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The American Federation for Aging Research

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) funds, trains, and recognizes researchers in the field of aging. The AFAR website also has limited information on the biology of aging, common diseases of aging, and ways to ensure healthy aging. Although the site is primarily a place for researchers to access information on research trends and potential grants, it can also be recommended as a resource for those looking for information about growing old.

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Review Date: 5/7/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Drop down category tabs in bright orange are easy to browse. Each section is broken down into multiple subtopics which present small chunks of text. Unfortunately subtopics are listed in what seems to be a random order. The search bar is also unexpectedly located at the bottom of the page.

Visual Design

The homepage has a several prominent and welcoming images. However, across the rest of the website there's a lack of engaging visual content aside from videos found in the site's media center. The site's design is professional and consistent; not the best, but far from the worst.

Quality

A wealth of information for users interested in current trends in aging research. There is limited information on aging itself, which can be found in more detail on other sites. The content is not specifically referenced. Instead, it was created by experts in aging research at the American Federation for Aging Research.

Credibility

Individual authors are not identified, but reviewer names and credentials appear alongiside some content. Posting dates are included the news/events and media sections. but no other content is dated.

Pros

  1. Easy to navigate via clear, distinct categories
  2. Contains easy-to-read information geared toward a lay audience
  3. Topics broken down into multiple subtopics to reduce page clutter
  4. Up-to-date news coverage about health issues associated with aging
  5. Information about healthy aging and the most common issues related to aging

Cons

  1. More provider-focused content
  2. The common diseases of aging section has a limited number of topics and superfical coverage
  3. Healthy aging information is very shallow and limited

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: American Federation for Aging Research, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity established in 1981

Accreditations: Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity

Additional Features: Videos, press releases, news coverage and current research, lecture series, patient handouts, expert Q&A

Languages: English

Contact: info@afar.org