Ask Libby: Am I too old?

Libby Wolfe is the Project Manager at The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. Her main role is to act as a liaison and maintain a relationship with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. She often hears the same questions being asked while traveling between Maryland MVA branches and we thought it would be great to let her sound off on some of these questions. Libby will address a common question related to the Maryland donor registry in Ask Libby, a special feature on our blog, each month. Enjoy, and feel free to e-mail her your questions at lwolfe@thellf.org.


Hi Myrtle,

Thanks for writing in! This is a very common question, and I am happy to say you are never too old to give the gift of life. The decision to use your organs, eyes and tissues is based on strict medical criteria, not age. Even people in their 70s, 80s and 90s have organs that can help save a life. (In fact, there has been a 93-year-old kidney donor, an 83-year-old liver donor and a 99-year-old cornea donor!) There are very few automatic rule-outs, and due to medical advancements, even some of these may change over time. In the event a person is in a position to be an actual donor, medical specialists will evaluate medical history to determine suitability to donate. Bottom line: if you wish to be a donor, sign up!

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About libbydwolfe

Libby Wolfe is the Executive Director for Donate Life Maryland. She has over a decade of experience in the communications field working primarily in advertising and marketing. She is motivated everyday to encourage more Marylanders to say YES to organ donation and meet the need of those awaiting a transplant.
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