Jimmy Carter, 98, Chooses Hospice Care
The Carter Center said in a statement that former President Jimmy Carter, 98, has "chosen to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care." Robert Costa is reporting from Plains, Georgia, Carter's hometown.
James Earl Carter Jr., an American politician who was born on October 1, 1924, served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. His term in office was from 1977 to 1981. He was elected as the 76th governor of Georgia in 1971 and served in that capacity from 1971 to 1975. Before to that, he was a state senator in Georgia from 1963 until 1967. He is a member of the Democratic Party. After leaving office, Carter has continued to be involved in many political and social causes. In recognition of his efforts in the field of humanitarianism, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
This past weekend, the church where Jimmy Carter spent decades of his life teaching Sunday school saw the profound void left by the former president's absence as he gets end-of-life care.
Since the 1980s, Carter, who is now 98 years old, has been teaching Sunday school at the Maranatha Baptist Church in his birthplace of Plains, Georgia. Even after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, he continued to teach Bible study classes.
However, on Saturday, "After a series of short hospital stays, former US President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and to receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention," according to a statement issued by The Carter Center, which was also shared by the church. The statement was also included in a letter sent to the church by The Carter Center.
At the first Sunday services that took place after the congregation learned that Carter would be receiving hospice care, members of the congregation paid tribute to him.
At the departure of George H.W. Bush in late 2018, Carter took over as the record holder for the oldest surviving president of the United States. Bush's age of death was 94.
In 2015, Carter successfully overcame his battle with brain cancer. But, in 2019, he had a number of frightening health scares and ultimately needed surgery to relieve pressure on his head.
In recent years, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the 39th President of the United States has maintained a low public profile. But, he has continued to speak out against threats to democracy across the globe, which has been a lifelong concern of his.
Before entering politics, Carter worked as a peanut farmer and served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. In the end, the Democrat was elected president of the United States and spent one term as governor of Georgia. His presidency lasted from 1977 to 1981.