The Informed Patient Institute (IPI) helps consumers identify the best websites for online information about healthcare costs/quality and patient safety. This recommended website publishes credible reviews of websites that rate and put users in touch with doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes in specific states.
WebMD's "Healthy Aging" section focuses on general health and wellness issues for people aged 50 years or older. Topics covered here include the aging process, preventative care, fitness and exercise, palliative care, and more. There is also information on many other relevant issues like health insurance and Medicare, caregiving, advance directives, retirement, and planning for the future.
The Conversation Project is an advocacy website devoted to furthering public understanding of end-of-life care and advance directives. These help people initiate conversations with their loved ones about end-of-life wishes. This website is helpful for anyone preparing to enter into an end-of-life conversation or learning about how to become a healthcare proxy.
Eldercare Locator is hosts a collection of 16 different types of eldercare services, including long-term care, transportation, legal assistance, and abuse prevention that can be found using a locator tool Additionally, the site offers a variety of educational materials covering many issues of aging and links to many websites providing information about senior health. The site is recommended as an excellent U.S. government resource for older adults, their caregivers, and eldercare providers.
UpToDate is recommended as a physician-level health information and research. This section allows patients and caregivers to search, but not browse, the consumer health content for information available for free. Although topics here are covered in good depth, most of the more detailed information is only available to subscribers.
MedicineNet.com, like its owner WebMD, provides medical information, newsletters, and other services for general readers. Content is created by board-certified physicians, and is recommended to consumers for its in-depth, interactive collection of general health topics. But also like WebMd, this website has an abundance of advertisements and clutter which users must dig through to find helpful content.
Senior Magazine Online is not recommended as a source of senior health information. While the general health articles are clearly written, the website as a whole feels randomly assembled. There is little to no information about the SeniorMag organization, and no way to verify how recent the website's content has been updated or revised.
Golden Reviews allows readers to individual senior care facilities for independent living, assisted living, nursing home, continuing care, in-home care, memory care, or hospice. The website is not recommended due to its list being limited to members small amount of reviewed facilities. Additionally, the tool to search for facilities by location was not functioning at the time of the review.
SeniorAdvisor.com is recommended for consumers who want to conduct research on senior care living facilities. The site provides consumer reviews of facilities for independent living, assisted living, nursing home, continuing care, Alzheimer's care, in-home care, senior apartments, and senior group homes. Users can sort searches by type of care needed, location, and services provided.
The U.S. Department of State provides a one page overview of how to care for elderly loved ones for foreign service workers. While there are some good reminders and tips for who are taking care of an elderly senior from far away, the information is inadequate for the many aspects of elder care. We cannot recommend this website as a helpful eldercare resource for the general public.