White Papers

NIC regularly publishes white paper reports authored by both NIC experts and by industry partners. These white papers are provided to increase the transparency and understanding of the senior housing and care sector.

Identifying New Opportunities: Treating Chronic Kidney Disease in Senior Housing

Understanding the population demographics and prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in various markets can give insights about the most appropriate areas in which to develop these specialized communities.

This analysis demonstrates differing levels in incidence of diagnosed chronic kidney disease among potential residents of senior housing in the NIC MAP® Primary Markets and differing levels of senior housing supply and utilization.

Identifying New Opportunities: Utilizing Dementia Medicare Data for More Informed Underwriting

The aging of the U.S. population and the growing incidence of dementia make understanding the local prevalence of this disease more important than ever for planning senior housing projects.

Data show that degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are more prevalent in certain parts of the country than others. Understanding these patterns can make feasibility analyses more precise and reliable, while allowing for a better targeting of supply and demand.

Voices from the Field

Researchers at NIC and NORC at the University of Chicago spoke with senior housing and care operators about their experiences, challenges, and successes through the early months of the  COVID-19 public health emergency.

Rethinking Demand: Considering a Life Expectancy Perspective

Demand analysis for seniors housing is both an art and a science. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many seniors housing markets experienced excess supply pushing occupancy levels to record lows as supply exceeded demand.

Looking Into the Future: How Much Seniors Housing Will Be Needed?

The report from NIC’s Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace and Research Statistician Anne Standish estimates the number of seniors housing units that will be needed through 2040 using the most recent U.S. Census population projections. Since projections are as much art as they are science, they have also created a few scenarios that project needed new supply based on different penetration rates and different household age cohorts.


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