Webinar recording: Gambling incentives and loneliness in older adults

About the webinar

The experience of problem gambling is unique to different groups. Older adults, in particular, frequently engage in gambling as a leisure activity. However, this may increase their risk of developing problem gambling. Various factors play a role in making older adults particularly vulnerable to problem gambling.

In this March 14th webinar, we explored how factors such as loneliness and gambling incentives can facilitate problem gambling amongst older adults. A researcher presented findings from a study examining the impact of gambling venue bus tours on problem gambling among older adults in Ontario. Following the presentation, the audience engaged in a question-and-answer session.

Live event date: Thursday, March 14, 2024

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Who should watch? 

This webinar is best suited for mental health and addictions service providers. 

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After watching, participants will be able to: 


Shawn Rumble is a distinguished Addiction Specialist, Psychotherapist, and Clinical Supervisor with significant contributions to national policies addressing gambling disorders. He is a proud member of the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB). Shawn also serves as an Adult Mental Health Therapist in Southwestern Ontario and operates a Private Practice aiding individuals and families on the path to recovery from problematic behaviours.


Mark van der Maas, PhD (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers School of Social Work and core faculty member of the Center of Gambling Studies. His research focuses on detecting public health impacts of broad gambling market expansion and discussions of gambling on social media platforms. Dr. van der Maas also conducts research on alcohol use, ADHD, and traffic crashes. He also serves as associate editor for the Journal of Gambling Issues.

About the organizer

Provincial Support System Program (PSSP)

The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) works with communities, service providers, government, and system partners to move evidence to action and create sustainable change in Ontario's mental health and addictions system. With expertise in implementation, knowledge mobilization, evaluation, equity, lived experience engagement, and data management, PSSP is on the ground across the province, collaborating with a wide variety of health and social care partners, to build a stronger, more equitable, and more accessible mental health and substance use care system.

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