My mum will be 80 in December and we are having a small family get-together for her. My sister has booked the meal, and has given me the "priviledge" of sorting out a present that we can all contribute to. A bit of background about mum. She became ill earlier this year, has had one brain scan which didn't show any damage, and is due another scan next week. She has no short-term memory, and her long-term memory is seriously diminished. She spends most of her day sat by the living-room window looking out at the garden. She doesn't read anymore because she can't remember plots; she used to be so active, but now the most she does is a walk each morning and occasionally goes shopping with a friend. My dad also has no short-term memory, though his long-term memory is exceptional, and he's basically become mum's carer. I have absolutely no idea what we could buy her to celebrate her special day. The one thing I did think of was to have a professional photo of all her grandchildren, but they are all too widespread for that to happen. If anyone has any ideas, I'd be very grateful. As an aside, does anyone know of any forums set up for those affected by the recent floods? I haven't found anything using Google, so it's a long-shot that someone here might know of something, but I'm going crazy and could really use talking to others going through the same thing.