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More Elderly Need Help

21 June 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "The elderly are among the fastest-growing groups seeking help for problem gambling.

"The Salvation Army says the number of people over 60 seeking face-to-face counselling for gambling problems rose 17 per cent in the past financial year.

"The biggest increase was among elderly women, with a 30 per cent leap in requests for help.

"…Statistics from problem gambling agencies across the country showed the number of people over 60 seeking help had increased nearly six-fold between 1997 and last year…"

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