In Honor and Memory of Dr. Dan Kaufer

Thursday July 23, 2020

UNC Wellness Centers is sad to share the news that Dr. Dan Kaufer died in early July from a short but aggressive bout of cancer.

Dr. Kaufer served as Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, the Division Chief, Cognitive Neurology and Memory Disorders, the founding Director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program and co-Director of the Carolina Alzheimer’s Network.

Dr. Kaufer contributed to our programming at the UNC Wellness Centers by presenting annual updates on dementia care issues and trends.  He helped us establish the UNC Caregivers’ Support Group, and was the Neurologist for many of our members.  We are grateful for Dr. Kaufer’s guidance, and he will be greatly missed. 








Dr. Dan Kaufer

In his memory, we are posting tips from his last (and very popular) lecture with us in October of 2019:

Minding your Brain: 

Tips for Promotion and Maintenance of Optimal Brain Health 

  1. What’s good for your heart is good for your Brain”

The American Heart Association has defined ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors (Life’s Simple 7) that people can        improve through lifestyle changes: 

  • smoking status 
  • physical activity
  • weight
  • diet
  • blood glucose 
  • cholesterol 
  • blood pressure
  1. Remain Physically Active – movement is medicine
  2. Diet: Mediterranean-style diet preserves cognitive function better than a low-fat diet
  3. Address any Vascular Issues
  4. Pursue cognitively stimulating and rewarding activities
  5. Address Mental Health Concerns –depression, stress, anxiety
  6. Make sleep a priority
  7. Assess hearing and get hearing aids if needed
  8. Attitude glass half-full or half-empty
  9. Isolation is the enemy – try to stay connected even if you live alone.