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

  • Ageism and social rights

    Aging Equal

    Social rights include the right to work, the right to a good standard of living, the right to physical and mental health, the right to social security, and the right to education. Due to ageism, many people are not receiving these rights. Older people are excluded from many opportunities to access health, education, and employment. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Ageism and sexuality

    Aging Equal

    There are many harmful stereotypes of sexuality in older adults. Older adults are indeed sexually active and this fact needs to be recognized in policy and practice. This absence of policy and support means there is growing number of older adults facing HIV/AIDS. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Ageism and intergenerational solidarity

    Aging Equal

    Older adults and young people are allies of one another against ageism. Everyone must work together to overcome age stereotyping which has pit older and younger people against each other. By working together, the welfare, employment, and health needs of everyone can be addressed. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Ageism and gender

    Aging Equal

    Gender and age discimination together can lead to greater inequalities. Older women often live longer and face increased poverty and vulnerability. It is important to recognize how sexism combines with ageism to create poor health and social outcomes. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Learn about ageism

    Aging Equal

    Ageism is more prevalent than you may expect. Ageism is found in media, the healthcare system, and our social attitudes about older adults. It is everyone's responsibility to fight against ageism. 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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