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Web Resource Ratings

There is a lot of health information or "Web Resources" freely available on the internet. A Web Resource is any item you find online that you can watch, read, listen to, or interact with, such as videos, fact sheets and online quizzes. Many resources are consumer-friendly, but it's often difficult to know which ones have credible information, based on scientific research.

Web Resource Ratings do the homework for you, assessing the quality of health information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.



Recently rated Web Resources

  • Abuse and neglect of older adults in care or supported living facilities

    Yukon Social Services

    Use this resource to learn the ways seniors can be abused or neglected in assisted living facilities. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial and neglect is any kind of abandonment that takes advantage of vulnerable seniors.

  • Abuse of older adults in later life

    Yukon Social Services

    Use this resource to learn why seniors are at a higher risk for abuse. Unfortunately, caregivers who are close to the senior are more likely to be the abuser due to their power in the relationship when there is a loss of independence.

  • Financial abuse of older adults

    Yukon Social Services

    If you suspect that a senior is being financially abused, use this resource to learn the signs and tips for preventing this from happening in the future. Financial abuse can include forgery, pressuring a senior to buy certain things, withholding credit cards or stealing cheques.

  • Emotional abuse of older adults

    Yukon Social Services

    If you suspect that a senior is being emotionally abused, use this resource to learn the signs and tips for preventing this from happening in the future. Surprisingly, abusers are usually those who are close to the senior as they take advantage of their position of power.

  • Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers

    National Institute on Aging

    Being a caregiver for a senior can take a toll on your own mental and physical health. Use this resource to learn tips on how to take care of yourself and ways you can get the support you need.

Excluded websites

We don't rate every resource we find on the web that relates to optimal aging. In some cases, entire health-related websites are excluded from what to evaluate in detail. In order to be rated, a Web Resource must:

  • be relevant to optimal aging;
  • come from websites that are free to access; and
  • not be directly funded by a company trying to sell you a product or service.

If you cannot find a website or Web Resource that you are looking for, check out our list of excluded websites. If you still can’t find it, let us know; we may have missed it!

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DISCLAIMER: Web Resource Ratings are provided for informational purposes only and to facilitate discussions with your healthcare providers, family members, or informal care givers. They are not a substitute for advice from your own health care professionals. The Portal is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor is it an endorsement of that website or the site’s owners (or their products/services). The Web Resource Ratings may be reproduced for not-for-profit educational purposes only. Any other uses must be approved by the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal (info@mcmasteroptimalaging.org).

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