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AFA Sleeping Dreamers Project

AFA and Second Wind Dreams (SWD) have teamed up to offer AFA Sleeping Dreamers—a joint program designed to make the dreams of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses a reality. Open to groups that are members of both AFA and SWD, groups may apply for fulfillment of an AFA Sleeping Dream at

Here are some of the stories of Sleeping Dreamers:


The Jewish MuseumBaez (center) is surrounded
by love.
A Family Reunion

Every time Petra Baez would wake up from sleeping, she would ask about her family. On March 1, she got the surprise of a lifetime when her eight children and six grandchildren traveled from Puerto Rico and Massachusetts for a reunion in her honor. Baez, 77, is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease and is receiving hospice care at Cedarbrook Nursing Home in Bethlehem, Pa. The last time the entire family had been together was at the funeral of Baez's son eight years ago.


Alzheimer's Smith CountyGroper (far right) poses with orchestra members.
Dancing Into the Past

Doris Groper, 90, used to love dancing the jitterbug. On February 25, she got to put on her dancing shoes and start swinging on to the beat of the Chandler Judkins' Groovin' High Orchestra. Groper, a resident at Las Ventanas in Las Vegas, Nev., still had the moves!

Click here to watch a video of Groper's dream come true.




Alzheimer's / Dementia Connection of HacasuStrickland (center) takes to the drums—once again.
The Beat Goes On …

Darwin Strickland, a former jazz drummer and retired U.S. postal worker, experienced the beat of the drums once again on December 10 in Atlanta, Ga. With a dream of returning to the stage, AFA and SWD arranged for the 75-year-old Strickland to perform at Blind Willie's Bar and Restaurant, an iconic music venue in Atlanta. He banged out tunes with members of the Atlanta Symphony and other jazz musicians.