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a group of persons residing together in face-to-face association; a group of persons with whom an individual identifies as a source of identity and potential support.
continuing care community life care community.
life care community a living arrangement for older adults that provides several levels of care within one facility or complex. As the resident requires more health supervision, he or she moves from areas that are more independent to those where care is provided under the supervision of a registered nurse. Life care communities usually require an entry fee as well as a monthly fee. Called also continuing care community.
therapeutic community a specially structured mental treatment center, employing group and milieu therapy and encouraging the patient to function within social norms.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


A given segment of a society or a population.
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n. pl. communi·ties
a. A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.
b. The district or locality in which such a group lives.
a. A group of organisms interacting with one another and with the environment in a specific region.
b. The region occupied by a group of interacting organisms.
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A specific group of people, often living in a defined geographical area, who share a common culture, values and norms, arranged in a social structure according to relationships, which the community has developed over a period of time.
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A group of people united by some common feature or shared interest; the social context in which professional services are provided. A community may be united by physical or geographic factors, by one or more common characteristics such as age, gender, developmental level, culture, or health or disability status, or by a shared perspective.
See also: community-based practice
[L. communitas, fellowship, fr. communis, common]
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a naturally occurring group of different species of organisms that lives together and interacts as a selfcontained unit in the same habitat, relatively independent of inputs and outputs from adjacent communities. Ideally, it is selfcontained in terms of food relationships, and usually the only energy required from outside is that of the sun.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005

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To the coordination of the 'Community Connections Program', helping isolated seniors to connect with programs, services and resources within their immediate communities. $37,500 over 18 months.
For example, in the last few years there has been increased pressure on schools to become more heavily involved with their local communities through the introduction of extended schools, (1) which provide a range of services and activities for the community, such as adult education classes, childcare, and information and communication technology (ICT) facilities.
And, as profitability became increasingly illusive, the accent on recreation increased, revealing an underlying skepticism about communities' ability to manage commercially productive forests.
I can well remember 'Get out of our court,' whenever children from the main street came down there to play." (25) This territorial aspect of local communities was most important for boys, as they took part in the street battles that defined and reinforced territorial boundaries.
Many of our students, especially those from underrepresented communities, have appreciated the intentional effort of the seminaries to allow their distinct voices and experience to be heard and celebrated.
Through Councilmember Edward's leadership on the State of Emergency Task Force, HIV educators and testers were able to reach nontraditional communities that had never been served.
"What it will take is to improve the quality of life and empowerment of the residents, including more healthful choices in stores, improved aesthetic quality in low-income communities, increased access of healthful food and lifestyle choices," she says.
The advisory committee recommended spotlighting people who and activities that enhance well-maintained communities. This evolved into a yearly event held each September and includes exhibits and demonstrations by most county public safety agencies.
A human drama is unfolding in independent living communities across the United States.
In spite of this drab picture, recent research on the successes of more than 4,500 high-performing, high-minority, and high-poverty schools should elicit the hope in educators that urban schools, families, and communities can work together to foster the educational resilience and academic success of students (Education Trust, 2001).
The concepts of Knowledge Management (KM) and knowledge communities have matured over the past decade and are being recognized as major enablers for personal learning and job performance in achieving organizational business objectives.
In addition, Salamon argues this new social fabric causes agrarian communities to become post-modern in nature, where lives are fragmented, attachment to land is seen as personal property or as an investment, and where the agrarian social fabric and values are being transformed.

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