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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Carolyn and her friend Bernie are “All Shook Up” about seeing Elvis!  These two super fans have been in love with the king for almost a century combined!  It is their dream to have “A Little Less Conversation” and a lot more Elvis at the tribute show in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.


 

 

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Community
Morningside of Cookeville
Location
Cookeville, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Rodeo is a sporting event that pairs man and beast in what is often a very physical contest. For the animal it is a natural environment where he tests his limits against any force of nature or man. For the contestant it is a choice to test his limits against the unknown. At the Annual Lakeside Rodeo they come together in this arena as opposed to the corral, the ranch or the plains. Lakeside Rodeo Arena, with its long and varied history. Sam has always had a dream to go see a live bull riding competition. He once told us that he wanted to be a bull rider but never had the chance to fulfill his dream. We are making Sam's dream come true by taking him to the Lakeside Rodeo which only happens once a year in April. He will get to watch a live bull riding competition.

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Las Villas Del Norte
Location
Escondido, California
Category
Adventure

Mary has never been married and has no children. She took vacations with her sisters. They were in Paris and on this one vacation  were supposed to get to the airport by helicopter. Instead a car picked them up and took them to the airport.  Mary was so disappointed that she didn't get to experience this form of transportation that she still talks about her trip to Paris and how upsetting this was to her.  To ride in a helicopter is Mary's Second Wind Dream. Let's make it come true.

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Community
Elmcroft at Oaklawn
Location
Louisville, Kentucky
Category
Adventure

Our sweetheart Ms. Teal was a Volunteer at St. Vincents East Hospital in the Recovery unit for many many years. A little birdie told me that folks that were having surgery couldn't wait when they found out Estelle would be with them in the recovery room. We are taking her back to Volunteer and to have lunch with some of the folks she worked with.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Relive the Past

Carolyn

A Dream of the King

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Carolyn

A Dream of the King

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Samuel

Lakeside Rodeo

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Samuel

Lakeside Rodeo

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Mary

Helicopter Ride

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Mary

Helicopter Ride

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Estelle

Ms Volunteer of St. Vincents East

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Estelle

Ms Volunteer of St. Vincents East

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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

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

Ms. Franks has always wanted to be a teacher, she was a substitute at times. We are taking her to Pinson Elementary where she will be the 1st graders teacher. She loves to read so she will be reading them a story. Then we will be treating her to lunch.

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

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

Thelma

Red Carpet

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Thelma

Red Carpet

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Eileen

Let's Gamble

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Eileen

Let's Gamble

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Marcella

Ms. Franks our Sweetest Teacher

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Marcella

Ms. Franks our Sweetest Teacher

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Lynn

Second Wind Dreams Cheerleader

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Lynn

Second Wind Dreams Cheerleader

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Carolyn wanted to take her family to see a movie. The community bus  took Carolyn,Walt her son and her daughter to see Into the Woods. Dietary fixed a box lunch of hamburgers and fries for everyone. Carolyn is not able to do this for her children and says it feels wonderful to be with her children again."It feels like Christmas".

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Community
Elmcroft at Oaklawn
Location
Louisville, Kentucky
Category
Family & Love

At Azura Memory Care in Wisconsin we see firsthand the joy brought forth when a resident’s dream is realized!  Currently, we are looking for support to help one of our residents, Gracia go back to school! 

Gracia loves children and has been committed to bringing them joy for much of her life.  She also values the importance of education serving as a substitute teacher and on the school board for over two decades.  When we asked what Gracia’s dream would be, we were not surprised when she stated “to teach children.” 

We have made arrangements with a local school who has agreed to allow Gracia to teach a class of kindergarteners.  In working with Gracia we have learned that she is able to tap into her past memories of reading a few special books to her students, children and grandchildren.  Our goal is to purchase hardcopies of these books so that she can continue to ready as long as possible.  In addition, we will be asking the children to sign the book and will place a picture of all of them inside too to make Gracia smile.

We are also working on an art project that will be successful for both Gracia and the children to do together and serve as a keepsake of this special day.  Your donation would enable us to make this part of the dream come true as well!

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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

Mr Ed is a sweet man that has been with us for years...He is autistic. He absolutely loves fire engines and can tell you everything and anything about them. So I am bringing our local fire dept. to our facility and they will be letting Ed be a fireman for awhile, also the Fire Chief and a few of the firemen will be having lunch with Ed.

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Dream Progress

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

Resident Bessie, enjoyed a lobster tail, French fries, and a beer complements of Red Lobster. Bessie always used to enjoy her favorite meal frequently and recently has asked for it again. Elmcroft of Mid Valley is thrilled to have made Bessie's taste buds explode with pure enjoyment!

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

Carolyn

Family Outing

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Carolyn

Family Outing

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Gracia

Gracia Goes Back to School

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Gracia

Gracia Goes Back to School

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Edward

Fire Engine Ed

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Edward

Fire Engine Ed

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Bessie

Lobster Dinner

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Bessie

Lobster Dinner

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