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!

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!

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 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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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
Location
Chattanooga, TN
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Relive the Past

Residents, staff and visitors of Northview Estates enjoyed a tailgate send off party for Katie. Thanks to Second Wind Dreams and the Pittsburgh Penguins for helping to make Katie's wish come true to attend tonight's hockey game, with her family, to see her grandson play for the Dallas Stars against the Pittsburgh Penguins! 

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Northview Estates
Location
New Castle, Pennsylvania
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Family & Love

TOUCHDOWN Yesterday! An amazing collaborative effort fulfilled 3 Dreamer's wish to attend an Atlanta Falcons Football game! Support came from Pope High School Students - "Dream Team" members who discovered the dreams for 3 residents of Signature Healthcare-Tower Road, Marietta, GA. Generous and enthusiastic support came from Levy Restaurants who provided the private box seats, tickets, parking pass and delicious game-day food and desserts! Thank you ALL for the great community Dream support and personal involvement!

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Signature HealthCARE of Marietta
Location
Marietta, GA
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Relive the Past

Thanks to Eric Dutt, Rio Secco Golf ClubCaesars Citizenship,and Caesars Foundation, Tyrone enjoyed a dream day on the golf course. Tyrone hasn't been on the greens since he was in high school. He was treated to a wonderful lunch and tour of the course. Best day ever!

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Royal Springs Healthcare
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Relive the Past

Joe

Date Night

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Katie

Hockey Grandma!

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Katie

Hockey Grandma!

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Falcons Game

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Tyrone

For the Love of Golf

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Tyrone

For the Love of Golf

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It all started 9 years ago after the death of her son who was a musician. After his death, Marilyn opened her home up to local musicians on Saturday nights to enjoy a good home cooked meal, say grace, and jam! Well to this day the "Music House" continues and she is known as the "Music House Mom" all over town. In honor of her 92nd birthday we will surprise her with a concert at Mudville Grill. Local musicians will be coming to enjoy a buffet together and each will be performing a song in her honor and tell her what the "Music House" has meant to them. It will give them all an opportunity to show their gratitude and love to her in how she and her home has helped them all throughout the last 9 years. It will be a day of great music, love an appreciation to a beautiful lady......

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

Elmcroft of The Mainland resident, Ann, has always wanted to be a model. She even tried out for Sports Illustrated Magazine back in the day! We made Ann's dream come true by pampering her and making her feel like the beautiful woman that she is! 

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Elmcroft at The Mainland
Location
Texas City, TX
Category
Adventure

Janet Simpson owned a Florist Shop called Carosal in Jacksonville Florida for 40+ years. She started her career with Kuhn Flowers and helped them open their store. Kuhn Flowers will be honoring Janet for her life long passion and service to our community on Monday December 12th.....

She will be taken on the bus along with many of her neighbors to enjoy the annual tradition at Kuhn with the Holiday windows and decorations. The staff will give everyone a tour and have a one on one session with Janet to put an arrangement together. All will leave with flowers from Kuhn's. When we return Janet and guest will enjoy her favorite (a steak) dinner to celebrate her along with her friends.

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

Catherine was a ballroom dancer for many years.  She enjoyed Latin Dancing, Waltz's & Swing.  She met her husband in a dance studio. Catherine's dream is to Ballroom Dance again.  She is 84 years old and when asked what was the most fun she ever had, her answer was "On the Dance Floor".  When asked to describe her perfect day her answer was "my perfect day would be to have a good dance partner."  We would like to make Catherine's dream come true to Ballroom Dance with a great Dance Partner!

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

Marilyn

Music House Mom

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Music House Mom

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Ann

You Should be a Model!

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You Should be a Model!

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janet

Floral Queen

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Catherine

A Dancer's Dream Come True!

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Catherine

A Dancer's Dream Come True!

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Marilyn "Bunny" and Rosemary have made an extraordinary friendship since living at Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc. The two of them celebrated this friendship recently for their Second Wind Dream and went to a Chinese Buffet  where showered with friendship gifts. They went through the buffet 3 times!

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

After growing up on the farm Wilma just loves animals.  Elmcroft of Lebanon hosted a farm petting zoo.  Wilma had a great time petting the rabbit and sheep.  She sang the rabbit to sleep in her lap.  She just loved feeding all the animals.

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Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
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Relive the Past

John was an avid skier. He expressed he missed the cool crisp air of a frosty morning on the hilltops. We provided a morning filled with skiing equipment and power presentation focusing on skiing and various skiing resorts in the Northeast. Snowcones were served to the group, John's daughter joined in his wish - providing fond family memories on ski trips.

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

With the help of the Atrium at Churchman Village and a donation from The Outback Steakhouse, we were able to weave a dream for the Winkelmans' 58th wedding anniversary.  The one thing Norma and Paul miss is being able to go out to dinner as a couple. They used go out once a week. And Outback Steakhouse was a favorite spot.

Some friends gathered as we presented them with a cake, sparkling cider and a gift card to Outback so they can pick a time when they are both feeling well.  Transportation will be provided by The Atrium at Churchman. 

Happy 58th Anniversary to such a wonderful and loving couple!

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Oasis Senior Advisors - Delaware
Location
Hockessin, Delaware
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Relive the Past

Marilyn

Celebrating Friendship

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Wilma

Animal Frenzy

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Wilma

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John

Remembering the Snowy Hilltops

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John

Remembering the Snowy Hilltops

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58th Anniversary

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