Dr. Arlene Astell is WP1-NEEDS-OA co-leader. She is the Ontario Shores Research Chair in Community Management of Dementia at the University of Toronto. Arlene came to Ontario from the UK after developing her reputable 20-year career researching in the field of dementia at the University’s of St. Andrews and Sheffield. Her research focuses on the creative application of technology to support people to live and age as well as possible, especially those with cognitive impairment. She was co-creator of CIRCA, a cogntive prosthesis for people with dementia developed to support conversation, which is now being trialled in the UK, Netherlands and Sweden.