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 two million people in 17 different countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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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.

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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 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 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 been experienced by an estimated 2 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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The VDT Family Edition gives a way to gain understanding of what your loved one with dementia experiences daily in the privacy of your own home.

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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

Wednesday July 20th, 2016 Lorraine will be having a surprise Second Wind Dream. The title fits her perfectly! "Healing Heart!". We are combining the 4 most important things in her life. First her family....where all will be gathered to honor her with a dinner fit for a queen...next her faith will be highlighted with presentation from family during her dinner....next  her life long participation with Kinesiology and helping heal others...Our Executive Director and a group of her friends will be honoring her spirit with a get together during the day....and lastly her love of music (especially Polka!) will be featured with a local entertaining writing and performing a song written about her life to a Polka tune!.

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

Mr. Lawrence Traynor is a retired U. S. Navy Commander who would love to go sailing again, especially with his son whom he misses.  Mr. Traynor stated he also loves to read Naval history and just to sit and relax in the sun.  A day back on the water would truly be a dream come true!

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NC State Veterans Home-Fayetteville
Location
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Category
Relive the Past

Jim's family has not all been together in years. They are all coming together on Monday July 25th to celebrate his birthday so we are doing his Second Wind Dream. Jim recently had a fall and may be in rehab on this date. It does not matter as the family and we agreed no matter what, we will take the dream to him wherever he is on that date. His dream will be decorated to the hilt with a Mexican theme right down to the Pinata! A local musician will be retained to write and perform a song about his life with a Mexican flare...and a video will be taken to capture this live event to celebrate his life and family.

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Family & Love

Ms. Edna Hamby enjoyed going to the mall and shopping with her friends. Since she has been living at Elmcroft, she really wishes she could take a mall trip and go shopping at her favorite store. Her favorite store is Macy's. She would love to do lunch afterwards at her favorite restaurant which is O'Charley's. If Ms. Hamby had the chance to go on a shopping spree to Macy's she would be extremely happy and joyful. She says she doesn't ask for much, but she would love to go to the mall!

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Elmcroft of Milford Chase
Location
Marietta, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Lorraine

Healing Heart

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Lorraine

Healing Heart

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Lawrence

Sailing

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Lawrence

Sailing

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Jim

Family Fiesta

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Family Fiesta

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Edna

Keep Calm & Go Shopping with Edna

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Keep Calm & Go Shopping with Edna

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Leona loves butterflies and is very adventurous.  She has a love for outdoors and a love for watching butterflies.  We as Dream Weavers have found the perfect person to fulfill Leona's dream!  Bug Man Ryan has one of the largest preserved collection of butterflies in the United States.  Help us bring him to our community and give Leona a Second Wind at life!  As always, thank you for your support!

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Elmcroft of Reedsville
Location
Reedsville, PA
Category
Adventure

Italian dreamer, Liz, has not been back to Italy in 30 years.  She dreamed of enjoying a touch of Italy one more time by experiencing a Gondola ride at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas.  Thanks to Caesars Foundation, this dream came true and Liz loved the special gondola ride with a few friends.

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Pacifica Senior Living, Regency
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Relive the Past

Delores and William Cook have been married for 61 years.  They both reside in our memory care unit at Elmcroft of Hendersonville.  Their fondest memories were going to the Dairy Queen for a date.  Elmcroft decided to rekindle their past memories by letting them have a "date" again at our Dairy Queen.  They got all spruced up and took a van ride to the DQ  They sat together in the back seat of the van and held hands  I think the van ride would have been enough of a thrill for them without going out to eat, because they just loved being able to look out at our city.  They couldn't believe their good fortune to be back to Dairy Queen again.  William commented that this Dairy Queens had really been up-dated.  He remembered just walking to the window and ordering.  They both ordered their usual - cheeseburger, fries, drink, and to top it off -  strawberry sundaes!  They just talked and smiled the whole while.  After 61 years of marriage, you could see that they were still very much in love and happy to be just the two of them having a date again.

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Joan always wants to travel to Hawaii. We at West Hartford Health & Rehab Center provided Hawaii to her through hiring Hawaiian dancers. The afternoon was showered with Hawaiian leis, coconut ice cream & a tiki bar theme. Outstanding day for Joan & her husband. 

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
Location
West Hartford, CT
Category
Adventure

Leona

Butterflies for Leona

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Butterflies for Leona

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Liz

A Touch of Italy

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Liz

A Touch of Italy

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Delores

Date Night at DQ

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Delores

Date Night at DQ

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Joan

Hawaii Comes to Connecticut

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Joan

Hawaii Comes to Connecticut

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Martha and George Privett met when they were young at Trevecca College.  She thought he was the silliest thing she had ever met.  It was NOT love at first sight.  She went off to another school, and a few years later they hooked up again.  This time everything was different, and they fell in love and got married.  On June 24, 2016, they had been married for 61 years, so Elmcroft thought it would be a great idea for them to share their anniversary with their family and friends.  Elmcroft set up 2 tables for the "newlyweds" and their family.  There were candles, balloons, and lots of good food.  The couple's son, daughter-in-law, and 2 grandsons came to help celebrate the special day.  George had given his daughter-in-law some of his and Martha's favorite songs to learn to play on the keyboard years and years before.  He said that someday he would need her to play those songs for them.  Well, the day had come, so after lunch, George and Martha were serenaded by their daughter-in-law and their grandson, who played the chello.  They sat close to the music and held hands, while their Elmcroft friends sat in the background.  When asked what their secret to a happy marriage was, Martha piped up and said "Love, Honor, and Negotiate!".  It's worked for 61 years for them!

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Family & Love

Mott is a fun loving lady who enjoys adventures.  She is a “sleeping dreamer” who always wanted to see the Georgia Aquarium.  This morning Mott and her best friend Myrtle explored the Aquarium.  The highlight was the Dolphin Show.  Mott was all smiles as she watched the dolphins jump and dance for her!  After a wonderful morning seeing the sights we headed to her favorite restaurant – Red Lobster.  She stated “I never thought I would see anything this wonderful!  Thank you for making this dream come true for me.  It was one of the best days I have ever had!”

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Myrtle has had a garden since she was a child. She has fond memories of raising her own vegetables and flowers; her face lights up when she sees fresh flowers. This Sleeping Dreamer would benefit from a trip to and a tour of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Myrtle would be accompanied by her daughter who knows that this Dream would bring back the joy that her mom has always had around living plants. The sights, smells and quiet nature of the gardens would give Myrtle a few hours of peace and help calm her mind. Funding would include 2 admission tickets and a lunch allowance.   

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Community
Benton House of Alpharetta
Location
Alpharetta, Georgia
Category
Relive the Past

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!  This Dream would give 10 huge baseball fans a memorable trip to the ballfield!  Dream would include 10 tickets, food and bus parking for a group of elders to attend an Atlanta Brave's Baseball game this September.

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Arbor Terrace at Crabapple
Location
Alpharetta, GA
Category
Adventure

Martha

Happy 61st Anniversary!

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Martha

Happy 61st Anniversary!

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Mott

Dream Day at the Georgia Aquarium

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Dream Day at the Georgia Aquarium

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Myrtle

Myrtle's Green Thumb

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Myrtle

Myrtle's Green Thumb

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Group

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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