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

  • Tips for Meal Kit and Food Delivery Safety

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    While there is currently no evidence that Covid-19 is spread through food, meal kits and food delivery should still follow food safety guidelines. There are steps you can take before ordering your groceries and while receiving and handling delivered food. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

    Government of BC

    Talking to someone can help alleviate feelings of despair or anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic. These virtual mental health resources are available for people of all ages and include resources for health care workers. Read this resource to learn more.

  • Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

    Government of BC

    The Covid-19 pandemic can create feelings of anxiety and fear. It is important to get the right facts, reach out to your social supports, and take care of yourself. In British Columbia, there are also community resources that can answer your questions and help you get emotional support. Read this resource for more information.

  • Preparing emotionally for retirement

    Age UK

    Preparing for retirement is about more than sorting out your finances. You also need to prepare emotionally and plan on how you will spend your time. Read the experience of one person in the UK who used a 3-point plan to transition from a fulfilling career to a fulfilling retirement life.

  • Feeling anxious or low about coronavirus

    Age UK

    It is natural to feel anxious while staying at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Managing your feelings starts with acknowledging them and then connecting with supports like your friends or family. You can also sort out your routine and sleep schedule to feel more in control. Read this resource for more tips.

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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