Dementia Awareness Week has launched for another year, with those in the Northern Territory urged to seek help from a doctor if they are concerned about their memory or that of a loved one.
With the NT marking Dementia Awareness Week from September 21 to 28, local community geriatrician Dr Michael Lowe said resources and services are available for people suffering from memory loss.
"Concerns about your memory and the possibility of having dementia can be very worrying for yourself and also your family and friends," Dr Lowe said.
"Changes in memory can be caused by many different things. It is normal for middle-aged people to start to notice that their memories are not quite as good as when they were younger. Our memories change as we mature, but if you are concerned you can discuss this with your GP."
Dr Lowe says people can do three things to help prevent dementia.
"The first is intellectual activity, such as learning something new; the second is physical activity, such as keeping active; and the third is social activity, such as developing and maintaining a social network."
Memory loss can affect the performance of staff members in the workplace, so employers can help to ensure they're providing the assistance and care needed with a corporate health plan.
A business health insurance plan can aid in getting staff the treatment and care for their medical needs.