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.
Falls are common in older adults and can result in injuries and hospitalizations. Speaking to your doctor, getting your eyes and feet checked and staying active can help to prevent falls. Making your home safe by removing hazards and instaling rails and lights can also help to prevent falls. Read this resource to learn more.
There are many types of elder abuse. Elder abuse is a serious problem in the USA and can lead to physical injuries, emotional effects, premature death and worsened health problems. Read this resource to learn more about elder abuse and tips to prevent it.
Preventing falls is an important part of staying independent. Somethings you can do are speeking with your doctor, keeping active, getting annual eye exams, and making your home safer. Use this resource to determine your risk for falling.
Falls can be prevented. Caregivers can help prevent falls that can lead to injuries, loss of independence, or even death. Caregivers should talk to their loved ones and their healthcare providers about fall risks and prevention. Read this resource to learn more tips for caregivers to prevent falls.
As you age, your body processes medicine differently. Some common side effects of medicine include changes in vision, slower reaction time, and tiredness, which can lead to difficulties when driving. Read this resource to learn about common medications which can cause problems when driving.
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:
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 (email@example.com).
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