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 the information available online and presenting our assessment using a 5-star rating scale.

Recently rated Web Resources

  • Making Memories: Activities for Older Adults to Preserve Your Personal and Family Legacy

    Institute on Aging

    Compiling memories with older adults with dementia can be both a fun activity and a way to establish a legacy. Look for photos, gather recipes, and get ready to have meaningful conversations. Not only will this activity be enjoyable for you both, it will also be meaningful to future generations. Read this resource to learn more.

  • The Who Am I? Scrapbook

    Today's Caregiver

    Creating a Who Am I? scrapbook can be a fun way to bring the family together to celebrate the life of a loved one in care. This scrapbook tells the life of a person and can help caregivers know their patients better. Get ready to be creative! Read this resource to learn more.

  • Linking the Past to the Present - The Benefits of Reminiscing

    Today's Caregiver

    Remembering the past can help older adults with memory loss regain their sense of identity. Reminiscence can also help caregivers connect with their loved ones in a meaningful way. There are many other benefits to reminiscence. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Reminiscence Therapy and Activities for Seniors

    A Place For Mom

    Reminiscence therapy helps older adults recall specific positive memories using their 5 senses. It can be useful for older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's. It has been found to improve overall quality of life and could be a form of therapy to look into for yourself or your loved one. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Loss and Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Canadian Mental Health Association

    Grief is a common feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some people are grieving lost loved ones and others may be grieving their loss of routines or social circles. Grief occurs differently for each person but you may be experiencing the different forms. Learn about the different types and how even the most unexpected experiences can cause grief. Read this resource to learn more.

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!


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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