Think You’re Too Old to be an Organ Donor? Think Again

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Am I too old to be an organ donor?“I’m too old to be an organ donor!”

“Well… you certainly don’t want my liver!”

“Honey, my organs are worn out… no one would want to receive these.”

These are just a few of the many comments I’ve heard when speaking and meeting with people about organ donation. They’re typically accompanied by a smile or snarky look on their face… but really it’s just another excuse to not spend a few minutes learning about organ donation, the positive impacts it has, registering to become an organ donor, and sharing a life changing decision with family and friends.

Fact: You’re never too old to register to become an organ donor.

The Myths

A few years back I had the opportunity to speak at a local retirement home with an audience full of people 50+ that thought they were too old to become organ donors, most of them over 60 years old. 

There were some great questions and quite a bit of controversy around the myth of being too old to be an organ donor. Most were surprised to hear that there is no age limit to register to become an organ donor, and even more surprised to learn that a man over 90 years old was able to donate his liver, helping to save a life when he passed away.

One woman even brought up the fact that she didn’t have a drivers license anymore, thinking she couldn’t register to be an organ donor. We were able to show her and the others how easy it is to register online at and she registered to become an organ donor right then and there.

Fact: People over 65 years of age mistakenly think they are too old to donate an organ while 11.73% believe they are too old to receive one.

The Facts

The ability to donate organs isn’t determined by your age. There are multiple factors that go into the final decision to use a deceased patient’s organs, and it’s the doctors that determine so on a case-by-case basis. Don’t miss the opportunity to potentially save lives just because you think you’re too old or have preexisting medical conditions. These factors may or may not interfere with your ability to be an organ donor, but the simple act of registering could give you the opportunity to save up to eight lives.

Did you know? In 2013, 35% of organ transplants were from people over 50 years old!

Leave a Legacy - Outlive Yourself

Being able to help others when we are no longer here is a beautiful legacy. From leaving behind treasured memories and important family keepsakes, to covering your family through life insurance, there are many ways to leave this world better than we found it. Registering to become an organ donor is most certainly one of them.

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