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Faith In The Future: Healthcare, Aging and the Role of Religion
by Harold Koenig and Malcolm McConnell
contributions by Douglas Lawson
Templeton Press, 2012
Cloth: 978-1-932031-35-5 | Paper: 978-1-59947-417-5 | eISBN: 978-1-59947-035-1
Library of Congress Classification RA564.8.K625 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.198/97/00973


Dr. Harold Koenig was recently interviewed by Newsweek (November 10, 2003) about his book Spirituality in Patient Care (Templeton Foundation Press) and his research in the area of religion and health. He has become the international voice on the subjects of spirituality, health, and aging. In this book he is joined by two other experts on aging and human development. They present a compelling look at one of the most serious issues in today’s society: health care in America.

How will we provide quality healthcare to older adults who will need it during the next thirty to fifty years? Who will provide this care? How will it be funded? How can we establish systems of care now to be in place as demographic and health-related economic pressures mount?

Alongside the sobering reality of the challenges our country faces, there are reasons for optimism. Innovative programs created and maintained by volunteers and religious congregations are emerging as pivotal factors in meeting health care needs. Summarizing decades of scientific research and providing numerous inspirational examples and role models, the authors present practical steps that individuals and institutions may emulate for putting faith into action.


Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.

Douglas M. Lawson, PhD, is a fund-raising consultant to such organizations as the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Special Olympics, and hundreds of other nonprofit organizations. He is the author of Volunteering: 101 Ways You Can Improve the World and Your Life (1998) and Give to Live: How Giving Can Change Your Life (1999).

Malcolm McConnell is the author or coauthor of twenty-five books, many on medical or scientific subjects.

    Part 1: The Dilemma and Challenge
    Chapter One: Our Aging Population: the Dilemma and Challenge
    Chapter Two: Spiraling Healthcare Costs
    Chapter Three: Healthcare Institutions: Financial Pressures, Innovative Opportunities
    Part II: Solutions to Our Healthcare Crisis
    Chapter Four: Prevention, Healthy Living, and Wellness
    Chapter Five: Religion, Aging, and Health
    Chapter Six: Religion and the Long Tradition of Caring for the Sick
    Part III: The Role of Caring Communities
    Chapter Seven: Religious Congregations and Retirement Communities as Support Networks
    Chapter Eight: Successful Aging and Purpose-Filled Retirement: The Mutual Benefits of 
    Chapter Nine: What "Caring" for the Elderly Truly Entails
    Part IV: Implementing the Vision
    Chapter Ten: The Partnership of Government, Philanthropy, and Faith-Based Communities
    Chapter Eleven: Practical Steps for Putting Faith Into Action
    Further Selected Reading

    Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Aged Medical care United States Religious aspects, Religious health facilities United States, Aging United States Religious aspects, Pastoral medicine United States, Medicine United States Religious aspects, Public health United States Forecasting, Population Health aspects United States

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