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Arlene Astell is Ontario Shores Research Chair in Community Management of Dementia, Toronto, Canada and Full Professor of Health Services Research in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH: http://www.catch.org.uk), at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has twenty years experience developing and evaluating interventions to support people to age as well as possible, including people living with dementia. Within AGE-WELL (http://www.agewell-nce.ca), the new Canadian NCE on later life, Arlene is leading the work on User Needs and as part of the CCNA (Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging) she is developing personalised interventions for people with dementia living in long-term care homes. Arlene is also UK lead of three international projects: AAL-WELL (http://aal-well.weebly.com/index.html), investigating novel technologies to support people with Mild Cognitive Impairment; In-Touch, which is exploring the potential of I-Pads for providing engaging pastimes for people living with dementia and IN-LIFE, a Horizon 2020 consortium that is putting together a suite of technologies to support older adults with cognitive impairment to live well at home