The downward trend in assisted living occupancy continues, according to data released by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). As reported by McKnight’s Senior Living, the data showed the occupancy rate for assisted living has fallen lower than last quarter’s record low average – from 85.7 percent to 85.2 percent. The rate was the lowest since NIC began reporting the data in 2005. According to NIC, the senior housing occupancy rate has trended downward over the past 10 quarters, which is only two quarter short of its 12-quarter downturn during the Great Recession. The latest data from NIC also shows record growth in inventory, with more than 4,400 units coming online. For more information, read Assisted Living Occupancy Drops to Record Low in Second Quarter in McKnight’s Senior Living.

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Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s sister organizations, the Foundation and Employee Benefits, Inc. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.7443 ext. 111.