Virtual Dementia Tour® to be Showcased at TEDMED, International Conference Connects Leaders Shaping Future of Healthcare, Healthcare Leaders to Experience Dementia Sensitivity Training Program

April 12, 2013

ATLANTA, Ga. (April 12, 2013) – Leaders of Second Wind Dreams® have announced that their Virtual Dementia Tour®, a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction, will be showcased by Johnson & Johnson in their exhibit at TEDMED, a major national conference focusing on the intersection of medicine and healthcare.

Scheduled to be held in Washington, DC from April 16-19, 2013, TEDMED provides a forum for policy and research discussions about the future of healthcare. The conference features representatives of organizations such as the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Harvard Medical School, Institute of Medicine, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institutes of Health and the White House.

“TEDMED believes that the future of health and medicine will be shaped by vital input from leading medical colleges, teaching hospitals, government agencies, and non-profit institutions from around the world,” said P.K. Beville, founder and CEO of Second Wind Dreams® and author of the Virtual Dementia Tour®. “We are proud to be included among those leading nonprofits.”

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction. During a Virtual Dementia Tour® experience, participants meet with certified trainers who guide them through tasks and exercises that enable caregivers and professionals to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.

“We are at a crucial time in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” stated Beville. “It is my hope that by participating in TEDMED more healthcare leaders will have the opportunity to see how the Virtual Dementia Tour® uses a humanistic approach – enabling caregivers and communities to experience firsthand the behaviors and needs of patients. The Tour uses a proven method to build a greater understanding of the disease, helping to shift thinking from fear to action.”

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 supports 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. 

For more information about Second Wind Dreams® and The Virtual Dementia Tour® visit www.secondwind.org.

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About Second Wind Dreams

Second Wind Dreams® is an international, nonprofit organization committed to 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 in the United States and Canada, 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. For more information about Second Wind Dreams® visit www.secondwind.org, www.facebook.com/SecondWindDreams or follow @SecondWindDream on Twitter.

 

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Dan Curran for Second Wind Dreams

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