Rosalynn Carter, 96, the former first lady to President Jimmy Carter, 98, is reportedly in the "final chapter" of her life, along with her husband.
"He’s still fully Jimmy Carter," Josh Carter told the outlet Saturday. "He’s just tired. I mean he’s almost 99 years old, but he fully understands [how many well wishes he’s received] and has felt the love."
The grandson's statements come in the wake of the former president voluntarily entering hospice care earlier this year.
Six months after he entered hospice care, the 39th president is “still very much Jimmy Carter,” his grandson Josh Carter said. “He’s still opinionated, he’s still strong-willed, he’s still him.”
The family is making plans for his 99th birthday in October.https://t.co/JXvaCabUhN
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 21, 2023
Sadly, just a few months after Jimmy Carter entered hospice care in his home, Rosalynn Carter was diagnosed with dementia.
“She still knows who we are, for the most part — that we are family," the grandson said, noting that Rosalynn was ok with signing off on the press release that announced her diagnosis.
The Post noted:
He added that it’s “gotta be hard” for his grandfather to watch his wife’s memory fade but “they’ve experienced everything that you can together. I think the beautiful thing is that they are still together.”
Josh Carter admitted that it probably won't be long before he loses his grandfather, a tough moment for any grandchild.
"Odds are I'm gonna lose my grandfather before my grandmother," Josh Carter said. "He's in hospice care and she's not, and it's just math."
While the 39th president wasn't anywhere near the most popular leader to sit in the Oval Office, social media users recognized his decades of selfless service after leaving the White House, and paid respects appropriately.
President Jimmy Carter is at the end of hospice. At 98 years old. And he will be missed. Not for what he did as President, but instead for the outstanding, selfless life he has lived in the 42 years since. pic.twitter.com/KmYRfBuxA2
— Akes (@AkesAndPain) August 21, 2023
It was reported that couple are often accompanied by family throughout the day, and that's all a person at that age can hope for to end an otherwise long and exciting life.
The Carters recently celebrated another milestone -- their 77th wedding anniversary.