How to Identify Credible Online Resources
If you’re visiting an online health site for the first time or downloading a new app, ask these five questions:
Who runs or created the site or app? Can you trust them?
What is the site or app promising or offering? Do its claims seem too good to be true?
When was its information written or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?
Where does the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?
Why does the site or app exist? Is it selling something?
BCOA is continuing to build this resource library. Check back later when resources are formatted and more will be available.
Each resource includes the organizations website and a link to a selected article or brochure that may be of interest to older adults and their families.
Aging Life Care Association 520-881-8008
Article: Health Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness
American Geriatrics Society 212-308-1414
American Society on Aging 800-537-9728
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program 888-831-0404
Volunteer-based advocacy organization seeking to improve long-term care facility residents’ quality of life and care. Investigates complaints made by or on behalf of residents. All investigations are confidential and provided at no charge.|
Brochure: Assisted Living Facility & Adult Family Care Home Residents’ Rights
Brochure: Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Florida Abuse Hotline (Department of Children and Families-DCF)
Charged with providing comprehensive protective services for vulnerable adults who are abused, neglected or exploited. State law requires that reports of abuse, neglect, threatened harm, or exploitation be made to this hotline.
Abuse Reporting Form: Online
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 866-615-6464
One of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Brochure: Older Adults and Depression
Brochure: 5 Things You Should Know About Stress
Article: Help for Mental Illness
Roslynn Carter Institute for Caregivers
Article: Working While Caring
Article: Recalibrating for Caregivers
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Publication: Guide to Benefits for Seniors