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 Fundamentals Training Program (30 minute, online training - one hour NAB CEU.  Additional training also available.)
  • 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

Click here to review the Terms & Conditions of Use/License Agreement.

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

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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 eldercare communities, healthcare professionals and educators.

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Help our elders find their Second Wind.

Fulfill a Dream Below

The sun shining above, the smell of the salty sea, the breeze blowing softly in your face, and the feeling of pure exhilaration while sailing out on the ocean. This is the dream of Ted Coronel. Ted is 93 years old and has always wanted to own a small sailboat and sail along the coast. Although we cannot help him to buy a boat, we would love to give him the opportunity to sail along the coast and experience something that he has only been able to dream about. Ted lives in our senior living community and has a knack for playing cards. He is always smiling. We want to put the biggest smile ever on his face. We want to get him out on the water sailing. Sail San Diego has a 3 hour sailing tour that allows someone like Ted to get out and sail the San Diego coast. He will need some assistance that we will be glad to give, but we need help to get him on the sailing tour. Will you help us to get him there?

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Community
Elmcroft Grossmont Gardens
Location
La Mesa, CA
Category
Adventure

Rosemary is unique - and very, very busy!  She is constantly on the go - and loves, loves, loves being outside.  Her communication is really expressed through her sparkling eyes & laughter. 

 

Rosemary's family recalls how happy she was at home, always working in the garden.  She loves getting her hands in the dirt - and doing everything!

 

A raised bed, complete with cover, would be perfect for Rosemary.  She would raise veggies and herbs - constantly being able to "get her hands right in there!"

 

Randy Coles, Maintenance Director here at Elmcroft of Arlington has contacted our lawn service, Green Briar, who has agreed to furnish the potting soil & plants.  They will also install a watering line to the raised bed!  

 

  We still need funding for the raised bed itself - which will cost $371.96.  We have a Commitment from Allstar Home Health for $100.00. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Arlington
Location
Arlington, TX
Category
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 Carlton in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it is to attend a baseball game one last time. 

 

 

With your donation, you would not only help Carlton relive some of his best memories on a baseball diamond, but also provide him with the chance to once again experience a pastime he used to frequently enjoy prior to moving into his Azura home.

 

 

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
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 Darlene in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it is to take care for animals and a garden. Our Azura Team has made plans for Darlene to visit a farm to visit with a few animals, and to go shopping for flowers to tend at our Azura Memory Garden.

 

 

With your donation, you would not only help Darlene experience a day that would bring joy to her life, but also provide her with the chance to enjoy the simple pleasures in life she used to frequently enjoy prior to moving to her Azura home.

 

 

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

Ted

Sailing the Ocean Blue

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Ted

Sailing the Ocean Blue

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Rosemary

Rosemary's Passion

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Rosemary

Rosemary's Passion

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Carlton

Hey Batta Batta Swing!: Carlton’s Baseball Dream

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Carlton

Hey Batta Batta Swing!: Carlton’s Baseball Dream

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Darlene

Darlene's Animal Care and Garden

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Darlene

Darlene's Animal Care and Garden

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We did a special Second Wind Dream today.

 

We have a very special lady Ms. Ella Owen Reed that turned 103 today.  We had a birthday blowout.  We had many friends, family and special dignitaries from the community here to honor Ms. Reed. 

 

She had special visits from Wilson County Mayor Hutto, State Representative Mark Pody, Ms. Donna Wright from Wilson County Schools, and Mr. Scott Benson from Lebanon Special School District (LSSD). 

 

Ms. Ella is a retired school teacher from LSSD.  She taught for over 35 years and never missed a day.  She started teaching in the Wilson County Schools in a one room school house with eight grades all together.  When she retired, she was a teacher at Byers Dowdy for the 4th grade.

 

Also she had surprise visits from 4 of her former students and Mr. Winfrey that was the Superintendent of the school district when she retired. 

 

We had a wonderful gathering and shared lots of memories.  Also she had several friends from her church that attended that party. 

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

Sue Hagewood is an 82 year old lady that resides at Elmcroft of Hendersonville.  She has always loved children, and what better way to make her day but to take her to a day care facility and let her interact with the kids.  She was ready for her little journey on June 29, complete with doughnuts to hand out to the children.  First we watched the little ones on the playground, and then we went inside where all the children gathered around her while she told her stories of when she would sneak off to her grandmother's house.  She handed out her doughnuts, smiling all the while.  One young lady just couldn't get enough of Sue, and hung on to her and told her that she had a great grandmother, too.  Sue was surprised that none of the children were bashful or afraid of her.  (Maybe it was the doughnuts!!)  Sue had a wonderful time being "grandma" again to all the children.  One little girl asked her when she would be back, and Sue smiled so big and said "whenever they will bring me".  It brought back a lot of memories of the days when Sue watched children in her home and taking care of her own grandkids.

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Heart & Soul

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 Elsie in Kenosha, Wisconsin, it is to play a few games of Bingo at a local Moose Lounge with her family on Wednesday, July 8th.

 

With your donation, you would not only help Elsie relive some of her best days, but also provide her with the chance to once again experience a pastime she used to frequently enjoy prior to her moving into her Azura home.

 

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.

 

Your donation would provide Elsie with transportation, more Bingo cards than she can count, and food to enjoy while she once again delights in an old hobby with her family. 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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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

Nothing brings joy to Helen like a big bowl of her favorite ice cream. After discussing options for our dreamer with her family, we decided that an ice cream party with her as the guest of honor would bring her joy and give her a second wind at life.

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Elmcroft of Reedsville
Location
Reedsville, PA
Category
Heart & Soul

Ella

103 years young

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Ella

103 years young

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Sue

Love those Kids!

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Sue

Love those Kids!

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Elsie

Elsie's Love of Bingo

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Elsie

Elsie's Love of Bingo

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Helen

Sweet Dreams

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Helen

Sweet Dreams

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When Marion, a resident at Azura Memory Care, was asked what her greatest day would be, she expressed her dream of attending a Broadway show and enjoy a little date with her daughters. This was something she had done numerous times prior to being diagnosed and thoroughly enjoyed.  Hearing this, plans began immediately to help Marion relive one of her best days.

 

The local community was contacted in hopes of finding a theater company that would be able to provide accommodations for Marion’s dream. Sure enough, it was discovered that the Overture Center in Madison, WI would soon be hosting the production Momma Mia!, and that Nick’s Restaurant would be a perfect spot for her and her daughters to grab a bite to eat before the show, all while enjoying a mother-daughter date. 

 

Unfortunately between with the limited available tickets at the Overture Center and Marion’s fading eyesight due to the disease process, she wouldn’t be able to properly view or enjoy the show. However, upon hearing this, the staff at the Overture Center quickly came to the rescue and found closer seats for Marion, her daughters, and a few caregivers completely free of charge. In addition, the Overture Center reached out to their partner, Broadway Across America, who contacted a few cast members. Upon hearing Marion’s dream and story, nine of the cast members took time to meet with Marion after the show.

 

 

A special thank you to those who helped Marion relive one of her best day with her daughters. Without the support of community members and organizations, Azura would not be able to continue creating and executing magical MOSAIC moments!

 

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Community
Azura Memory Care
Location
Eau Claire, WI
Category
Relive the Past

Mary Ruth never imagined she would ever find love again at age 82. Neither did Dick Schack. They met in the elevator of The Lafayette & then seated at the same table in the dining room. Sparks flew! Dick finally asked her out & after a short time they knew they wanted to marry! They wanted to keep it simple so only 2 staff were invited to their new apartment to witness the ceremony which was  performed by a friend. It was wonderful. They then eloped for the weekend on their honeymoon. Upon their return they informed family & friends who were delighted for them.

  A wedding reception will be Saturday June 13th at The Lafayette. Everyone is invited!

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Community
The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place
Location
Lexington, KY
Category
Family & Love

Victoria just loves animals! Her daughter lives in New York and will be visiting near her birthday.  We have planned a day just for her.  To start the dream off we will begin June 1st doing a month long donation for food for animals here at Elmcroft to be able to present in Victoria's honor to the shelter we visit. First she will have breakfast with her guests in the Ambassador Room that will be decorated for a true animal lover. Then we will head out to a shelter that she and her daughter have an association with. We will have a set up where she can visit with as many animals as time allows and photograph her with each animal.  From there we will have Calendars printed for the family for the 2016 year.....

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Heart & Soul

Lois & Wilma wanted to learn how to Line Dance so we contacted a local dance group "The Energizers" to inquire about their interest in teaching classes at The Lafayette Country Place Retirement Community. One of their members, Debi Binford, was happy to get involved. Lois & Wilma are dedicated students & they recently performed at our 30 year anniversary party to the delight of the crowd!

 

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The Lafayette & Lexington Country Place
Location
Lexington, KY
Category
Adventure

Marion

Mamma Mia, Another Dream Come True!

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Marion

Mamma Mia, Another Dream Come True!

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Mary

Secret Wedding

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Mary

Secret Wedding

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Victoria

Animal Lover

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Victoria

Animal Lover

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Lois

The Lafayette Kickers

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Lois

The Lafayette Kickers

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