Second Wind Dreams® was formed in 1997. It's name derived from a novel of the same name by P.K. Beville, a geriatric specialist who wrote about the wonderful, colorful and sometimes hysterical people who live and work in nursing homes.
Since 1997, SWD has become involved in more than 400 eldercare communities in 40 states, and Canada. Weaving thousands of dreams from the simple to the sublime. The mission of Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) is simple -- to change the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities.
Second Wind Dreams® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors that provides the guidance and support necessary to continue its mission and expand its impact. Financial support for Second Wind Dreams® comes from individual contributions, memberships, corporations and eldercare industry associations. Additional revenue is generated as a result of SWD's educational program, the Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method designed to increase sensitivity toward those with dementia. The Second Wind Dreams® program is delivered primarily through volunteer efforts, with key program components handled by three full time employees.
P.K. Beville is founder of Second Wind Dreams®, an international nonprofit organization based in Marietta, Georgia. Launched in 1997, it is changing the perception of aging by fulfilling the dreams of those living in elder care communities, thereby enhancing their lives and changing society’s perception of older Americans.
A geriatric specialist and national speaker, Beville began working with elders in 1983. She has designed and implemented mental health services programs, which are currently used in 800 nursing homes throughout the United States.
Beville holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Georgetown College and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Her post- graduate work was conducted for the development of the Virtual Dementia Tour® which is currently used in eldercare communities throughout the world.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia. The VDT combines scholarly resources with a simulation tool kit that enables caregivers to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. More than 500,000 people in 14 countries have experienced The Virtual Dementia Tour which is now available in five languages.
Beville is well known as a seminar leader and keynote speaker in the field of geriatrics. The recipient of local, state and national awards she has been recognized by several organizations, including being named an Outstanding Southerner of the Year by Southern Living magazine; a Phenomenal Woman of North Fulton by the American Business Woman’s Association; a recipient of the WXIA 11Alive Community Service Award for her work with residents of eldercare communities; a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from LeadingAge Georgia for her contributions to the field of aging; a recipient of the TBS Pathfinder Award for Volunteer Pioneers; a recipient of the Top 100 Volvo Heroes Award; a recipient of Harlequin’s More Than Words Award for her work with residents of eldercare communities; and, a recipient of the L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth Award.
She has been featured in numerous books, magazines, articles, and national news stories about her work with Second Wind Dreams® and the benefits of The Virtual Dementia Tour.