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Rosalynn Carter Enters Hospice Care
The announcement comes after the former first lady was diagnosed with dementia.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 96, has entered hospice care about six months after the family shared that she was diagnosed with dementia in May.
Mrs. Carter remains at home, according to a statement released Friday by Jason Carter, grandson of President and Mrs. Carter, through the Carter Center.
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter “are spending time with each other and their family,” the statement read. “The Carter family continues to ask for privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”
In February, Jason Carter revealed that Jimmy Carter, 99, had entered hospice care and in September, the grandson told USA TODAY that, “They’re coming to the end, as we know,” but that they remain together and in love.
The Carter Center, which celebrated 40 years last year, is the nonprofit organization the couple started together to advocate for human rights and alleviate human suffering. Founded in 1982 at Emory University, it also seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
Of the center’s many global highlights over that time include the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy in 1985; mental health journalism fellowships in 1997; mental health legislation with Rosalynn Carter’s testimony to Congress in 2007; and a 2020 U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan resolution honoring the former first lady’s 50-year leadership and commitment to mental health followed by recognition by the World Health Organization the following year.
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