Best present for your ageing parent? Simply be present

Spending time together is not always easy or practical, but it is priceless - and it does matter

A colleague is scrolling distractedly through images on her smartphone as we wait for a meeting to start.

"What do you get for a mother in her 70s?" she whispers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 16, 2018, with the headline 'Best present for your ageing parent? Simply be present'. Print Edition | Subscribe