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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging

This section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been renovated and now focuses on Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia. The information is reliable, varied, accurate, and easy to read. There are also a variety of tools and resources related to dementia and links to more detailed, credible information about each type. This site is recommended for consumers seeking information and resources concerning dementia in older adults.

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Review Date: 12/3/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

Users can easily navigate this section by clicking through a series of links organized topically under a handful of categories. Some of the links lead to other sections of the CDC website, and the search bar cannot be restricted to the Healthy Aging section alone. Otherwise, this is an intuitive browsing experience.

Visual Design

The inclusion of multimedia resources is helpful in understanding more complex concepts. But overall this section of the CDC, like the others, has a sparse and slightly outdated visual design.

Quality

Health content here is high-quality, balanced, and well referenced. The site's collection of additional resources is also extensive and very useful. Users will benefit from giving this site a visit for a broad overview of Alzheimer's and other causes of dementia.

Credibility

The source of the content on each page is given, but individual authors, editors, and/or reviewers are not listed to evaluate credibility. However, the fact that the CDC is the source of most of the information on other websites makes it extremely credible. The date of last review appear on each page of the site, all of which are current.

Pros

  1. Written content is easy to read and engaging
  2. The inclusion of multimedia resources is helpful in increasing the understanding of many aspects of dementia
  3. There is information for caretakers as well a an impressive list of support services and other resources
  4. Coming from the CDC, the information is accurate and based on current research

Cons

  1. The content could be more detailed, although there are links to more detailed information on other disease-specific websites

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: downloadable fact sheets, information on support and other resources on dementia and cognitive health, links to reliable additional information, videos, podcasts, webinars, infographics, news and research updates

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: privacy@cdc.gov