Why Thousands of Seniors Lack Access to Lifesaving Organs, Despite Survival Benefit

Many doctors mistakenly believe patients over the age of 65 aren’t good candidates for kidney transplant. But a recent study indicates otherwise.

Newswise — Thousands more American senior citizens with kidney disease are good candidates for transplants and could get them if physicians would get past outdated medical biases and put them on transplant waiting lists, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

The Hopkins investigators estimate that between 1999 and 2006, roughly 9,000 adults over 65 would have been “excellent” transplant candidates and approximately 40,000 more older adults would have been “good” candidates for new kidneys. None, however, were given the chance.

Find out why researchers believe this should change:

http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/584649/?sc=c96

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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