Learn about this course

  • Who is this training for?

    Pre-Service Dementia Training is a required training for all 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?

    This course will be offered as s 2.5-hour, engaging, live webinar taught by experienced professionals and former Alzheimer's Association staff.

Information about the Training

October 17th, 1:00-3:30pm

The next webinar is Saturday, Oct. 10th from 1:00-3:30pm. You will be sent a confirmation after registration with additional information. The link for the webinar will be sent the week of the training. Please email info@oregoncarehome.com with any questions.


Matthew  Gannon

Contract Instructor

Matthew Gannon

Matt is the Director of Business Development & DementiaWise for ComForCare Home Care. 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 a former lead adult foster home licensor for Washington and Columbia Counties. She 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. She currently works as an independent consultant and training specialist. Alyssa holds graduate degrees in public administration and educational leadership (adult education & training), and has a gerontology-focused certificate of completion. She is also a State-certified Ensuring Quality Care (EQC) instructor.