Always keep your heart full.

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Portrait of Pal, a South Asian elder

Pal's background

Pal came to the UK in the late 1960s - his wife and children joined him in the early 1970s. He has been a widower for 28 years. For Pal, living alone means that his physical security is paramount. His son and grandson visit him on a daily basis and have installed a security system.

Pal is adamant that a positive mental attitude can make a significant impact on a person's ability to cope with illness: "When it comes to life, health or anything else, people find lies are sweet and the truth is bitter … Never get depressed, I don't focus on what I don't have. Always keep your heart full. I have fallen on my face many times in life but I had to get up. You cannot spend your life eating dirt."

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