PreRetirementLife offers an online directory of what it calls the 500 most useful Web sites to help adults age 50-64 meet life’s challenges and opportunities.
The sites are organized in 14 topic areas including Health & Medical, Anti-Aging, Financial Planning, Travel, Entertainment, and Caregiving. Visitors submit ratings for each site and suggest others for inclusion.
"It can be difficult to find the really best sites to begin research on an important issue," Andrew P. Garvin, CEO of PreRetirementLife, said in a news release announcing the new directory. "Our researchers spent months studying thousands of sites, weighing them according to our ranking formula, and finally selecting those with the most useful, comprehensive, and impartial information."
I think the PreRetirementLife directory would be a good starting place for those not very familiar with Internet research. It lists a number of Web sites for organizations and government agencies – such as the American Heart Association and the federal Food and Drug administration – that can help people get started gathering information.
The listing of blogs for boomers and older adults was fairly good. However, there weren’t enough Web sites listed on alternative medicine. Also, it was discouraging to open the Anti-Aging category and see so many listings for item such as plastic surgery and botox.
I wrote an e-mail to Garvin and was pleased to received a prompt reply. He said:
Thank you for your comments. I will look into your suggestion that we list more sites covering alternative medicine.
As for plastic surgery and botox, in our listings of most useful sites, we do not seek to judge what is good or bad, but rather to include information on things that people express interest in.
Thanks for writing, Andrew.