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Over 86,000 South Carolinians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia with a new person developing the disease every 66 seconds.

We have the opportunity to work together to fight this devastating disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and the only one without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression.

Fortunately, clinicians have a new tool to help.  A new Medicare billing code now allows clinicians to be reimbursed for providing care planning to cognitively impaired individuals. Effective January 1, 2017, the billing code – known as G0505 in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule – is available to clinicians treating Medicare beneficiaries with cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease. 


View care planning toolkit for use with the Medicare billing code.

Get our free Alzheimer's Pocketcard app and other tools for healthcare professionals.


We would appreciate your sharing the following information with your colleagues and patients about resources and support offered to families.

Trial Match (clinical trials)
A free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.  
The Alzheimer’s Association provides the following services:

24 Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900, providing information, referrals and care consultations
Comprehensive Website:
On our website you will find information helpful not only to the individuals with dementia but to their families as well. Below are some examples of the information you will find on our website:

Support Groups: We offer peer- or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer's disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, individuals with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer's, adult caregivers and others with specific needs. 

To help family members attend support groups, arrangements for a no-cost, in-home sitter can be made in advance through our Alzheimer’s Association respite program

Community Education Programs:  View our Education Calendar
Respite Voucher Program:  Our Association can issue one $500 respite voucher annually to help a family with costs of respite care that they arrange with a provider and at a time of their choice --- in-home care through a registered agency, adult day care, or a short-term facility stay. 

Medic Alert + Safe Return is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's or a related dementia that wander or have a medical emergency. We provide 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing.

Comfort Zone and Comfort Zone Check In are GPS location management services that help families monitor a person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Families receive alerts if the person wanders from a preset safety perimeter.  

Advocacy on national and state levels 

Early Stage Programs
The Alzheimer’s Association (SC Chapter) will be starting early stage services in 2013. Currently we are looking for individuals who have been medically diagnosed as being in Early Stage of the disease.  Should one of your patients be interested in learning more about early stage programs or even perhaps willing to volunteer as anEarly Stage Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Association (SC Chapter), please have them contact Sam Wiley by email at or at (864) 224-3045 / 1-800-272-3900. All calls are confidential.

Our goal is to be a resource to you in providing caring support for families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you would like materials describing our services that you as medical providers can share with families, please contact our office at 1-800-272-3900.

If you are a physician and you would like to learn more about how you can help the Alzheimer’s Association (SC Chapter), please email Sam Wiley, Vice President of Programs at


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.