General Health Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, deals with preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability and its website ably reflects this mission. One of the best government websites on the Internet, its coverage is broad. Its “Diseases and Conditions” section covers major chronic and many infectious diseases including AIDS, bird flu, common childhood diseases like measles and more exotic diseases like Ebola. Birth defects, traveler’s health, emergency preparedness, vaccine and immunization information, accidents and injury information, infectious diseases and workplace safety and health are all covered. Rich in information and colorfully illustrated, it also provides information in Spanish.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center
Produced by the Cleveland Clinic to benefit patients, the general public, and healthcare professionals, this site offers nearly 5,000 articles, videos, podcasts and tools for managing your health. A Health Information Search Specialist can answer questions via a live chat service Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 1:30 pm EST (except holidays).
This subject directory of health website links is maintained by the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa. A special focus on medical pictures makes this site unique.
Managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthfinder.gov provides reliable information culled from approximately 1,400 health-related organizations. Features of note include tools for finding health services and support, National Health Observances toolkits, and information about what is covered under health care reform.
MayoClinic.com offers a wealth of easy-to-understand health and medical information. In addition to comprehensive disease and condition guides the site includes descriptions of drugs, supplements, tests, and procedures; healthy living guides; a symptom checker; and expert blogs.
The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist consumers in locating authoritative health information. The first place to go when seeking information MedlinePlus pages offer carefully selected links to web resources with health information on more than 900 topics. The A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia includes images, videos, and over 4,000 brief articles. Drug and supplement information, a medical dictionary, patient education interactive tutorials, and links to health information in multiple languages are also provided.
NetWellness, a nonprofit consumer health website, provides more than 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its “Ask An Expert” feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities.
Senior Health Information
AgingCare: an Online Community for Caregivers
Online community created for caregivers of elderly parents. Includes information on the most common health problems, financial and legal matters, making choices between different housing options, and more. One can sign up for their newsletter and participate in forums and blogs on caregiving topics.
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging
The American Geriatrics Society Foundation created this website to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging. Overseen by a team of experts on caring for older adults, HealthinAging.org content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society has developed for its professional members.
CDC’s Health Aging
This Centers for Disease Control’s website has statistics and research information including the latest State of Aging and Health and State of Mental Health and Aging in America reports, information on the Healthy Brain Initiative and advance care planning and chronic disease management, and links to other articles, reports, and organizations.
The Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, services, and support for caregivers and families of persons with chronic, disabling health conditions. It offers fact sheets in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese on conditions such as dementia, Parkinson disease, and stroke. As an advocacy group it also offers statistics, public policy information, and reports. It includes caregiver advice and tips and hosts online discussion groups.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. The website has patient information for older adults and their families, information on finding a geriatric psychiatrist, and some fact sheets in Spanish.
Reviewed by Mayo Clinic staff this site has very readable articles on aging, conditions that often affect older adults, and healthy living. Articles are authoritative, short and, cover topics such as sex and intimacy and anti-aging therapies that often aren’t found on other sites.
The official U.S. government website provides a wealth of information on Medicare health plans, drug coverage, and costs. It also offers tools to find whether a test, item, or service is covered and for finding doctors, providers, hospitals, plans, and suppliers. Online forms are provided for applying to the program, replacing a Medicare card, or changing an address.
MedlinePlus Seniors’ Health
Created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this website comprises links to reliable health information throughout the web. It provides access to the latest news, overviews of senior health issues, research, statistics, aging organizations, clinical trials, and more. Links also guide you to pre-formatted article searches on PubMed.
National Institute on Aging
NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life and is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research. Information and tips on healthy aging is included. Resources are available in both English and Spanish. Copies also are provided in PDF format where applicable. Print versions are available for online ordering. Health and aging organization database lists more than 350 national organizations that provide help to older people.
NIH Senior Health
This website for older adults makes aging-related health information easily accessible for those seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. Well-illustrated and readable, it includes many short videos and links out to other sites for additional information. It also allows increases in contrast as well as size of type for easier viewing.