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 is three editions 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 fund elders’ dreams through the Dreams Program of Second Wind Dreams. 

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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!

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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, Emmy Award-winning entertainer

The orginal, research-based

Virtual Dementia Tour®

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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 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

VDT for Individuals/Families »

The Individual/Family edition kit is to be used by a person or family who is trying to understand how dementia affects a loved one.

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VDT for Groups »

The Group edition is used within a clinical or educational setting, such as an elder care community or school.

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VDT for Communities »

Increased awareness is a social imperative. The Community edition is for businesses and organizations that encounter dementia. 

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Help our elders find their Second Wind.

Fulfill a Dream Below

Prescilla has a passion for the theatre and ballet.  In the past she was involved with community theatre and drama, Senior Arts, and the Symphony.  Ballet is her favorite art form.  It is Prescilla's dream to attend the Nutcracker ballet.

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Community
Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, Texas
Category
Relive the Past

Billie Jo has always wanted to see the Rockettes.  This is the last year for them to be performing in Nashville.  Billie Jo is now having some medical problems and she said, "I don't know if I will make it to next year and I have always wanted to see the Rockettes."  After a chuckle, she added, "Plus, they won't be here even if I am."  Please help Billie Jo fulfill her dream.  This would be a wonderful Holiday surprise!

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
Category
Family & Love

Ms Edna is a 90 lb spunky wonderful little lady, always willing to help in any way. We would love to honor her with a dream day to lunch at one of her favorite restaurants, Red Lobster, with her niece and brother. Ms. Edna always gives back to everyone else.  This lunch would be such a special way to thank her.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Heart & Soul

College graduations are one of the most meaningful times in one’s life. We want to guarantee that dedicated and loving father, Joe, of Gwinnett Extended Care, is able to join in this celebration with his daughter. Joe’s daughter is graduating from the North Texas State in May 2015. Because she lives in Texas, Joe does get to see his daughter very often and is extremely grateful to be a part of this special occasion.  Joe’s dream includes airfare to travel from Georgia to Texas for him and his brother, who must accompany Joe to assist with day-to-day and strenuous traveling tasks. This dream also requires transportation for the brothers to and from the airport and funding for a beautiful bouquet of flowers to present to his daughter on her special day. 

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Community
Gwinnett Extended Care Center
Location
Lawrenceville, GA
Category
Family & Love

Prescilla

Nutcracker Ballet

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Prescilla

Nutcracker Ballet

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Billie

Celebrate Christmas with Rockettes

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Billie

Celebrate Christmas with Rockettes

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Edna

Sweet Ms Edna Our little Helper

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Edna

Sweet Ms Edna Our little Helper

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Joe

Joe Celebrates with His Daughter

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Joe

Joe Celebrates with His Daughter

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Anne Hunter loves to sing and dance. Her love of dance brings life to our community and because of that we would like to fulfill her wish to see a musical. Anne hasn't seen a live Musical show in many, many years. Anne was diagnosed with a neurological disorder that has taken much of her memory and ability to communicate. Despite her diagnosis, Anne's heart for song and dance is evident the moment you meet her. She is full of life when music is playing and has been known to steal the show at our community by dancing around with the volunteers! It would be our joy to send her and her daughter to see a show this holiday season and warm her heart as she warms ours. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Vista Ridge
Location
Lewisville, TX
Category
Heart & Soul
Mary had marked on her Dream questionaire that she wanted Girl Scout Cookies! She had enjoyed them many times in the past and wanted that experience again. You can see from the picture how please she is to receive her cookies. Wonder how long they lasted... View This Dream »

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Community
Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
Category
Adventure

Felicia, age 39, lives in a nursing home.  She has no local support or even a home to return to, but she does have many friends and family in Memphis, TN who would be able to provide the love and assistance she needs.  However, the transportation cost from Las Vegas to Memphis presents a challenge for Felicia, as well as, her family.  Felicia's dream is to return back home to Memphis in time for Christmas.

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Community
Horizon Health and Rehab Center
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada
Category
Relive the Past

Shirt Left in Laundromat Links Nursing Home Resident to LeBron James

 

Boardman, OH – When the Cleveland Cavaliers selected LeBron James as the first pick in the 2003 NBA draft, everyone became a fan because of the incredible talent he possessed. Everyone except Norma Hovanes. She became a fan because of a t-shirt she found lying on the floor at a local Laundromat. Hovanes, a 90-year-old resident at Shepherd of the Valley –Boardman (7148 West Blvd.) gave it to a man doing his laundry, and from the excitement on his face, knew the person on the shirt must be someone special. From then on, she was a fan of LeBron and the CAVS.

 

As a participant in the Second Wind Dreams program, a program designed to fulfill the dreams of those living in elder care communities, the Dream Team at SOV-Boardman reached out to Holly Yanak, Senior Manager, Community Relations & Player Programs for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to see if they could help Norma witness the homecoming of her favorite player and they came through with a 3-point buzzer beater!

 

On Monday, November 10th, 2014, they  departed the Boardman campus and headed to The Q (1 Center Ct. Cleveland, OH 44115) where she was treated like royalty. Move over King James! The CAVS graciously donated four tickets, a parking pass, VIP tickets to the pre-game warm-up and access to the VIP Lounge for complimentary food and drinks.

 

 

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Shepherd of the Valley Boardman
Location
Youngstown, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

Anne

A musical dream for a heart that loves to dance!

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Anne

A musical dream for a heart that loves to dance!

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Mary

Love Those Cookies!

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Mary

Love Those Cookies!

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Felicia

Memphis Family Christmas

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Felicia

Memphis Family Christmas

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Norma

Norma's Dream to see Lebron James and the CAVS

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Norma

Norma's Dream to see Lebron James and the CAVS

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Ardis, 93 years young, LOVES the Beatles and would LOVE to get to see LOVE, the perfomance in Las Vegas.  Ardis has never been to the show and we know she would be thrilled with a surprise of 2 tickets so she could attend with a friend.

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Community
Silver Sky at Deer Springs
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Adventure

Chester Wilson never dreamed he would live to be 100 years old. He has always had a passion for life & loves making others happy thru his kind gestures & caring personality. Even at 100 years he continues to go on communty outings & visits others who are not able to get out. He is an inspiration to all residents & staff at The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place Community.  He was nominated for the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging Centenarian Award for his graceful aging, inspiring others & providing service in our community, He was so suprised that he actually won but we were not. On November 22nd, he was peresented the prestigious award with family & friends present. It was a great day for this special senior!

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Community
The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place
Location
Lexington, KY
Category
Heart & Soul

Katie always loved dancing of any kind but really wanted to learn how to Ballroom Dance. We asked the Dancinasta's if she could join in with them when they came to perform at our The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place Community.They were thrilled to get Katie up & give her a few lessons & as you can see by Katie's face she loved every second of it!

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The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place
Location
Lexington, KY
Category
Relive the Past

Angeline had mentioned how every one was getting ready for Christmas. I had asked her if she was ready. With an embarrassed kind of look she said no. Several days later she came to me with this child like grin and asked me if I had taken two stars back to her room. I told her no, but she didn't believe me. It was at that moment I knew I had to get this residents room ready for Christmas! Needless to say an Elf had made its way back to her room. This elf put a new Christmas wreath up, brought in a poinsettia, tinsel, garland and a Christmas tree! Angeline could not get over it when she returned to her room.

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Community
Elmcroft of Altoona
Location
Duncansville, PA
Category
Family & Love

Ardis

LOVE the Beatles!

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Ardis

LOVE the Beatles!

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Chester

UK Sanders Brown Centenarian Award

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Chester

UK Sanders Brown Centenarian Award

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Katie

Ballroom Dancing

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Katie

Ballroom Dancing

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Angeline

Sweet little Elf

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Angeline

Sweet little Elf

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