Generation Link

The cyberrevolution has begun to recruit among older Americans. They are going online to plan trips, manage investments, track down old friends, strengthen family ties and create a sense of community

In the kingdom of cyberspace, youth still rules, of course. But there is an invasion under way, led by the likes of Sara Trabish. This unlikely foot soldier is an 82-year-old great-grandmother who keeps her family connected with e-mail. A grandson in Maryland sends her dirty jokes. Her great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, both 13, love being on her online network and have gotten to know her better. "I feel good about building ties with a younger generation," Trabish says.

Experts differ on numbers, but most agree that people 50 and older make up the fastest-growing group online. Some, like Trabish, want to...

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