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Senior in Action:
          Senior in Action:               Toni Mosley                    Active, Working, Purposeful, Older Adult
          Senior in Action:
          Senior in Action:
           Senior in Action:
                                          Toni Mosley
                                                                         Active, Working, Purposeful, Older Adult
                                                                         Active, Working, Purposeful, Older Adult
                                                                         Active, Working, Purposeful, Older Adult
                                                                         Active, Working, Purposeful, Older Adult
                                          Toni Mosley
                                          Toni Mosley
                                          Toni Mosley
                                             I transferred to other counseling positions
        Senior in Action – Toni Mosley       within L.A. CADA.”
        As told to Marilee Marrero Stefenhagen  Question: Did you attend concerts before
        Question: How old are you, Toni? Tell NBY  the health department closed music
      readers about your passions.           venues?
              Toni Mosley: “I was born 65 years     Toni Mosley: “I loved going to
      ago in Toledo, Ohio where I spent most of  concerts and always purchased the best
      my young adult life.  I don’t consider myself  seats to observe the singer’s facial
      a senior citizen, just a person trying to use  expressions.  Music soothes me.  There are
      my gifts and talents here and now.  What  lots of good musicians doing things online
      nurtures my spirit is music, prayer, and being  during the coronavirus pandemic.  I can’t
      around uplifting people; those who “believe  get enough of good music; jazz, gospel,
      in the beauty of their dreams.”  I tell my clients,  country western, I love it all!  I let the
      “Don’t feel limited or worried because of COVID-  music and lyrics teach me and
      19.”  Take, for example, my 2020 vacation.  I  communicate life lessons. I’ve enjoyed
      usually visit my friends or family in Texas  combining my love of music with therapy
      and Ohio, but instead took a STAYcation.  I  for women in transition.”
      live near the ocean in Long Beach, so I walked  Question: Are you part of an organized
      to the beach where I found safe places to relax  faith community?
      and reflect.  I took day trips, driving up the  Toni Mosley: “I was involved in
      coast, for a change of scenery.”       three different churches due to my work
        Question: What brought you to the Golden  and school schedule.  All three churches
      State?                                 now provide online worship with a good
              Toni Mosley: “I completed my   message.  I admire the spiritual leaders
      undergraduate degree in Psychology at the  and others who are adapting to meet new
      University of Cincinnati, and my Master’s  health requirements; being creative,
      Degree in Corrections from Xavier      teaching and uplifting other people.”
      University.  But MUSIC was calling, so I  Question: Do you like to cook?
      relocated to California near my two uncles.   Toni Mosley: “Oh yes!  The best
      I’m single, which allowed me time to develop  part of fellowship is when you cook and
      close relationships with my nieces and  eat together. Two of my favorite cooking
      nephews.    I ‘d previously tried a music career  friends are Filipinas.  At our get-togethers,
      in New York, but that city overwhelmed me.  we go house to house,  one served hors  Toni Mosley, 65
      In California, I took music classes and  d’oeuvres, another cooked the main meal,
      accepted a part-time job in Substance Abuse  and the third served dessert.  We would                                OK, NBY readers!  Here’s your
      Treatment, the same career I had in Ohio.  travel to each other’s homes for every  I use the gifts God has given me and  challenge.  Tell us how you are being
                                                                                                                        creative during this pandemic!  Are you
      My supervisors rewarded my work with   course.  Wonderful ambiance, and so much  dedicate my service to the strong  trying new recipes and sharing your
      promotions.  Eventually, music was relegated  fun!    Here’s a funny story about my friend  women who mentored me.”  cooking?  Scrapbooking, or writing
      to my part-time hobby as I focused full-time  Rachel.  She asked me to be in her wedding  For more information about  your memoir?  Building playhouses in
      on addiction treatment.”               party, and I happily agreed.  When I   substance abuse treatment & counseling  the backyard for the grandkids?  We
        Question: What drew you to the field of  opened the invitation, I nearly fainted  services offered during COVID-19 by  want to hear your story.  Submit  c/o
      substance abuse treatment?             when I saw that the wedding ceremony   L.A. CADA, visit www. or mail to Not Born
              “I have two sisters, and one of them  would be in the Philippines!  But I booked  or call  (213) 6626-6411  Yesterday! P.O. Box 722, Brea, CA 92822
      struggled with addiction for many years.  my flight, and her family put me up in a
      After seeing what my sister and our family  lovely hotel.  What a great adventure in
      experienced, I felt compelled to focus on  culture and food; I had a ball!
      female addicts.  Addiction can destroy   Question: Any parting thoughts for NBY
      families.  That’s why I’m pursuing my license  readers?
      in Marriage and Family Counseling.  I         “There are two special traits from
      encourage addicts to forgive themselves and  my parents which I admired, and try to
      let go of guilt and shame.  My biggest gift is  incorporate into my life.  My father had a
      the ability to LISTEN.  Sometimes no-one  keen sense of humor.  Laughter is
      has ever really heard the addict’s story.  In  important in life, and I incorporate light-
      2000, L.A. CADA (Los Angeles Centers for  hearted humor in my work.  I would say
      Alcohol and Drug Abuse) started a program  my mother was a “go-getter.”  No-one
      for incarcerated women who were pregnant  bullied her.  She stood up for her beliefs
      or had babies, called the “Family Foundation  and followed through on her promises.  I
      Program” which turned into my dream job.  have a reputation for being an advocate
      FFP allowed me to use my gifts to design the  for my clients.  I look at the emotionally
      program. I fell in love with the moms and  or mentally wounded and help them see
      babies.  When that program’s funding ended,  their behavior in relation to early trauma.  Social Distance Be In Charge of Your Safety

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