What’s Inside You Matters More Than You Know

Click on the photo above to hear why it’s so important for more people to make it known to their families that they have registered and desire to leave their recyclable parts behind when they die. There’s no age limit to donation or to signing up. People in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond have been both organ donors and organ transplant recipients.
I was 59 when I received the liver of a 70 year old woman who gave me the gift of extended life. The most serious problem in transplantation at this time is that the number of people waiting desperately far exceeds the number of donors.

Below are some facts you should know about donation for people over age 50.

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People of all ages can be organ donors. One of the oldest organ donors in the U.S. was age 92. He was a liver donor and saved the life of a 69-year-old woman. 

Read Carlton’s story >

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Don’t rule yourself out. Being older doesn’t mean you can’t be a donor. Doctors will decide at the time of your death whether you can donate. 

Learn about the donation process >

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In 2016, more than 60 percent of all the people who received organ transplants were 50 or older. Nearly 19 percent of all organ transplant recipients were 65 or older. 

See latest OPTN statistics >

More Resources for People over 50

Life Stories about Donors and Recipients over 50

Health Issues that Affect People over 50