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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

  • Protecting Yourself in the Season of Computer Infections

    Next Avenue

    The holiday season is a popular time for scams and phishing because of the increase in online shopping. Computer infections also spread during this time. Learn more about malware, phishing and computer infections and how you can stay safe on your computer this season.

  • Mobility and Balance

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports

    Maintaining good mobility and balance are important to prevent falls and injury. Assess your level of mobility and balance by reading this resource. Learn more about how you can prevent falls.

  • Are You at Risk of Falling?

    British Columbia Family & Social Supports

    This quiz can help you assess your risk for falls and learn more about how you can remain independent as you age. If you have a score of 4 points or higher, you may be at greater risk for fall and you should consider speaking to your doctor about how you can reduce your risk.

  • 10 Tips for Planning Meals on a Budget

    Unlock Food

    If you are a senior who is new to grocery shopping on your own or you are looking to save money on your groceries, use this resource for expert tips on shopping on a budget.

  • A guide to healthy eating for older adults

    Unlock Food

    Seniors who live alone may experience loss of appetite and lose interest in food which can lead to health problems. This guide is packed with tips to ensure that you are eating healthy meals and eating regularly as you age.

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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