Older Americans Month: Am I too old to be an organ, eye and tissue donor?

(BPT) - May is Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate older Americans and their contributions while also raising awareness about aging and age-related issues. Beyond the time, experience and talents older Americans give to enrich their communities, many have also saved lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. More than one-third of all deceased donors are over age 50.

People in their 60s, 70s and beyond have given the gift of life as a donor. In Colorado and Wyoming, the average age of a tissue donor is 64 years old. The oldest tissue donor helped save and heal the lives of others in 2017 at 104 years old. Many people will often automatically rule themselves out as a potential donor because of their age or health, but each person is evaluated by medical professionals at the time of their death to determine if they can be a donor. There is no age limit to donation or to registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

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