The best gift for your ageing parent is the gift of your time

Originally published on The Guardian:

The antidote to an epidemic of loneliness doesn’t lie in sending a bigger gift but in exercising our imagination. If the stories of my patients are anything to go by, our imagination would tell us to show up a little more, to call a little more and to simply be more attentive. A sorrow shared is a sorrow divided. No medical advance, and no wrapped gift, could ever compete with this.

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