CaraVita Home Care & Second Wind Dreams Celebrate Grand Opening of Virtual Dementia Tour® Community Site

June 26, 2013

Organizations Seek to Broaden Community Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia 

Roswell, Georgia - Beth Cayce, CEO of CaraVita Home Care, and P.K. Beville, founder & CEO of Second Wind Dreams® and author of the Virtual Dementia Tour®, recently welcomed Roswell city officials as the first in the community to experience the new community site of the Virtual Dementia Tour®, a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.

“The goal of our two organizations is  to educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias so more people will understand the mental and physical challenges facing those with dementia and the impact on their loved ones and caregivers”, said Beth Cayce.

Guests included City of Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell Councilwoman Betty Price, Roswell Councilwoman Becky Wynn and Roswell Councilman Jerry Orlans. Also in attendance were Roswell Business Alliance Executive Director Steve Stroud and Business Development Manager Doreen Scascitelli, and Small Business Administration’s District Director Terri Denison.

CaraVita Home Care was selected as the community site for the Virtual Dementia Tour® and will be hosting monthly tours open to the public.  Please check our website for future dates www.caravitahomecare.com.

“Second Wind Dreams is excited to partner with CaraVita Home Care on this first-ever community site for the Virtual Dementia Tour®,” said P.K. Beville, founder and CEO of Second Wind Dreams and author of the Virtual Dementia Tour®. “At Second Wind Dreams, we say that when a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease it not only affects the individual but their family, caregivers and community.”

“Working with CaraVita on this project will enable us to help more people understand the impact of Alzheimer’s disease,” continued Beville.  “With a 30 percent increase by 2025 in the number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease – and a 45 percent increase in the state of Georgia alone – the importance of this partnership is very clear.”

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. During a Virtual Dementia Tour® experience, participants meet with certified trainers who guide them through the Tour and outfit them with patented devices that alter their senses so they experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Created by P.K. Beville, M.S., an award-winning geriatric specialist and founder of Second Wind Dreams®, proceeds from the sale of Virtual Dementia Tour® editions support the work of Second Wind Dreams®, an international, nonprofit organization recognized as the first in the nation committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams for elders. 

More than 500,000 people in 14 countries have experienced The Virtual Dementia Tour® through one of the 22,000 events coordinated by VDT®-certified facilitators. The program and its creator have been profiled on major television networks including ABC, CBS, TBS and, most recently, HLN’s “Raising America” with Kyra Phillips.

For more information about Second Wind Dreams® and The Virtual Dementia Tour® visit www.secondwind.org or www.Facebook.com/SecondWindDreams.

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CaraVita Home Care is the Atlanta area's leading provider of home care services. Since its founding in 1998, CaraVita has played a pivotal role in the lives of more than 16,000 seniors in the Metro Atlanta area; helping aging loved ones to stay happy, healthy and independent longer. The company was named among Atlanta's Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2012, and CaraVita Home Care CEO Beth Cayce was recently the recipient of both the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Person of the Year Award, and the GA-ALFA's Beth Cayce Leadership Award, a lifetime achievement award henceforth named after Cayce. The company operates Fulton County's only “Smart House,” a one-of-a-kind facility that demonstrates home modifications and technologies that support independence for seniors, and The Academy at CaraVita, a training academy for both nursing assistants and caregiving families. For more information, visit www.caravitahomecare.com. 

 

Second Wind Dreams® is an international nonprofit organization changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.  Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of seniors by making dreams come true.  Affiliated with more than 500 elder care communities across the country, Second Wind Dreams® has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, Canada, India, Israel and other countries around the world. Its innovative educational programs, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. For more information about Second Wind Dreams® visit www.secondwind.org, www.Facebook.com/SecondWindDreams or @SecondWindDream on Twitter.

 

Dan Curran for Second Wind Dreams 

770-658-9586 (cell) - DanCurran@CurranPR.com  

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