Are casinos targeting seniors?
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Round 2- Opening
Round 3- Rebuttals
Round 4- Closing Remarks
As con I will be arguing that seniors are not targeted by any casinos and have the choice to visit a casino.
In the above link the commercial for a casino is targeting someone who just broke up, not seniors. Now if a elderly person chooses to go spend his retirement money that is up to him, the casino does not force to him to come in to the casino. They may get some comps from the casino, such as free-play, a cheap or free way of transportation, discounted rooms and so on. However these comps are giving mostly to adults, therefore the adults are being targeted the most. You can see just how much casinos comp adults below.
A national survey by an industry trade group proves just how dramatically the casino industry is being reshaped for targeting younger customers. Of all age groups, the visitation rate to casinos nationwide is highest among people between 21 and 35 years old, according to the latest data by the American Gaming Association. The shift toward a younger customer base reflects a change in the way people view casinos, said Holly Wetzel, the AGA's vice president of communications. She noted that the gambling industry has evolved into more of an entertainment industry, giving younger people more to do when they visit casinos.
As you can see the targets are not seniors, but rather young adults, looking for a more technologically advanced place to go for fun, gambling included.
The sad fact of the matter is that casinos prey on the elderly as a major source of income, by taking advantage of their loneliness, depression, and lack of communication, as well as their lack of judgement caused by dementia.
With old age, comes any problems, such as the loss of the ability to walk around, as many in their old age, are confined to walkers and wheelchairs. Or the decline in functions of the body, as many seniors require multiple different doses of medicine on a daily basis in order to function. Casinos take advantage of these ailments by selling drugs aimed at seniors with a steep discount, providing complimentary scooter and wheelchair service, and by providing free needle disposal in the bathrooms.
The unfortunate thing about old age is that the body begins to break down, not only physically, but mentally. Dementia as described by www.alz.org is "People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood." Casinos target these senior citizens with the intent to rob them of their hard earned cash because these are people who struggle with the ability to keep track of their finances, and they are gold mines once addicted, as they have a constant steam of money through social security and medicaid.
Seniors, are sadly often a neglected population, often suffering with depression and loneliness. The casinos prey on this loneliness by sending them invitations on their birthdays, playing the music they grew listening to, and even going as far as to creating a senior only dating network in order to entice seniors to visit. Seniors at casinos may feel young and connected, but they are not mentally able to keep up. The bright flashy environment coupled with alcohol causes these people to lose their wits in the moment, and they end up gambling far more than they can afford
As you can see, casinos are unfairly targeting and robbing seniors.
"lack of judgement caused by dementia."
When pro made this assertion he was saying casinos prey on them because of this. Now if an elderly person has dementia or another mental illness that prevents him or her from making an educated decision, that person should be in a full time or part time care facility. Which is then up to that facility to say no you can't visit the casino. However casinos are still not targeting those with dementia.
"Casinos take advantage of these ailments by selling drugs aimed at seniors with a steep discount, providing complimentary scooter and wheelchair service, and by providing free needle disposal in the bathrooms."
Seniors with intact minds who are not in facilities, should be able to understand that they are paying for the drugs discount by gambling. Now no-one is forcing that senior to go to the casino and buy those drugs. If you are saying because they are cheaper they are targeting them, than this argument is than middle aged people are being targeted much more than seniors. We see this in casino Comps, they are comping the most luxurious items that MIDDLE-AGED adults are after. Such as free shows, alcohol, free or discounted rooms.
"The casinos prey on this loneliness by sending them invitations on their birthdays, playing the music they grew listening to, and even going as far as to creating a senior only dating network in order to entice seniors to visit. Seniors at casinos may feel young and connected, but they are not mentally able to keep up. The bright flashy environment coupled with alcohol causes these people to lose their wits in the moment, and they end up gambling far more than they can afford'
Once again these are things that happen to adults as well. Also like I said previously if a senior is this mentally ill, the home which they are in should say "you can't go to the casino." But once again no person has a gun to their head saying they have to go. Just like no one has a gun to the middle aged adult. It is all about choice. Middle aged adults also lose their shirts, however they knew the risk of that happening.
"In the above link the commercial for a casino is targeting someone who just broke up, not seniors." That's nice and all, but this adds no value to debate, as a single advertisement that is not aimed at seniors, does not in fact mean that no ads are aimed at seniors.
"A national survey by an industry trade group proves just how dramatically the casino industry is being reshaped for targeting younger customers." While that is true, over 1 in 5 gamblers in a casino will be a seniors, and on average, seniors will have more money available to gamble from Social Security, medicaid, and life savings.
"But once again no person has a gun to their head saying they have to go." Unfortunately this statement isn't as true as we would like it to be. Seniors in their old age suffer from extreme loneliness and early stages of dementia. This coupled with their desire to be independent leads them to try new things. Some will try casinos and they will be hooked very easily, due to the decline in their metal state. Seniors when gambling, will experience a high similar to what is observed in heroine usage.
Seniors are a group of people who are at times unfit to gamble, yet the casinos prey on their hard earned money due to lack of government regulation.
I will offer some closing remarks in regards to this issue.
When pro stated that seniors are gambling with their Medicaid, social security money and life savings. He failed to point out that Social Security and Medicaid come from the Government. However spending their money that should go to Medicaid is completely up to them, however they should have to any medical bill if this happens. Now if someone decides to spend their life savings on gambling I am not going to say they can't, many younger adults spend their life savings gambling.
Casinos are a great revenue of tax dollars for the GOVERNMENT. So the Government won't care if seniors are spending their hard earned money, nor will they care if adults are spending their hard earned money. Casinos target all ages. Having said that they do not target seniors alone. In fact a Princeton University professor pointed out that casinos care about the young kids who just want to have a good time and spend millions. Therefore they are more willing to target those aged adults. Like pro said 1 out 5 gamblers are seniors, therefore this means 4 out of 5 gamblers are adults. Thus the casino will obviously want to target these adults who make up 80% of the casinos business, therefore they would obviously be willing and wanting to target these adults, not seniors.
In closing seniors are not targeted by casinos near as much as adults.
Thanks, Vote Con!!
Now, on to the debate,
While the con has been quick to point that the seniors have choices, and aren't forced to gamble, this would be the equivalent to giving a kid a dollar, and giving him a choice of either saving it, or spending it at a candy store. Now, while the kid still has options, he will most definitely spend his money. Similarly the elderly love a rush of excitement, and the need to be independent, and casinos will exploit this through the ways I've outlined above.
To conclude, casinos are without a doubt targeting seniors with the intent to rob them of the hard earned cash.
Thank you, and vote Pro.
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