Describe any necessary labs or additional diagnostics needed

  • Patient 1: 82-year-old male presenting with cognitive decline. He had always been a very active individual. Over the past year, he has become less active in the community. Previously, he played cribbage weekly with friends at the local senior center but has been struggling with the math involved with the game and no longer attends the weekly card game. He had also volunteered as a crossing guard for the local public school. He quit doing that after he took the wrong turn to get home and drove around the town feeling lost. He acknowledges he is “sensitive” to this and can be irritable towards his children when they bring up these concerns. He was diagnosed with mild neurocognitive disorder after completing neuropsychological testing. Of the following medications, which would be the most appropriate to prescribe? Explain why you chose this medication. What would be the dosing schedule for this patient? Provide education to the patient and review risks, benefits, and potential side effects of the medication. In addition, explain why the other medications listed are not appropriate for this patient. Med List: lorazepam, olanzapine, memantine

Construct a 4-5 pages paper concerning the vulnerable population patient case study above. In your paper include the following:

  • Determine which medication would be most appropriate to prescribe from the assigned vulnerable population patient case medication choices.
  • Explain your rationale for choosing this medication Explain why the other medications listed are not appropriate for this patient.
  • Explain the dosing schedule for the specific patient including the therapeutic endpoint.
  • Provide necessary education to the patient to review risks, benefits, and potential side effects of the medication.
  • Describe any necessary labs or additional diagnostics needed prior to prescribing this medication.
  • Explain how you might monitor efficacy or side effects of the medication.
  • Include any additional collaboration or education to others that would be necessary for this patient. Consider family members, home health care, primary care providers, etc.
  • What would you need to include in your assessment for a patient who may become nonadherent with your prescribing plan for your scenario? What are alternative treatment solutions based upon how you assessed? Describe your new treatment plan.

This Assignment requires a minimum of five (5) peer-reviewed, evidence-based scholarly references outside of course resources.

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