Ms. D. is an 84-year-old housewife who sometimes gets lost and has to phone her husband to come pick her up when trying to walk back home by herself from the neighborhood grocery store. During her shopping trips, she sometimes also forgets to take her list with her and then cannot remember all the items she needs to purchase. Mr. D. says that when talking to his wife lately, she frequently repeats herself by asking the same questions. He has brought his wife to your clinic because he is worried about her memory problems. Neuropsychologists are often asked to conduct evaluations to help examine problems related to brain functioning and behaviors.
Based on the above case study and this week’s readings, what ethical issues might be present that a neuropsychologist should consider?
Provide your rationale.
What forensic and/or legal issues might be present should the neuropsychologist determine that Ms. D. is suffering from a condition that will progress to the point where she is unable to care for herself? Provide your rationale.