ElderWeb was created by Karen Stevenson in 1994, and is one of the oldest resources on the web for information about aging and long term care. ElderWeb (https://www.elderweb.com) is a 20-year-old, award-winning World Wide Web site with thousands of pages of eldercare information. ElderWeb was the first non-governmental Web site on this subject ever developed.
ElderWeb was created by Karen Stevenson, a CPA and a consultant with many years of experience in long term care, finance, and technology. Over its 20+ years of existence, ElderWeb has grown to include thousands of reviewed links to long term care information, a searchable database of organizations, and an expanding library of articles and reports, news, and events.
This award-winning site is designed to be a research site for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare and long term care, and includes links to information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics. Thousands of other sites link to ElderWeb, and it has received numerous Web awards and press mentions. ElderWeb has been used extensively by journalists and students doing research, and by professionals looking for Internet resources, as well as by family members looking for help for their elderly relatives.
I first developed the concept and wrote all the code for these pages in 1994, when the browser of choice was Mosaic and I had to hand code everything in HTML. I didn’t have any idea at the time how large this project would grow, I just had trouble finding good long term care information on the Web and decided to post the links I found in a Web page for others to use. I had to search hard to find anything on eldercare on the Web in 1994. At that time, most of the sites on these pages did not exist. Many of my early links were text pages in gophers, and the information posted was nothing more than a list of phone numbers to call to get “real” information.
Since then I have completely remodeled the site several times. There is a huge amount of eldercare information now, and it’s growing rapidly. The site continues to evolve as more, and different, information is available on the Web.