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HHS launches national campaign to educate older adults on how to register as organ donors.

The federal government has launched an effort to educate adults age 50 and older about the importance of registering their intent to be organ, tissue, and eye donors. The campaign was launched in observance of Older Americans Month which is held annually in May. More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list for an organ, and more than 100 die each week waiting for an organ that never comes. In 2011, people 50 and older accounted for 32% of donors but 60% of the total number of transplants. HRSA said adults well into their 90s have successfully donated organs which extended the lives of their recipients. Campaign materials available include a brochure in English or Spanish; an article; radio and print public service announcements; and web banners. Go to : www.organdonor.gov and click on the 50+ campaign button.
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Title Annotation:In the May 2012 Transplant eNews
Publication:Transplant News
Date:Jun 1, 2012
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