Week 5 Discussion - You are asked to see Mr Basset who is 80 years old currently living alone and has recently lost his wife His children do not live

Week 5 Discussion - You are asked to see Mr Basset who is...

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You are asked to see Mr. Basset, who is 80 years old, currently living alone, and has recently lost his wife. His children do not live nearby, but Mr. Basset sees them on holidays. Mr. Basset was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and has had an unexplained weight loss of 20 pounds in 3 months. He is getting chemotherapy as well as taking oral medication for hypertension and arthritis, and is showing signs of dehydration. Mr. Basset reports that his wife did most of the cooking and he has limited cooking skills. He usually has cereal with milk and coffee for breakfast and soup for a second meal later in the day. He eats crackers throughout the day if he is hungry, but admits that he doesn’t have much of an appetite. In addition, Mr. Basset has ill-fitting dentures and claims that food just does not taste the same. He is also on a limited budget. As people age, their body systems, including immune systems are going to function less as compared to other population groups. Since Mr. Basset is 80 years old and his body system is declining. Besides his age, he has lung cancer, arthritis, and hypertension. He has not consumed enough nutritious foods to maintain his weight and diseases. Weight loss in older adults is often associated with a loss of muscle mass, which will eventually influence their mobility or functional status (Grodner, Roth, & Walkingshaw, 2012). Also, he is getting chemotherapy. The side effects of

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