McMaster University

Scope of Search

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

There are many other online resources that deal with health and aging available, but what sets the 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 main types of content targeted at citizens include:

  • Evidence Summaries provide key messages from research that’s ready to be acted on;
  • Web Resources Ratings are evaluations that tell you whether free resources on the internet are based on scientific research; and 
  • Blog Posts are commentaries on what the scientific research on a topic actually means and why good science matters.

The Portal also contains a comprehensive inventory of scientific reports targeted at clinicians, public health professionals and policymakers and addressing optimal aging and common health conditions, with links to scientific abstracts and full text when available.


Videos from the Launch of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal prototype

Knowledge Translation Enterprise

The KT Enterprise will consist of the following:

Citizen panels — to give elderly citizens, caregivers and those interested in optimal aging a voice in how optimal aging is supported in Canada.

Public talks with include high-profile speakers to discuss and debate on important issues related to optimal aging.

Debates with high-profile national and global researchers to discuss these important issues with scientists and to learn how we can address the needs of the aging population.

Student-led conversations to discuss current issues in optimal aging, to expose students to relevant information and to learn from the students about how they think optimal aging is or should be supported in Canada.