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Learn about this course

  • Who is this training for?

    Pre-Service Dementia Training is a required training for all Aging & People with Disabilities (APD) adult foster care home licensees, co-licensees, administrators, resident managers, shift caregivers, and substitute caregivers in Oregon.

  • What will you learn?

    Participants will better understand how dementia affects individuals and their care needs, incorporate principles of person-centered care and provide a supportive care environment, meet the psychosocial needs of residents living with dementia, provide meaningful activities, understand care considerations for persons living with dementia, and recognize safety considerations.

  • How long is the training?

    Starting summer of 2021, this training will be available online at your convenience and on-demand. This training is taught by experienced professionals and former Alzheimer's Association staff.

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What others are saying about this training

October 2020 Participant

Excellent training

October 2020 Participant

"The training was excellent the presentation was on point."
October 2020 Participant

Keep teaching as a refresher course

October 2020 Participant

"This was a very educative course and needs to keep being taught even as a refresher course to the people already in the field."
September 2020 Participant

Liked the breakout groups

September 2020 Participant

"It was a great a class. I learned a lot from it. I like the small breakout group that was incorporated with the training. It was a way to get to know each other and feel comfortable in sharing what we wanted to share."
September 2020 Participant

Trainers are knowledgeable & fun

September 2020 Participant

"The trainers are always exceptional, knowledgeable and excellent in what they teach. Fun to be with as well."


Matthew  Gannon


Matthew Gannon

Matt is a consultant & provider services coordinator with Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training. He has been a direct dementia care provider, manager, dementia trainer and consultant for the past 17 years. After serving in the Navy, Matt began working in long-term care and fell in love with dementia care. He spent six years as a CNA working in memory care. For the past decade, Matt has worked as an independent caregiver specializing in providing care for individuals living with dementia, and has provided care in an adult foster home setting. Matt spent four years with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter as a program coordinator. In this role, Matthew coordinated the Memories in the Making program, provided regular consultation to families facing dementia, and conducted dementia-related training around the state for both caregivers and first responders. Matt was also an instructor of the dementia care practice course at Portland Community College. Matt holds an undergraduate degree in human studies and gerontology from Marylhurst University. Additionally, he studied at the Marylhurst University Graduate School of Gerontology.
Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA

Lead Instructor

Alyssa Elting McGuire, MA, MPA

Alyssa's passion is helping adult care home staff connect their learning to real world experiences. Alyssa is the consulting and training director for Oregon Care Home Consulting & Training, which she founded in 2018. She is a former lead adult foster home licensor for Washington and Columbia Counties and spent eight years working in adult foster homes in both a regulatory and protective services capacity with the State of Oregon. Alyssa also worked as a program manager for the Alzheimer's Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter, where she facilitated dementia training around the state. Alyssa holds a graduate degree in public administration & management from the University of Nebraska, and a graduate degree in educational leadership (adult education & training) from Portland State. Additionally, she has a gerontology-focused certificate of completion from the Univ. of Southern California. She is a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor.