Active Aging | Gray Institute

What Is Active Aging?

If you work with older people over the age of 55, you should understand their unique biomechanics. As we age, our bodies change. Many movement science professionals approach rehabilitation and healing with the older population like they would with younger athletes — and fail to get functional results. That’s because effectively working with aging clients and patients requires a different approach and specific mindset. 

Our Active Aging course will introduce you to the truths of human movement, strategies, and techniques for working with an aging population.  

This intensive course will cover: 

  • The foundational principles of Applied Functional Science® (AFS)
  • How to achieve functional outcomes that meet your clients’ goals and meet Medicare standards
  • Using AFS to treat clients individually by understanding their history, goals, and redefining functional results
  • Achieving better results by viewing the body as a whole and not just isolated components
  • How to work with and incorporate mobility aids like walkers, wheelchairs, and parallel bars
  • The foundations you need to understand why you assign and do every exercise

This specialization focuses on understanding the unique biomechanics of an aging population, including anyone over the age of 55, whether they are in a nursing home, independent living, an athlete, or just want to maintain their hobbies and quality of life.  

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What Are the Benefits of Active Aging?


Enrich your understanding of the aging body through demonstrations


Provide effective training and treatment for your older clients and patients


Connect with a supportive community of like-minded professionals from around the country


Gain access to exclusive resources and course materials

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Who Should Enroll in Active Aging?

Over the past decade, our aging population has grown by more than a third. This trend isn’t stopping. By 2060, experts estimate that almost a quarter of our society will be 65 years or older. That’s 95 million people who will be in search of active aging solutions. At Gray Institute®, we want to prepare you for this increasing demand. 

Our Active Aging course is designed for all movement professionals. We encourage anyone who works with an older or aging population to attend, including: 
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist's Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Therapy Aide
  • Osteopaths
  • Movement Specialist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
    This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.
Continuing Education Hours
ACSM 13 Credit Hours
NASM/AFAA - 1.3 CEUs/13 CEUs
NATA-BOC 13 CE Hours
ACE Application pending
New York PTA - 18.0 CE Hrs. 
Texas PTA pending 
ACE pending

If you do not see your State or Organization listed, please feel free to contact us at

Active Aging is approved for Continuing Education Credits through the following:

ACE - 1.2 CECs*

ACSM - 12 Contact Hours*

AFAA - 12 CEUs*

NASM - 1.2 CEUs*

NATA-BOC - 12 CE Hours (Category A)*

Physical Therapy States Pending

*CEU credits are estimated. Please contact us for the most up-to-date CEU information.

After Enrolling in Active Aging, You Will:

Have a foundational understanding of Applied Functional Science®. 

Be able to assess and understand your client’s unique history, goals, and needs. 

Have a new perspective on the biomechanics of older bodies and their needs and understand how to modify your approach to meet their needs. 

Understand how to achieve functional results for your older clients that comply with Medicare standards. 

Possess a greater appreciation for the context of your client’s healing and progress, including how to incorporate tools and devices in their healing.  

Woman taking an active aging seminar
  • I am so glad that I have gone to Active Aging [physical therapy] sessions, not once but twice for my shoulder and now for my back! Each time I have gotten stronger and more flexible than I have been in years.

    George Humphreys, age 54

  • In the last two years, I’ve had rotator cuff repair on both shoulders. On both occasions, I completed my therapy with John and Cheryl Perry utilizing the principles of Active Aging. I am back to full health and have returned to playing golf. Understanding and completing these exercises and movements every day, I was able to heal faster than I even imagined.

    John Pappas, age 74

  • Working with the Perrys has been a wonderful experience. We believe in their Active Aging principles so much that my husband went there following the replacement of both knees this year, and I worked with them following my second knee replacement. They make recovery almost a pleasure. I say almost because recovery takes work and consistency. Active Aging with John and Cheryl…together, every step of the way.

    Anita McManus, age 67