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

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

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VDT Training»

Fundamentals, 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 healthcare professionals, as well as caregiving educators.

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We would like to send our friend and neighbor Mary into the sky as she has always dreamed of learning to fly. We found a flying school that can take her up into the air and give the chance to fly a plane. When we talked to Mary about it, she was flabbergasted. She said, "I can't believe it! I have always wanted to try it, but I never thought that the day would come that I'd actually get to do it." 

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Elmcroft Grossmont Gardens
Location
La Mesa, CA
Category
Adventure

Helen Mack is a resident at Elmcroft of Mid Valley. When she was home she worked out in her garden throughout the day. She loved being outdoors. Helen would like to grow her own herb garden inside the community and watch it all grow and tend to it daily. We are looking for donations of plant supplies such as, pots, dirt, herb seeds, etc to plant her herb garden! There is an herb kit that i have found off of S&S Worldwide.

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Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
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Relive the Past

Louise is a resident of Elmcroft of Mid Valley community, in Peckville. Louise was an art teacher for Scranton Public School and would love to paint a painting on canvas. There is a studio in Scranton PA and Wilkes Barre that offer a painting class that looks really fun. Louise has seen the website and decided that would be something she would enjoy to do. The class with all of it's supplies is $40.00

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Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
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Relive the Past

Mr. William Leas has  belonged to a barbershop quartet almost all his life and along the way made friends with his group, but they have all since passed on. He stopped singing about 6 months ago when he moved into a senior community, but still wants to be a part of the barbershop quartet. We found a well known barbershop group with 4 members who will be performing for Bill on February 23rd at 12:00noon in front of everyone during our lunch time.  The group would like to honor Bill's dream to able to perform in front of a live audience. Bill is passionate about singing and performing in front of a live audience. Please help us make Mr. Leas dream come true.

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Elmcroft of Las Villas Del Norte
Location
Escondido, California
Category
Relive the Past

Mary

The Sky's The Limit

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Mary

The Sky's The Limit

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Helen

growing an herb garden

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Helen

growing an herb garden

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Louise

Art Painting

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Louise

Art Painting

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William

Barbershop Quartet

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William

Barbershop Quartet

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Charlotte Hensley left the campus of Longwood University in Farmville, VA in 1947 with ambition and a dream to make a difference as an educator of children. Charlotte taught school for 24 years before retiring. Longwood like most colleges on the east coast has grown by leaps and bounds, tripling in size since 1947. Charlotte is physically able to make this trip as an Elmcroft Assisted Living Ambassador to meet the Senior Class Ambassador of Longwood for a golf cart tour of the campus. The school would like to extend a formal invitation to Charlotte for an Alumni visit packed full of all the alumni goodies and beautiful scenery of the Virginia countryside.

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Elmcroft of Southern Pines
Location
Southern Pines, NC
Category
Relive the Past

Renee has always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride.  As we were figuring our Second Wind Dreams here at Elmcroft she came to me with here desire to have this dreamed fulfilled.  What a special experience to enjoy with her family.

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Elmcroft of Saxonburg
Location
Saxonburg, PA
Category
Adventure

Bob, a life-long Catholic and Notre Dame fan, has a dream of visiting the University of Notre Dame. Accompanied by his loving wife, he would love to get a "behind the scenes" tour of many of the campus landmarks (the Basiclla of the Scared Heart, the Grotto, the Stadium, etc.). We are asking for funding to cover the cost of meals, tour prices, golf cart rental, a souvenir from the campus bookstore (sweatshirt), and gas to transport Bob to the University of Notre Dame.

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Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Relive the Past

Donna loves singer and entertainer Clint Holmes.  Her dream is to see him perform live at the beautifull and intimate Cabaret Jazz Theater at The Smith Center in Las Vegas.  Known as Singer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in Las Vegas, Clint is a performer not to be missed.

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Silver Sky at Deer Springs
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Adventure

Charlotte

Off to College

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Charlotte

Off to College

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Renee

Up into the Sky

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Renee

Up into the Sky

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Bob

Notre Dame Glory

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Bob

Notre Dame Glory

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Donna

Performance of a Lifetime

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Donna

Performance of a Lifetime

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Recently I sat down with Vi and asked her if she could do anything again or for the first time, what would it be? Vi shocked me with the next statement. She said, " I have never ridden a bicycle." I was amazed at that statement. I asked why she had never had that opportunity as a child and she simply said that her family kept the girls busy and the boys were the only ones that received a bicycle. I asked her why she hadn't ridden one as an adult? Politely she said, " I never had learned early in life and it was too late." So to make her dream come true, I have found a 26" Adult Tricycle on Wal-Mart's webpage and would love to purchase it for her and give her the joy of riding a bicycle with our supervision in nearby parks and around her home.

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Elmcroft of Southern Pines
Location
Southern Pines, NC
Category
Adventure

Vernon is from Ohio and worked as a pastry chef for Rich Food Products out of Chicago.  He also went to Wilton School for bakers in Chicago.  Vernon is passionate about the theatre.  He performed in several plays including Oklahoma in his earlier years.  Vernon and his wife enjoyed going to musicals.  Vernon would very much enjoy another chance to enjoy the theatre, especially the award winner Once!

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Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, Texas
Category
Heart & Soul

An avid hunter and war veteran, Homer Trego has expressed continued interest in his gun collection and his interest in shooting. Before he came to Elmcroft, he used to love to go down to the range and have target practice! Years ago, he enjoyed shooting with his son when he would come to town. His son recently passed away and this was an exciting memory the two of them shared. His daughter Rose told us that his last time shooting was with his son. It would mean so much if we could fulfill this dream and bring joy to Homer and the memory of his time with his son. We would like to send Homer to the shooting range in style--a limo! Please help us to fulfill this dream for Homer!

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Elmcroft of Vista Ridge
Location
Lewisville, TX
Category
Relive the Past

Two things I know about Andy (aside from family) that means the world to him is his service in the military (including the Battle of the Bulge), and his Irish heritage.He was born in Ireland and moved to the US at the age of one.  He and wife Cass visited Ireland in 1999 and Andy had the opportunity to see the church that he was baptiszed in.  Andy has a dughter who is flying in this week so we have a party planned just for him at Culhane's Irish Resaurant (that is owned by 4 Irish sisters) in Atlantic Beach, Fl.  They are ready to celebrate Andy and his family to honor him and his roots.  We will have live music and a lunch with his family to capture the joy of what is important to Andy......quite please as it's a surprise....... 

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Family & Love

Violet

A Nice Day for a Bike Ride

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Violet

A Nice Day for a Bike Ride

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Vernon

'Once' The Musical

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Vernon

'Once' The Musical

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Homer

Sharp Shooter

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Homer

Sharp Shooter

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Andy

True Irishman

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Andy

True Irishman

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