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 Facilitator Training (full-day in-person training - 5.5 hours NAB CEU.)
  • 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

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: us at info@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 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 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

VDT for Families »

Call us today: 678-624-0500 to learn more about the Family Edition of the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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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

Maxine is the mother to our BOC here at Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc. Her family is coming to visit her and this is the PERFECT time for her Second Wind Dream.

We are planning a special luncheon for her and her family to relieve the past with great stories of their mom. The luncheon will have a theme and she will be crowned "Queen Mother". Her luncheon will be decorated with custom party bags for her guests and it will end with a special gift just for her. The event will be photographed and an album will be put together for her to have to remember the day.

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
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Jacksonville, FL
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Family & Love

Ms. Tess is Scottish through & through! Although very private she and her boys will be enjoying her favorite meal....McDonald's in the private dining room together. The theme for her will be pansies as she loves them and we will decorate the private dining room with them and then plant them outside her window to her apartment. We will also have a Scottish musician to entertain her and the boys privately.

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
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Heart & Soul

Mr. Dail used to enjoy traveling to historical towns.  It is his dream to get to visit Boone NC just one more time. He would love to see the beautiful mountains and eat at the Daniel Boone Inn. Mr. Dail says that a day trip would be enough to make him happy! Please help this Veteran relive the past... just one more time!

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NC State Veterans Home-Kinston
Location
Kinston, NC
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Relive the Past

In Mr Deans earlier days, he went to see the horse races in Virginia.  He would love to get to see one more race! Please help this veteran relive the past!

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NC State Veterans Home-Kinston
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Kinston, NC
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Relive the Past

Maxine

Loving Mother

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Maxine

Loving Mother

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Margaret

Mom and Her Boys

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Margaret

Mom and Her Boys

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Robert

Trip to Boone, NC

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Robert

Trip to Boone, NC

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William

See a Horse Race

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William

See a Horse Race

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Even though Fannie has been a resident of Middletown, in this very building, since 1989 she has not had the ability to get out to wine and dine in the area like the olden days. Fannie was an avid traveler which included mostly trying out different restaurants. When we asked Fannie if she could have one thing what would that be? Her answer was "Having my loved ones back", but to at least have a night out at a restaurant would bring a smile to my face. Fannie wants to go on a little adventure to the Sam Vera Restaurant in Marlboro to try some delicious Northern Italian inspired food in a beautifully renovated Victorian Style atmosphere. With only but a simple request to bring her best friend with her to dinner. Her perfect day would be one in "A peaceful world", so hopefully we can at least give her a peaceful night.

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Community
Arbor Terrace of Middletown
Location
Middletown, NJ
Category
Adventure

Alma LOVES to eat! We were talking about things we have done, want to do, and what was routine in our daily lives during our activity social. Alma expressed how much she misses her soup and steak from Longhorn Steakhouse. Alma used to go out to the restaurant with her fellow employees once a week. Alma was an RN, it was a nice time they used to have together. Alma and her friends had lost touch after illnesses and deaths. unfortunately her friends are no longer able to accompany her on dream going back to Longhorn Steakhouse. I would like to take Alma and her guest (her nephew) to Longhorn Steakhouse to relive her past! Alma has been talking about a "big juicy steak" for several months!!

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
Category
Relive the Past

Marion was thrilled when we teased him about eating the middle of a Twinkie, and he insisted he could do that! Look at that big smile when he received a whole box of Twinkies to enjoy!

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Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
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Relive the Past

Luceal told us if her hubby could eat the middle out of a Twinkie, so could she! Here she is with the box of Twinkies she gets to enjoy.

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Elmcroft of Ontario
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Mansfield, OH
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Relive the Past

Fannie

Fannie's Dining Experience of a Lifetime

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Fannie

Fannie's Dining Experience of a Lifetime

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Alma

Soup and Steak

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Alma

Soup and Steak

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Marion

Love Twinkies

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Marion

Love Twinkies

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Luceal

Twinkies for Me, Please

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Luceal

Twinkies for Me, Please

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As we were talking about dreams, Ethel told us she enjoyed sweets like Twinkies. When we went shopping, though, we realized there were lots of treats with fun middles, so we gave her a choice of seven different treat boxes. Ethel decided to test the new Crocodile Cherry Twinkies, and later told us they were wonderful!

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Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
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Adventure

When we were talking about dreams with Liz, she told us she loved Twinkies. How fun it was to provide them for her, especially when she can not eat many varieties of sweets.

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Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
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Relive the Past

Kathleen told us she would like to eat the middle out of a Twinkie when we talked about dreams. When we went to purchase the Twinkies, though, we realized there were LOTS of fun treats with creamy middles! We provided Kathleen with a choice of seven treat styles and she chose the new Cherry Twinkies. We also heard they were delicious!

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Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
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Adventure

Consetta is very quiet, and we were excited when she told us she would  like a Twinkie. When we went to purchase the Twinkies, we realized there were lots of other fun treats to choose from, so we sort of brought the store to her door. Consetta chose the Ho Ho Treats, and we were very happy to see the twinkle in her eye as she explored her treat!

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Elmcroft of Ontario
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Mansfield, OH
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Adventure

Ethel

Crocodile Cherry Twinkies?

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Ethel

Crocodile Cherry Twinkies?

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Liz

Eating Twinkies Again

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Liz

Eating Twinkies Again

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Kathleen

Testing Cherry Twinkies

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Kathleen

Testing Cherry Twinkies

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Consetta

Love Those Ho Ho Treats

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Consetta

Love Those Ho Ho Treats

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