Life After Work: Senior Netizens

Folks in or near retirement are getting wired as never before -- and not just to e-mail the grandkids

Illustration for TIME by Harry Campbell

Hazel Poole's arthritis became so painful six years ago that she could no longer indulge her passion for embroidering. But she could still type. So Poole, now 100 and living in a Delaware retirement home, launched an online news service dedicated to the kind of fancy stitchwork that had earned her so many prizes over the years.

Poole is something of a trailblazer. Folks in or near retirement are getting wired as never before--and not just to e-mail the grandkids and view photos of their far-flung family members. They're going online to bank, invest, search for alternative medicines, find volunteer opportunities, network...

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