I’m more curious about this than anything else. As you know, we just had a pretty mild winter, and I’ve heard predictions about it being a grueling summer. Shouldn’t folks be extra watchful of their elderly loved ones during the summer? – David, Greenlawn, NY
I’m so happy you’ve raised this issue, because, yes, it is a serious one, and it needs more attention. While so much public debate centers on the existence or non-existence of global warming, the more important issue for me, of course, is that we thoughtfully remind ourselves to look after the seniors in our families and neighborhoods during the coming dog days of summer — especially those who are ill. There’s not only good sense behind your concern; there’s also good science.