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!

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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 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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Jean loves politics and dreams of visiting the Georgia State Capital in downtown Atlanta! Help us send Jean and her family on a guided tour offered by a State Senator. Dream will include tour, special transportation and parking for the outing.   

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Community
Benton House of Alpharetta
Location
Alpharetta, Georgia
Category
Adventure

Richard worked for the Hercules company for over 35 years. He was instrumental in the development of the highly ammunition and missals during the WWII. Hercules has been sold but after 2 weeks we made contact with someone in the military that will be sending items to recognize his life's accomplishments. We will also have a local musician write and perform a song about his life. This will be shared with family and friends on Friday June 3, 2016.

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

Frances has passed on through all of the generations in her family her love of Caladiums! We will be dedicating and having a planting ceremony in the families honor in our Heartland Village on Wednesday May 25th at 4:00pm. We will celebrate with her family and neighbors by having a cook out. She will be crowned Queen for the day and showered with flowers by Publix.

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

Doug Beeler is a quiet and reserved person; you would only know that he is a veteran because he resides in a veterans home. When Doug came to us about a year ago he stayed in his room a lot. We were worried he was going into a deep depression. He didn't talk much, didn't converse with the other veterans, and didn’t like to tell stories about the war like the other veterans. He also didn’t have any regular visitors. His daughters, living in Minneapolis and Germany, often can only communicate via phone.

Once Doug started physical therapy, he began to open up about himself. He flew a helicopter in Vietnam where he served two tours. He shared a story with us about a time he was ordered to fly a pregnant villager to the closest hospital. While en route the woman gave birth. He was still instructed to deliver the female and baby to the hospital. With the motto, “Do no more damage than has already been done”, Doug instead returned the new family to their village as he felt the long travel to the hospital would not be healthy after just giving birth. Throughout the war he would be shot down five times and awarded the Purple Heart for his efforts.

After serving his country, Doug went to Colorado where he studied for his degree in Business. While attending school Doug used a bicycle as his primary form of transportation. He even embarked on a one thousand-mile, three month long bike tour with friends to the Pacific Coast.
About 30 years ago, Doug moved to the Asheville area and beganworking at Cane Creek Cycling Components. While at Cane Creek he was instrumental in the development of the threadless headset, a component that was rapidly adopted by the cycling industry. In 2007 he started working at Liberty Bicycles, owned by Mike and Claudia Nix. At Liberty, Doug became a tireless cycling advocate and commuter logging 15 miles every day.

In 2014, despite maintaining an extremely healthy diet and exercise regimen for decades, Doug started to not feel and went to see his doctor. The treatment he received left him weak on one side. He had been alive, in good physical shape and excited about the adventure to come. It turned out to be the worst time of his life and he was devastated that he would not be able to ride a bicycle again. 

The Committed to Caring Team asking Doug, If there was one thingyou could do again, that you dream of doing again, what would that be?” Doug’s reply, “To ride a bicycle again.” Within minutes and a few phone calls we had a trike lined up for Doug to test ride and plans for a trike of his own.

 

When Doug heard the news that his Second Wind Dream was being granted, hebecame a different person. Doug has since been given the opportunity to test ride a few trikes designed around his abilities and it has given him and us so much hope. Since getting in the saddle again Doug has a sense of purpose, happiness, and appreciates those that are here to help him get through every day. 

The day Doug got on his very own special bicycle that adapted to his new body and abilities he was beyond words. Doug is now an amazing and happy man who appreciates those that are here to help him get through every day. These hands, that once believed they would never ride again was given that opportunity to do just that, control a bicycle!

 

We are thrilled that Doug experienced the joy of riding this special bike.  This amazing ride lasted one Dream Day. Our ultimate goal is to raise enough money to purchase a custom bike for Doug to keep and ride anytime he pleases.  His care team is reaching out to local businesses and fellow bicycle organizations to ask for assistance with fundraising efforts.  The total cost for this custom bike is $5,000.  Please help Doug and donate today!

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Community
NC State Veterans Home-Black Mountain
Location
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Category
Relive the Past

Jean

Trip to the GA State Capital

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Jean

Trip to the GA State Capital

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Richard

A Great Life

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A Great Life

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Frances

Family Tradition

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Doug

The Amazing Ride!

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The Amazing Ride!

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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 a spring Atlanta Brave's Baseball game.  

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Community
Arbor Terrace at Crabapple
Location
Alpharetta, GA
Category
Adventure

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

Susan's wish was to return to Budapest, Hungary her birthplace. Our recreation department aimed to provide Susan with her wish. We crafted a power point presentation that highlighted the following; National Anthem, travel videos of popular Hungarian tourists locations to showcasing Hungarian music. Hungarian sweet breads were offered to the group as a taste of this cultures culinary delight. Susan was overjoyed by this display.

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
Location
West Hartford, CT
Category
Relive the Past

Group

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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Return to Hungary

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Return to Hungary

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 Today Elmcroft of Lebanon took a great walk with the Tennessee Walking Horses with ThorSports Farm. 

We learned lots of fun facts.  Did you know that there are two different kinds of Walking horses?  That’s right we now know the difference….Do you????  We learned how they train the walking horses and when they start training them.  We also saw wonderful demonstrations of both kinds. 

 

After we saw the demonstrations we went to the blacksmith and watched them make and put on horseshoes.  It was very interesting. 

 

After the farm we went to lunch at Through the Grapevine.  Guess how I heard about this restaurant?  J  That’s right through the grapevine. 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Ray got to share his stardom by showing all of our residents his family's episode of the Family Feud. Back in 1987 Ray and his family had the opportunity to be on the game show where two families go head to head, competing for $20,000. All of our residents watched in anticipation to see if his family would win the game. After the show, they asked questions and chatted about the fun that Ray and his family had with the whole experience. It was a fun-filled afternoon. Now we will all remember that we have a star among us. 

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

Carmella and her husband Neal will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Due to her husband’s declining health they currently live separately.  Arbor Terrace would like to bring them together to celebrate their very special day!  Carmella's dream has always been to go to Italy, so we would like to bring Italy to them.  Our plans include decorating our common area with Italian themed decorations, serving Italian foods and enjoying live Italian themed entertainment.

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Arbor Terrace of Middletown
Location
Middletown, NJ
Category
Family & Love

Cleveland Indians give all-star treatment to Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman resident Alba Rivera

 

Boardman (May 9, 2016)- On Saturday, May 7, The Cleveland Indians helped Shepherd of the Valley make Alba Rivera’s dream come true. Rivera not only attended a game, but had the opportunity to meet her favorite player, Sandy Alomar.

 

Rivera was born in Puerto Rico in 1943 and later moved to the United States where she raised her four children, Nelson, Omar, Alba and Lillian. She has loved the game of baseball ever since she was a little girl growing up in Puerto Rico and her passion for the sport was passed down to her family. Every year at her family reunion they would play a baseball game and she would stake her claim at first base. Just this past year she hung up the spikes and her number was retired due to bad knees from all those years standing on the bag.

 

The Cleveland Indians have always been her favorite team and she cheered the hardest for Dennis Martinez, Carlos Baerga and Sandy Alomar. Alba was diagnosed with dementia and does not remember seeing any major league games despite attending several. Currently, Alba resides at Shepherd of the Valley – Boardman where she worked as a housekeeper for 15 years.

 

Activity Director Kim Osborn knew she loved the Indians and wanted to do something special for Rivera. She wanted to get her back on the field and in front of her favorite team again.

 

“Alba loves baseball. She lights up when she talks about it or has the opportunity to watch it. We talked about taking her to see a game but were thrilled after talking with the Indians and finding she was going to get all-star treatment,” Osborn said.

 

The Cleveland Indians arranged for Rivera to attend batting practice where she met several players and they autographed her baseball and took pictures with her. The highlight of the day was the opportunity for her to meet Sandy Allomar. When Sandy approached her, he spoke in her native language, Spanish. Rivera lit up and reached up to hug him.  “We were really excited about the opportunity to take mom to a game, but the fact that she got to be on the field, meet players, meet Sandy. It’s been awesome,” Rocky Rivera said. He and his wife, Sandy, accompanied her to the game.

 

Shepherd of the Valley participates in Second Wind Dreams, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams.

 

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Shepherd of the Valley Boardman
Location
Youngstown, OH
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Walking Horse Farm

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Family Feud

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Family Feud

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A 50th Wedding Anniversary to Remember!

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Alba's Dream of Baseball

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