Helping Seniors Soar… Literally.
Since 2015, MatrixCare has been a strong supporter of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to honoring seniors and United States military veterans living in long-term care communities around the country. The Foundation’s only mission is “Giving Back to Those Who Have Given” which dovetails nicely with MatrixCare’s mission of “…improving the lives of America’s seniors…” as well as our core belief that “Happiness Matters!”
The Foundation provides free Dream Flights using three, fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes. These open cockpit airplanes were used to train many military aviators in World War II. The radial engine has the innate ability to bring back nostalgic memories for veterans and seniors. The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation has provided more than 3,400 Dream Flights since 2011.
MatrixCare hosted a Dream Flights event on July 11, 2018, at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, that brought eight senior residents of Benedictine Health Systems and Lutheran Home Association soaring through the sky. MatrixCare looks forward to coordinating many more dream flights with seniors at our customer sites in the future.
We wanted to express our thanks and appreciation to you for such a wonderful opportunity for our veterans. We really appreciate your kind gestures and taking the time to talk to each one of our residents.
Don had such a wonderful time being able to fly. He said he recommends it to anyone that has never had the opportunity to fly.
Our “cheerleaders” had such an awesome opportunity to support Don and the other flyers. They were just amazed how everyone worked together to pull this amazing event off.
Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to experience this with the residents.
– St. Gertrude’s Health & Rehabilitation Center
One of our core values is ‘Happiness Matters’ and when you see the gleam of excitement in these seniors as they board the plane…and the thrill they get—not only from the flight but also for being honored for their past service—well, it’s very rewarding and humbling to be a part of that.”
– John Damgaard, President & CEO of MatrixCare.