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 Fundamentals Training Program (30 minute, online training - one hour NAB CEU.  Additional training also available.)
  • 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

Click here to review the Terms & Conditions of Use/License Agreement.

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 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, 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

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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 eldercare communities, healthcare professionals and educators.

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Eileen and her husband used to take weekly trips with friends to the casino for a little risk and fun! Eileen's husband is no longer able to take her to the casino, and has put his faith and trust into our community. We would like for Eileen to have some "casino money" so we can add some old adventure into her life these days. Eileen loved the casino and it would be wonderful for her to be able to take some risks at her own pace at the Mohegan Sun Casino!!

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Community
Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
Category
Adventure

Pete Reams has to loves in his life....Golf and the Jacksonville Symphony.  So for his dream we will be going to breakfast (decorations symphony&golf) along with his guests. Restaurant to be determined.  Then it will be off the the Jacksonville Symphony Coffee Series performace.  Toni Pax from the Symphony has donated the tickets.  After the performance there will be a special event that local students will be meeting the nerw Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony.  Toni and I will be working on a special presentation to Pete at this event as he was a season ticket holder for 25+ years.  Pete has not been able to go in recent (2yrs) has he can no longer drive. This will be a magical day!!!!

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

Marianne has fond memories of visiting Longwood Gardens when she was a young girl of 14 in 1955.  Over the years she has always wanted to go back and revisit.  She would love to have the chance to spend the day in the beautiful gardens and see how much it has changed and grown since she was a girl. 

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Community
Arbor Terrace of Middletown
Location
Middletown, NJ
Category
Relive the Past

Have you ever wanted to know more about where your family came from, who you are related to, and how your family fits into our history? Eliza Jane does. She says that she has always wanted to know if she is "related to anyone important or famous". Eliza has a heart for people. She worked as a nurse helping to heal those who were sick and comfort those who needed that extra caring touch. Now,  Eliza is currently residing in our  senior living community and we want to help her. She wants to learn about her history, and we want to help. We hope to bring a computer to her several times a week for the next three months and help her to get as much information as we can about her family's history, but we need the funding. Will you help Eliza Jane learn more about her life and her family? Will you help her achieve this dream?

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

Eileen

Let's Gamble

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Eileen

Let's Gamble

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Eugene

Life With The Symphony

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Eugene

Life With The Symphony

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Marianne

Marianne's Secret Garden

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Marianne

Marianne's Secret Garden

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Eliza

Know Thyself

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Eliza

Know Thyself

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The sun shining above, the smell of the salty sea, the breeze blowing softly in your face, and the feeling of pure exhilaration while sailing out on the ocean. This is the dream of Ted Coronel. Ted is 93 years old and has always wanted to own a small sailboat and sail along the coast. Although we cannot help him to buy a boat, we would love to give him the opportunity to sail along the coast and experience something that he has only been able to dream about. Ted lives in our senior living community and has a knack for playing cards. He is always smiling. We want to put the biggest smile ever on his face. We want to get him out on the water sailing. Sail San Diego has a 3 hour sailing tour that allows someone like Ted to get out and sail the San Diego coast. He will need some assistance that we will be glad to give, but we need help to get him on the sailing tour. Will you help us to get him there?

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Community
Elmcroft Grossmont Gardens
Location
La Mesa, CA
Category
Adventure

Bob received a Harmonica as a young boy.  He learned how to play and carried it with him throughout his days in the military.  When his mother was sent to a nursing home he visited her daily and he played for her.  She loved it so much that he recorded himself playing her favorite songs so she could hear him play at a touch of a button. 

Bob would love to bring back those memories with a new  Hohner Chromatic, 12-hole, Key of C Model 255-Charmonica.  He would like to share his talent with his neighbors, friends and family!

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Community
Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Rosemary is unique - and very, very busy!  She is constantly on the go - and loves, loves, loves being outside.  Her communication is really expressed through her sparkling eyes & laughter. 

 

Rosemary's family recalls how happy she was at home, always working in the garden.  She loves getting her hands in the dirt - and doing everything!

 

A raised bed, complete with cover, would be perfect for Rosemary.  She would raise veggies and herbs - constantly being able to "get her hands right in there!"

 

Randy Coles, Maintenance Director here at Elmcroft of Arlington has contacted our lawn service, Green Briar, who has agreed to furnish the potting soil & plants.  They will also install a watering line to the raised bed!  

 

  We still need funding for the raised bed itself - which will cost $371.96.  We have a Commitment from Allstar Home Health for $100.00. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Arlington
Location
Arlington, TX
Category
Relive the Past

Lois & Wilma wanted to learn how to Line Dance so we contacted a local dance group "The Energizers" to inquire about their interest in teaching classes at The Lafayette Country Place Retirement Community. One of their members, Debi Binford, was happy to get involved. Lois & Wilma are dedicated students & they recently performed at our 30 year anniversary party to the delight of the crowd!

 

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Community
The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place
Location
Lexington, KY
Category
Adventure

Ted

Sailing the Ocean Blue

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Ted

Sailing the Ocean Blue

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Bob

A son's love

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Bob

A son's love

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Rosemary

Rosemary's Passion

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Rosemary

Rosemary's Passion

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Lois

The Lafayette Kickers

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Lois

The Lafayette Kickers

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Sunrise at East Cobb, GA, is home to many residents with unique pasts, including a former beauty queen. 88-year-old Helen Warren was once crowned Miss Kinston in North Carolina. In order to relive the magical moment, the community recreated the memorable experience for Helen. The dream originated when Grace, a local Pope High School student, visited with Helen at Sunrise. During their encounter, Helen shared her pageant history and that it was one the most special times of her life. Afterward, Grace submitted Helen’s story to Second Wind Dreams and they selected her dream to be made into a reality.

It was nothing short of a full pageant complete with a makeover, crowning, reception, sash, tiara and parade! With the help of Second Wind Dreams, friends, family and many volunteers from Pope High School and the local community, Sunrise was able to fulfill a dream come true. The event included performers from the school’s drama department and an overflow room with video streaming so that all residents, team members and loved ones could share the special moment of crowning Helen.

After which, Donald Trump gave a personal video message to Helen, giving her the title of Honorary Miss USA! She was then presented with an authentic Miss USA crown and sash, just like the ones seen on TV! The guest judge was Robin Gibbs, host of TLC’s show “Say Yes to the Dress.” Helen was then escorted down the red carpet and swept away in a convertible celebratory ride. Meanwhile, Sunrise of East Cobb’s dining team had a beautiful spread of food fit for a queen.

Finally, Helen was given signed congratulatory letters from one queen to another, including Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Residents signed notes congratulating Helen, which the Pope High School students have turned into a photo album. Helen’s family says the community made a dream of a lifetime come true that their mother will always remember. As for Helen, she expressed her emotions simply as, “overjoyed” after the magical day!

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Community
Sunrise at East Cobb
Location
Marietta, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Thelma is a beautiful woman who lost husband last November.  Since then she has lost her spirit and her Dream created with her family is just what she needs.  Details are in the works but we plan to take the family to dinner in downtown Jacksonville Fl.  We will have crowned her and we will be ready when she arrives with a Red Carpet entrance for her.  The owners of Indochine Restaurant will be covering the meal.  We have a care company who will provide a crown.  After dinner we will be taking she and her family to the Florida Theater to see music performed by Chris Botti.  Tickets are $35 ea and we will have 12 in the party.  We will have a Red Carpet when she arrives at the theater so she knows how important she is to her family and how much she is needed by all!

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

Second Wind Dreams and Pope High School’s cheerleading squad made a cheerleading dream come true for our elder, Lynn. This dream fulfillment took place during the 7:30 p.m. home football game. Lynn, our 85-year-old dreamer and resident of Arbor Terrace of East Cobb, cheered alongside the school’s cheerleaders during the game’s first half. Lynn escorted the school’s mascot around during the “dog walk.” In preparation of game day, Pope High school cheerleaders visited Lynn at her residence to teach her multiple cheers. It was a memory of a lifetime!

 

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Community
Arbor Terrace of East Cobb
Location
Marietta, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Deloris has always dreamed of seeing Galveston Island from the water. The Galveston Duck Tour is a unique way to see Galveston Island. On the Duck, you'll travel 40 blocks on Seawall Boulevard - overlooking the Gulf of Mexico - to Offats Bayou, where you'll then enter the water for a cruise across the bayou!

The Duck exits the water at Heards Lane, and then will take you past several historic mansions, through the Strand Historic District, and the Silk Stocking District, as it proceeds back to Seawall Boulevard.

During the entire Duck Tour, you will enjoy a humorous-yet-informative tour given by an experienced captain.

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Community
Elmcroft at The Mainland
Location
Texas City, TX
Category
Adventure

Helen

Ms. Second Wind Dreams

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Helen

Ms. Second Wind Dreams

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Thelma

Red Carpet

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Thelma

Red Carpet

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Lynn

Second Wind Dreams Cheerleader

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Lynn

Second Wind Dreams Cheerleader

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Deloris

Duck Tours

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Deloris

Duck Tours

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