Second Wind Dreams

The Virtual Dementia Tour

The Virtual Dementia Tour simulates the effects of aging and  dementia to give families, caregivers and the general public an opportunity to walk in their shoes. Quality care for people dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias begins with caregivers who are sensitive, patient and kind. The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method…

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Helen Taipale

Howland resident Helen Taipale had simple dream of going for a ride in the country and meeting the people. She felt a ride in the country represented freedom. Helen looked out the window during the entire ride! She kept saying everything “looks calm & quiet” and shared stories how she lived on a farm when she…

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Mary Mazzocca

Mary Mazzocca’s dream of a fun-filled summer family reunion came true at Shepherd of the Valley-Poland with the help of our Second Wind Dream Team. Mary was all smiles when over 20 of her family members arrived to spend the day with her! Mary was even more surprised when her son and daughter-in-law set up…

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Eugene Brungardt

Poland Shepherd of the Valley resident Gene Brungardt enjoyed a beautiful day at Mill Creek Park as part of a Second Wind Dream. Gene loves fishing and often enjoyed sitting on the shores of both Mosquito and Pymatuning Lakes with his wife as they waited for their day’s catches! The Mill Creek Park Police Department…

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Ken Foltz

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The Price is Right was in town last week and no one is a bigger fan than Poland resident Ken Foltz which made it a perfect event for a Second Wind Dream! Now we all know that wearing fun t-shirts is an important part of being in this game show’s audience, so our Shepherd of the…

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Laura Clark

Long Time Steelers Fan Attends First Ever Football Game with Second Wind Dream On Sunday, December 31 Shepherd of the Valley – Niles resident and life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Laura Clark, finally made her way to Heinz Field to witness one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries – Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh. Laura, who turned 83…

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Clara Evans

Poland’s final Dream for 2017 did not go as planned. Clara Evans, a skilled nursing resident who started in our assisted living, was upset along with her daughter because this would be the first year Clara would not be able to attend the family Christmas dinner at her daughter’s home due to her physical limitations.…

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Virginia Chiarello

Poland assisted living resident Virginia Chiarello  will tell you time and again that she is Italian and proud! On November 17th, we hosted our very own Italian Festival… Virginia’s Italian Festival, to be exact. We created a special design and had shirts made for her entire family and the Activity Staff, along with special coasters for…

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Glenn Weaver

Poland skilled nursing resident Glenn Weaver was hoping to attend a high school football game. Now a high school football game may not sound exciting as far as a dream goes, but when you have four grandsons who play ball and there’s only one you’ve not seen on the field, it becomes a little more…

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Eva Gwazdauskas

Poland assisted living resident Eva Gwazdauskas is a true farm and country woman. She grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut (which she will happily tell you, adding that it’s the best place there is) on a farm with her 10 brothers and sisters. She loved the farm and country life and her (youngest of 8) daughter…

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Stephana Liptak

Don’t ask Poland resident Stephana Liptak if she WAS a Nurse as she will tell you she IS a Nurse, “Once a Nurse, always a Nurse.” Stephana was a nurse in WWII with a heart of gold, a devout Catholic, leads our nursing Rosary circle for our residents, is our Nursing Resident Council President and…

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YSU Softball Team Pumpkin Carving at Boardman

In 2015, Jean Roepke’s dream of being back on the softball field came true with the help of Brian Campbell and the YSU Softball team. Since then, the softball team has been visiting SOV Boardman for activities with Jean and the residents. Most recently, the team stopped by to visit the resident and carve pumpkins. Thank…

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Shirley Egry

On Wednesday,  Niles assisted living resident and long-time casino-goer, Shirley Egry, tried her luck on the slot machines at JACK Cleveland Casino. Good vibes  surrounded her due to the outpouring of support she received from the community. “As always this program is opening doors to opportunities our residents would never have otherwise,” said Kristen Taylor,…

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Richard Werner

Howland resident Richard Werner and his family ran a farmer’s market, Delightful Gardens. Business was good and Richard worked long hours to reap the benefits of his labor.  He would drive a box truck up to Cleveland leaving at three o’clock in the morning just to bring fresh produce to his stand by opening time. …

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Long Time Poland Resident Surprised With Her Own Pep Rally

Shepherd of the Valley resident Sara Hill-Strock has lived in Poland all her life and she is proud of her hometown. On Monday, May 1, Poland students and staff joined Shepherd of the Valley in celebrating Hill-Strock’s Bulldog pride with a parade and pep rally. Hill-Strock was born and raised in Poland. She graduated from…

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The Adventures of Flat Grandpa

Inspired by the Second Wind Dreams Flat Elder Project, Shepherd of the Valley has decided to share the adventures of Flat Grandpa! Flat Grandpa wasn’t always flat; in fact Flat Grandpa was rather athletic. A prize fighter, born and raised in Youngstown, OH, he took his fair share of hits but always came out on top and…

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Larry Fenn Brings Holiday Joy to Austintown Children

                        Pictured left to right: Howland resident Larry Fenn, Howland Activity Director Traci Luther and her daughter. Shepherd of the Valley Howland resident Larry Fenn had no idea that growing his beard out would lead to a new alter ego. Many years ago, Fenn…

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Don Williams

For more than forty years, Don Williams spent his time behind the camera at WKBN. As a cameraman, he worked primarily on the morning news but also had an important role behind the scenes building and designing sets, props and working on special projects. Don had a stroke a few years ago. He was not…

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Leorabella Rudloff

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On June 25, 2015, Boardman resident Leorabelle “Lee” Rudloff had the chance to feel the wind in her hair as she sped around the track at the Sharon Speedway! Lee arrived at Sharon Speedway late in the afternoon and had a chance to meet the staff and some of the drivers. She had the honor…

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