Dedicated to changing the perception of aging.

 

Dreams

The Second Wind Dreams® program is an opportunity to expose society to the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. We fulfill those dreams.

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VDT

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is the first, and best, program available that gives an understanding of and creates a true personal connection to dementia.

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DACE

The Dementia Aware Competency Evaluation is designed to meet the need for observable and measurable outcomes in dementia care.

 

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Grants

We are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use Civil Money Penalty funding in skilled nursing homes through the use of the Virtual Dementia Tour®. 

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Meet Second Wind Dreams®  Spokesperson Alpha Trivette

Alpha Trivette

 

We are thrilled to welcome the incredible, Alpha Trivette, as spokesperson for Second Wind Dreams. The Atlanta-based actor currently stars as Dr. Allen, living with dementia, in Tyler Perry’s new TV series, Too Close to Home on TLC.

We are extremely honored to have his support! Learn more about Alpha Trivette here

Help our elders find their "second wind."

Fulfill a Dream Below

Joyce has been an avid bird lover her entire life and she raised all three of her children to make bird calls!

Joyce can also sketch any bird in great detail.  She's a wonderful artist and spends most of her time drawing these days.

We would like to honor her for her 85th birthday on August 19 by taking her and her family to the Pittsburgh Aviary.

We are seeking funding that will provide 7 admission tickets to the Pittsburgh Aviary, one bird show and one bird feeding, a snack for the family, and a forever memory with her family.

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Dream Progress

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Community
Northview Estates
Location
New Castle, Pennsylvania
Category
Family & Love

We have a resident that spends her days talking about the 27 years she spent working at Helen Keller's childhood home, Ivy Green. Despite the fact that her mind is failing, she remembers details about Helen Keller that will surprise you. She loves to share facts about Helen Keller with her fellow residents and always follows up by saying, "I wish I could go back there again. I know they all miss me there." I would love to take her back, even though it's a 3 hour trip. She's very active and more than capable of making the trip, but we will need the funding for a rental car to make this dream happen.

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Community
Elmcroft of Shallowford
Location
Chattanooga, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Earl is a resident here at Elmcroft of Fairborn.  He used to love riding bikes.  Due to a life threatening illness, he can no longer ride.  I would like to hire a pedicab service and have them meet us at a nearby bike path.  They would ride for 45minutes, break for a picnic lunch and then a return ride for another 45 minutes. 

Thank you for considering Earl's dream. He will have a wonderful time!

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Community
Elmcroft of Fairborn
Location
Fairborn, Ohio
Category
Relive the Past

Denzil LOVES bluegrass music. Every morning he waits by the radio until in his favorite bluegrass CD is put in. We would love to take him to enjoy the music he loves so much live and in person! There is a bluegrass festival happening in our town on August 24th-26th. We would love to take him for a day to enjoy his favorite music. Each ticket for one day costs $25. We want to treat him to lunch or dinner while he is at the festival and we would like him to have some souvenirs to bring home with him.

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Community
Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

Joyce

The Beauty of Birds

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Joyce

The Beauty of Birds

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Elizabeth

Ivy Green-A Trip Back to Helen Keller's home

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Elizabeth

Ivy Green-A Trip Back to Helen Keller's home

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Earl

Misses Biking

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Earl

Misses Biking

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Denzil

Bluegrass Festival

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Denzil

Bluegrass Festival

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Art is the "Angel" of our community.  She always has a kind word to say to others and often shows her appreciation with small notes of encouragement.  She is the one person you go to if you need a helping hand.  She loves nature and being outdoors.  Many times I hear her talk about wanting to go to the beach.  We have a wonderful day planned for her on the Lake Michigan shoreline with sandy beaches. We will be going to Portage, IN and  this area of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore features an enclosed pavilion with an educational classroom, kitchens and restrooms, an accessible loop trail, and fishing pier. The pavilion is not only beautiful, but is Gold LEED certified, meaning that it's built with exemplary environmental design and materials. A new concrete cap and handrails on the breakwater provide easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. The Riverwalk closely follows the Burns Waterway (access for nearby marina), then loops back to the pavilion through restored lagoons. A fishing pier over the Burns Waterway is connected to the trail. Though this is not a particularly large portion of the national lakeshore, the dune landscape is scenic and ecologically interesting and is habitat to several threatened plants and other ecologically significant species. What more could a nature lover want?  

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Community
Elmcroft of Fort Harrison
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Category
Adventure

Vern at age 84 is a huge Indianapolis Colts fan who held season tickets with his wife many years ago.  He stated he would love to see the new stadium and see this young kid Andrew Luck play in person.  He watches every game from his television and I want to help him make this dream come true.  This man was in the battle of the bulge and witnessed things we can not even imagine.  If anyone has any contacts I think it would add to the experience if we could get him to hold the flag during the national anthem or even do a coin toss.  I have tried but have not had any success in getting a response back from the organization. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Fort Harrison
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Category
Relive the Past

Ken was a firefighter for 35 years and retired from with a blaze.  We want him to have the chance to relive some of those stories and go back to station 15 for one last time.  We will be getting a hold of those whom he might of served with along with the new firefighters currently at station 15 to make this reunion happen.  

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Community
Elmcroft of Fort Harrison
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
Category
Relive the Past

Tom is a lifelong baseball fan. We would like to take him "out to the ballgame" to watch his favorite team play a day game.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Relive the Past

Art

Sand Between My Toes

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Art

Sand Between My Toes

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Laverne

Number One Fan

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Laverne

Number One Fan

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Ken

Fire No More

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Ken

Fire No More

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Tom

Out to the Ballgame

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Tom

Out to the Ballgame

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Following a recent group discussion, we discovered that EIGHT of our residents would like to travel to Hawaii. Several in the group have always wanted to go and never had the chance, while others recalled having visited there on a memorable, once in a lifetime vacation.  While we cannot get them to Hawaii physically, we plan to bring Hawaii to them! We would like to have Polynesian/Hulu Dancers, a whole Pig Roast, leis, tropical music and tropical drinks. Residents would get to invite their friends and family to the the Luau.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

Teresa would love the opportunity to be able to dance a tango or waltz with a dance company.  We would love a donated ballroom dress and a chance to get her hair and make up done. 

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Community
Vista Village
Location
Vista, CA
Category
Heart & Soul

William is asking to save his money to own a Mercedes to take his wife on a date.  Although he may not be able to drive, we wish for William to be able to take his wife on a date.  We are asking for a driver of a Mercedes and a Romantic date for the two of them. 

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Community
Vista Village
Location
Vista, CA
Category
Adventure

Pat has spent her whole life giving everything that she has to others. Her daughter remembers calling Pat once to borrow a coffee pot, but when she came to pick it up there was not only the pot but also filters, coffee, spoons, creamer, cups, and napkins. She is known in our community for always having suckers, cookies or some other type of treat in her walker basket, and giving SOMETHING to everyone she passes. It gives her great joy to give to others and see the smiles that result in a gesture of kindness. For Pat's Second Wind Dream, she wants to give bigger than she ever has before. We are raising donations of small candy bars, snack cakes and other goodies to put into treat bags for Pat to pass out during her "Big Give." She will spend an entire day visiting our local hospitals, day care centers and grocery stores, passing out her goodie bags and a smile to everyone that she meets.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Heart & Soul

Betty

Hawaiian Luau

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Betty

Hawaiian Luau

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Teresa

Learn to do Ballroom Dancing

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Teresa

Learn to do Ballroom Dancing

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William

Me, Mercedes and my wife!

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William

Me, Mercedes and my wife!

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Pat

Pat's Big Give

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Pat

Pat's Big Give

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VDT

“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 20 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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