Washington, D.C. – November 19, 2023
Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter, the 96-year-old wife of former President Jimmy Carter, has transitioned into hospice care at her residence, as announced by the Carter Center on Friday.
Rosalynn Carter, who has been residing at the couple’s home in rural Plains, Georgia, faced health challenges as the Carter family disclosed in May 2023 that she was living with dementia. Despite the condition, she was reported to be leading a contented life with her husband.
“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at home. She and President Carter are spending time with each other and their family,” stated the announcement, released on behalf of their grandson, Jason Carter.
The family expressed gratitude for the overwhelming love and support received but requested privacy, providing no further details about the situation.
The Carters, known as the longest-married presidential couple, tied the knot in 1946 when Jimmy Carter was 21 and Rosalynn was 18. Currently, at the age of 99, Jimmy Carter himself is in hospice care, having decided in February to forego additional medical intervention.
Beyond their historic White House tenure that ended in 1981, the couple has enjoyed an extended post-presidential period. Rosalynn Carter played a vital role during these years, contributing to the nonprofit Carter Center established in 1982 and the Habitat for Humanity charity.
As the nation sends thoughts and wishes to the Carter family during this challenging time, the legacy of the former First Lady and her enduring partnership with President Carter remains a significant chapter in American history.