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Second Wind Dreams

Changing the Perception of Aging

Established in 1997, Second Wind Dreams of Roswell is the first organization to focus on granting dreams for elders living in long-term care in the United States. An internationally known nonprofit organization created to change the perception of aging through fulfilling elders' dreams and offering educational programs to help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.

Second Wind Dreams' innovative educational programs are inclusive and diverse enough for everyone to participate. The Virtual Dementia Tour® is offered in a variety of versions and settings, to offer all professionals, community, friends, and family members a window into the mind of someone with dementia. Completing this half-day or full-day training will make care partners more aware and empathetic toward those in their care. The VDT® uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., a specialist in geriatrics and the founder of Second Wind Dreams. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The Tour® enables care partners to experience the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face and to use the experience to provide better empathic person-centered care. And here’s another special feature… proceeds from the Virtual Dementia Tour are used to fulfill the mission of Second Wind Dreams to make dreams come true for elders who live in long-term care.

Second Wind Dreams is recognized as the first in the United States to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of aging by making elder dreams come true. Our award-winning Dreams program is a powerful way to connect society to a forgotten truth about elders: the truth that age does not erase hopes and dreams. Since 1997, over 10,000 dreams have come true through our program, an average of 6 dreams per day. As each dream is fulfilled, we witness a ripple effect as the impact spreads from the elder to everyone who helped make it a reality. From the simple to the sublime, dreams come true with Second Wind Dreams!

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