nursing and the aging family

nursing and the aging family

A 79-year old woman, independent and in relatively good health, has had a nagging cough for the past several months. She is concerned that the cough may indicate a serious illness. She is reluctant to seek help because she does not want to prolong her life if it means a loss of quality. Make a judgment about where she fits within the illness trajectory, and explain how a nurse can be of assistance.