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

  • Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors

    National Council on Aging (US)

    Healthy eating can be hard for seniors when they don’t know how to effectively do their grocery shopping. This resource contains many educational videos to learn about safe and healthy grocery shopping and cooking.

  • Protecting Your Loved Ones from Food Illnesses This Holiday: 5 Dangerous Cooking Mistakes to Avoid

    National Council on Aging (US)

    Seniors are more at risk for developing foodborne illnesses, especially during the holidays. Read this resource to learn about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones during the holiday season.

  • Food Safety: Easy Ways to Make Food Safer

    Health Link B.C.

    It is very important to protect yourself from foodborne illnesses as a senior. Use this factsheet to learn about ways you can reduce your risk of such illnesses while still maintaining a healthy diet.

  • Choosing Healthy Meals As You Get Older

    National Institute on Aging

    Maintaining a healthy diet while aging is essential to living a healthy life. One tip is to make eating a social event to encourage regular meals. Read this resource for more tips.

  • Shopping for Food That's Good for You

    National Institute on Aging

    If you are a senior who struggles with maintaining a healthy diet, try making a grocery list with foods that you eat on a regular basis. Making a list will make grocery shopping easier and faster. 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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