Highly Recommended

MedlinePlus – Seniors’ Health

MedlinePlus - Seniors' Health provides clear and extensive information about the medical and social issues of aging. Users can browse the site's free collection of articles, videos, news, and research. This website is recommended for its resources that are produced and maintained by influential organizations within the field of medicine. However, other websites with a narrower focus than MedlinePlus are able to cover seniors' health more comprehensively.

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Review Date: 5/2/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Clearly-labelled subsection headings organize what would otherwise be an overwhelming number of links to navigate. Each topic leads to a page with a "Start Here" section that provides basic information on a condition before moving into topics like diagnosis, treatment, images, and clinical trials. Although the search bar pulls results from the entire MedlinePlus catalogue, using this website is as easy as scrolling a page and finding the topic of most relevance.

Visual Design

MedlinePlus features a professional and simple visual design. Few images populate the pages here, but the topics explored often have links to relevant multimedia, especially videos. The site's use of color is subtle and pleasant, proving that a website doesn't need to be flashy in order to stand out visually.

Quality

MedlinePlus collects a good amount of information about many of the issues associated with aging. The information is not written by MedlinePlus itself, but there are dozens of high quality resources linked here for visitors.

Credibility

Individual authors/editors are not identified, but the organizations responsible for the content are reliable and clearly identified. MedlinePlus updates its pages within a two year period, but currency of linked content varies depending on the site listed. No red flags are apparent regarding the credibility of the resources available here.

Pros

  1. Extensive information about many issues associated with aging, including general health and wellness, common diseases and conditions, health insurance, living situations, end of life issues, etc.
  2. Majority of resources are written by medical professionals in easy-to-read language
  3. Links to American Geriatrics Society, National Institute on Aging, AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, and other sites with unique information or special features
  4. Navigation is intuitive, and consumers can quickly access a variety of reputable medical resources

Cons

  1. The resources seem to exclude some common issues that consumers might expect to see
  2. Many topics lack depth or links to additional information
  3. "Prevention and Risk Factors" only lists superficial information like "Physical Activity Helps Seniors Stay Mobile"
  4. Other topics contain few links, like "Treatments and Therapies" and "Videos and Tutorials"

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: HON seal (2017)

Additional Features: Videos, health check tools, eldercare locator, relevant journal articles, e-magazine

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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