Declaring San Antonio Seniors Month

Declaring San Antonio Seniors Month

In 2017, Dr. Bill Gonzaba had a visionary idea to recognize senior citizens of San Antonio for their contributions and achievements. For nearly 60 years, Dr. Bill has been transforming healthcare on the city’s southside as a primary care physician serving primarily seniors. From a one-room office on South Flores Street, Dr. Bill has expanded to seven clinics – including three comprehensive medical centers – making access to primary care and specialty physicians more accessible and affordable. But, as a medical practice, Gonzaba Medical Group does much more than serve and treat patients. Dr. Bill has always believed that better health for seniors depends upon opportunities to engage with each other, exercise, and eat healthy. So, Dr. Bill has made community engagement for seniors an essential element of his healthcare philosophy. For example, through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, he created the Gonzaba Farmer’s Market to distribute fruit...
What is a Family Practice?

What is a Family Practice?

Primary care physicians fall into one of two categories: family medicine doctors and internal medicine doctors. The most significant difference between the two is internal medicine doctors care for adults. A family practitioner is a pediatrician and internal doctor combined into one specialty. They can care for both children and adults. A lot of family physicians care for an entire family. However, a family practitioner can take care of an individual adult regardless of the family status.  Regardless of your age, it is important to develop a relationship with your physician. Family physicians pay close attention to their patients’ lives. They are very family and community-based doctors. While there are the similarities between family medicine and other primary care specialties, the family physicians have a special opportunity to have an impact of the health of an individual patient throughout that patient’s lifetime. By possessing unique...
Your Guide to Open Enrollment

Your Guide to Open Enrollment

Open enrollment season is a period of time when people may elect or change the benefit options in health insurance and Medicare. The dates are October 15 through December 7. Current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage and compare it against other plans in the health insurance market. After re-evaluating you can either add, drop, or switch Medicare Advantage or Part D plan. The Medicare Advantage plan is also known as the “Part C” plan. You cannot use Open Enrollment for Part A and/or Part B for the first time. Medicare Plans: Medicare is made up of several primary components or parts. Part A: this plan is often called the hospital insurance plan because it pays for your care while you are in a hospital. It also pays some of the costs you stay in a skilled nursing facility or if you get health care at home. Lastly, it covers hospice care for people who are terminally ill. Part B: this plan pays for doctor services,...
Healthy Aging Awareness Month: Tips on Aging

Healthy Aging Awareness Month: Tips on Aging

As you get older, it is essential to take care of yourself. Trying to stay healthy as you age can be a challenge. Through Gonzaba Medical Group, we created a program called Strong65. It was created for San Antonio seniors to engage in healthy lifestyles. By signing up for this program, it will give you membership to social events, access to fresh produce and vegetables, and special giveaways. Join the Strong65 family and be a part of a community that focuses on the fun of aging all together! There are many ways to stay healthy while aging. Here are some tips: Stay Active: Regular exercise is one of the most significant keys to physical and mental wellbeing. Staying active can keep you fit enough to maintain independence as you age. It may also prevent or provide relief from common chronic conditions. Do exercises that you will enjoy. Some people are not the type to stick to a regular gym routine. Instead, go for a walk or bike ride every day. Incorporate...
The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

As you grow old, you can experience more pain and are vulnerable to more injuries. Physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore physical functions such as flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. Some of the physical therapy treatments that can be used are stretching, walking, massage, hydrotherapy, and electrical stimulation. These are less impactful and do not require hard physical activity. The goal of physical therapy for seniors is to help them make daily tasks and activities easier. That also includes making them independent. Physical Therapists: They diagnose and treat everyone from newborns to seniors who have medical problems. Their goal is to develop a plan with their patient using a variety of treatment methods to increase a person’s movement, reduce pain, and restore all functions of the body. These treatments involve exercise and different movements. Types of Physical Therapy: Manual therapy: this is performed by the hands of...
National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month

Physical therapy is used to treat people of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform activities in their daily lives. This month, it is National Physical Therapy Month. We would like to recognize all the health physical therapist’s provide for people that need it. Here is some information on what the physical therapy profession is all about: Role of a Physical Therapist: Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques that will promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore functions, and prevent disability. Also, physical therapists work with people to avoid the loss of mobility before it even occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for more active and healthier lifestyles. They provide the care for people in a variety of different places including hospitals, private practices,...