The nurse would recognize which symptom as the most likely early indication of pneumonia in an elderly client?

  • chest pain
  • fever
  • dyspnea
  • altered mental status
Number 4 is correct.
Because of a blunted immune response, elderly clients may not show many of the typical early signs and symptoms of pneumonia like chest pain, fever, and dyspnea. Instead, elderly clients may seem confused or have a change in mental status.