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 two million people in 17 different countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

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Giving to Second Wind

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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 or by texting SWD to 41444.

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 us. 

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 been experienced by an estimated 2 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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The VDT Family Edition gives a way to gain understanding of what your loved one with dementia experiences daily in the privacy of your own home.

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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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Audrey's favorite part of her day was being in the kitchen, but her dream was to be a true chef.

 
Our goal is to find a local bakery, provide her with her very own tall white hat and apron and let her bake away!!  
 
In addition, we are looking for a pedal taxi to take Audrey for a trip around the community and let her hair whip in the wind!
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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

During our conversations with our gentlemen residents at Azura Memory Care we often discuss the career that got away.

 
For Jock his was to hear the shrill of a siren and be a hero to all by becoming a firefighter.  We are hoping to partner with a local fire department to make this special part of the Dream adventure come true, but would like to purchase a helmet that Jock could take back to his home as warm reminder of his special day.
 
In addition, we will be taking Jock for a fishing excursion to catch a big one or at least throw in a line.  Funds will also help with purchasing bait and other items to make his adventure complete.
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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
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Adventure

A true country farmer, Nels' most favorite childhood memory was getting to ride a steam engine locomotive to visit an ailing relative.

 
"Ma and Pa took me on the train and it was the best ride I ever had," he says.  "Would be fun to go back again!"
 
With your help we can make Nels' dream come true and have found a still running steam locomotive a little over an hour away that gives 45 minute rides through the countryside.
 
Your gift would cover transportation costs, tickets, treats and maybe even a conductor's hat!  Thank you in advance for helping us make Nels' Dream of a Train Trip Down Memory Lane come true! 
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Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

This year in celebration of our National Second Winds Dreams Day on September 15th. LVDN will be hosting a centenarian birthday party. We're fortunate to currently have 3 residents who are turning 100 years old within the year. In addition to Ruthlene, Gerald Henderson will turn 100 on June 16th and Doris Davignon on September 17th.  It's a big milestone to turn 100 and we want to make it very special and a big celebration for them and their families.

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Community
Elmcroft of Las Villas Del Norte
Location
Escondido, California
Category
Heart & Soul

Gertrude

Baking and Biking

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Gertrude

Baking and Biking

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Jock

Firefighter for A Day and Fishing Fun

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Jock

Firefighter for A Day and Fishing Fun

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Nels

Train Trip Down Memory Lane

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Nels

Train Trip Down Memory Lane

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Ruthlene

centenarians birthday bash

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Ruthlene

centenarians birthday bash

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Georgia has 2 sons and rarely are they together. they surprised her with a visit and we jumped on it to make her a day to remember. Georgia rarely leaves her room but we are getting her to the private dining room to have a special lunch together with them with her favorite food....Chinese Chicken Lo Mein! She will be crowned Queen for the day and music will be provided by her own personal accordion player. We plan to have a photo shoot with her sons and will have a beautiful album put together for her to have to treasure her big day!

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

Don is a huge NASCAR fan and Dale Earnheartd Sr is his favorite race car driver. We provided Don with a special edition tribute t-shirt and blanket showcasing Dale Earnheartd Sr.  Don was presented these items on behalf of the recreation department from his son - John. Don was overjoyed by the display.

 

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
Location
West Hartford, CT
Category
Adventure

Gina expressed an interest to return to the homeland - Italy. We organized an Italian theme day provided entertainment from the "Al-tones" a local Italian singing group. Serving Italian cookies. It was a family affair - her daughter Nancy was sitting by Gina's side reminiscing of the days her parents would sing to each other in the kitchen.

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
Location
West Hartford, CT
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Relive the Past

Today we took Rita and Bob Winland out to lunch for their Second Wind Dream.  They chose Cracker Barrel.  They both live with us here at Elmcroft but have not been out to lunch together in a very long time.  They have been married for 69 years and both say they would do it all over again.  Rita said that Bob was the best husband ever.  When we asked them what made it work for so many years?  They both told us that you have to give and take.  They used to go to the movies when they were courting in Lewisville, Ohio.They shared a smooch and just held hands.  Sometimes just holding hands is all that has to be said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
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Heart & Soul

Georgia

Loving Sons

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Georgia

Loving Sons

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Don

NASCAR Fan

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Don

NASCAR Fan

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Gina

Italian Memories

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Gina

Italian Memories

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Rita

Connecting Hearts

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Rita

Connecting Hearts

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We fulfilled a second wind dream for Vera Harpster.  Vera had never ridden a motorcycle before.  She always told herself she would someday.   The Touring Friends, a local motorcycle club, came and offered Vera her first wild motorcycle ride.  Vera and the other residents of Elmcroft always enjoy the time that The Touring Friends come and donate to our community.  She had the best day ever! 

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Elmcroft of Reedsville
Location
Reedsville, PA
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Adventure

Joan's wish was to square dance again. We contacted a local square dance club to provide a show. The group plus their caller showcased an hour long session for square dance steps, popular calls & music. Joan was in dancing heaven. The performance was outstanding!!!!

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
Location
West Hartford, CT
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Relive the Past

There was some table talk  from the following Heartland Village Residents, Freda, Carlos, Willie, and Lillie.  They wanted some good old fashioned Southern Cooking.  Their menu turned into a Miracle Meal.

 

The menu included:  chicken and dumplings, turnip greens, white northern beans, ho cakes and chess pie for dessert. 

 

Of course, the drink of preference was good old fashioned sweet tea. 

 

Please enjoy the the picture of the Miracle Meal!

 

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Elmcroft of Lebanon TN
Location
Lebanon, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Tina wished to make pizza again, as she did for her career. West Hartford health & rehab center organized a trip to a famous pizza parlor in Connecticut -- Frank Pepe's Pizza. Tina was all smiles!!!!! 

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West Hartford Health & Rehab Center
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West Hartford, CT
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Vera

Dream Ride Come True

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Vera

Dream Ride Come True

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Joan

Square Dancing Dream Day

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Joan

Square Dancing Dream Day

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Heartland

Miracle Meal

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Heartland

Miracle Meal

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Tina

Pizzeria Past

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Pizzeria Past

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