Here's a slideshow based on a skit we've presented recently to senior's groups all across the province.
Maggie can't believe it when Patsy turns down a party invitation, choosing to go to the casino instead. After all it's Maggie's birthday and Patsy is her life-long friend.But things haven't been easy for Patsy since her husband died. She's felt lonely and out of place in a world dominated by couples. She finds solace at bingo games and the casino because most people go there alone. But she's been spending so much money she's had to sell some of her belongings. She's embarrassed and ashamed but when Maggie raises the subject she gets angry and defensive. How can Maggie and Jim, her husband, talk to Patsy about her problem? Our three volunteer actors deliver an entertaining one-act play that can be presented in most small settings like community meeting rooms, halls and church basements. We lead audience discussions, trivia questions and even offer refreshments. Seniors and gambling is no joke. The percentage of seniors who gamble rose from 20 per cent in the 1970s to 50 per cent in the 1990s. And few are more vulnerable than seniors who are less able to absorb their losses on fixed incomes. If you or your group would like to host a gambling presentation please get in touch with your regional coordinator.