What do you do when the doctor is suggesting an EEG and an MRI for a 91 year old woman with either dementia or Alzheimer's. She doesn't remember what is happening from one minute to the next?

I would ask the doctor if s/he was looking to rule out something treatabke, like normal pressure hydrocephalus.
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Reply to BarbBrooklyn

Generally the advice is that if you aren't going to do the treatment don't bother with the test. What are her symptoms, what is the doctor looking for?

(BTW, I was discussing getting an MRI with family members recently and we agreed that the process of being trapped, immobile, in a hot, noisy tube was claustrophobic even if you hadn't previously been so)
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Reply to cwillie

Why do they want to run those tests on someone that old whom you already know has dementia of some kind, and possibly Alzheimer's? What kind of doctor is this, a neurologist? I think you need a second opinion for I would not do it.
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Reply to cmagnum

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