Marya Kain

Marya KainMS, CMC Early in her over 40 year career, Marya recognized the value of human relationships. She saw that the people she cared for, no matter how affected they were by their dementing illnesses, responded positively to the heart-to-heart connection she offered, often decreasing their incidents of risky behaviors.

Throughout her career, Marya has studied the research on a variety of dementia related topics. Marya has Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Psychology, and a Double Major Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and Psychology.

Marya is also a Certified Behavior Consultant and a certified Aging Life Care Manager. Marya has held a variety of positions including Assisted Living Facility and Memory Care Administrator, Dementia Care Program Director, Medical Social Worker specializing in Dementia, Alzheimer’s Care Unit Consultant, Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator, and Dementia Educator.

Currently, in addition to her work through Power of the Heart, as presenter and behavior consultant, Marya works as an Aging Life Care Manager, assisting individual clients and their family members to successfully navigate the many transitions involved in aging.  She provides this care through the Medford office of Interim Health Care.

Marya is best known for her classes regarding challenging behaviors and strength-based communication. She expertly empowers caregivers to identify why an individual may be exhibiting a behavior, and what to do to meet the underlying need.  She is also known for her ability to help caregivers communicate effectively with those they partner with. She is also frequently invited to present on a variety of additional topics related to care giving including dementia, Sundowner’s syndrome, abuse prevention, self-care, losses, stress reduction, person-centered approach, strength based planning, validation, self-talk, control bull’s-eye and others.  

Participants have included facility staff and management, Home Care professionals,  Home Health Agencies, Home Health Aide Association members, Alzheimer’s Association organized event attendees, Adult Foster Home Association members, Making Oregon Vital for Elders members, Stephen’s Ministers, family caregivers and others. 

One of the first highlights of Marya’s teaching career was presenting at the International Eden Alternative 2008 International Conference. More recently, Marya has presented at several conferences, inclduing the 2017 American Society on Aging: Aging in America Conference in Chicago. 


  • Master’s of Science Degree: Exercise Physiology, Minor in Sports Psychology, University of Oregon, 1992
  • Bachelor’s of Science Degree (Double Major): Psychology/ Exercise Science, Portland State University, 1989
  • Certified Behavior Consultant, Oregon Technical Assistance Group, 2010
  • Care Manager Certified, National Association of Certified Care Managers, 2012


  • Aging Life Care Manager (NACCM Certified)
  • Behavior Consultant (OTAC Certified)
  • Administrator (ALF/ RCF OHCA Certified)
  • Dementia Care Program Director
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (Oregon 1978-expired)
  • Dementia Care Specialist on a Medical Social Work Team for a Home Health Agency
  • Memory Care Community Consultant (Formerly called Alzheimer’s Care Unit Consultant)
  • Health / Fitness Instructor (ACSM 1989-expired)
  • Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator (Alzheimer’s Association since 1993)
  • Master Trainer: Powerful Tools for the Family Caregiver
  • Star-C Consultant