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 Facilitator Training (full-day in-person training - 5.5 hours NAB CEU.)
  • 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

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 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 reached over 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 Families »

Call us today: 678-624-0500 to learn more about the Family Edition of the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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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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Help our elders find their Second Wind.

Fulfill a Dream Below

During a conversation with this sweet lady, we were reminiscing of things we did and like to do. Lillian lost her husband many years ago at a younger age and didn't go out much since his passing. Lillian said it would give her great pleasure to go for an Italian dinner and dance the JITTERBUG! Lillian would like some funds to dine and dance as the two places we have checked into can not help us in fulfilling her dreams.

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Community
Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
Category
Adventure

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Phyllis in Monroe, Wisconsin, it is to attend Cubs and Brewers baseball game. Thanks to Associated Bank, we were able to get tickets to the game on August 1st at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

 

With your donation, you would help us cover parking for the game, some game-day food and drinks for Phyllis to enjoy as she watches her two favorite baseball teams, and a little extra for a Brewers or Cubs memorabilia

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
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Relive the Past

At Azura Memory Care we know that there is no such thing as a dream too big or too small, and we are delighted to do whatever it takes for our residents to experience their best day. For Jane Ann in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it is to attend a Vince Gill concert with her daughter and son-in-law on August 22..

 

With your donation, you would not only help Jane Ann relive some of her best times and memories with country music, but also provide her with the chance to experience a concert, something she has never been given the opportunity to do before.

 

 

We strive to offer a unique model of memory care services and a program for those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and it is through generous individuals like yourself that help make this possible. From everyone at Azura, we thank you for the continuous support as you help us achieve more dreams for our residents!

 

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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Heart & Soul

Peg Wickam always wanted to tour the White House. As far back as she can remember, she dreamt about what it must of been like to live in the White House. She never thought she would ever be able to step foot in our nations home, let alone have her dream come true by touring it. Between working, and raising her five children their was no time to fulfill any dream that she might have had. Until now, Second Wind Dreams and your donations can help to make this remarkable woman's dream come true.

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Community
Elmcroft of Reading
Location
Reading, PA
Category
Adventure

Lillian

Dine and Dance

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Lillian

Dine and Dance

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Phyllis

A Brewers and Cubs Fan's Dream Come True

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Phyllis

A Brewers and Cubs Fan's Dream Come True

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Jane

A Love of Country Music

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Jane

A Love of Country Music

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Peggy

White House Tour

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Peggy

White House Tour

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Our dreamer has always wanted to enjoy the adventure of deep sea fishing.  Your donation will fulfill his dream and give him the experience of a lifetime. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Southern Pines
Location
Southern Pines, NC
Category
Adventure

 

 

Chuck was the band leader for the "Purduvians" prior to WWII. He had his own printed flyer that was distributed at Purdue, and in West Lafayette advertising the “Purduvians” and what they offered. His band also worked on the SS ISLE DE FRANCE.  Chuck played the flute, clarinet & sax.

Chuck also had his own ‘ship’ orchestra, (a smaller version of Chuck and his Purduvians) which was hired on several occasions to entertain passengers on the S.S. Normandie, and  Cunard's Aquitania on trans-Atlantic cruises to Europe and back. This is how he paid for his Purdue education.   

 

 

 

For National Second Wind Dream Day we will honor Chuck.  This will be a total surprise for him!

Program schedule

Tuesday, September 15,2015

Beginning at 1:00 (In honor of National Second Wind Dreams Day)  “Best of” Roswell’s SWD show begins  

  1. All residents, staff, professionals & family seated and ready for the guest of honor

  2. Chuck Coe & family arrives and pictures from his band will be up on the big screen / party area decorated with a 1940’s “night club” feel

  3. After he is seated he will be asked to share his adventures/ memories of his band

  4. At 2:00 the party begins with the arrival of Amber Brooke will

    arrive in her evening gown to sing the top hits from those amazing days

  5. A delicious cake & drinks will be served for all to enjoy


 

 

 


 

 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Paul is the ULTIMATE Penn State fan. When Paul was a little younger he attended many PSU football games! His health limits his mobility these days but he still never misses a game! He follows the games on tv and then watches all the follow up coverage on sports center. What a better way to Give Paul a second wind at life than to help him turn his room into the ULTIMATE fan room!

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

"I could sing you a thousand and one doo-wop songs. I love the simplicity in that music. It's not super-poetic it's just from the heart," - Artist. Which is the reason Gil & Yolanda chose Count Basie's "A Fall Doo-wop" as their Honeymoon night. Gil & Yolanda met in Rochester, NY at an Independent Living Community in which they previously lived in 2013. Their love was so strong that nothing could keep them apart, something they proved a short time later. On January 4th, 2014 they were married despite the fact of being in a rehabilitation center. They spent their honeymoon night there at that very rehab. The premise of attending this Doo-Wop came from the Nagel's love of theater. However, due to Yolanda's diminishing eyesight, the cost of tickets close enough to see the show have been too high. So their new family at Arbor Terrace of Middletown would like to help their dream come true and have their Honeymoon Doo-Wop for two.

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Community
Arbor Terrace of Middletown
Location
Middletown, NJ
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Family & Love

Gerald

Deep Sea Fishing

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Gerald

Deep Sea Fishing

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Chuck

“Celebrating Chuck’s “Purduvians” Swing Band”

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Chuck

“Celebrating Chuck’s “Purduvians” Swing Band”

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Paul

Pauls ultimate penn State fan room

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Paul

Pauls ultimate penn State fan room

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Gil&Yolanda

A Well Over Due -Wop Honeymoon

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Gil&Yolanda

A Well Over Due -Wop Honeymoon

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Ms. Richardson is a 79 year old woman that loves to stay on the go, she was a High School Teacher in her younger years and has often stated how she loved being a teacher. There is one thing she has always wanted to do and that is to go for a Hot Air Ballon ride. So that is what our Beautiful teacher is going to get through the service of Southern Balloon Journeys.

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Adventure

Ms. Ethel is a 86 year with a passion for dancing. She is from New York and has told us of her many adventures from living there. We are taking her to one of our Dance Studios here in town for a afternoon of dancing.

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

Peggy is our 101 year old spunky little lady that told me that she has done everything in her life that she wanted to do. She said that she wanted to have a simple lunch with her table mates, so we are making homemade chicken and dumplings with her help of course.

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

Earl is an amazing man and there is two things that really makes him smile.  The first is when the topic of his job is talked about.  He worked for the Department of Transportation in California for 40+ years. We have reached out to them to get a certificate of appreciation for Earl to present to him. Then he always loved to fish ( we will purchase a fishing vest & cap) so we have arranged for a fishing trip August 25th to the home of a local musician (Earl loves music too!) for a morning of fishing on his dock.  We will have lunch and take a ton of photos with the smile that will surely be on Earl's face. The following day we will present a photo album that will capture his big day.

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Relive the Past

Shirley

HotAir Ballon Ride

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Shirley

HotAir Ballon Ride

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Ethel

Dancing Queen

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Ethel

Dancing Queen

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Peggy

Dumplings for the Soul

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Peggy

Dumplings for the Soul

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Earl

Life's Pleasures

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Earl

Life's Pleasures

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