Caregivers and care recipients take a break

A bunch of caregivers and their charges had a good time at Nights Of Hope And Joy, a monthly event put on by a few organizations in Riverside CA.


A chilled-out caregiver is a better caregiver. Or something.
We caregivers got ourselves a break.
So we had to move some balloons out of the way to get to the chow.
So we had to move some balloons out of the way to get to the chow.
Thought about getting my face painted, but someone beat me to it.
Thought about getting my face painted, but someone beat me to it.
My man Jim. He knows every song ever written, and if he doesn't it's not worth singing.
My man Jim. He knows every song ever written, and if he doesn’t it’s not worth singing.
Ella and Richard stop in front of the camera while event coordinator Rich Gardner photobombs.
Ella and Richard stop in front of the camera while event coordinator Rich Gardner photobombs.

Socializing, respite, and Nights Of Hope And Joy


Journal entry, July 12, 2016

Thanks to the folks from the Purple City Alliance — here it’s Riverside CA, a bunch of caregivers & care recipients got together for food, music, & fun at a local senior center a few days ago. It’s a monthly get-together called Nights Of Hope And Joy, with a live band and all. Dad had a good time, and he did some socializing, which is always good for him.


See, socializing is good. Gets Dad out among them. This sounds terrible, but this means other people are watching him for a couple of hours and I get a little respite. I’ll take it.

Unabashed pitch here: This one’s at the Janet Goeske Senior Center at Sierra Ave (at Streeter), Riverside CA. Second Tuesday of the month, at 6 pm. Rich Gardner is the front man here. We’ve been doing this about six months, and it’s growing.

Not just fun, but it’s a resource. One of many, and it’s really fun.

Does your town have something like this?