Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of educational programs including its flagship, sensitivity training, the Virtual Dementia Tour®.

The Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) is a scientifically proven method that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities. This evidenced-based program simulates changes associated with cognitive decline. Geriatric specialist, P.K. Beville authored and invented the VDT as her post-graduate work. This patented program offers hope by providing practical ways to create an environment that supports the disease and increases understanding. More than one million people in 17 different countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is available is three editions to cater to every walk of life and provide ways to identify and better understand the behaviors and needs of those living with dementia.

Proceeds of the VDT fund elders’ dreams through the Dreams Program of Second Wind Dreams. 

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Giving to Second Wind

Second Wind Dreams is committed to restoring faith and respect in our elders by engaging them, helping them achieve their dreams, and giving them a sense of self-worth. The dreams fulfilled by your donations range from the simple to the sublime - from having a Skype call with a daughter, to meeting the President. Help make a dream come true today.

Second Wind Dreams is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. Please help fulfill a dream here.

Watch our video to see how your donation is making a difference in the lives of our elders! 

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Fulfill a Dream

Join Second Wind Dreams and our award-winning Dreams Program as we shed light on the positive aspects of aging.  And remember, you’re never too old to dream!

Click here to learn more about the steps to fulfilling a dream. 

Donations of time, talents, resources and monetary value are greatly appreciated in support of making dreams come true.  There are so many ways to help!

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Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Second Wind Dreams. We are excited to hear from people with a heart to help. To be added to our volunteer list and receive updates, please contact: mailto: volunteer@secondwind.org

Explore the various volunteer opportunities at Second Wind Dreams. 

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The Elder Care Community Network

Join more than 500 Second Wind Dreams members as we change the perception of aging through dream fulfillment for those living in eldercare communities nationwide. The Second Wind Dreams program is an opportunity to expose society to the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. We believe dreams can satisfy the most basic and pure part of us as humans, and would be honored to have you join our mission!

Learn more about the membership bebefits with Second Wind Dreams. 

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Become a Sponsor

At Second Wind Dreams, we are committed to ensuring our corporate partners are given the opportunity to have a significant role in their local communities, thereby becoming active participants in our global mission.  Our programs give organizationsa unique and exciting way to engage its employees through community action and effect real change for an underserved, marginalized group of people.  We do this by making dreams come true for our elders and creating more sensitive care for those with dementia.

Joining Second Wind Dreams mission will position your organization with nearly 45 million family members, friends and caregivers in the US alone who work diligently to serve this precious resource. We are confident that our programs will give your organization the opportunity to demonstrate its moral fortitude in a society where capitalism prevails.

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“My mom struggled with dementia for 12 years, but it wasn’t until I spent 8 minutes inside the Virtual Dementia Tour that I truly understood what her world was like.” 

–Leeza Gibbons, Emmy Award-winning entertainer

The orginal, research-based

Virtual Dementia Tour®

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The Virtual Dementia Tour accurately simulates what it is like to live with dementia and common physical impairments that come with age. Watch this video to witness the profound effects.

Facts:

  • The VDT has reached 1 million people in 17 countries
  • It has been translated into 5 languages (FPO)
  • The VDT® is used by 16 medical schools to simulate dementia

VDT for Families »

The Family edition kit is to be used by a person or family who is trying to understand how dementia affects a loved one.

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VDT Training»

Fundamentals, Facilitator and Certified Training programs are important for the professional use of the VDT.

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VDT Comprehensive Program»

The Comprehensive Program is for healthcare professionals, as well as caregiving educators.

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Vernon is from Ohio and worked as a pastry chef for Rich Food Products out of Chicago.  He also went to Wilton School for bakers in Chicago.  Vernon is passionate about the theatre.  He performed in several plays including Oklahoma in his earlier years.  Vernon and his wife enjoyed going to musicals.  Vernon would very much enjoy another chance to enjoy the theatre, especially the award winner Once!

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Community
Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, Texas
Category
Relive the Past

Libby Howell loves music and a great party so we have weaved a dream expecially for her.  Her dream will happen on Wednesday Jan 28th. It will happen at a local restuarant call "Aw Shucks". (Starting at 6:30pm) There will be 6 in her family as guest to witness her big night.  Aw Shucks will be having an open mic night and I am personnaly inviting local musicians to be there and each will have a special song just for her!  They will be photograghed with her to capture it all.  We will have decorations and party favors for all.  For Libby this will be a night she will never forget.....

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Relive the Past

Renee has always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride.  As we were figuring our Second Wind Dreams here at Elmcroft she came to me with here desire to have this dreamed fulfilled.  The two things to make this complete would be to have her daughter and son go on this fun adventure with her.

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Community
Elmcroft of Saxonburg
Location
Saxonburg, PA
Category
Adventure

Bob, a life-long Catholic and Notre Dame fan, has a dream of visiting the University of Notre Dame. Accompanied by his loving wife, he would love to get a "behind the scenes" tour of many of the campus landmarks (the Basiclla of the Scared Heart, the Grotto, the Stadium, etc.). We are asking for funding to cover the cost of meals, tour prices, golf cart rental, a souvenir from the campus bookstore (sweatshirt), and gas to transport Bob to the University of Notre Dame.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Relive the Past

Vernon

Once the Broadway musical at Bass Hall, Fort Worth

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Vernon

Once the Broadway musical at Bass Hall, Fort Worth

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Libby

Party Girl

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Libby

Party Girl

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Renee

Up Up and Away

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Renee

Up Up and Away

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Bob

Notre Dame or Bust!

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Bob

Notre Dame or Bust!

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College graduations are one of the most meaningful times in one’s life. We want to guarantee that dedicated and loving father, Joe, of Gwinnett Extended Care, is able to join in this celebration with his daughter. Joe’s daughter is graduating from the North Texas State in May 2015. Because she lives in Texas, Joe does get to see his daughter very often and is extremely grateful to be a part of this special occasion.  Joe’s dream includes airfare to travel from Georgia to Texas for him and his brother, who must accompany Joe to assist with day-to-day and strenuous traveling tasks. This dream also requires transportation for the brothers to and from the airport and funding for a beautiful bouquet of flowers to present to his daughter on her special day.

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Community
Gwinnett Extended Care Center
Location
Lawrenceville, GA
Category
Family & Love

Recently I sat down with Vi and asked her if she could do anything again or for the first time, what would it be? Vi shocked me with the next statement. She said, " I have never ridden a bicycle." I was amazed at that statement. I asked why she had never had that opportunity as a child and she simply said that her family kept the girls busy and the boys were the only ones that received a bicycle. I asked her why she hadn't ridden one as an adult? Politely she said, " I never had learned early in life and it was too late." So to make her dream come true, I have found a 26" Adult Tricycle on Wal-Mart's webpage and would love to purchase it for her and give her the joy of riding a bicycle with our supervision in nearby parks and around her home.

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Community
Elmcroft of Southern Pines
Location
Southern Pines, NC
Category
Adventure

Leah has always been a social person, and some of her favorite times have been spent with her "ladies social club" playing Euchre! For many many years, this group of 12 ladies has met weekly to play cards, eat snacks, and of course, engage in a little gossip. Recently, Leah has been unable to regularly meet with the group due to health and transportation issues. We would LOVE to host a special card party in Leah's honor, inviting all of her card playing friends for lunch, special door prizes, followed by (several hours!) of Euchre. We are even ordering custom made playing cards for the event so Leah can have them as a remembrance of the wonderful day we plan to have! We are requesting funding to cover the cost of the lunch for the party ($100), decorations ($50), plates/plastic wear/napkins($25) a few door prizes,($50) and the custom made cards ($25).

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

John and Helen have been married for 66 wonderful years and are still deeply in love!  On Valentine’s Day, John would like to take Helen to their favorite local restaurant, Greenwoods, to relive precious memories and remind Helen how much she means to him.  

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Community
Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Joe

Reunion of a Lifetime

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Joe

Reunion of a Lifetime

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Violet

Pedal Pushing

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Violet

Pedal Pushing

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Leah

Leah's Card Party

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Leah

Leah's Card Party

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John

Will You Be My Valentine?

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John

Will You Be My Valentine?

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Bill Jenkins has a prized collection of historical documents dating back to the Civil War Times. He has even had the Smithsonian Institute come to visit him about his collection. Although they asked for the entire collection of documents, Bill only parted with some of the items, keeping for himself a nice chunk of history. He is very proud of it and has always wanted to share it with others. On Friday January 23rd, Bill finally got the opportunity to show off his amazing collection and share with our community his story about how he came into possession of the documents. Sharing, with a sparkle in his eye, a check for the amount of forty five gold among many other items, Bill really blew away the crowd. The group created an even more elated Bill by asking questions and showing true interest and amazement. We are so happy to have helped Bill make his dream come true!

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Community
Elmcroft Grossmont Gardens
Location
La Mesa, CA
Category
Relive the Past

Go Cats!!!!!

It doesn't take long after talking to KI to find out he is a diehard University of Kentucky Basketball Fan. 

After contacting the University of Kentucky Basketball Department, with help from Amy Safran from Second Wind Dreams, they sent a special letter written to KI from Head Coach John Calipari.  The letter thanked KI for being a life long fan and supporting Widcats basketball.  Coach Calipari also sent an autographed photo personalized to KI.

KI was given his special gifts from the Coach at a UK party at the community on Friday afternoon.  His grandson Staurt and his wife Sheri and KI's granddaughter Hannah attended.  Although we had computer breakdown we had the UK fight song and My Old Kentucky Home.  We had a special University of Kentucky Wildcats cake for desert that night at dinner.

In the pictures:  KI, grandson and his wife Stuart and Sheri Riddle and KI's Great granddaughter Hannah Riddle.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
Category
Heart & Soul

Second Wind Dreams is all about

making a long-lost dream become a

reality—whether it’s visiting a place

you have longed for or seeing

family you haven’t seen in years, it

is our goal to make our residents’

dreams come true. The recipient of

our September Second Wind Dream

was Dora Foley. Dora and her

family were treated to a day at one

of her favorite places, Joe Huber’s

Farm & Winery. With a delicious

lunch and shopping at the Farm’s

store and bakery, it was surely a day

to remember!

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Community
Elmcroft of Mount Washington
Location
Mt. Washington, KY
Category
Relive the Past

It is always a special time when we

can reconnect families, especially

those who have not seen each other

for long periods of time. As we age

and travel becomes more difficult, we

oftentimes miss the connection with

our families. We are so pleased that

we were able to reconnect these two

sisters and other families as our

Second Wind Dream for October. We

were able to transport Virginia

Williams and some of her family to

Indiana to visit with her sister. It was a

wonderful day of family time and lots

of pictures to cherish these memories.

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Elmcroft of Mount Washington
Location
Mt. Washington, KY
Category
Relive the Past

Bill

Making History

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Bill

Making History

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KI

GO CATS!!!!!!

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KI

GO CATS!!!!!!

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Dora

Trip to Hubers Farm with Family

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Dora

Trip to Hubers Farm with Family

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Virgina

Reconnect with Sister in Indiana

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Virgina

Reconnect with Sister in Indiana

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