Elder Woman Interview

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Today I interviewed an elderly woman who is a resident in the County Nursing Home. As I entered her room, she was sitting up awake and alert. As we talked, I explained to her that as a nursing student, I'm required to complete a paper on any person over the age of sixty-five. I asked her if it would be okay to interview her. She enthusiastically agreed, therefore, I proceeded with the interview.

I first took her vital signs. They were as followed:
Temperature (oral): 97.8
Pulse: 92
Respirations: 22
Blood Pressure: 170/60

She stated my name, followed by hers. She said that she was at home but couldn't recall the time or the year. Therefore, she was oriented to person and place but not to time. As she spoke, her speech
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Her advice for bringing children up in today's society was "Leave them alone and don't spank them", but when asked what she would teach future generations, her answer was "discipline". Her basic overall health is good. She has no chronic illness other than Alzheimer's disease. According to Erick Erickson's theory of psychosocial development, she has experienced the first seven stages of trust/mistrust; autonomy/shame; Initiative/guilt; Industry/inferiority; Identity/role confusion; and Intimacy/isolation. She is in the last stage, it is expected that she come to terms with the way she has lived her life and accept the fact that she can't relive it. I feel that the last stage in her life may not be completed because of the lack of mental capability that she has acquired due to Alzheimer's disease I then proceeded into a medication assessment. The daily medication regimen and price list is as followed:
Namenda 10mg. tablets, twice a day; monthly price: $141.78
Lexapro 10mg. tablets, once daily; monthly price: $71.10
Detrol La 4mg. tablets, once daily; monthly price: $92.37
Aricept 10mg. tablets, once daily; monthly price: $144.63
Aspirin once daily; monthly price: $3.98
The total combined monthly cost of all medications equaled to $453.56. I then performed a safety inspection of her room. The bathroom provided handrails along each wall and an emergency pull cord was located near the toilet. The