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

  • Finding Transportation Services for Seniors

    Aging Care

    With so many options available for different needs, finding the right alternative transportation mode can be hard for seniors. This resource simplifies all your options in order to understand the advantages and limitations of each choice.

  • Are elderly drivers at a greater risk for the roads and should they be prohibited from driving? New study says “No.”


    Senior drivers can be a risk for other drivers on the road or even pedestrians if appropriate safety measures are not taken. This resource advocates for senior drivers by stating that removing the independence achieved from driving on their own can lead to social isolation and depression.

  • An Affordable Alternative for Older Adults Who Can’t Drive

    Aging Care

    Senior drivers can be a risk for other drivers on the road or even pedestrians if appropriate safety measures are not taken. Use this resource to learn how to plan for senior transportation financially and how to approach seniors about this topic.

  • What Seniors Need To Know About Ride Sharing

    Aging in place

    Ride sharing is a convenient mode of transportation for seniors who do not feel comfortable driving on their own. Use this resource to learn the benefits of ride sharing and how to choose the best ride share program that fits our needs.

  • Stair Chair Lifts for Seniors

    Senior living

    If a senior is living in a home with stairs, it can become difficult to get around and safety can become an issue if they are living alone. Stair chair lifts are an accessible option for those looking to stay in their homes and the costs can be subsidized depending on where you live.

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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