Dedicated to changing the perception of aging.

 

Dreams

The Second Wind Dreams® program is an opportunity to expose society to the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. We fulfill those dreams.

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VDT

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is the first, and best, program available that gives an understanding of and creates a true personal connection to dementia.

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DACE

The Dementia Aware Competency Evaluation is designed to meet the need for observable and measurable outcomes in dementia care.

 

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Grants

We are approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to use Civil Money Penalty funding in skilled nursing homes through the use of the Virtual Dementia Tour®. 

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Meet Second Wind Dreams®  Spokesperson Alpha Trivette

Alpha Trivette

 

We are thrilled to welcome the incredible, Alpha Trivette, as spokesperson for Second Wind Dreams. The Atlanta-based actor currently stars as Dr. Allen, living with dementia, in Tyler Perry’s new TV series, Too Close to Home on TLC.

We are extremely honored to have his support! Learn more about Alpha Trivette here

Help our elders find their "second wind."

Fulfill a Dream Below

Pastor Paul Kirkman has been a resident here at Elmcroft of Fairborn for a 1 1/2 years now.  Even though his health has been failing, he is always trying to make others laugh and bring a smile to their faces. 

Paul has had the privilege of riding a train, but says he has never been able to fly  in a helicopter.  We would greatly appreciate your help in making his dream come true.

Many thanks in advance. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Fairborn
Location
Fairborn, Ohio
Category
Adventure

October 18th will be a very special dream here at Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc. We will be taking 3 of our ladies out to celebrate the friendships they have made. This is no ordinary friendship. They are all from different generations! Marlene Rebb is in her 80’s, Ellen Hayden is in her 50’s and Natalie Matchett is in her 30’s. These ladies are in-separable…. You will catch them in each other’s apartments all the time.  They live life to the fullest and they inspire others. We will be taking them out for an afternoon with their families for a picnic lunch and a customized visit to the Pumpkin Patch. They will be greeted by staff that will assist us in a hayride and finding our way throw the maze. The ladies are called the Rasinette’s because we find them visiting in each other’s apartments and you guessed it…they love eating Raisinets!

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

Donnie has lived in our community for only a few months. He is a very special man. He and his wife have 3 children and they fostered 5 brothers and sisters keeping the siblings together after the death of their children.  Donnie's wife then suffered a tragedy and passed away 5 years ago, but he has kept his faith. Donnie is a very kind man and I would like to do something special for him and a friend. He says he likes the casino and would like to take his friend with him.

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Community
Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, TX
Category
Adventure

Here at Prestige Assisted Living at Henderson we work to help our residents celebrate life at every age. We serve a population of vibrant seniors that want to live better, meet new friends and make a difference. Many of our residents have contributed greatly to our community and our nation. They take pride in their heritage and the legacy they wish to leave behind for those they love.

Recently, the idea emerged from our residents that they would like to know more about who they are and where they came from. One of the residents mentioned they had seen Oprah’s special on ancestry and DNA testing and how meaningful it would be to give the gift of their heritage to their family. The idea spread like wildfire and we now have ten residents anxiously looking for ways to link together their ancestors and their posterity.

Because many of our residents live on fixed income, they cannot afford to do the testing on their own. We would love to utilize the Second Wind Dreams program to help us purchase the kits that will help our residents unearth their genealogy, some of whom are approaching 100 years of life experience.

We believe this could also be a wonderful opportunity to invite press coverage while our residents share their stories and gets their results. Additionally, we would love to invite sponsors to participate and get to know our residents and community.

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Community
Prestige Assisted Living at Henderson
Location
Henderson, NV
Category
Family & Love

Paul

Pastor Takes to the Sky

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Paul

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Marlene

The Raisinettes' Adventure

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The Dream of One's Heritage

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The Dream of One's Heritage

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Mary is a Heartland Village resident at the Elmcroft of Mid Valley community. She has a long passionate love for pizza and candy! Mary's favorite pizza was always from Revello's! She also loves candy. We would love to take her to the penny candy store so she can relive what she used to do and LOVE IT!

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Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
Category
Relive the Past

Tom is a Heartland Village resident at the Elmcroft of Mid Valley community. He enjoys many activities to do and LOVES his beer. Elmcroft decided to take Tom on a brewery tour at Lion Brewery. People are always hungry after a few beverages so we also want to take Tom out for lunch after his eventful experience from the brewery! Tom is an all American guy.. He is undecided what he would enjoy the most, but he is thinking steak. Whatever Tom decides I know he will LOVE it. He has already thanked us numerous times for giving him the opportunity to go to the brewery! Lunch would make the dream day complete.  Makes my heart melt, and I hope it makes yours as well.

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Elmcroft of Mid-Valley
Location
Peckville, PA
Category
Adventure

Judy LOVES Paul Anka and always dreamed of seeing him perform in concert.  Thanks to ARCADA Theatre in St. Charles, IL, Sunny Hill, family and dedicated volunteer, Larry Lindholm, Judy's dream came true!

The dream was a complete surprise as her daughter shared that Judy was in shock.  Sunny Hill staff had scheduled an appointment to get her hair done in the morning.  Judy's daughter picked her up and they went to dinner in Geneva Illinois, then on to the show.

Judy and her daugher had amazing seats in the third row and had a great evening.  Judy enjoyed the show immensly as the smile has not left her face.

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Community
Sunny Hill NH of Will County
Location
Joliet, IL
Category
Adventure

On September 14, 2017, Elmcroft of Heritage Woods helped Ursula Prince celebrate her Second Wind Dream. The morning began with an exciting police escort to Dauphin Island. (Courtesy of Renetta’s connections with the Mobile Police Department). Along to help her celebrate the dream were Renetta McMillan, Heartland Village Leader and Aegina M. Jokela, Healthy Lifestyles Director.

The ladies met with Martha Caldwell, Ursula’s good friend and were able to tour the historic Ft. Gaines where Ursula had worked for over 20 years. The staff at the fort welcomed Ursula back home with hugs and smiles and enjoyed reminiscing with her about her years of service. The group then went to the Little Red Schoolhouse where they were greeted by Dauphin Island’s Mayor- Jeff Collier and shown around the museum and new lending library.

The cherry on the top was when Ursula was able to eat at her favorite Chinese restaurant where the owners were waiting to greet her with open arms and hearts. They remembered her favorite dish and enjoyed reminiscing with her about her frequent visits to their establishment. Ursula returned to Heritage Woods with a full tummy and a smile on her face.

 

Added note:

(The fort for those not familiar with it was established in 1821, it is best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. Exhibits include the huge anchor from the USS Hartford, Admiral David Farragut's flagship on which he gave his world-famous command, "Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!" The fort also has the original cannons used in the battle, five pre-Civil War brick buildings in the interior courtyard, operational blacksmith shop and kitchens, tunnel systems to the fortified corner bastions, and similar features.)

 

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Elmcroft of Heritage Woods
Location
Mobile, AL
Category
Relive the Past

Mary

Pizza and Candy

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Thomas

Lion Brewery Tour and Lunch

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Judy

I Love Paul Anka

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I Love Paul Anka

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Today we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Second Wind Dreams organization.  We made two dreams come true today.  This morning Helen’s dream was fulfilled.  She invited all of her friends to a Bingo Marathon! She was honored as the “Bingo Queen”.  Thank you, Sue (SWD volunteer), for assisting me with this wonderful party!

This afternoon the owners of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Marietta made the afternoon special for Mary and her family.  Josh Crenshaw came to be her dance partner. Mary was born in Argentina and misses the Latin &  Spanish style of dancing.  A big dance party was held in her honor to celebrate Mary’s  zest for life. 

I want to thank Mechelle Flowers (Fred Astaire Dance Studios), Al Urezzio (our fabulous musician) and our friends at Second Wind Dreams for making this day possible!

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Happy International Second Wind Dream Day

Wanda wanted to have a special lunch with her family at her favorite restaurant.  Sunset Family Restaurant is a special place for her and her family to share a lunch. 

Wanda has made  a wonderful recovery from a health concern.  During this concern her family was here and spent 24 hours a day with her.  She wanted a chance to have a special lunch with them to show her appreciation.

This was a special Dream for National Assisted Living Week.  Family is Forever!  After the lunch some special time on the front porch to rock off the lunch.  

 

 

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

Resident, Nella,  has been asking Elmcroft of Ontario's kitchen staff for a nice steak and eggs breakfast.  Unfortunately, steak is not one of our regular breakfast menu items. On International Second Wind Dreams Day, we served Nella her favorite breakfast. She enjoyed a 16 oz. sirloin steak cooked medium-well, eggs over medium, and buttered wheat toast. She ate her breakfast with a big smile on her face! Nella said the only thing that would make it perfect would be eating her breakfast "on a porch in Virginia overlooking a nice river sipping on some tea", but we got it as close as we could!

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Elmcroft of Ontario
Location
Mansfield, OH
Category
Relive the Past

Thank you to  basketball team for making a former high school basketball player's dream come true!

 
Mrs. Helen had a great time with the team!  They all autographed a jersey for her and invited her back to the game with 4 VIP tickets for Saturday.  She had the most wonderful time. 

 

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Sunrise of Webb Gin
Location
Lawrenceville, GA
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Relive the Past

Helen

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Bingo Queen

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Wanda

Family is Forever

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Basketball Atlanta Dream

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VDT

“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 original, research-based, and time-tested...

Virtual Dementia Tour®

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nsne9-QZQH4

By accurately simulating what it is like to live with dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour opens the eyes and hearts of those who experience it. To get a sense of the profound effects felt by participants of the Tour, we invite you to spend four minutes viewing this video featuring TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons…

Some quick facts about the VDT:

  • It has been experienced by more than two million people in 20 countries
  • It has been translated into eight languages
  • And is used by medical schools to simulate dementia for student learning and overall dementia sensitivity

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Provides an excellent way, in the privacy of your own home, for you to gain an understanding of what your loved one with dementia experiences on a daily basis.

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We have a national network of certified trainers and facilitators who ensure that the VDT is always conducted according to specific criteria.

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