Roswell, GA (November 2017) – Second Wind Dreams announced today that CEO P.K. Beville was selected as a keynote speaker at the 2017 California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium, an annual educational symposium focused on identifying, investigating, and prosecuting cases involving elder and dependent adult abuse. The event takes place November 28th to December 1st at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, California. Beville will address prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates and medical professionals on the realities and challenges facing a person with dementia and subsequently their families.
Beville will speak on Tuesday, November 28th at 9:30 a.m. following opening remarks. During the symposium, on November 28th and 29th, Second Wind Dreams will also be running their flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour, for attendees to experience the effects of dementia firsthand.
P.K. Beville founded Second Wind Dreams® in 1997, the first organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for elders and providing educational tools for dementia care, and took a bold step in the world of geriatrics by creating the internationally acclaimed Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®). Experienced by millions of people in 20 countries the Virtual Dementia Tour® is used as a tool to train professional and family caregivers, staff and physicians in eldercare communities, hospitals, colleges and universities, government agencies, community leaders and first responders to help develop dementia-friendly communities worldwide.
The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®) is a patented, ground-breaking, and scientifically-proven training method that temporarily alters participants’ physical, cognitive and sensory abilities, simulating the effects of dementia. During the VDT, trained facilitators guide participants outfitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises. The VDT enables people to personally experience the physical and cognitive challenges facing those with dementia by “walking in their shoes.” This experience results in greater empathy and a better person-centered care.
“The lack of care and understanding of people with dementia ranks as one of the most important human rights crisis of our time and with nearly 47 million people diagnosed with dementia, the CDAA provides a platform to address those directly impacting their care treatment,” said Beville. “The VDT helps develop a more concise pathway in determining how to best protect the rights, dignity, and care provisions of people with dementia.”
Attendees interested in experiencing the VDT or registering for the CDAA event can visit the CDAA registration page here. There are a limited number of spaces available for the Virtual Dementia Tour and are based on first-come, first-serve basis.
Following her presentation, Beville will be available to speak with attendees about Second Wind Dreams and the Virtual Dementia Tour.
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About Second Wind Dreams
Founded in 1997 by geriatric specialist P.K. Beville, M.S., Second Wind Dreams is a national non-profit focused exclusively on enhancing the quality of life for elders and changing society’s perception of aging by making elder dreams come true and creating the patented educational program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is governed by a Board of Directors that provides the guidance and support necessary for Second Wind Dreams to continue its mission and expand its impact. Financial support comes from individual contributions, memberships, eldercare industry associations, religious organizations, grants, corporate philanthropy, and revenue generated from the Virtual Dementia Tour. For more information, visit www.secondwind.org