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Study: Seniors can benefit from gambling

7 March 2007

CANADA – As reported by the Waterloo Chronicle: "Gambling, despite its social stigma, can be a meaningful recreational activity for older adults, according to a recent study on gambling among Ontario's rural seniors by Prof. Joan Norris of Wilfrid Laurier University.

"The results are contrary to widely held negative perceptions about seniors and gambling.

"'Our results show that gambling is not a problem for the ageing population; rather, it is one of many activities undertaken by seniors,' Norris said. 'Those who participate in many activities are more likely to gamble, and those who gamble do so for the enjoyment, to win, and to socialize with others.'

"The study, undertaken with Prof. Joseph Tindale at the University of Guelph and funded by the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, looked at the gambling attitudes and behaviours of more than 2,000 rural Ontarians aged 55 and older, with the majority over 70 years old…"

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