The Story of The Activity Dose
Lone was born in Denmark, where, after completing high school, she worked a year in a nursing home in London. Inspired by her mother’s experience in battling polio as a child, she later trained to become a physiotherapist, and she found that even the small changes that she was able to facilitate in the mobility of the older people with whom she was working transformed their self-perceptions and sense of well-being.
In 2000, Lone began working in nursing homes in Norway, where she became all too familiar with the depressing sight of overmedicated people, and she was increasingly persuaded that their rights as sentient individuals were being routinely violated. Those concerns were soon heightened, at an even more personal level, when her mother was diagnosed with dementia while living in a nursing home. Reaffirmed by her mother’s experience, Lone recognized the power of activity as a key indicator of a person’s well-being and an effective tool for their empowerment.
Lone was soon persuaded to create more active, engaged, and fulfilling lives for elderly people, as an employee of a nursing home with its own set of bureaucratic rules and policies, which led to her to establish The Activity Dose as a non-profit organization in 2014.
The Activity Dose is now widely spread in Norway and in 2020 Lone was included in the Changemaker United program to scale internationally with a COVID19 solution. In the past 6 years the remarkable effect from this simple solution is astonishing. Patients experience better life quality and a severe reduction in medication.