Dance Away Alzheimer’s

This year’s annual Alzheimer’s Prevention show is seeking a specific audience: those who were alive when these songs were new. That doesn’t mean the rest of you can’t have some fun, children.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Many people do not think of the disease until someone either close to them or famous becomes afflicted, like the news last year of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor revealing her condition.

Marvin Gaye, 1962. Courtesy of Motown/UMG. Photographer unknown.

The thing is, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada:

  • After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles approximately every five years.
  • The older you become, the higher the risk – 1 in 20 people over age 65 have the disease.
  • And sadly, 1 in 4 of those over age 85 have Alzheimer’s disease.
Little Eva, 1963. Photographer unknown.

WHAT THIS MEANS: Baby Boomers are most likely to develop the disease or already be unknowingly afflicted with it.

There are only treatments currently, and no known cure. However, scientific research has shown that dancing may help prevent the disease by utilizing the brain’s neuroplasticity and increased oxygen intake to the brain via aerobic exercise. Dancing is amazing because it requires no special equipment, no formal training and regardless of skill level, anyone can find a way to dance.

James Brown, 1968. Photographer unknown.

So, with these things in mind, I present a special show this year for those who were alive when the songs on this playlist were brand new. R&B, Funk and Soul tracks about specific Dance moves by Black artists to attempt to find at least something you might like here to help you toward wellness. 

Dee Dee Sharp, 1962. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Rhino Records.

And, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, an bonus opportunity to work off some of those extra calories and teach the grandkids something fun.

First Part

  • Mickey’s Monkey, The Miracles
  • The Wah-Watusi, The Orlons
  • Tighten Up, Archie Bell and the Drells
  • Harlem Shuffle, Bob and Earl
  • Funky Broadway, Wilson Pickett
  • The Loco-Motion, Little Eva
  • Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop, Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Barefootin’, Robert Parker
  • The Monkey Time, Major Lance
  • The Jerk, The Larks

Second Part

  • Limbo Rock, Chubby Checker
  • Cool Jerk, The Capitols
  • Mashed Potato Time, Dee Dee Sharp
  • Hitch Hike, Marvin Gaye (with The Marvelettes)
  • Shake Your Hips, Slim Harpo
  • Finger Poppin’ Time, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters
  • Shotgun, Jr. Walker and The All-Stars
  • Doin’ The Banana Split, The Banana Splits (possibly The Olympics)
  • Shake a Tail Feather, Ike and Tina Turner


  • Mother Popcorn, James Brown

Love to you all.

#dance #Alzheimers

Ben “Daddy Ben Bear” Brown Jr. 
Host, Producer, Webmaster, Audio Engineer, Researcher and Writer

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