Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Feel Good" Story of the Week: Second Wind Dreams

Classes ended yesterday and I'm still suffering from a bit of jet lag after my holiday weekend travels.  But those two facts combined to allow me to see an uplifting story on NBC's Today program, introducing me to Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization with a unique mission:

"Second Wind Dreams® was formed in 1997. Its name derived from a novel of the same name by P.K. Beville, a geriatric specialist who wrote about the wonderful, colorful and sometimes hysterical people who live and work in nursing homes.


Since 1997, SWD has become involved in more than 400 eldercare communities in 40 states, and Canada. Weaving thousands of dreams from the simple to the sublime. The mission of Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) is simple -- to change the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities."

The website is great -- starting with a provocative screen of rotating words -- Blue Hair, Codger, Geezer -- to introduce the core concept:  Change the Face of Aging.

The Today show piece was a good intro the scope of projects supported by SWD.  An older woman, who had married during lean years, still dreamed of a fancy wedding dress.  Second Wind Dreams gave her the opportunity to spend a day with friends at a fancy wedding dress store, trying on gowns and celebrating fond memories, for her own "Say Yes to the Dress" spotlight moment.


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