In my book, Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old? I write about an incident that continues to haunt me to this day.
In 1995, my hometown of Chicago experienced a social nightmare. On July 13, the heat index peaked at 119°F—a record high for the city—causing 465 people to lose their life due to the heat. Of the decedents for whom age could be determined, 51 percent were seventy-five years of age or older.