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American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging (ASA) is a professional organization for those working in the field of senior care. This website is recommended as a great resource for medical professionals to learn more about aging and the topics that intersect with it, such as wellness and caregiving. The information is up-to-date, and there are numerous avenues for learning on this site including online courses, articles, newsletter, videos, webinars, and more.

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Review Date: 5/22/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Navigation on the American Society on Aging is consistent and easy to understand on first visit. The site's health content, under the category tab "Education," features a wide variety of alphabetized subtopics accessed via a drop down menu. There are numerous videos, webinars, and online courses for a lay audience. Searching for content using the site-wide search bar returns results quickly but they cannot be sorted.

Visual Design

The site's visual design is busy, crammed with links to other areas of the website and featuring numerous text colors. The excessiveness diminishes the user's experience, and because it repeats itself on nearly every page, the website could put more effort in strategically placing what information appears where.

Quality

The content on this website is high quality but mostly specific to medical professionals, especially members of the American Society on Aging. Most of the website's health content, including within its magazine articles, is referenced. The website is a quality resource for aging information, but some readers may find it difficult to find accessible health information.

Credibility

Author name and posting date appear on articles. The site's magazine articles are guest-edited by recognized experts in the subject area and include contributions from a range of practitioners, researchers, policymakers and elders. Other articles are written by members of the American Society on Aging. Overall, this is a highly credible website for aging information.

Pros

  1. Content organization allows for a quick browsing experience even on first visit
  2. Many topics covered regarding aging and eldercare including health, lifestyle, policy, and ethics
  3. Excellent collection of multimedia resources

Cons

  1. Busy pages with numerous links to other areas of the website
  2. Does not offer much patient-focused health information
  3. Some of the material can only be accessed by those with a paid membership

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The American Society on Aging, a nonprofit professional membership group founded in 1954

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Print magazine, e-newsletter, videos, webinars, member blog, online gerontology courses, job search

Languages: English

Contact: tjohnson@asaging.org

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