Arlene Astell

Dr. Arlene Astell is WP1-NEEDS-OA co-leader. She is Assistant Professor in Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Arlene came to Ontario from the UK after establishing a successful career innovating with older adults at the Universities 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, irrespective of cognitive or physcial impairment. She is 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; NANA, an application for older adults to track their nutrition, physical activity, mood and cognition at home; and DataDay, a self-management application for people recently diagnosed with Mild COgnitive Impairment of early dementia.