Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, aged 96, has entered hospice care at her home, following in the footsteps of her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, who began hospice care nine months ago. Their grandson released a statement on Friday, confirming that Rosalynn and President Carter are now focusing on spending time with each other and their family.
In May, the Carter Center had announced that Rosalynn Carter had been diagnosed with dementia. Despite her diagnosis, she had been living happily at home with her husband in Plains, Georgia, enjoying the spring season and cherished moments with loved ones, as mentioned in a statement by the Carter Center at the time.
Jimmy Carter, at the age of 99, holds the distinction of being the oldest-living American president and the longest-living president in the history of the United States. As a Democrat, he served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, with his presidency concluding after he was defeated in his bid for reelection by Ronald Reagan.
The Carters, who tied the knot in 1946, are not only the longest-living presidential couple in American history but also one of the most enduringly married couples among U.S. presidents. President Carter has openly spoken about the significance of his marriage to Rosalynn, emphasizing that marrying her was the “most important thing” in his life, as he revealed in an interview with ABC News two years ago.