NHI Increases First Quarter Dividend

  NHI Increases First Quarter Dividend

Business Wire

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- February 14, 2013

National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) announced today it will increase
its first quarter dividend to $.695 per common share to shareholders of record
on March 29, 2013 and payable on May 10, 2013. This represents an annualized
dividend of $2.78 per common share.

National Health Investors, Inc. is a healthcare real estate investment trust
specializing in financing healthcare real estate by purchase and leaseback
transactions, RIDEA transactions and by mortgage loans. NHI's investments
include assisted living, senior living campuses, independent living, skilled
nursing facilities, medical office buildings, and hospitals. Find additional
information about NHI at www.nhireit.com.

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are
forward-looking statements. NHI cautions investors that any forward-looking
statements may involve risks and uncertainties and are not guarantees of
future performance. All forward-looking statements represent NHI's judgment as
of the date of this release. Investors are urged to carefully review and
consider the various disclosures made by NHI in its periodic reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors and
other information disclosed in NHI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most
recently ended fiscal year. Copies of these filings are available at no cost
on the SEC's website athttp://www.sec.govor on NHI's website


National Health Investors, Inc.
Roger R. Hopkins, 615-890-9100
Chief Accounting Officer
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