Maria Lacey celebrated her 103rd birthday in October with a hot meal in a private dining room, surrounded by family and flowers. While she was still a resident at Presbyterian SeniorCare in Washington, it felt a little like home.

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Elaine Pfender still has her quirks, and she flashes a smile without much coaxing. One December day at Senior LIFE in North Franklin Township, the adult day care program she attends weekdays, she wore a floppy “Christmas cook” hat and playfully asked a photographer to take her picture.

Dolores DeSantis died on June 25 after battling Alzheimer's and several health issues for nearly 20 years. Her husband George, who will turn 90 in January, took care of Dolores, bathing, dressing and brushing her teeth, cooking dinner and taking her to doctor's appointments.

We hear “Carol of the Bells.” Sing “Deck the Halls” with its quaint direction to “troll the ancient yuletide carol.” The Peanuts cartoon characters croon, “Christmas time is near, carols everywhere.” Dickens’ famous ghost story is titled, “A Christmas Carol.”

There was a lot of love shown at Wana B Park in Carmichaels, and a lot of that love was directed toward Patty Lewis, whose family and friends had assembled a team of 106 walkers to participate in the fourth annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sept. 6.

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