Stopping By To Say Hi And Give An Update!!

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It’s been a while since I’ve participated on ActiveRain. As most of you know, I have Alzheimer’s Disease, and it’s progressing, even with the “Memantine” meds that I take daily. My daughter communicates with my Neurologist and updates her monthly.  


I make an honest effort to contribute to my Facebook Page. My days are devoted to exercising my brain.  My neurologist wants many hours devoted to “scramble word” and sites that require thinking. “Scramble Word” is timed and scored with each level finished.  It’s very challenging. On good days, I’m a competitor. On other days, it’s useless! 


I’m now adding a low dose antidepressant medication to my daily regime. Anxiety and depression are all part of Alzheimer’s.  I’ve lost my sense of smell. That’s controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain.  


Another future event, according to what I’ve been reading, is loss of appetite.  That hasn’t happened yet, but I’m looking forward to it!!!  I surely can lose a few pounds. 


I try to make a joke of things, but I’m not laughing. It’s a scary illness with no cure. They know more now than they did previously, but there’s so much more to learn. Someday there will be medication to cure it or control it.  


Those are my thoughts for today..... I’ll be back with another update in the not too distant future!! 

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Comments (39)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Barbara,

True to your spirit, you are facing this challenge with determination. Thank you so much for the updates. We care about you and perhaps it will help us understand what others with the same condition are going through.  


Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family. ❤

May 02, 2021 07:41 AM
Barbara Todaro

thank you, Carol....and I hope some things that I have disclosed will be helpful to others.... or others who know people who have been dealing with Alzheimer's....

May 02, 2021 11:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Miss You, Miss You, Miss You, Thanks for blogging for us here in the rain that miss you so much.

May 02, 2021 09:36 AM
Barbara Todaro

thank you so much, Will... I miss everyone here...

May 02, 2021 11:16 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I hope you know how much you are respected and loved on ActiveRain Barbara Todaro . I keep you in my thoughts and prayers daily to help your strength and spirits high my friend 👍👍👍



May 02, 2021 09:49 AM
Barbara Todaro

thank you Paul.... I can feel your thoughts and prayers....and appreciate them...

May 02, 2021 11:17 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS

I hope so my friend...

May 02, 2021 03:41 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Barbara you have been a source of inspiration from my first day in the Rain. My thoughts continue to be with you!

May 02, 2021 12:10 PM
Barbara Todaro

I greatly appreciate that, Wayne.... always wishing you the best....

May 02, 2021 12:17 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

You are facing this disease like you have everything else in life Barbara Todaro, head on, with a spirit of I Can Do This! Am so glad that Brian re-blogged your message and wish you the very best moving forward, as always.

May 02, 2021 03:01 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you so much.... your kind words are've always been such a delight....

May 03, 2021 05:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I miss your posts, Barbara.  They have always been among the best on ActiveRain when it comes to marketing.  But, I can fully understand shifting focus on your health issue.  And, my thoughts are with you on this journey!  

May 02, 2021 03:54 PM
Barbara Todaro

Thank you, Myrl..... what I remember about marketing, you could fit in a thimble....

May 03, 2021 05:07 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barbara - It is always a great day when we see your post.  I am glad that you are staying in touch.  You are one heck of a fighter.  You are in my thoughts.

May 03, 2021 05:17 AM
Barbara Todaro

previously, I would pick my battles....this one was NOT on my list!!!

May 03, 2021 05:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dear Barbara Todaro - Every stage of life, regardless of circumstances, continues to allow us to build character and learning opportunities. These blog post entries are part of your memoir,  history, a journey nobody planned. You taught us about good health, losing weight, working out at the gym, real estate transactions, connecting with people, marketing, direct mail, and choosing good strategies to do business and never blaming anyone. You always were and always will be an illustrious leader and AR Champion for positive change and meeting challenges. I have the deepest respect for you and your family. I hope you are getting to spend a lot of time with your grandchildren and the new babies! 

May 03, 2021 08:41 AM
Barbara Todaro

Thank you, Patricia.... you're so very special and I appreciate everything you said family is my rock..... my daughter and son, Michael who live in the area are always here for me.... I continue to be physically strong and I exercise my brain every single day.... I hope the meds I'm taking will slow the progress of this horrible illness.... 

May 05, 2021 04:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Barbara! I am so glad you are fighting the good fight. I have even seen some who have revered the progression. I am praying for you. Know that your Active Rain family loves you!

May 03, 2021 09:30 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Hi Barbara,

Not so sure that going on FB is going to exercise your brain.  I find most of it drivel unless you have special areas/sites for your exercises.  🙄

I had to laugh at one of the contests the other day.  One of the criteria was it had to be coherent. Takes all the fun out of it.

May 03, 2021 11:33 AM
Barbara Todaro

Hi Lyn... I use Facebook to share my thoughts and my journey..... this is quite a journey for someone who had a mind like a steel trap.... I never missed a beat.... my mind was like a steel trap....held information forever!!  not so much anymore.... past memories are still there.... it's the current occurrences that I have no problem forgetting!!  and that slate is wiped clean just like it never happened or was never spoken.....and it doesn't matter how important it might be.... my family does great "follow up" with me....

May 05, 2021 04:36 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Barbara Todaro - Your updates help all of us to have a better understanding of this awful disease.  My husband's grandmother had it and I would visit her a couple of times a week.  Her daughter was there every day to be with her.  Being surrounded by family and loved ones is the very best therapy.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers and it does worry me when we do not hear from you.  

May 03, 2021 06:10 PM
Barbara Todaro

thank you, Sheri..... when I can think of something worthwhile to share, I will always share it here.... what I remember about real estate could fit in a thimble, as I've previously stated.....although I love to hear the stories from Tammy....she's The Todaro Team now..... and she does it soooo much better than I ever did.....

May 05, 2021 04:42 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


You have always been, and will continue to be, an amazing insiration to so many, no matter what. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


May 06, 2021 09:24 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Barbara Todaro, I love reading your thoughts of the day. Heck, I love reading anything you write. You have taught so many of us so much about this wonderful business of RE marketing. Please let us know what we can do for you. 

You are one amazing triumphant survivor! 

May 06, 2021 11:19 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sending you  so much love. You are in my thoughts and as Margaret Rome says, you are an amazing and triumphant survivor. Miss your posts, but understand and you have to take care of YOU. 

May 31, 2021 07:29 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

It's always good to hear from you - and I guess you know how many fans you have here in the Rain - all of us pulling for you.

You mentioned a brain game you're playing. Have you checked into Lumosity? There's a variety of games and most are fun to play. I go there daily - love the word games but find some of the memory ones annoying!

Jun 08, 2021 09:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hi Barbara, just checking in to say hello. I hope you are doing well.

Jun 22, 2021 12:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope all is going well for you.

Have an outstanding summer.

Jul 23, 2021 10:38 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You are missed and not forgotten Barbara Todaro. You are strength, humor, honest, creative, dogged and determined. Your AR family is rooting for you , inspired by you!

Aug 03, 2021 03:40 AM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

You have been an inspiration to so many people and the struggle you are in right now if fierce.  True to your nature, you are a worrior and I pray a cure will help to slow this beast. I miss your posts and continue to follow you on facebook.  Stay strong my friend.

Aug 12, 2021 06:20 AM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

My Monday Morning Men's Prayer Group prays for you on a regular basis Barbara Todaro 

Oct 13, 2021 06:52 AM