Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of educational programs including its flagship, sensitivity training, the Virtual Dementia Tour®.

The Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®) is a scientifically proven method that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities. This evidenced-based program simulates changes associated with cognitive decline. Geriatric specialist, P.K. Beville authored and invented the VDT as her post-graduate work. This patented program offers hope by providing practical ways to create an environment that supports the disease and increases understanding. More than one million people in 17 different countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is available is three editions to cater to every walk of life and provide ways to identify and better understand the behaviors and needs of those living with dementia.

Proceeds of the VDT fund elders’ dreams through the Dreams Program of Second Wind Dreams. 

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Giving to Second Wind

Second Wind Dreams is committed to restoring faith and respect in our elders by engaging them, helping them achieve their dreams, and giving them a sense of self-worth. The dreams fulfilled by your donations range from the simple to the sublime - from having a Skype call with a daughter, to meeting the President. Help make a dream come true today.

Second Wind Dreams is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible. Please help fulfill a dream here.

Watch our video to see how your donation is making a difference in the lives of our elders! 

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Fulfill a Dream

Join Second Wind Dreams and our award-winning Dreams Program as we shed light on the positive aspects of aging.  And remember, you’re never too old to dream!

Click here to learn more about the steps to fulfilling a dream. 

Donations of time, talents, resources and monetary value are greatly appreciated in support of making dreams come true.  There are so many ways to help!

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Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Second Wind Dreams. We are excited to hear from people with a heart to help. To be added to our volunteer list and receive updates, please contact: mailto: volunteer@secondwind.org

Explore the various volunteer opportunities at Second Wind Dreams. 

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The Elder Care Community Network

Join more than 500 Second Wind Dreams members as we change the perception of aging through dream fulfillment for those living in eldercare communities nationwide. The Second Wind Dreams program is an opportunity to expose society to the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. We believe dreams can satisfy the most basic and pure part of us as humans, and would be honored to have you join our mission!

Learn more about the membership bebefits with Second Wind Dreams. 

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Become a Sponsor

At Second Wind Dreams, we are committed to ensuring our corporate partners are given the opportunity to have a significant role in their local communities, thereby becoming active participants in our global mission.  Our programs give organizationsa unique and exciting way to engage its employees through community action and effect real change for an underserved, marginalized group of people.  We do this by making dreams come true for our elders and creating more sensitive care for those with dementia.

Joining Second Wind Dreams mission will position your organization with nearly 45 million family members, friends and caregivers in the US alone who work diligently to serve this precious resource. We are confident that our programs will give your organization the opportunity to demonstrate its moral fortitude in a society where capitalism prevails.

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“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, Emmy Award-winning entertainer

The orginal, research-based

Virtual Dementia Tour®

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The Virtual Dementia Tour accurately simulates what it is like to live with dementia and common physical impairments that come with age. Watch this video to witness the profound effects.

Facts:

  • The VDT has reached 1 million people in 17 countries
  • It has been translated into 5 languages (FPO)
  • The VDT® is used by 16 medical schools to simulate dementia

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The Individual/Family edition kit is to be used by a person or family who is trying to understand how dementia affects a loved one.

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VDT for Groups »

The Group edition is used within a clinical or educational setting, such as an elder care community or school.

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VDT for Communities »

Increased awareness is a social imperative. The Community edition is for businesses and organizations that encounter dementia. 

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Fulfill a Dream Below

Terry's 2nd Wind Dream will be on October 31st...Her birthday!  In her family this has always been a special day.  Throughout her life she was the "Good Witch" and we are bringing that day back for her to celebrate with the residents, her family, and the neighborhood.  First, we will take her out this week for a proper costume to be ready for her day.  The family will be here to enjoy a ghostly meal together (I will prepare her favorite Spagetti).  Following that Terry will be the guest of honor for our entertaiment in the afternoon.  Does not stop there.  She then will host the Halloween Games and then conclude her evening with Trick or Tricking on the front porch with all the neighborhood children.  The family is so excited about this dream.  They say it will bring back memories for mom and them too.  You should hear Terry...she is the best sounding witch I have ever heard!!!!

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

Marcyene is a sweet, sometimes quiet, resident who loves sunny days, attending Bible study, and reading a good book.  An avid reader, she has read tons of books in her lifetime and dreams of adding more mystery and spiritual books to her arsenal.  By joining the book club, Marcyene will have the opportunity to enjoy a new book every month, which is sure to bring a smile to her face.

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Community
Roswell Nursing & Rehabilitation
Location
Roswell, GA
Category
Heart & Soul

Maureen Clark is an 88 year old resident at Elmcroft of Hendersonville.  She absolutely LOVES animals, so for her dream we decided to take her to the Humane Society of Hendersonville.  We were taken to the "Cat" room first, and she was able to hold and pet 2 different cats.  Then we went to the "Dog" room and she was introduced to about 24 different dogs.  The workers at the Humane Society took us to a petting room and brought us a little Chihuahua for Maureen to love on.  I don't know who enjoyed the loving the most….Maureen or the dog!  It was beautiful to see the happiness in Maureen's eyes as she was able to be around all her little friends.

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Relive the Past

Esther Johanna (Schock) Burgess was born in Hoven, South Dakota, the second youngest of twelve first-generation Americans.  As Esther grew, she watched most of her older siblings leave to get married and open their own business.  The Schock family had always been very close and large family reunions were held several times each year in Galt, CA.  But as the siblings passed, the reunions came only via funerals.  Now Esther who resides in Fresno, Ca., has only one remaining sibling, Jake, who turned 101 in April of this year lives in Stockton, CA (200 miles from Fresno), and no longer able to travel, his health is failing and his mind is starting to slip.  Esther’s pace maker failed a few weeks ago which made it difficult for her to get around with her walker.

 

Esther has loved her brother, Jake, for nearly 91 years and Esther would love to see Jake one more time before it is too late.

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Community
Residential Homecare Services
Location
Fresno, CA
Category
Family & Love

Terry

"Good Witch"

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Terry

"Good Witch"

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Marcyene

Book Club

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Marcyene

Book Club

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Maureen

Happiness is Having Somethng to Love

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Maureen

Happiness is Having Somethng to Love

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Esther

Sibling Reunion

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Esther

Sibling Reunion

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Ms Vera was the first ever Ms Hewitt at her high school in the 1930's, she was a cheerleader and was in the first graduating class of Hewitt Trussville High. We are taking her back to the Ms Hewitt Pageant.

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Community
Elmcroft of Grayson Valley
Location
Birmingham, AL
Category
Relive the Past

Jaye and her husband Kelly were leaders in the Cherokee tribe and helped organize many Powwow's.  They are well known within the Cherokee tribe.  Jaye's husband will be honored during the fallen soldier ceremony.  It is Jaye's dream to attend this powwow and honor her husband. 

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Community
Elmcroft of Irving
Location
Irving, Texas
Category
Heart & Soul

Anne Thies is a 72 year old resident at Elmcroft Senior Living in Hendersonville, TN.  Her birthday was fast approaching, and she said that she would like to have a birthday party to treat all her friends here at Elmcroft.  She loves the University of Tennessee, so naturally her party was done all in orange.  She said that she was born and raised in Knoxville, and her blood ran ORANGE!!  All her friends came and they were treated to an ice cream cake in her honor.  She was presented with a beautiful live plant, and a UT bear in a UT hooded sweatshirt.  She just loved it, and said that was the cutest thing she had ever seen.  Her husband, Arney, was able to come to the party, too, so that made it special.  Everyone sang Happy Birthday to her......and "Rocky Top"!!  She was all smiles and thanked everyone for the lovely afternoon.

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Elmcroft of Hendersonville
Location
Hendersonville, TN
Category
Heart & Soul

Joan has been a dancer for many years. Recently her dream came true to be able to slow dance again. Our resident Harold S. danced with her and entertainer Jeff Fields sang to them. He even set the theme and pretended they were in a night club in the 40's. It was so awesome to see Joan so happy reliving the past.

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Community
Elmcroft of Lebanon PA
Location
Lebanon, PA
Category
Relive the Past

Vera

1st Ms. Hewitt Trussvile High

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Vera

1st Ms. Hewitt Trussvile High

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Jaqueline

Texas A&M University-Commerce Benefit Powwow

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Jaqueline

Texas A&M University-Commerce Benefit Powwow

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Anne

A Birthday to Remember

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Anne

A Birthday to Remember

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Joan

Slowing Dancing

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Joan

Slowing Dancing

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Myrtle's Dream since she moved south to live close to her daughter is to go fishing again!  No problem.... On Tuesday September 30th Myrtle will be going fishing with daughter and some of her friends she has made here at Elmcroft.  One an entertainer who has adopted her, Dave Shilby.  He will be singing to her as she is fishing to bring the fish to her!  Then local fisherman Mark Collins will pick the location and bring all the gear needed.  John Alexander from Nurse on Call will be her helper to ensure all needs are me.  We plan to go to Hugonot Park.  We are going prepared with a cooler to bring back her catch to have our Dining Service Manager cook them up.... On our way home the group will stop for a lunch out.  Sure to be a great day for Myrtle!

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

Before Mary moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living, she was heavily involved in volunteer work. One of those being volunteering at nursing homes. Mary would volunteer along side of other members of her church, going to nursing homes and reading books, offering companionship, and just being their for those who didn't really have anyone to visit them. Mary often talks about how she is so grateful that she is in good mental health at her age, because she used to see alot of people at her age with alzheimer's and dementia when she used to volunteer at the nursing home. During a group conversation, when asked what is something that you would like to do before your time of passing, Mary proceeded to say that if she could do one thing, it would be for her to get a chance to volunteer at a nursing home and give back once more. Well Mary's dream came true when she didn't expect it. Through contacting a local nursing home, we were able to set it up where Mary was able to visit those residents who either didn't have any family, or had no regular family visits. She also was able to visit those who were in Azheimer's unit. This really made Mary's day and she said, I feel like I served my purpose. I did something great for them and they did something great for me.

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Community
Elmcroft of Milford Chase
Location
Marietta, GA
Category
Relive the Past

Miss Ruby as she is affectionately known has become quite a homebody over the years that she has lived at Elmcroft of Heritage Woods.  She typically goes out only with her family and once in a blue moon at that!  She and the, Healthy Lifestyles Director, Aegina M. Jokela have birthdays very near each other so Aegina proposed that they celebrate their birthdays with a lunch outing.  Miss Ruby had already agreed twice before to other second wind dreams, but backed out at the last moment so her celebratory lunch outing became a tentative thing.  However, Friday, September 26 became a happy memory for all involved.  Miss Ruby agreed that it was time to have her lunch outing so along with Aegina and Janice Sartin the trio journeyed to Cracker Barrel.  She enjoyed a good homecooked style meal and the waitress brought her a birthday brownie with ice cream.  After the meal was finished she enjoyed looking around the gift shop and picked a Christmas CD by her favorite Gospel singers the Gaithers. It was purchased as a belated gift and she smiled from ear to ear.  She then enjoyed sitting on the porch and rocking in one of the iconic rocking chairs.  Upon returning to the community she told Janice and Aegina that she had a wonderful time!

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Community
Elmcroft of Heritage Woods
Location
Mobile, AL
Category
Heart & Soul
Jane enjoys watching baseball and would love to attend a Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore. We would like to attend the game vs. the Twins on September 1, 2014 for a 1:35 p.m. game. We would like to take a total of three residents from Elmcroft Senior Living Community in Lewisburg, PA along with 3 volunteers/staff.  The funding is for tickets, gas, and food for these huge baseball fans. ****Jane was unable to attend the game. Elmcroft took three residents to the game. Patsy C., Bibiane M., and Lois S. (pictured in attached picture).  Thank you for your donation to make this dream come true. View This Dream »

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Community
Elmcroft of Lewisburg
Location
Lewisburg, PA
Category
Adventure

Myrtle

Gone Fishing!

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Myrtle

Gone Fishing!

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Mary

I just feel like I need to give back!

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Mary

I just feel like I need to give back!

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Ruby

Ruby Celebrates Her Birthday

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Ruby

Ruby Celebrates Her Birthday

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Jane

Baseball Game in Baltimore

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Jane

Baseball Game in Baltimore

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