How dancing can help slow – and possibly reverse – the aging process

For most of us, dancing is a fun way to unwind, or something we do after a few too many drinks on a Saturday night.

But what if dancing could actually help slow – or even reverse – in some cases – the aging process? The ABC’s Catalyst He wanted to find out.

In his youth, Roderick spent his weekends dancing the night away at rave parties.

“I thought I was a good dancer,” says the 67-year-old.

Old man in white with his hands closed and his eyes closed
Roderick suffered from numbness in his legs for years – until he started dancing. (ABC: catalyst)

But Rodrik’s life changed four decades ago when he was diagnosed with HIV.

Since taking antiretroviral medication for his illness, he has developed peripheral neuropathy – a condition that causes numbness, weakness, and pain in the hands and feet.

The drug that saved Roderick’s life left him without any feeling in his legs, making it difficult for him to balance – let alone dance.

“It was like walking on rubber,” he says.

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