The national theme for the 2012 National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) is “Celebrating the Journey,” and for this year’s event it all starts on Mother’s Day, May 13, and continues through May 19.

Organizers say the week is an opportunity to involve many groups in a positive effort to honor the elderly and those with disabilities and the entire long term care community.

The week is also meant to foster intergenerational contact, strengthen family relationships, and encourage volunteerism.

The American Health Care Association is developing NNHW promotional material and themed products. For details, visit and participate on Facebook. E-mail inquiries should be sent to