May is Older Americans Month – Donate the Gift of Life
An effort to educate adults 50 and older about the importance of registering to be organ, eye, and tissue donors was recently launched in observance of Older Americans Month. The campaign was developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in partnership with the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging and the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.
More than 114,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list for an organ, and more than 100 of them die each week waiting for an organ that never comes. In 2011, people 50 and older accounted for 32 percent of donors but 60 percent of the total number of transplants.
More information: http://1.usa.gov/KTEnI8 [HHS Press Release, May 22, 2012]