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Australia Visits Local Elder
Published on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 (9:50 a.m.)
Baby Kangaroo to Bring Australia to Local Assisted Living Resident
Kookaburra, Blue Tongued Skink & Cockatoo to Help 86 Year-Old Travel to Oz
LAS VEGAS (February 14, 2013) – When a person who loves to travel is no longer able to do so, dreams of faraway lands, such as Australia, swim through his thoughts. When that 86 year-old dreamer gets to experience a little taste of the land he never got to visit – it creates an incredible day to remember.
Second Wind Dreams, Caesars Foundation, and Heritage Springs Assisted Living, will make such a dream happen when a volunteer, Andrew Ritter, all the way from Adelaide, Australia and some special animal guests from Roos-N-More will surprise 86 year-old Johnny T., whose dream is to visit Australia.
Johnny will be thrilled to discover that Australia has come to him!
Who: Johnny T., an 86 year-old resident of Heritage Springs Assisted Living.
What: Making a dream come true for 86 year-old assisted living community resident Johnny who will receive a surprise visit from Australia.
When: Dream time: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Heritage Springs Assisted Living
8720 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89147
Why: By educating society that everyone, even older people, has things they want to accomplish, helps people realize that no matter what our age we all have hopes and dreams.
How: Heritage Springs Assisted Living’s participation in the Second Wind Dreams program has been made possible by the generous support of the Caesars Foundation.
About Second Wind Dreams
Second Wind Dreams® is an international, nonprofit organization committed to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with Dementia. Founded in 1997 by award-winning geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S., the Atlanta-based organization is recognized as the first in the nation to focus on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of seniors by making dreams come true. Affiliated with more than 500 elder care communities across the country, Second Wind Dreams® has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, Canada, India, Israel and other countries around the world. Its innovative educational programs, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with Dementia. For more information about Second Wind Dreams® visit www.secondwind.org, Facebook and Twitter.