district gambling awareness have been:
    1. Providing educational materials & information packages to service providers
    2. Consult with various service providers to initiate problem gambling awareness in the District of Algoma
    3. Provide gambling awareness workshops to service providers
    4. Participation in community activities such as career days, police week, health fairs.
    5. Problem Gambling Prevention Month Partnership

Education
Public education and awareness of problem gambling is intended to help all members of the community, including those affected by problem gambling to make informed decisions about the issues, personal needs for service and treatment options. These initiatives will ensure that consumers have access to information to reduce the risk of developing a gambling problem.


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