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®

When it comes to deepening the understanding of, and creating a true personal connection to, dementia, experience may very well be the best teacher. And the Virtual Dementia Tour is the first, and best, program available that gives anyone affected by dementia (and that means just about everyone) a window into that world. Experienced by more than two million people across 17 countries, this patented, evidence-based program simulates changes associated with cognitive decline by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities. The results, both individually and across all cultures, have been eye-opening, paradigm-shifting, and life-changing. To learn more about the program that is changing the perception of aging and improving the lives of those living with dementia (as well as those who care for them), click below.

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Giving to Second Wind

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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 or by texting SWD to 41444.

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!

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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 us. 

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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!

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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 original, research-based, and time-tested...

Virtual Dementia Tour®

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

By accurately simulating what it is like to live with dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour opens the eyes and hearts of those who experience it. To get a sense of the profound effects felt by participants of the Tour, we invite you to spend four minutes viewing this video featuring TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons…

Some quick facts about the VDT:

  • It has been experienced by more than two million people in 17 countries
  • It has been translated into eight languages
  • And is used by medical schools to simulate dementia for student learning and overall dementia sensitivity

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Designed especially for eldercare communities, healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, and educational settings.

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VDT Family Edition »

Provides an excellent way, in the privacy of your own home, for you to gain an understanding of what your loved one with dementia experiences on a daily basis.

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VDT Training »

We have a national network of certified trainers and facilitators who ensure that the VDT is always conducted according to specific criteria.

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Bernice loves to gamble and used to go to the casino a lot . Gambling is her favorite thing to do. She would love to relive her dream of winning BIG!!!

 

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Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, TX
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Adventure

Students Marcie Tellier and Megan Snell fulfilled Bob's dream through the Geogian College Therapeutic Recreation Second Wind Dreams program.  Here is their story:

Originally Bob wanted to attend a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, but could not leave the center over night due to physical and medical conditions.

When booking tickets for the game when the Habs came to Toronto we unfortunately where not able to get accessible seating tickets with a companion seat and since Bob needs medical assistance throughout the day this seat alone for him was not going to make the cut.

After doing some research, I was able to get in touch with the Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment. This contact named Russ set up a day in which we were able to go to the Air Canada Center and watch the Montreal Canadiens Morning Skate when they were in town. 

Lucky enough the day we arrived at the air canada centre, we met a gentleman named Jim Gregory, he was the form General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mr. Gregory took the Montreal jersey we gave Bob and brought it to get signed by Bob favorite player Carey Price.

Bob then could not stop expressing how that day was the best day ever. And seeing Bob this happy melted my heart and it was my greatest pleasure to be apart of his big day.

 

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Georgian College
Location
Orillia, Ontario
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Adventure

Elmcroft of Maumelle resident, Mrs. Vinson, went on a "Bringing back great memories" trip to the Plantation Agriculture Museum,  in Scott, AR.    When doing Mrs. Vinson's history and profile we talked a lot about her growing up on a farm an raising her children on a farm. I notice every questioned I asked in the history and profile lead right back to being on the farm, so we thought the agriculture museum would be great.  We were right because she had a ball.  Mrs. Vinson talked and laughed and told stories about her being on the farm picking cotton, harvesting crop, milking cows the whole ride home.  This was a great Second Wind Dream & a great start to a new year.   

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Elmcroft of Maumelle
Location
Maumelle, AR
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Relive the Past

Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills resident, Mr. Ashley, ALWAYS jokes and asks for oyster dressing at meals! So, we surprised him at lunch with oyster dressing that was made from scratch in the bistro. His reaction was just priceless! He even got tears in his eyes. Thank you, Mr. Ashley, for reminding us that it's the little things in life.

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Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills
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Sagamore Hills, OH
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Relive the Past

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Ms. Barbara Denny loves the Oak Ridge Boys and got to go see them on Dec. 23, 2016, with the help of a benefactor who donated $100.00 towards the tickets. She was surprised as she went walking out the door. She thought she was going to look at Christmas lights with her sister and her niece.

 

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Morningside of Springfield
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Springfield, TN
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Adventure

One of our sweet Heartland Village residents, Ms. Burma, wakes up almost every morning saying how much she wishes she was still able to put her make up on, because "you just feel good when you look good"! So this afternoon she got her hair styled and a professional make over! Whitney, who did her makeover, brought her kids along (who brought Ms. Burma pictures they had drawn for her, lotions & fuzzy socks). As much as Ms. Burma enjoyed being pampered and in her words "looking like she's 29 again", I think spending time with those children, telling them about her life and travels and the endless amount of hugs she got ended up being Ms. Burma's favorite part! 

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
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Relive the Past

Often times we find that the simple dreams bring the greatest joy.  Elmcroft of River Centre resident, Diana, had never flown a kite before but has always wanted to learn. We made Diana's wish come true and she had an awesome time!

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Elmcroft of River Centre
Location
Tucson, AZ
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Adventure

Elmcroft of Loyalsock resident, Jeanette, has fond memories of her time growing up in Belgium and her father's garden. Jeanette said if she could have one thing it would be to have her garden again. We were very excited to have the opportunity to take Jeanette to the Lycoming County Sensory Garden where she went on a personal tour with one of their master gardeners. She enjoyed smelling various flowers and herbs and even got to sample some of the vegetables from their edible garden. Jeanette had such a great time and said it brought back so many wonderful memories! 

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Elmcroft of Loyalsock
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Montoursville, PA
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Oasis Senior Advisors - Omaha had the privilege to host a Second Wind Dreams event today for a great man!

Mr. Broderson recently had a fall that caused his family to move him to Parsons House on Eagle Run Assisted Living. Dave is a 66-year member of the Carpenters Local Union 427 and some of his fellow retirees joined us today to help build Dave a bookcase for his new apartment.

Needless to say, Mr. Broderson was excited to see his long time friends and share old stories with them!

Special thanks to Jesse Gregerson from CLU 427!

 

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Oasis Senior Advisors - Omaha, NE
Location
Omaha, Nebraska
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Relive the Past

Miss Linda Lee's Dream to go back to The Woodruff Foundation where she worked for 32 years was fulfilled today.  It was such a special day filled with hugs and stories of  working together.  Everyone at the Woodruff Foundation gave Linda a very warm welcome and even suggested making the visit an annual Christmas event.  She had a great time!

 

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Elmcroft of Milford Chase
Location
Marietta, GA
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Relive the Past

Glen Pasvogel, a former teacher at Bowman's Law School in Little Rock, Arkansas, would spend countless hours at the college, then finish his day with a martini at a local piano bar.  Glen has had some major health issues that have caused him to become a little down and not feel like himself, so we decided to try as hard as we could to make him feel normal.  We loaded up and took Glen out on the town to a dual piano bar with a circle of his closest friends, and a martini.  WE HAD AN  AMAZING TIME!! He got to request one of his favorite  songs,  Glen had a great time and we were pleased to do this for our friend.

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Elmcroft of Maumelle
Location
Maumelle, AR
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Relive the Past

We have a gentleman from our Heartland Village, Joe, who wanted nothing more than to be able to go to his favorite restaurant again with his lovely wife.  He used to go monthly to enjoy their fresh oysters with a cold beer. In November, we made it possible for him to go on a date and enjoy his favorites again. It was a beautiful thing to see!!

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Elmcroft of Shallowford
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Chattanooga, TN
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Carpenter's Dream

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Linda

The Woodruff Foundation

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The Woodruff Foundation

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Shaken, Not Stirred

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