In the past, not many organ transplants were performed on older adults. In 1988, adults 65 and older received just 265 organs, or 2% of all transplants.
But the transplantation landscape has drastically changed since then. As you can see in the graph above, the annual number of adults age 65 or older receiving transplants has since increased from about 1,800 transplants in 2000, to about 8,600 transplants in 2019. That increase is due to the aging population, better transplant results and updated transplantation guidelines.
When determining whether someone should receive a transplant, many doctors place more significance on an adult’s overall health — their physiological age — than just their chronological age.
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