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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Presentation on gambling slated

  • The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will be hosting a special program in May. All are welcome.
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  • The Wayne County Area Agency on Aging will be hosting a special program in May. All are welcome.
    This will be an educational program for seniors to learn more about the gaming industry, how to keep it fun if gambling, and potential gambling issues.
    Can I Gamble Safely? How do I set limits and know when to stop? Problem Gambling: What are the Signs and Symptoms I may see in a friend?
    People who attend any of the programs will learn to identify possible signs of gambling problems in their friends, loved ones or clients and to understand where they might go for help if they think someone they know has a gambling problem.
    The sessions will also go over the 10 rules of responsible gambling and share a little bit about how the gaming industry targets certain groups of people, like older adults or youth. Professionals will also discuss simple ways to screen for and detect a gambling problem.
    Preregistration is required to attend any of the sessions. Please call Laurie Adams at (570) 253-4262.
    The dates are as follows:
    Wednesday, May 22
    The Honesdale Senior Center (for the Community) from 2-3:30 p.m.
    Thursday, May 23
    Link Cross Training at Ladore Lodge (for Professionals) from 9-10:30 a.m. (Please call Juliann Doyle (570)253-4262 for Ladore training)
    The Hamlin Senior Center (for Seniors) 11 a.m.-noon.
    The Hamlin Senior Center (for Professionals, Caregivers, Family Members) from 1-2 p.m.
    Friday, May 24
    The Hawley Senior Center (for Professionals, Caregivers, Family Members) 9-10:30 a.m.
    The Hawley Senior Center (for Seniors) 11 a.m.-noon.
    The Presenter
    Elizabeth Mulvaney, LCSW, earned a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently is a Lecturer on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work.
    She serves as the past coordinator the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education.
    Previously, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work and the School for Social Change at Carlow University teaching courses in social welfare, field education, and practice skills.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the past, she has coordinated and delivered care management services to community dwelling seniors and served as the administrator of a home delivered meals program. She has 8 years of experience in long-term care, with an emphasis on behavioral care planning, dementia care and end of life care.
    She has trained and educated consumers, family members, volunteers, social workers and other medical personnel throughout her career. Since 2009, Mulvaney has collaborated with Jody Bechtold, LCSW, NCGC, on Pennsylvania Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Mini-grants to reach out to older adults to prevent gambling problems.
    Mulvaney belongs to several professional organizations, including NASW, SWPPA, Social Workers in Aging Practice, SSWLHC, and AGE-SW.
    It is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Department of Health
    The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction 24-hour hotline: 1-877-565-2112 State website: www.paproblemgambling.com

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