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YOUR LEGACY CAN HELP CREATE A WORLD IN WHICH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE NO LONGER EXISTS

Please consider including the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation in your Will.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of ageing and there is currently no cure.

By including a gift in your Will you will be helping our researchers discover solutions to diagnose the disease earlier,  develop treatments to slow the progression of the disease, understand preventative strategies and develop and test potential cures for this debilitating disease.

Imagine a world where grandparents grow old gracefully, where grandchildren can enjoy the memories and experiences of the elderly, share happy times and benefit from the wisdom of their past.

Imagine growing old without fear of the world becoming a lonely, frightening place and family members becoming strangers.

A bequest to the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation will enable the Foundation to continue to support the vital research into this debilitating disease and give hope to people with Alzheimer’s disease, their family and friends, and hope to the rest of humanity that a world in which Alzheimer’s no longer exists can be created.

 WHAT IS A BEQUEST?

A bequest is when you make A GIFT THROUGH YOUR WILL. Your gift, be it large or small, can make a significant and lasting difference to our research. Your gift can be:

  • A specific sum of money.
  • A percentage of your estate.
  • A specific asset of your estate such as property, shares, art or jewellery.
  • The residual of your estate, being the remaining funds after bequests to family, friends and other organisations have been made.
  • Any other source of funds you own such as contributions from a trust or insurance policy.

The making of a Will is an important document that ensures your wishes are respected and are carried out by the person (executor/trustee) of your choice.

A Will need not be expensive or complex. You may wish to leave sentimental items to particular members of your family and friends and you can make contributions to certain cause that are dear to you and your family.

Here is some suggested wording you may wish to use in your Will:

I give and bequeath, [(the whole) or (a specific amount or gift) or (a percentage) or (the residue)] of my estate free of all duties to Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation Inc., Charity ABN: 34 575 647 667 of 8 Verdun Street, Nedlands, Western Australia 6009 for its general purpose and I declare that the receipt from its Treasurer or other authorised officer shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees or executor.

We recommend you seek professional legal assistance in preparing your Will.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What sort of research is being funded?

The Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation supports a range of research areas associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Whilst the research projects funded by the Foundation change over time, the following provides an overview of our research priorities:

  • Gaining a better understanding of the causes of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Understanding the disease pathology.
  • Developing an early diagnostic tool to enable people to be diagnosed before significant brain damage has occurred.
  • Researching preventative strategies that may slow or stop the progression of the disease.
  • Researching potential pharmaceutical treatments.

 How will my bequest be used?

Your gift will support researchers and scientists via project grants and scholarships. It will also be used to fund equipment and consumables required in approved research projects. As health and medical research priorities change over time, we encourage those who leave a bequest to make it unrestricted, so the Foundation and its Scientific Advisory Committee can determine how the funds can be best used. However, we also recognise there may be a specific area of research where you would like your bequest directed, and we will certainly honour your intentions.

 How will it be administered?

Your gift is carefully secured and governed by the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, who provide advice to the Board on the scientific merits of research project.

OUR REASSURANCE TO YOU

Leaving a gift in your Will to the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is one of the best ways to support our work. In return, we will:

  • Respect your privacy and look after your gift to us with sensitivity and care.
  • Ensure every dollar you give will be stretched as far as possible. We will spend your gift efficiently and cost-effectively so it has the most impact.
  • Always respond if there is anything you want to know about your gift to us or the research you are supporting.

We appreciate knowing of your intentions to leave a bequest in your Will as this will assists us in planning future research work – but you don’t have to tell us. If you do choose to let us know, we can keep you connected to the life-changing work your gift will make possible. You may, of course, change your mind about your gift to the Australia Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at any time in the future.

If you would like to talk to us about a gift please contact our Fundraising and Development Manager,  Ilene Aveling on 6457 0253 or email Ilene.aveling@alzheimers.com.au