Millenials, Baby Boomers twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate bodies to science

Millenials and Baby Boomers are twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate their bodies to science, while women are more likely than men to be registered organ donors, according to a survey by MedCure, an accredited non-transplant tissue bank.

More than 1,600 people responded to MedCure’s Mortality Survey, which posed a range of questions about mortality and the afterlife.

The survey found that:

  • Millennials are 19 percent less likely than Gen X-ers to opt for cremation alone.
  • Millennials are 16 percent less likely than baby boomers to talk to their family after their afterlife wishes.
  • Millenials and baby boomers are twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate their body to science with cremation.
  • Women are 10 percent more likely than men to believe in the afterlife.
  • Women are 12 percent more likely to be somewhat afraid or terrified of the afterlife.
  • Women are 10 percent more likely to speak to others about their wishes for their body after they die.
  • Women are 12 percent more likely to be registered organ donors.

Established in 2005, MedCure facilitates whole body donations for medical research and education. The organization is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks and has facilities in several locations including Orlando; Portland, Oregon; and Cumberland, Rhode Island.

“Whole body donation is a viable option, and we’ve seen a 30 percent annual increase in the number of people leaving a lasting legacy by pre-signing to donate their body to science,” said Heidi Kayser, director of donor education and outreach at MedCure, in a news release. “Much as organ donation has become a ‘norm,’ we are normalizing whole body donation — particularly for those ineligible to donate their organs.”

MedCure is one of several companies in the U.S. that facilitate whole body donations. If you plan to donate your body to science, research the facilitating company first to make sure they’re accredited and have a good reputation.

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