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

  • Participating in Activities You Enjoy - More Than Just Fun and Games

    National Institute on Aging

    Learn about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle while engaging with your community in the best way you can. Getting involved in your community can be as simple as volunteering for organizations or planning trips with other seniors.

  • AgePage: Healthy Eating After 50

    National Institute on Aging

    With age, eating can become difficult for some and getting enough nutrients from food can become problematic. Use this resource to learn about what nutrients and vitamins you should be getting from your food and tips on how to achieve these nutritional goals.

  • AgePage: Getting Your Affairs in Order

    National Institute on Aging

    Use this resource to plan for the future by preparing legal documents, planning your finances and writing a will. Planning ahead can alleviate concerns from family members and loved ones in the future.

  • AgePage: Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life

    National Institute on Aging

    If you are a senior who is looking for new ways to stay active during your retirement, use this resource for safety tips and suggestions for activities you can try at home to stay fit.

  • End of life: Helping with comfort and care

    National Institute on Aging

    If you are a caregiver for a senior who is nearing the end of their life, consider using this resource to be a better caregiver for them and to learn about ways to cope with your grief after their death.

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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