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

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

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

Judy

I Love Paul Anka

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I Love Paul Anka

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Back to the Fort

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Bingo Queen

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Bingo Queen

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Family is Forever

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Family is Forever

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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
Category
Relive the Past

Mr. Larry Nine came to Union Pointe for short term rehabilitation.  He had never been ill and had been leading an active and productive life. One day he experienced horrible pain and went to the hospital to learn that he has a terminal, untreatable cancer.  Upon holding his initial care plan meeting, Mr. Nine was pleasant and positive.  The Social Worker asked him what the staff could do for him and he stated “I have seen commercials and I would like a good steak, potato and dessert”.  Facility staff then sought to make this happen.  The Social Worker contacted Mr. Nine’s daughter and informed her that we wanted to surprise her dad with a dinner out with her.  The day before the surprise the Social Worker went into the room to give the gift card to Mr. Nine’s daughter.  Mr. Nine was present so Social Worker asked the daughter if she could tell him what had been planned.  Daughter consented and Social Worker asked Mr. Nine if he remembered what he had told her he wanted and he stated a “good steak dinner”.  Social Worker then informed him about the surprise and he was all smiles. On 08/05/2017 Mr. Nine, his daughter and his son in law enjoyed a steak dinner at Lonestar Steakhouse in Monroe, NC from Pruitt Health Union Pointe as part of the Second Wind Dreams project.  Social Worker ask Mr. Nine’s daughter to take some pictures.  In follow up Mr. Nine’s daughter stated that Mr. Nine does not like having his picture taken so Social Worker told him that we needed to send information to Second Wind Dreams to show proof of the project and he said “the proof is in my belly”.  

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PruittHealth - Union Pointe
Location
Monroe, North Carolina
Category
Relive the Past

Patricia who is 81 and has gone through many challenges with her health. When her mother died, of an aneurysm,  Pat and her family cleaned out their mothers home, and that is when she discovered she was the only one that has no record of being baptized. When she had her aneurysm, knowing after her mothers death that there was a 7% survival rate, she prayed she would make it through. That is when Pat decided that her desire  to be Baptized had to be answered. Since she moved to Elmcroft, Pat heard about the second wind dream program, and asked if she could have her dream come true. What a beautiful dream.

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Elmcroft of Reading
Location
Reading, PA
Category
Heart & Soul

Nella

Steak & Eggs

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Helen

Basketball Atlanta Dream

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Basketball Atlanta Dream

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Larry

A Good Steak Dinner

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First time Baptism

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First time Baptism

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On Thursday, August 24th Jim and Rosalyn will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  Jim dreams of making this a memorable day for Rosalyn.  A surprise event for Rosalyn would be the perfect way to commemorate this event.  Their love for each other is an inspiration to everyone. 

The surprise event would be on 8/24/17 at 2:00.  Mike Silver will be the musical entertainer. 

Jim is inviting the entire Elmcroft community to join them. 

 

 

 

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Family & Love

Norma has been at Elmcroft for almost 5 years. She is a mother of 6. Norma was a stay at home mom. She is very active and is our Miss Elmcroft. She loves to dress up and look good everyday! So I would love to give her a spa treatment,  the whole shebang!!!

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Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, TX
Category
Adventure

Mindy has been a huge fan of Kenny Rogers ever since she can remember.  She had been waiting for Kenny to tour in Las Vegas in hopes of seeing him in concert.  Thanks to funding support from Caesars Foundation, Mindy's dream came true.  She was completely surprised and couldn't have been more thrilled.  Mindy enjoyed this dream concert of a lifetime with her sister, Terri!

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Acacia Springs Independent & Assisted Living
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Adventure

Frances lived most of her life at the beach. She cannot get there now so we are bringing the beach to her. She, her family and residents will have a Beach experience that will include having beverages while soaking their feet in water, Frances will be hydrated throughout her dream from a Lifeguard Volunteer to keep her safe, they will look for shells, and have entertainment. The beach is all she talks about and we will bring it to her!

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Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Relive the Past

Jim

More precious than Diamonds

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More precious than Diamonds

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Norma

Full Day Spa Treatment

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Full Day Spa Treatment

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Kenny Rogers Fan

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Kenny Rogers Fan

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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®

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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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