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Alliance for Aging Research

The Alliance for Aging Research allows users to browse important health information and current research on the effects of aging, how to best give care to older adults, tips for healthy aging, and overviews of a variety of specific diseases and conditions common among seniors. It is recommended for providing general information about aging and as a general overview of conditions related to aging.

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Review Date: 5/4/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The search icon is small, and its design/position on each page makes it blend in with nearby links to social media sites. Additionally, the search bar doesn't give users options to filter the results. Other features and pages within the site are clearly and consistently designed.

Visual Design

The site presents a sleek visual design with large, clear images. At no points does the website feel cluttered or inaccessible. Text size and font allow for a clearly understood hierarchy of topics, and the use of color is consistent and contributes to the site's initial ease of use. However, the width of two of the website's main pages do not automatically adjust to fit the user's browser window. Both pages are also missing a horizontal scrollbar, making the content inaccessible.

Quality

All content is geared toward issues associated with aging including related diseases/conditions, prevention, advocacy, and more. The site's breadth and depth is inconsistent. The breadth of information is limited and shallow. Some pages include extremely detailed brochures, while others provide only a paragraph or two of information. Content from books and some of the fact sheets and brochures are referenced, but most other pages are not referenced.

Credibility

Content creators are identified for blogs, book content, and some videos/presentations, but credentials are rarely available. Authors of fact sheets, brochures, or press releases are not identified. Most content, with the exception of videos, was created some 10 years ago, and there is no evidence that content is updated or reviewed.

Pros

  1. Blog posts appeal to lay readers and focus on various aging-related issues
  2. Browsing is intuitive, with clear labels and distinct topics
  3. Up-to-date information on current health policy debates
  4. Links to authoritative government reports, testimonies, policy initiatives, other advocacy groups, etc.
  5. Overviews of a variety of specific diseases and conditions common among seniors

Cons

  1. Primary readership more physician-based than general audience
  2. Emphasis is on public policy information over actual health content
  3. Site content provides general overviews rather than detailed or comprehensive information
  4. Most information come from blogs, press releases, and unreferenced videos

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Alliance for Aging Research, a national nonprofit founded in 1986

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, slideshows, survey reports, doctor finder

Languages: English

Contact: info@agingresearch.org