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Is There an Age Limit for Organ Donation?

There's no age limit to donation or to signing up. People in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond have been both organ donors and organ transplant recipients. Below are some facts you should know about donation for people over age 50.
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People of all ages can be organ donors. One of the oldest organ donors in the U.S. was age 92. He was a liver donor and saved the life of a 69-year-old woman. 

Read Carlton's story >

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Don't rule yourself out. Being older doesn't mean you can't be a donor. Doctors will decide at the time of your death whether you can donate. 

Learn about the donation process >

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In 2019, approximately 63 percent of all the people who received organ transplants were 50 or older. Over 21 percent of all organ transplant recipients were 65 or older.

See latest OPTN statistics >

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In 2019, 1 out of every 3 people who donated organs was over the age of 50. You're never too old to make a difference.

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