McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

McMaster University is pleased to announce the launch of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, a new online resource that will provide health professionals and the general public with trusted, evidence-based information about how to stay healthy, active and engaged as we grow older.

The McMaster Optimal Aging Portal brings together research evidence about clinical, public health and health systems questions, and presents it in various ways to discuss the key messages from the research, how trustworthy it is, and how it can be acted upon. It also includes links to a wide range of other online resources that have been rated for quality.

There are many other online resources that deal with health and aging available, but what sets the Optimal Aging Portal apart from the crowd is its emphasis on providing only the best evidence, and telling you why it’s considered the best. The Portal filters out the noise and makes it easy to understand how scientific evidence and other types of information can help you – whether you’re a citizen, a clinician, a public health professional or a policymaker.

The Portal provides three types of content targeted at citizens. Web Resource Ratings are evaluations of various types of free, online information such as videos, blogs, podcasts, quizzes and articles on health and aging that have been assessed for relevance and quality; Evidence Summaries present the main points from complex research documents in an easy-to-understand form; and Blog Posts are commentaries that tell you what the scientific research on a topic actually means and whether it is valuable to you.

For professionals, the Portal puts in one place the best available scientific evidence about optimal aging and common health conditions, by drawing on three best-in-class resources that provide answers to questions about clinical, public health or health policymaking topics.

The Optimal Aging Portal was created by a team of researchers at McMaster as part of the University’s aim to become a leading authority in Canada on the study of aging.

To help the public learn more about the portal, two online webinars are planned. The first webinar on October 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), will focus on showing citizens how to use the Portal’s various features. The second webinar on October 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), will focus on how the content of the portal is evaluated, and specifically on the Web Resources Ratings. Information on registration may be found here.