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.
Informed consent is a communication process between an individual and their healthcare team. The individual is given the necessary information to make the best decision for themselves. All adults have the legal right to make their own decisions, except if they are demed "incompetent" or "incapacitated" by a court of law. Read this resource to learn more about informed consent and medical decision making.
A guardian is someone who helps older adutlts with cognitive impairments to make decisions. Limited guardianship gives the guardian the power to make decisions in a specific area such as finances or medical care. Unlimited guardianship gives the guardian the power to make all the decisions for the older adult. Read this resource to learn more.
Alternative medicines are remidies that are used in place of conventional medicine. Alternative remedies can include herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements and folk remedies. When using alternative remedies, it is important to take the correct dosage and to be aware of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about all medications you use, including alternative therapies.
Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to make healthcare decisions ahead of time, so you continue to get the care you want and avoid treatments you do not want. Advance directives only go into effect when you lose the ability to make decisions. Read this resource to learn more about the types of advance directives.
Falls, burns and poisonings are some of the most common accidents involving older people. Older adults who live alone can be easy targets for crimes. Read this resource to learn more about staying safe on your own.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).