The Carter Center in Atlanta: Jimmy Carter’s 78-Year-Old State Senateman, Jason Carter, will begin receiving Hospice Care
Former US President Jimmy Carter will begin receiving hospice care at his home in Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center on Saturday.
Jason Carter, a onetime Democratic state senator in Georgia and the former president’s grandson, said he visited Friday with his grandparents and that “they are at peace and – as always – their home is full of love.”
Jimmy Carter, who turned 98 last year, became the oldest living US president in history after the passing of George H.W. Bush, who died in late 2018 at 94. The nation’s 39th president has kept a low public profile in recent years but has continued to speak about dangers to democracy around the world.
Carter beat brain cancer in 2015 but faced a series of health scares in 2019, and consequentially underwent surgery to remove pressure on his brain. It was his health troubles that forced him to give up teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
A peanut farmer and US Navy lieutenant before going into politics, Carter, a Democrat, eventually served one term as governor of Georgia and president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
The former president is widely revered for his championing of human rights. The Camp David Accords, which he helped broker in 1978, remain a central part of his legacy.
In his post-presidency years, Carter founded The Carter Center along with his wife, Rosalynn, in hopes of advancing world peace and health. The center worked to advance democracy by monitoring foreign elections and reducing diseases in developing countries.
An official told CNN that President Joe Biden has been apprised of Carter’s declining health and his decision to seek hospice care. Biden is staying in close contact with the Carter family and the former president’s close circle of advisers.
Carter said last year that he would be willing to travel to the country on the Trump administration’s behalf. He also wrote Trump a letter on US-China trade relations and spoke with him by phone in April 2019.
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The long serving one-term Democrat has been praised by politicians, celebrities, organizations and more for leading a career in public service.
“Jimmy Carter is one of the kindest most thoughtful people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting,” comedian and writer Jon Stewart said. He’s the best of us.
Michael Beschloss shared photos of Carter on social media, including one in the Oval Office with Joe Biden.
Harvard University history professor Annette Gordon-Reed, who wrote The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, said she was too young to vote for Carter but supported his campaign by helping to run the group Youth for Carter.
“I went door-to-door handing out pamphlets, made calls. Thrilled when he won. Knew all his cabinet, watched all his press conferences. He was ” Devastated” when he lost.
Habitat for Humanity: Lifting Up the Carters During the Last Days of Their Life and Wishing for Their Comfort and Their Peace
As the Carters enter the last days of their lives, we at Habitat for Humanity are lifting them up in prayer. We pray for his comfort and for their peace,” the organization said.
Outside of work, Carter and his wife were also dedicated birders, a hobby the family hatched after a trip to Tanzania in 1988, he told the National Wildlife Federation.
The magazine BirdWatching said it was “wishing peace and love to President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, who have been avid birdwatchers since the late 1980s.”