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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Gifts of Light

 

Thanks to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors who brighten the lives of nursing home elders with little or no family every Holiday season! 

 

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Help our elders find their "second wind."

Fulfill a Dream Below

We are taking Pat, who worked as a nurse for 20 years in the maternity wards at St.Annes and Marymount Hospitals, to her favorite restaurant in Little Italy, Cleveland, Mama Santa.  Pat has fond memories of dining there with her two children, and husband. We are looking to rent a limo for the ride there for her and a friend to enjoy a homemade Italian dinner! 

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Community
Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills
Location
Sagamore Hills, OH
Category
Relive the Past

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.

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Community
Arbor Terrace of Middletown
Location
Middletown, NJ
Category
Relive the Past

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.

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Community
PruittHealth Hospice-Farmville
Location
Farmville, North Carolina
Category
Family & Love

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!

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Adventure

Pat

Dinner at Mama Santas

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Pat

Dinner at Mama Santas

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Barbara

Plays of Christmas Past

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Barbara

Plays of Christmas Past

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Bessie

Ms. Bessie's Family Visit

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Ms. Bessie's Family Visit

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Ballooning Bill

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Ballooning Bill

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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.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Adventure

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!

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Joan Geise will have her Second Wind Dreams Day on Wed. Dec. 27, 2017. Her dream is called "Pamper Me Day!". She will be greeted by Belk employees to assist in her big day. She will be taken to a special decorated fitting room where she will be helped in choosing a few new outfits. Then she will be escorted to the beauty counter for a Belk Makeover just for her. She and family will meet at Elmcroft afterwards for a special luncheon by Olive Garden for her and her guests along with a local singer to bring joy to her and her guests.. Publix will supply flowers, Kindred Care will supply photos albums and crown/Community Hospice will supply lunch.

 

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Community
Elmcroft of Timberlin Parc
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Category
Adventure

I have teamed up with Dick Wagoner to host a party for Sue.  We will go back in time and visit the magical days of radio.  The program will include a skit from Fibber McGee & Molly.  This will include product commercials of that time. Food and drinks will be served. This will be a dream come true for Sue who has precious memories of this time period.

 Dreamer background:Sue is a native Californian and graduated from University of Berkeley, California. Sue loves to laugh, hear jokes and still tries to make up jokes or be witty. She will often quote jokes from Jack Benny, Phyliss Diller, Fibber McGee and Molly, and Bill Cosby. Sue love to sing and knows some lyrics from just about any tune from 1930-1950, most especially musicals (Oklahoma, Music Man, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls)   

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Elmcroft of Roswell
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Tony

Tony's Year Long Adventure

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Tony

Tony's Year Long Adventure

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Ern

1950's Sock Hop Party with Elvis

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Ern

1950's Sock Hop Party with Elvis

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Joan

Pamper Me Day

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Joan

Pamper Me Day

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Sue

“Fibber McGee's Closet” Memories

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Sue

“Fibber McGee's Closet” Memories

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Sarah has never had a moment to relax.  She currently assists with taking care of her husband who has memory impairment but throughout her life never received a massage or a spa day.  We talked with her and asked what is one thing she would LOVE to do-- and she said I have never had a massage or a day to myself! Let's make this happen!  

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Community
Vista Village
Location
Vista, CA
Category
Adventure

Linda shared that she has always loved ventriloquists because she believes they help children communciate what they may not be able to say. She states she wished she’d been a teacher so she could help children express themselves.

She has enjoyed watching Terry Fator and Jeff Dunhum on tv but has always wanted to see a ventriloquist in person. A dream come true would be to see Terry Fator perform at the Mirage in Las Vegas with her son.

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Community
Silver Sky at Deer Springs
Location
Las Vegas, NV
Category
Adventure

Our Heartland Village couches have “hosted” family gatherings for many, many years. A lot of good times and laughter have been exchanged because of them, with many things “spilled” over from one event to the next. Unfortunately, their heavy use is now showing and they need to be replaced with firmer, easy to clean seating, high enough for residents to stand from.

The common area space is very small and only allows for 2 loveseats. We need to purchase these two items at the cost of $600 each for the total of $1200. The replacement of these couches would allow for residents and their families to continue to enjoy good times together!

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Community
Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Family & Love

Resident Bill retired from Marathon Electric after 40 years of service.  Yesterday, he was able to fulfill his Second Wind Dream of having a Marathon Reunion with some of his former coworkers.  The group enjoyed sharing lunch and memories together all afternoon.  Bill declared that it was a day that he will remember for a very long time!

 Special thanks to Second Wind Dreams for their contributions in making this dream come true.

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Elmcroft of Lima
Location
Lima, OH
Category
Relive the Past

Sarah

Spa day for someone who has never had a massage

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Spa day for someone who has never had a massage

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Linda

A Form of Expression

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A Form of Expression

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HeartlandVillage

Sit Down, Let's Talk

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Sit Down, Let's Talk

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Bill

Bill's Marathon Reunion

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Bill's Marathon Reunion

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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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