Second Wind Dreams® Announces Collaboration with Senior Helpers; Virtual Dementia Tour® Training Implemented Companywide

February 12, 2014

ATLANTA (February 12, 2014) – Senior Helpers staff and franchise owners will gather from all over the country in Atlanta on February 19th and 20th to participate in the 2014 Virtual Dementia Tour Training presented by Second Wind Dreams. Senior Helpers will implement the Virtual Dementia Tour companywide in order to better serve clients and their families.  Senior Helpers is the first organization to fully embrace Second Wind Dream's corporate philosophy by implementing both the Virtual Dementia Tour and the award winning Dreams program.

 

The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT) 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. This training is based on the principles developed by PK Beville, the author and inventor. The VDT has been experienced by close to a million people worldwide. It has been demonstrated to many of the world's top business and policy leaders including representatives of Facebook, Google, the US Department of Health & Human Services, members of Parliament, Centers for Disease Control and attendees of The Innovation Summit at Harvard University.

 

During this upcoming training event, Senior Helpers corporate staff and franchise owners will learn how to facilitate the Virtual Dementia Tour so that they are able to conduct this training program for its own staff, as well as for local businesses, churches and public service organizations such as local fire departments, police departments and other emergency services organizations. Senior Helpers will help further the mission of Second Wind Dreams to change the perception of aging with the hope of ultimately creating a more dementia friendly society.

 

 “Senior Helpers has taken a bold corporate step,” said Candice Beaty, Managing Director of Second Wind Dreams. We are so proud to stand beside an organization willing to stand up for people currently suffering from dementia.

 

Proceeds from the Virtual Dementia Tour go toward making dreams come true for elders living in long term care. In 2013, Second Wind Dreams made over 1,800 dreams come true around the world for elders. Since 1997, over 10,000 dreams have come true.

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About Second Wind Dreams

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. 

 About Senior Helpers

Senior Helpers® connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has 262 franchises in 39 states offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers® strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care.

 

Contact:

Candice Beaty

678-624-0500/Candice@secondwind.org

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