Leaving a bequest to CHeBA

It won’t cost you anything now, but leaving a gift in your will to CHeBA is one of the simplest and most powerful ways to support our work into the future. Your gift will transform lives and help protect future generations.

Together, we really can change the future of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in Australia and internationally.

Ultimately, our vision is for people to achieve their full life span and enjoy a good quality of life unaffected by loss of cognitive ability.  With the help of donations from supporters, we will continue to see improvements in the early diagnosis, treatment and care for those with dementia and other age-related brain disorders.

Over 1,700 Australians are diagnosed with dementia every week.

Did you know you can help change the future of dementia?

Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.  However, a number of risk and protective factors are already known, and since the disease process generally begins 20-30 years before the symptoms become apparent, there is a window of opportunity for its prevention or delaying of the symptoms.  As pre-clinical diagnosis becomes possible, then potentially preventative or disease-retarding treatments could be administered.

If research delivers a way to delay the onset of dementia by just two years, and this is put into practice in 2020, it could reduce the number of people developing dementia by almost 400,000.  If interventions or treatments can delay the onset from average age 85 to age 90 then almost a million people would be spared.  Reducing each modifiable risk factor of dementia by 10% would result in significant impacts on worldwide prevalence, reducing it by more than 8% by 2050.  A 25% reduction in modifiable risk factors would result in an incredible 3 million fewer cases.

Why gifts in wills are important

CHeBA is a not-for-profit research centre which relies on grants and donations to fund world-class research into brain ageing.  Donations in particular are critical to ensuring we are able to continue the long-term funding of projects required for significant breakthroughs into healthy brain ageing.

Who can leave a gift in their will?

People from all walks of life can leave gifts to CHeBA and, together, help fund ground-breaking research into age-related brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Not all gifts come from wealthy people – your gift, combined with those from other CHeBA supporters, will make a powerful impact and help protect Australian brains for generations to come.

Many people leave a gift to the CHeBA after taking care of their loved ones as they see what a difference a gift in their will could make to the future of healthy brain ageing in Australia.

What do gifts in wills help CHeBA achieve?

Gifts in wills to CHeBA will fund research not only into early diagnosis, treatment and care for those with dementia and other age-related brain disorders, but also prevention and positive ageing for the future.  We are the only research group in the world studying the brains of participants aged 95+ years as part of our Sydney Centenarian Study, to understand factors in successful healthy ageing.  We are also undertaking many genetics research projects including cutting-edge RNA sequencing to identify the unique RNA signatures of centenarians.

How to leave a gift in your will

If you have any questions or would like to discuss, in confidence, this important decision, please do not hesitate to contact Janet Hall, Development Manager, Future Giving, UNSW Australia on (02) 9385 0532 or j.e.hall@unsw.edu.au.

If you would like more information about CHeBA and the work we do, please contact Heidi Mitchell, Marketing & Communications Officer on (02) 9382 3398 or heidi.mitchell@unsw.edu.au.

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