is a "community"?
A "community" is comprised
of people who live within a geographically defined area and have
social, cultural, and psychological ties with each other and with
the place where they live.
The definition of "community" used
here is very broad. Each of the pilot communities (see below) was asked
to delineate its own borders. So, for example, one "community" is as
small as the Lincoln Square NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement
Community) in New York City, with fewer than 600 residents age 65+ out
of a total population of approximately 3,000, while Maricopa County in
Arizona has a little more than 350,000 residents age 65+ and an overall
population of three million. In the AdvantAge Initiative, despite this
size differential, both are considered "communities".
||Actively engage older adults and their considerable
civic, social, and financial assets to make their communities
a better place to live.
|| Build their capacity to support the health,
well being, and independence of all their elders, including
older people at risk for disease and disability and the disabled
or frail elderly.