Our Advocates for Life say some of the most frequently asked questions they get from the public is, “is there an age limit for organ and tissue donation?” or “how old is too old to donate?”
So, is There an Age Limit for Donation? Can You Be Too Old to Donate?
The short answer is, NO!
Everyone – regardless of age or health – can sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and potentially save lives after death. It’s important to not rule yourself out, let the medical professionals decide your eligibility upon death. Even those with chronic conditions, such as hepatitis and diabetes, can sign up to give the gift of life at any age.
In Colorado and Wyoming, the average age of tissue donors in 2019 was 63. Even more remarkable, the oldest tissue donor in Colorado and Wyoming in 2019 was 103 years old! As you can see, age doesn’t make a difference when signing up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, you may be able to give the gift of life! One person has the ability to save up to eight lives through organ donation, and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation. Interested in learning more about the donation process? Get the facts!
What YOU Can Do Now:
- SIGN UP! to be an organ, eye and tissue donor online, anytime:
- Share your decision with your family: when you say Yes to organ, eye, and tissue donation, your decision to be a donor takes priority over your family’s preferences. Discussing donation with your family will help them understand and support your decision. Having these conversations helps your family during a time of great grief and loss. Set aside some time to have a heartfelt conversation with your family. Sharing your decision to be a donor is one of the most important conversations you can have with loved ones.
Why Signing Up to be an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Matters:
Nearly 2,000 people right here in Colorado and Wyoming, are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Linda, a liver recipient from Evergreen, CO, was one of those people waiting before her hero said Yes and she was given the gift of life. “I am so completely grateful to the family, who in a time of extreme sadness and grief was willing to show such compassion,” Linda said.
Being an organ, eye and tissue donor is a way to help the community, and have your legacy live on. Signing up on the donor registry helps ensure your loved ones know what you want.
Meet Charles – An 89-year-old Who Saved Lives Through Tissue Donation:
Charles Shobe of Jeffrey City, Wyoming was 89 years old when he gave the gift of life through tissue donation. His decision to become a donor helped to heal the lives of 18 people. Charles’s story is proof that you are never too old to make a difference.