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

  • Grief and COVID-19: Saying goodbye in the age of physical distancing

    American Psychological Association

    Grieving is an already difficult process but it can be more difficult in this time of physical distancing. People may not be able to be with their loved ones when they die. They may also not be able to mourn in person with their loved ones. Psychologists and mental health professions need to be trained for this difficult reality. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Finding skin cancer early

    Canadian Cancer Society

    Check your skin for changes in a room with good lighting and with a mirror. Look for lumps, scaly red patches, moles that bleed or ooze, changes in shape, colour, size or texture of moles or birthmarks, and non-healing areas of your skin.

  • Psychologists emphasize more self-care for older adults

    American Psychological Association

    Self-care is very important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes taking care of your physical and mental health. You should maintain your social circles virtually and from a safe distance. You should also look into building and maintaining healthy habits. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic

    WHO Ageing

    Many people are grieving during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can grieve in response to many different kinds of losses. You could be grieving a loss of routine or loss of social connection. Learn the signs of grief and how you can cope by reading this resource.

  • COVID-19 and mental health

    Canadian Mental Health Association

    Here are some useful resources to help you mentally cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources cover everything from dealing with job insecurity to being a caregiver. This page is updated regularly with up-to-date resources and supports. 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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