Cambridge Family and Children’s Services – Helping Those wIth Dementia

 

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Cambridge Family and Children’s Services
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Based in Belmont, Massachusetts, Stephen C. McEvoy serves as director of business development and vice president with Abiomed, Inc., an innovator in the heart recovery and support device area. Community involved, Stephen C. McEvoy has past experience as director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services (CFCS), which has its roots in the 1870s as the local orphanage Avon Home.

Located in Harvard Square, CFCS extends services throughout the Greater Boston area, including Belmont, and helps approximately 1,600 people. Services provided range from family support and stabilization to intensive foster care and adoption.

Another aspect CFCS focuses on is the social needs of older members of the community. The Neighborhood Memory Cafe meets in Cambridge each month and encourages social interaction among people diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. By welcoming the elderly and caregivers, this unique gathering space provides a sense of normalcy and fellowship to those who “still have a lot of living to do.” The end result is a boost to both functional abilities and quality of everyday life among those who participate.

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CFCS’ New “Memory Cafe”

 

Cambridge Family and Children_s Services pic

Cambridge Family and Children’s Services
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Stephen C. McEvoy of Belmont is the director of business development and vice president at Abiomed, Inc., based in Danvers, Massachusetts. Originally a native of Belmont, Massachusetts, Stephen C. McEvoy was also the director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, a community-based charitable organization, from 2002-2005.

Cambridge Family and Children’s Services (CFCS) focuses on stabilizing families in the local area, providing them with the necessary support and funding so that children can be raised in a loving and nurturing home environment within a supportive community. The organization is one of the oldest human services agencies, as it was founded in 1873, albeit originally as an orphanage. CFCS has continued expanding its mission and services throughout the years, offering a variety of programs in all areas of children and family development.

Many of CFCS’ initiatives are locally-led and very creative, such as its recently-established Neighborhood Memory Cafe. The cafe provides a comfortable, safe place for individuals with memory loss and their family or caretakers to meet and spend time in peace. Established in response to research that shows that social engagement has a positive effect on the care of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the Neighborhood Memory Cafe provides this space for anyone who requires it in the Cambridge area. To read more about the new cafe, visit helpfamilies.org.