Nearly 120,000 people in the U.S. are currently on an organ recipient list, which means anyone who becomes an organ donor is potentially making it easier for these people to get the help they need. Though some people might believe only younger adults can donate organs, it’s actually possible for adults of any age, including seniors. Jefferson County elderly home care professionals discuss 4 reasons why your senior loved one should consider becoming an organ donor.
1. Save Lives
Saving another person’s life is one of the top reasons why seniors donate their organs. As long as the doctor has approved the donation, your loved one may want to consider making the sacrifice. He or she could save someone going through a difficult health crisis and actually help the person get on the road to recovery. Knowing he or she saved a life could make your loved one feel great and reassure him or her that there are kind people in this world who may also do the same, which could benefit your loved one’s life should he or she ever need an organ donation.
2. Relieves Stress
Your loved one can feel more relaxed after deciding to become an organ donor, which could lead to positive endorphins being released into the body to relieve stress. Helping another person could make your loved one happier and able to maintain good spirits, ultimately reducing his or her anxiety levels and preventing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Increases Socialization
Although they are not mandatory to attend, there are various donor communities where living donors interact with one another in person or via the Internet. These groups allow senior organ donors to interact with other donors of all ages. The purpose of these communities is to give donors a place to vent, socialize, and ask questions, and they are a great way for your loved one to increase his or her social network and prevent isolation, which could lead to a stroke, obesity, a heart attack, or other serious health concerns.
4. Boosts Brain Function
A sense of purpose provides a positive mental state for seniors. Donating an organ is a positive act that could make your loved one feel as if he or she has a true purpose in life. This type of emotion has the potential to boost brain function and prevent memory loss. By regaining a purpose in life, your loved one relieves the negative emotions that could lead to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
If you or your senior loved one would like to learn more about donating organs, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of respite and 24-hour care, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care. Jefferson County families can contact us at (303) 987-5992. One of our qualified Care Managers can take your call and schedule a free in-home consultation.