District: Capital Area
Administrative: Communications - Member, Legislative Action - Vice Chair
Legislative: Retirement & Aging - Secretary
Sue S Wilson, LMSW
A proud Texan, I was born and raised in San Antonio, moved to Austin in 1973 to attend the University of Texas where I earned a Baccalaureate in Psychology and a Master of Science in Social Work, and made Austin my home. Still in Austin, my husband and I enjoy the many benefits of living in a vibrant college town. We have one wonderful grown daughter and a silly little poodle.
I am a licensed master social worker with over 35 years of professional and personal experience in educating and consulting with post-acute and long-term care professionals, family members, and state and federal officials to enhance and support the quality of care and quality of life of individuals served in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in the community. I enjoy working directly with professional and family care partners to help them identify individual need and recognize the changes that come with aging, with or without dementia and show them ways to connect and give them tools to positively communicate with individuals living with dementia. In the early nineties, I was honored to serve on the Texas Alzheimer’s Council as the representative of what used to be, the Texas Department of Human Services.
Over the years, I have had opportunities for success in project management, research and policy development, conference planning, working with boards and committees, care coordination, advocacy, and developed a working knowledge of the health care continuum. Along the way, I’ve developed valuable tips, techniques, and an array of resources for family members and professional caregivers to use during the ever-changing journey of dementia.
Before working in aging, I worked as a care attendant, helped operate daycare centers, served as a placement coordinator for Child Protective Services and research assistant on the Continuum of Care Project, and then coordinated the Texas Networks for Children (TNC). It was with TNC that I learned the amazing value of state officials and private sector leaders working together for the benefit of Texas families.
I am in my third term with the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL) and currently serve as the Chair of the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) and support the advocacy work of the TSHL Members. In my previous terms, I served as Chair or the Health and Human Services Legislative Issues Committee and Secretary of the LAC.