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

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Call us today: 678-624-0500 to learn more about the Family Edition of the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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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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Carolyn Votaw is a very special lady.  She has no biological family here but her church family is right by her side. So much has come to us here at Elmcroft because of her and we want to celebrate her.  All she wants is a great meal out with special frieds and we are seaching for the best fit and location.  We will be decorating and the theme will be "her faith".

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Heart & Soul

Carolyn and her friend Bernie are “All Shook Up” about seeing Elvis!  These two super fans have been in love with the king for almost a century combined!  It is their dream to have “A Little Less Conversation” and a lot more Elvis at the tribute show in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.


 

 

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Community
Morningside of Cookeville
Location
Cookeville, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Rodeo is a sporting event that pairs man and beast in what is often a very physical contest. For the animal it is a natural environment where he tests his limits against any force of nature or man. For the contestant it is a choice to test his limits against the unknown. At the Annual Lakeside Rodeo they come together in this arena as opposed to the corral, the ranch or the plains. Lakeside Rodeo Arena, with its long and varied history. Sam has always had a dream to go see a live bull riding competition. He once told us that he wanted to be a bull rider but never had the chance to fulfill his dream. We are making Sam's dream come true by taking him to the Lakeside Rodeo which only happens once a year in April. He will get to watch a live bull riding competition.

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Las Villas Del Norte
Location
Escondido, California
Category
Adventure

Mary has never been married and has no children. She took vacations with her sisters. They were in Paris and on this one vacation  were supposed to get to the airport by helicopter. Instead a car picked them up and took them to the airport.  Mary was so disappointed that she didn't get to experience this form of transportation that she still talks about her trip to Paris and how upsetting this was to her.  To ride in a helicopter is Mary's Second Wind Dream. Let's make it come true.

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Community
Elmcroft at Oaklawn
Location
Louisville, Kentucky
Category
Adventure

Carolyn

"God Provides"

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Carolyn

"God Provides"

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Carolyn

A Dream of the King

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Carolyn

A Dream of the King

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Samuel

Lakeside Rodeo

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Samuel

Lakeside Rodeo

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Mary

Helicopter Ride

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Mary

Helicopter Ride

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Our sweetheart Ms. Teal was a Volunteer at St. Vincents East Hospital in the Recovery unit for many many years. A little birdie told me that folks that were having surgery couldn't wait when they found out Estelle would be with them in the recovery room. We are taking her back to Volunteer and to have lunch with some of the folks she worked with.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Relive the Past

Carolyn wanted to take her family to see a movie. The community bus  took Carolyn,Walt her son and her daughter to see Into the Woods. Dietary fixed a box lunch of hamburgers and fries for everyone. Carolyn is not able to do this for her children and says it feels wonderful to be with her children again."It feels like Christmas".

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Community
Elmcroft at Oaklawn
Location
Louisville, Kentucky
Category
Family & Love

At Azura Memory Care in Wisconsin we see firsthand the joy brought forth when a resident’s dream is realized!  Currently, we are looking for support to help one of our residents, Gracia go back to school! 

Gracia loves children and has been committed to bringing them joy for much of her life.  She also values the importance of education serving as a substitute teacher and on the school board for over two decades.  When we asked what Gracia’s dream would be, we were not surprised when she stated “to teach children.” 

We have made arrangements with a local school who has agreed to allow Gracia to teach a class of kindergarteners.  In working with Gracia we have learned that she is able to tap into her past memories of reading a few special books to her students, children and grandchildren.  Our goal is to purchase hardcopies of these books so that she can continue to ready as long as possible.  In addition, we will be asking the children to sign the book and will place a picture of all of them inside too to make Gracia smile.

We are also working on an art project that will be successful for both Gracia and the children to do together and serve as a keepsake of this special day.  Your donation would enable us to make this part of the dream come true as well!

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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

Mr Ed is a sweet man that has been with us for years...He is autistic. He absolutely loves fire engines and can tell you everything and anything about them. So I am bringing our local fire dept. to our facility and they will be letting Ed be a fireman for awhile, also the Fire Chief and a few of the firemen will be having lunch with Ed.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Heart & Soul

Estelle

Ms Volunteer of St. Vincents East

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Estelle

Ms Volunteer of St. Vincents East

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Carolyn

Family Outing

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Carolyn

Family Outing

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Gracia

Gracia Goes Back to School

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Gracia

Gracia Goes Back to School

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Edward

Fire Engine Ed

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Edward

Fire Engine Ed

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Mary B. loves participating in group activities at the nursing home.  However, she is no longer able to attend and medically needs to stay in her bed.  We would love to provide Mary with a monitor - typically used for babies, but would work wonders for those living in elder care communities.  The monitor would alllow Mary B. the opportunity to hear the musical entertaiment, bingo, and church services right in her room.  This would greatly enhance the quality of Mary's life.

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Community
Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital
Location
Escondido, CA
Category
Heart & Soul

Virginia has always wanted to go on the Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train. It includes a two hour historical train ride through Kentucky, with a three course meal. The whole experience would be so much fun. The tickets start at $69 a piece. We would love to be able to send Virginia and a family member sometime this year. 

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

DAY AT THE FARM

We had a wonderful day to have a day at the farm.  Lora was born and raised on a farm in Northern Ohio.  She was to go to a farm again.

We left Elmcroft with a bus full of family and Lora.  We had 4 generations of her family to enjoy this day with her.  He son and daughter in law, granddaughter and 3 great grand children went to enjoy the day at the farm.  We traveled to Carthage TN. To the farm of John and Barbara Maxwell (family members of one of our residents).  After getting off the bus we all got on a Kubota and drove around 4 different fields of cows and John told us all about the cows and and bulls.  They had a lot of calves.  Also in the fields were horses and dogs.  They even had one little horse named tiny.  After our tour of the farm we went to a little mom and pop restaurant for lunch.  Everybody enjoyed the visit. 

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Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Shirley Staton, an 89 year old resident at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, has had one thing on her mind, and that is to see her home that her husband had built for her 30+ years ago.  They had raised their son in this house, and they had many fond memories.  Shirley was not able to give us an address, but after a few days of prodding, she could give us the name of the elementary school where her son had attended, and that she lived on that road in a 2 story house.  So with that little information, we loaded Shirley in our van and drove her to a neighboring city about 45 minutes away.  Shirley had not been out of our building in years, so this was quite the experience for her.  We made it to the school, and drove up and down the road until finally we found a house that fit her description.  She gave a big smile and said, "Yes, this is it!"  We parked in front of the house for a few minutes while she told us a little about the house, and how the new residents had changed it.  She was so happy seeing her "dream" home again, and couldn't have thanked us more!  It made our day to see the look of peace and happiness on her face. 

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Family & Love

Mary

Staying Connected

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Mary

Staying Connected

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Virginia

My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train

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Virginia

My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train

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Lora

Day on the Farm

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Lora

Day on the Farm

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Shirley

Going Home

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Going Home

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