(USNewsMag.com) – Former President Jimmy Carter, 98, is receiving home hospice care at his home in Plains, Georgia. Carter is the oldest living president in U.S. history.
The decision to spend his remaining time at his home under hospice care was made after the former president had some recent hospital stays.
A Democrat, Carter was a Navy lieutenant and had been running his family’s peanut farm before he was elected as governor of Georgia . Carter went on to serve as the 39th president of the United States, serving from 1977-1981. He was known as a champion of human rights. In 1978, he brokered a peace deal, the Camp David Accords, between Egypt and Israel.
After his loss to Ronald Regan in the 1980 election, he and his wife, Rosalynn, 95, opened The Carter Center in 1982. The center seeks to advance world peace and democracy. The center has monitored at least 113 elections in countries around the world since 1989. The center recently celebrated 40 years of helping those around the world. In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts for world peace.
In 2015, Carter was diagnosed with cancer. He was declared cancer-free, however, he went on to suffer from medical issues in 2019. A fall led to a fractured pelvis and he had to undergo brain surgery.
In his 80s and 90s, Carter was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, traveling to build homes. He also traveled to help support the Carter Center’s mission. In the last few years, as his health has declined he began limiting his travel.
His most recent birthday was celebrated in October at his home in Plains, Georgia.
The former president’s grandson, Jason Carter, visited his grandparents, Feb. 17, and has said they are at peace. His family has asked for privacy at this time.
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