Jimmy Carter Under Hospice Care at Home
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who at 98 years old is the longest-living former American president, has entered hospice care at his home in Plains, Georgia, after a series of short hospital stays. According to a statement from the Carter Center, the 39th president decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. The statement said he has the full support of his medical team and family, and they have asked for privacy during this time.
Carter was a little-known Georgia governor when he began his bid for the presidency ahead of the 1976 election. His surprise performance in the Iowa caucuses established the small, Midwestern state as an epicenter of presidential politics. He went on to defeat then-President Gerald Ford in 1976, serving a single, tumultuous term before being defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, 95, opened the Carter Center in 1982, which has since promoted democracy and conflict resolution, monitored elections, and advanced public health in the developing world. His work there garnered a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. The former president celebrated his most recent birthday in October with family and friends in Plains, the tiny Georgia town where he and Rosalynn were born in the years between the First World War and the Great Depression.
Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, who now chairs the Carter Center’s governing board, said he “saw both of my grandparents yesterday. They are at peace, and — as always — their home is full of love.” In August 2015, Carter had a small cancerous mass removed from his liver. The following year, he announced that he needed no further treatment, as an experimental drug had eliminated any sign of cancer.
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