I love the idea of a calendar with family pictures on it! My Grandmother loved her pictures. We used to joke because her purse was heavy that it was mostly pictures of her grand and great grand children.
My Mom is 82 and still lives in her own cluttered home and needs nothing but work on the house, which is another long, frustrating story. She really needs to consider assisted living but is too stubborn. She has confusion with what day it is, the time of day, etc. She also has been known to confuse birthdays and anniversaries and misplace phone numbers and addresses.
This Christmas I got her a small dayrunner with a 3 year calendar and address book. I am going to put everyone's birthdays, addresses, etc. in it. I'm also going to buy her one of those clocks that includes the date, day of the week, time and temperature.
Vanessa's idea of the hair dresser's is a great idea too. Many ladies in that age group still have their weekly shampoo/set. My Mom goes every Wednesday. Last year, I bought her a manicure and pedicure at her hair salon. She wasn't receptive to getting a pedicure so she was able to get 2 manicures instead.
Life is all about a$$; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving like one, or you live with one.