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!

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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“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

Mr. Mestler aka Cap, was a pilot in the United States Marine, he retired from the Marines and went on to be a 5th and 6th grade science teacher, he was married 49 years to his wife Mary Jean who passed a few years ago. They had 4 children together. We are taking Cap to have lunch with some of his Marine buddies that he talks very fondly of.

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

Celebrate Mary LaRue's 95th Birthday Donation of $250 would fund birthday celebration with out-of-state family, including Cake, decorations, flowers, special Balloon Bouquet .  ML’s Birthday celebration is planned for the Saturday 11/29.

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Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Family & Love

Donation of $300 for staff to accompany resident and  fund transportation cost for resident and two daughters, lunch, and entertainment. Planning event for 12.5.2014. Rita loved casino trips with family and we would love to see her relive this while she still can.

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Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Relive the Past

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

George

Captain Mestler of the United States Marine Corp.

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George

Captain Mestler of the United States Marine Corp.

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Mary

Mary LaRue 95th Birthday

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Mary

Mary LaRue 95th Birthday

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Rita

Casino Trip for Rita Kaverman

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Rita

Casino Trip for Rita Kaverman

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Ardis

LOVE the Beatles!

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Ardis

LOVE the Beatles!

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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.

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Community
Elmcroft of Vista Ridge
Location
Lewisville, TX
Category
Heart & Soul

We recently interviewed Mrs. Lemke on things she would like to do again and to our surprise she would like to ride a hot air balloon and we want to make it happen for her. She remembers getting into a hot air balloon and seeing the beautiful view from up above the air. Mrs. Lemke is not afraid of heights and loves being up high so she can see far away to mountain and ocean. In the month of December we would like to take Mrs. Lemke to the Temecula Valley Wine County on a Balloon Adventure.

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

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

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 Wish

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Anne

A Musical Wish

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Catherine

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

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Catherine

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

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Prescilla

Nutcracker Ballet

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Prescilla

Nutcracker Ballet

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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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Marguerite is a fun-loving, sweet person who loves music and dancing, especially polka.  She is always smiling, complimenting other residents and wanting everyone to have a good time.  On November 18th, we are planning to celebrate her loving spirit by giving her a polka party and hiring an accordion player.  We cannot wait to see Marguerite’s excitement when she learns she is the guest of honor.

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Community
Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Bill Fowler has always been interested in voting and was thrilled to be able to go to the polls on Election Day,, November 4, 2014. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Lewisburg
Location
Lewisburg, PA
Category
Heart & Soul

Joe has been a life long Michigan fan, but has never been able to attend the rivalry Ohio State vs. Michigan Football game. This year, the game will take place on Saturday, November 29th, and Joe would love nothing more than to be there. He will need handicapped access, as he uses a motorized scooter for transportation.

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Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Adventure

Nancy Lou loves ball room dancing and would love to experience this again.  I have contacted Arthur Murray dance studio and they have a dance partner for Nancy Lou.  She would like to bring her friend, Nancy, to attend with her.  We would like to end the day with dinner at her favorite restaurant!  Nancy Lou’s parents taught her how to dance before she could walk!  She has learned dozens of dances from the 1940’s when ‘Swing” was the thing.  Her dream was to be the “Belle of the Ball” and dance with a professional dance partner.  Her dream came true on Tuesday October 28th.  Ms. Martin (from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Alpharetta) found the perfect partner for Nancy Lou.  Mr. Lewis presented Nancy Lou with a wrist corsage and asked her to dance the afternoon away with him.  She stated that it was the “Best day of her life!” She was beautiful on the dance floor and knew every step.  Mr. Lewis (the teacher) learned a few things from her that day!   Thank you so much to the following fabulous folks who made Nancy Lou’s dream spectacular! 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Heart & Soul

Marguerite

I Love a Good Polka

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Marguerite

I Love a Good Polka

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Bill

Trip to Vote

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Bill

Trip to Vote

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Joe

Joe wants to GO BLUE!

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Joe

Joe wants to GO BLUE!

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Nancy

Dance Party

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Nancy

Dance Party

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