In your younger years, you may have been active in community affairs. But now you don’t get out so much. Maybe your caregiving duties keep you at home more. The good news is, you can still be involved in community affairs from the comfort of your own computer.

In the first few months of 2017 alone, much has happened in the political arena. People who avoided politics before may now be keeping an eye out for changes being made or proposed that are hit close to home. Regardless of political stance, no one wants to be caught off guard.

Some of the legislation being debated is very relevant to senior citizen communities. One of the biggest issues is healthcare, which will affect affordability and availability of medical care.

With the Meals on Wheels program and many other services expecting to see reduced budgets — or in jeaopady of being cut altogether — it’s important to keep apprised of what’s going on.

Common Cause is a nonprofit grassroots organization founded in 1970 with over 700,000 members. On its website, you can find articles about recent legislation, advocacy campaigns and other areas of interest to you.

Of course, Common Cause is only one source out of many. The important issue is staying informed. It’s the first step to ensuring the happiness and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones continues into the future.