Meet Second Wind Dreams®Spokesperson 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
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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–Leeza Gibbons, Leeza's Care Connection
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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…
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It has been experienced by more than two million people in 20 countries
It has been translated into eight languages
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