UPDATE 05/30/2023: Former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter, has recently announced her diagnosis with dementia. The pair will remain in their home together for the duration of her illness.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Former President Jimmy Carter entered his end-of-life care back in February following the announcement that he would no longer receive medical intervention for any health issues that might arise. Since then the former President, 98, seems to be in good spirits as he spends his final time with former First Lady and his wife Rosalynnn, 95, eating peanut butter ice cream according to U.S News.
President Carter and his wife have spent over seventy years together and still live in the same home that they did when the former President was first elected into the Senate back in 1962. Jason Carter, the former President’s grandson, revealed that his grandparents understand that their not in charge of their time left together.
“Their faith is really grounding in this moment. In that way, it’s as good as it can be,” Carter, 47, said to the AP.
Following Carter’s February announcement about his end-of-life plans, tributes poured out from the masses reflecting on Carter’s legacy both in his work as President from 1977-1981 as well as the work he and Rosalynn have done since they founded The Carter Center in 1982.
One such update they receive revolves around their Guinea Worm Eradication program which helped people who were suffering from worm infection due to unclean drinking water conditions. When the program first started in the mid-1980s, millions of people were infected by the disease but as of 2022 there were fewer than two dozen cases worldwide.
An event honoring the former President was held on Tuesday on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in the suburban community Norcross which is just northeast of Georgia’s capital Atlanta. At this event the former president’s grandson Jason Carter spoke alongside former Carter Administration UN ambassador Andrew Young.
Young, who also served as a top aide to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr during the Civil Rights movement, said in his remarks that he had gone to visit the Carters and he was happy that they were able to ‘joke like the old times.’