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+