Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Symptoms relate to the movement and cognitive sphere; they have a negative impact on the quality of life of people suffering from PD. Pharmacotherapy and rehabilitation slow the progression of the disease. The aim of the work was to determine the impact of physical rehabilitation on the level of social relations in the context of the quality of life of people with PD. 47 people with idiopathic PD were involved in the study, all were in the second stage of the disease according to the Hoehn & Yahr scale. The Courage Social Network Index (CSNI) was used to assess social relations. The scales: Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease 39 (PDQ-39), Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Heath Survey (SF-36) and Parkinson’s Disease Quality of Life Questionnaire (PDQL) were applied in order to evaluate the quality of life of patients The subjects were divided into two groups: research and control. The research group took part in a rehabilitation program two times a week for 45 minutes for three months. The control group did not participate in any form of physical rehabilitation. The results of the research showed a significantly higher level of social bonds as well as quality of life of people with PD participating in physical rehabilitation. At the same time, a higher level of correlation between the level of social bonds and the level of quality of life was found in the research group. Therefore, the positive impact of physical rehabilitation on the level of social bonds and the quality of life of people with PD constituted the conclusion of the work.
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