The National Institute on Aging (NIA) seeks to discover those factors that contribute to healthy aging as well as to inform the public about the diseases and disabilities associated with old age. It is highly recommended as a well-written, comprehensive, and user-friendly website for information on a wide range of resources for older adults, their loved ones, caregivers, and researchers.
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 American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a recommended aging resource that funds, trains, and recognizes researchers. Researchers can access a good deal of information on research trends and potential grants. The AFAR website also has limited information on the biology of aging, common diseases of aging, and ways to ensure healthy aging.
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.
Tooth Wisdom is recommended as a good resource for learning about oral health in older adults. While the articles here do not explore any topic in great detail, the broad variety of topics provide basic information at the intersection of aging and oral health.
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.
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.
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.