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 in different formats 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 helps to fund elders’ dreams through the Dreams Program of Second Wind Dreams. 

The VDT® Comprehensive Program includes:

  • A step by step manual to guide facilitators through the administration of the VDT experience
  • VDT Facilitator Training (full-day in-person training - 5.5 hours NAB CEU.)
  • Sensory components used during the Tour to simulate effects of aging and dementia such as impaired vision, auditory confusion, limited mobility and more
  • Materials and forms needed for conducting the Tour
  • One year license

For all international orders, please contact Second Wind Dreams directly. 

The VDT is a unique, interactive program proven to improve communication and care. This easy to follow experiential training is designed for care giving facilities and community organizations to help identify with and understand patients' behaviors and needs. This Comprehensive Program has been used for new employees, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other caregivers. Upon the completion of VDT training, caregivers were able to identify with and better understand the behaviors and needs of those in their care.

When dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual.  In addition to caregivers and staff, appropriate participants include:

  • EMS providers
  • police officers
  • firemen
  • local businesses
  • community groups
  • churches
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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 benefits 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, Leeza's Care Connection

The orginal, research-based

Virtual Dementia Tour®

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nsne9-QZQH4

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 over 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 »

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

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VDT Training»

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 eldercare communities, healthcare professionals and educators.

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Fulfill a Dream Below

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Carlton in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it is to attend a baseball game one last time. 

 

 

With your donation, you would not only help Carlton relive some of his best memories on a baseball diamond, but also provide him with the chance to once again experience a pastime he used to frequently enjoy prior to moving into his Azura home.

 

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
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Eau Claire, WI
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Relive the Past

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Darlene in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it is to take care for animals and a garden. Our Azura Team has made plans for Darlene to visit a farm to visit with a few animals, and to go shopping for flowers to tend at our Azura Memory Garden.

 

 

With your donation, you would not only help Darlene experience a day that would bring joy to her life, but also provide her with the chance to enjoy the simple pleasures in life she used to frequently enjoy prior to moving to her Azura home.

 

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
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Eau Claire, WI
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Heart & Soul

During a conversation with this sweet lady, we were reminiscing of things we did and like to do. Lillian lost her husband many years ago at a younger age and didn't go out much since his passing. Lillian said it would give her great pleasure to go for an Italian dinner and dance the JITTERBUG! Lillian would like some funds to dine and dance as the two places we have checked into can not help us in fulfilling her dreams.

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Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
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Peckville, PA
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Adventure

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Phyllis in Monroe, Wisconsin, it is to attend Cubs and Brewers baseball game. Thanks to Associated Bank, we were able to get tickets to the game on August 1st at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

 

With your donation, you would help us cover parking for the game, some game-day food and drinks for Phyllis to enjoy as she watches her two favorite baseball teams, and a little extra for a Brewers or Cubs memorabilia

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Relive the Past

Carlton

Hey Batta Batta Swing!: Carlton’s Baseball Dream

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Carlton

Hey Batta Batta Swing!: Carlton’s Baseball Dream

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Darlene

Darlene's Animal Care and Garden

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Darlene

Darlene's Animal Care and Garden

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Lillian

Dine and Dance

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Lillian

Dine and Dance

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Phyllis

A Brewers and Cubs Fan's Dream Come True

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Phyllis

A Brewers and Cubs Fan's Dream Come True

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At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Jane Ann in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it is to attend a Vince Gill concert with her daughter and son-in-law on August 22..

 

With your donation, you would not only help Jane Ann relive some of her best times and memories with country music, but also provide her with the chance to experience a concert, something she has never been given the opportunity to do before.

 

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
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Eau Claire, WI
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Heart & Soul

Peg Wickam always wanted to tour the White House. As far back as she can remember, she dreamt about what it must of been like to live in the White House. She never thought she would ever be able to step foot in our nations home, let alone have her dream come true by touring it. Between working, and raising her five children their was no time to fulfill any dream that she might have had. Until now, Second Wind Dreams and your donations can help to make this remarkable woman's dream come true.

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Elmcroft of Reading
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Reading, PA
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Adventure

Our dreamer has always wanted to enjoy the adventure of deep sea fishing.  Your donation will fulfill his dream and give him the experience of a lifetime. 

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Elmcroft of Southern Pines
Location
Southern Pines, NC
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Adventure

Maxine is a lovely lady who has been struggling with some isolation issues. Her dream will be on Thursday July 30, 2015. The goal is to get her to leave her apartment and she will have a ladies lunch in the Ambassador room with Healthy Lifestyles Director along with a volunteer (Rhonda) who has been an inspiration to Maxine. The room will be decorated with Angels (she is very spiritual) and we will be bringing in lunch from Red Lobster as this is her favorite. A new out fit will be purchased to make her feel extra special for this luncheon. Special music will be planned to come in to bring joy (country) to this private moment of moving "One Step Forward". The family is so excited to give her this uplifting day to let her see her spirit come alive....

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Adventure

Jane

A Love of Country Music

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Jane

A Love of Country Music

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Peggy

White House Tour

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Peggy

White House Tour

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Gerald

Deep Sea Fishing

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Gerald

Deep Sea Fishing

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Maxine

One Step Forward

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Maxine

One Step Forward

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A picture perfect day for Mr. Ramos is to have a picnic at the beach. We plan on making it happen by taking Mr. Ramos to Oceanside Beach and having a picnic with his friends. We will be inviting all of our Residents to attend and making it as an outing. The chef will prepare picnic favorites along with all the fixing and will be bring it to our picnic. This SWD is easily to accomplish and doesn't cost anything but means so much to Mr. Ramos.

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

We did a special Second Wind Dream today.

 

We have a very special lady Ms. Ella Owen Reed that turned 103 today.  We had a birthday blowout.  We had many friends, family and special dignitaries from the community here to honor Ms. Reed. 

 

She had special visits from Wilson County Mayor Hutto, State Representative Mark Pody, Ms. Donna Wright from Wilson County Schools, and Mr. Scott Benson from Lebanon Special School District (LSSD). 

 

Ms. Ella is a retired school teacher from LSSD.  She taught for over 35 years and never missed a day.  She started teaching in the Wilson County Schools in a one room school house with eight grades all together.  When she retired, she was a teacher at Byers Dowdy for the 4th grade.

 

Also she had surprise visits from 4 of her former students and Mr. Winfrey that was the Superintendent of the school district when she retired. 

 

We had a wonderful gathering and shared lots of memories.  Also she had several friends from her church that attended that party. 

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

Sue Hagewood is an 82 year old lady that resides at Elmcroft of Hendersonville.  She has always loved children, and what better way to make her day but to take her to a day care facility and let her interact with the kids.  She was ready for her little journey on June 29, complete with doughnuts to hand out to the children.  First we watched the little ones on the playground, and then we went inside where all the children gathered around her while she told her stories of when she would sneak off to her grandmother's house.  She handed out her doughnuts, smiling all the while.  One young lady just couldn't get enough of Sue, and hung on to her and told her that she had a great grandmother, too.  Sue was surprised that none of the children were bashful or afraid of her.  (Maybe it was the doughnuts!!)  Sue had a wonderful time being "grandma" again to all the children.  One little girl asked her when she would be back, and Sue smiled so big and said "whenever they will bring me".  It brought back a lot of memories of the days when Sue watched children in her home and taking care of her own grandkids.

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
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Heart & Soul

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Elsie in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it is to play a few games of Bingo at a local Moose Lounge with her family on Wednesday, July 8th.

 

With your donation, you would not only help Elsie relive some of her best days, but also provide her with the chance to once again experience a pastime she used to frequently enjoy prior to her moving into her Azura home.

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible.

 

Your donation would provide Elsie with transportation, more Bingo cards than she can count, and food to enjoy while she once again delights in an old hobby with her family. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
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Relive the Past

Mosies

A Picnic at the Beach

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Mosies

A Picnic at the Beach

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Ella

103 years young

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Ella

103 years young

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Sue

Love those Kids!

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Sue

Love those Kids!

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Elsie

Elsie's Love of Bingo

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Elsie

Elsie's Love of Bingo

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