Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, diagnosed with dementia in May, has entered hospice care at her home in Plains, Georgia, according to an announcement from the Carter Center. The decision was made to provide her with comfort and support during this time.
The privacy of the Carter family is being respected during this period, and they are grateful for the overwhelming love and assistance they have received. Rosalynn’s husband, former President Jimmy Carter, also received home hospice care a few months ago after a few brief hospital stays.
In response to the news, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden expressed her sympathy and support, acknowledging the blessing of having Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter together, surrounded by their family.
Rosalynn Carter, known for her humanitarian work and advocacy for mental health, co-founded the Carter Center with her husband. Throughout their lives, they have traveled the world, visiting conflict areas, monitoring elections, and working towards eradicating diseases such as Guinea worm disease. Jimmy Carter was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
During her husband’s presidency from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter played a significant role in restoring trust in the presidency following the Watergate scandal. Jill Stuckey, a close friend of the Carters, emphasized the importance of Rosalynn’s counsel and selflessness, stating that President Carter relied on her guidance and might not have become president without her.
Despite facing inevitable adversity, the Carters have maintained good health and remained optimistic about the future. However, their grandson, Josh Carter, emphasized in an interview that they are now entering the final chapter. He mentioned that Rosalynn is aware of her diagnosis and was involved in authorizing the press release disclosing it. Although she still recognizes her family for the most part, her ability to form new memories remains intact.
Jimmy Carter Surprises Plains Peanut Festival Ahead of 99th Birthday
In a heartwarming gesture, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter made a surprise appearance at the Plains Peanut Festival in Plains, Georgia, just before Jimmy’s 99th birthday. This surprise visit allowed them to connect with their community and celebrate this special occasion.
Jimmy Carter, in his memoir “A Full Life: Reflections at 90,” expressed gratitude for their good health and conveyed his eagerness and confidence about the future. However, he also acknowledged the likelihood of facing adversity in life.
Despite their recent health challenges, the resilience and strength of the longest-married presidential couple continue to inspire those around them.