Meet Second Wind Dreams®Spokesperson 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
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.
We are taking Pat to her favorite restaurant in Little Italy, Cleveland. We are looking to rent a limo for the ride there for her and a friend to enjoy a homemade Italian dinner at her favorite restaurant.
Barbara has wonderful memories of when she visited the Hunterdon Hills Play House during past Holiday seasons. She would love the chance to see "A Playhouse Christmas" as she feels it will allow her to revisit some of her favorite Christmas memories. She is looking forward to bringing her daughter and reminiscing of past Holidays.
Bessie Lee is a 93 year old woman who lives in Kinston. She has cerebrovascular disease and is bedbound. Ms.. Lee is extremely close with her 2 sons and family is what is most important to her. Ms.Lee has limited income and sitters cost a lot to provide her necessary care at this point.
Ms. Lee would love more than anything to see her son, David, one last time who resides in Sparta NC (240 miles, 4 hr drive). David and his wife are both disabled and finances are tight. In order for them to visit, it would cost Ms.Lee and her family $48/day car rental for 6 days ($300), $200 for gas, food expenses and pet boarding costs.
We are making efforts to raise money for the food and pet boarding, but we ask for your help to provide funding for the transportation enabling Bessie to reunite with her family one last time.
Resident Bill M. has always wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon. We would love to make this Korean War Vet's dream come true by sending him up sky high in a hot air balloon. For $600 (which is $400 off of their usual pricing) "Fly Ohio Ballooning" will provide a hot air balloon ride for Bill here at Elmcroft so he doesn't have to travel from the community, and all of his friends will get to witness his adventure!
Elmcroft of Lima residents have the opportunity to attend many outings throughout their community each week; lunches out, trips to the movies, dances, plays, factory tours, etc. Each resident is responsible to pay for their own outing expenses, and due to financial limitations, resident Tony is usually unable to participate. It's very difficult for Tony to see all of his friends get to go out and not have the opportunity to join them. We would love to provide Tony with an envelope of 24 gift cards to various local restaurants and movie theaters so that Tony could attend at least two outings with his peers each month for the next year.
Resident Bill retired from Marathon Electric in Lima Ohio after 40 years of service. Bill would love nothing more than to have a reunion with all of his old work buddies to share old memories. One of the things that Bill remembers most is that, on months when the factory was accident free, all of the employees would be treated to pizza from the local Fat Jack's pizzeria. We would like to serve Fat Jack's pizza at Bill's Marathon Electric Reunion.
If there is a party Ern will be there!She enjoys dancing and having fun.Some of her favorite music is from the 1950’s.With this in mind I will throw a 1950’s dream dance party in her honor.Matthew will be Elvis and will make her the star of the show!
Elmcroft of Little Avenue resident, Jerry, is a Korean and Vietnam Veteran. He recently flew to Washington DC as part of the Queen City Honor Flight. During his time in DC, Jerry toured the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Arlington Cemetery and participated in placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. What a memorable day for Jerry and the other veterans. Thank you for your service!
Resident Carl Cameron and his wife Frances had the most beautiful luncheon to honor their 70 year marriage.
They are so cute together and say they have had a wonderful life. Publix sent flowers and Longhorns donated their lunch. Local musician Mark Collins came and privately sang for them and was honored to prepare their toast to each other. Carl ate all of his steak and half of France’s!
When came time for dessert there was not a bite left and when you look at the photos you will see there was no special beverage left either!
They were presented a special gift that was a canvas we had done with 3 very special photos that meant a lot to them.
On October 4th, Nancy’s dream was realized as she re-experienced her childhood joy of living on a farm. Nancy and eight other residents had a delicious lunch at Country Junction in Lehighton followed by petting the various animals and going on a hayride through the cornstalks. Nancy was then gifted a Halloween pumpkin! Everyone enjoyed relaxing and having ice cream on their trip home. Thanks to Nancy of TR, Diane of Country Junction in Lehighton, Mary, Bill, Fran and Alice of TR.
On Monday, Elmcroft of Lima resident Pat fulfilled her Second Wind Dream of handing out FOUR HUNDRED candy bars to random strangers for no other reason than to be kind. We went to doctors’ offices, fire stations, the library, a Dollar General store, a bank, a nursing home and the local school bus garage (because bus drivers ALWAYS need a reason to smile!) No one ever encounters Pat without walking away with something…a piece of candy, a cookie, etc. So when asked what she would like to do for her Second Wind Dream, of course she said she wanted to give things away to make people happy. Four hundred candy bars later, she declared that she felt “fantastic!”.
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