Former President Jimmy Carter Rosalynn Hospice Care Dementia Battle
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is under hospice care at home in Georgia, living happily with her husband, former President Jimmy Carter.
Former American First Lady Rosalynn Carter, wife of former President Jimmy Carter, is now under hospice care at her family home in Georgia. The Carter Center recently announced the news, which comes after Rosalynn's dementia diagnosis earlier this year. At 96 years old, she is now spending time at home with her husband, enjoying the spring in Plains, Georgia, and visits with loved ones.
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter have been married since 1946, making their marriage 77 years long, the longest of any presidential couple in American history. They have four children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Earlier this year, the Carter Center also announced that Jimmy had entered hospice care after multiple short hospital stays. At 99 years old, he is the oldest and longest-living of all U.S. presidents. The couple has remained private in recent years but attended the Plains Peanut Festival in Georgia this year.
Rosalynn's dementia diagnosis was announced in May, and her family spoke about her legacy as a mental health advocate. They hope that sharing their family's news will increase important conversations about mental health and dementia. One of their grandchildren, Josh Carter, spoke about the couple being in the "final chapter" of their lives together, and Jimmy has expressed that marrying Rosalynn was the "most important thing" in his life.