When assessing an older person, you should remember that it is common for him or her to:
respond slowly to questions.
An increase in blood pressure that commonly occurs with aging is physiologically exacerbated by:
an overproduction of collagen and decreased quantities of elastin.
After falls, _______________ is/are the second leading cause of accidental death among elderly people.
motor vehicle accidents
Which of the following is the BEST example of inadvertent medication noncompliance?
A person takes multiple doses of the same medication because of an inability to distinguish the flavors.
Impaired proprioception predisposes an elderly person to:
A 90-year-old nursing home resident presents with confusion and a cough after several days of complaining of being weak. She is bedridden, has numerous medical conditions, and takes a variety of medications. Your assessment reveals that her temperature is 99.0°F, her skin is cool and dry, her blood pressure is 118/66 mm Hg, and her heart rate is 68 beats/min and regular. She is not experiencing obvious respiratory distress, and her oxygen saturation is 93% on room air. This patient is MOST likely experiencing: