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 two million people in 17 different countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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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 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

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The VDT Family Edition gives a way to gain understanding of what your loved one with dementia experiences daily in the privacy of your own home.

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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

Mr. Lawrence Traynor is a retired U. S. Navy Commander who would love to go sailing again, especially with his son whom he misses.  Mr. Traynor stated he also loves to read Naval history and just to sit and relax in the sun.  A day back on the water would truly be a dream come true!

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NC State Veterans Home-Fayetteville
Location
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Category
Relive the Past

Leona loves butterflies and is very adventurous.  She has a love for outdoors and a love for watching butterflies.  We as Dream Weavers have found the perfect person to fulfill Leona's dream!  Bug Man Ryan has one of the largest preserved collection of butterflies in the United States.  Help us bring him to our community and give Leona a Second Wind at life!  As always, thank you for your support!

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Community
Elmcroft of Reedsville
Location
Reedsville, PA
Category
Adventure

Marion was born and raised in New Orleans.  She loves the food, climate, people, culture and everything it offers.  She has been lamenting over the fact that she is unable to go home again-even for a week.  She moved here to be near her family and has been having a rough time adjusting. To bring a smile back to her beautiful face we would like to take her back to New Orleans through music, food and decorations. 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Ruth is the quiet one who is always visiting room bound residents.  She does it because it is her nature to love and care for everyone.  Ruth wants nothing in return.  She recently had a fall and is in a wheel chair. She is learning to walk again and has never let this set back get in the way of her visiting neighbors in need.  A surprise party with all her friends and family to celebrate her caring ways would be a dream come true!

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Heart & Soul

Lawrence

Sailing

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Lawrence

Sailing

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Leona

Butterflies for Leona

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Leona

Butterflies for Leona

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Marion

New Orleans or bust!

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Marion

New Orleans or bust!

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Ruth

Heart of Ruth

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Ruth

Heart of Ruth

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Curless enjoys concerts such as Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Andy Williams, (recorded, of course) but it would be a dream come true if she had the "real Deal!"

I would like to hire Singing Steve to sing her favorite songs just for her!  A surprise party would bring a smile back to her face. Family invited to enjoy with her.

 

 

 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Audrey's favorite part of her day was being in the kitchen, but her dream was to be a true chef.

 
Our goal is to find a local bakery, provide her with her very own tall white hat and apron and let her bake away!!  
 
In addition, we are looking for a pedal taxi to take Audrey for a trip around the community and let her hair whip in the wind!
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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

During our conversations with our gentlemen residents at Azura Memory Care we often discuss the career that got away.

 
For Jock his was to hear the shrill of a siren and be a hero to all by becoming a firefighter.  We are hoping to partner with a local fire department to make this special part of the Dream adventure come true, but would like to purchase a helmet that Jock could take back to his home as warm reminder of his special day.
 
In addition, we will be taking Jock for a fishing excursion to catch a big one or at least throw in a line.  Funds will also help with purchasing bait and other items to make his adventure complete.
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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Adventure

Getting outdoors is always great for our residents at Azura Memory Care and that is just what Paul is hoping for:  A simple day on the farm.

 
We are hoping to tap into a local apple orchard who has restored farm and museum of old time tractors for Paul to see, sit on and enjoy!
 
While we are there we might just pick an apple or two for our Azura family back home!  We're thinking Paul needs a pair of bib overalls, entrance fee and tractor memento as a reminder of the day too!  Thank you for helping us get Paul to the farm.
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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

Curless

Lucky Charm

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Curless

Lucky Charm

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Gertrude

Baking and Biking

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Gertrude

Baking and Biking

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Jock

Firefighter for A Day and Fishing Fun

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Jock

Firefighter for A Day and Fishing Fun

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Paul

Tractor and Farm Time Fun

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Paul

Tractor and Farm Time Fun

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Joan's wish was to square dance again. We contacted a local square dance club to provide a show. The group plus their caller showcased an hour long session for square dance steps, popular calls & music. Joan was in dancing heaven. The performance was outstanding!!!!

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

There was some table talk  from the following Heartland Village Residents, Freda, Carlos, Willie, and Lillie.  They wanted some good old fashioned Southern Cooking.  Their menu turned into a Miracle Meal.

 

The menu included:  chicken and dumplings, turnip greens, white northern beans, ho cakes and chess pie for dessert. 

 

Of course, the drink of preference was good old fashioned sweet tea. 

 

Please enjoy the the picture of the Miracle Meal!

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Tina wished to make pizza again, as she did for her career. West Hartford health & rehab center organized a trip to a famous pizza parlor in Connecticut -- Frank Pepe's Pizza. Tina was all smiles!!!!! 

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

Mr. Gene Barbee used to have his own plane and fly everywhere, but with failing eye sight he has not been able to fly for over 20 years. Thanks to Springfield Airport, Wingnuts, he went flying one more time. He actually got to fly the plane. His wife was with us and said he hadn’t spoken that many words since moving in to Morningside of Springfield on Jan. 8th. He just came alive.  What a dream come true! 

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Morningside of Springfield
Location
Springfield, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Joan

Square Dancing Dream Day

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Joan

Square Dancing Dream Day

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Heartland

Miracle Meal

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Heartland

Miracle Meal

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Tina

Pizzeria Past

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Tina

Pizzeria Past

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Gene

Return to the Sky

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Gene

Return to the Sky

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