New Hyde Park, NY: The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation based here hosted a virtual Diwali celebration for residents and their families on November 11.
The celebration featured devotional songs, music and dance. Spiritual and motivational speeches were given by Narinder Kapoor and Madhu Kumari. Devotional songs were performed by Vijay Shah, Anil Dua, and Jyoti Gupta. Dances were performed by Siddhi Vaishnav and poetry recited by Anju Sharma, Sushma Malhotra and Shalini Bansal. Diyas and tasty treats added to the festivities.
“It is always wonderful to celebrate Diwali and other important festivals,” said Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s President and CEO. “Our online celebration is one more way that Parker brings people together, from our residents and patients, as well as families and staff.”
Parker’s Indian Cultural Unit is the first of its kind serving East and West Indian older adults who reside in Nassau and Queens counties. It is staffed by Indian physicians and nursing staff who are fluent in Indian languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi and Punjabi.
The unit is adorned with Indian-inspired artwork and décor. Activities and entertainment include music, TV, movies, newspapers and religious services so that patients remain connected to their traditional lifestyle in a healing environment.