Former President Jimmy Carter, 98, has decided to spend his “remaining time” in hospice, according to a statement released Saturday afternoon by the Carter Center. Carter was the 39th president, serving from 1977 to 1981. He is the longest-living former president. Carter, a Democrat, was also governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975.
The last time Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were seen by the public, this whimsical wide-angle photo with Joe and Jill Biden was taken in the spring of 2021 during their visit to the Plains in Georgia.
Carter Center Announcement:
Statement on President Carter’s health
February 18, 2023
ATLANTA (February 18, 2023) — After several brief hospital stays, former US President Jimmy Carter decided today to spend his remaining time at home with his family and seek hospice care instead of further medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy at this time and is grateful for the concern shown by her many fans.
Former President Jimmy Carter to ‘spend rest of time at home’ after brief hospital stay pic.twitter.com/aClqFSBqVi
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) February 18, 2023
Carter remained active in her nineties, continuing her decades of work with Habitat for Humanity and teaching Bible studies.
WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, leads a Habitat for Humanity rally in Nashville a day after he fell at his home and received stitches above his eye. https://t.co/CB1TSLeaMh pic.twitter.com/oh0jiv4IXY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2019
Since Jimmy Carter left the White House, he has taught a Bible study each week at a Baptist church in rural Georgia. He recently taught his 800th lesson. Sometimes people wait outside all night for a seat. pic.twitter.com/8PGF6CysGJ
— Ryan Mecum (@MecumHaiku) September 6, 2018
On the way home from Florida, we stopped in Plains, GA for a Bible study with President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter.
I didn’t want to share any of this until I had time to sit down and write about the experience. https://t.co/jRRKeYBxyM pic.twitter.com/9oV2tei9ow
— Lindsay Guentzel (@LindsayGuentzel) March 12, 2019
Carter, a 1947 graduate of the Naval Academy, recently had a building named after him on campus.
#breaking:@SECNAV announced today that the academic building formerly Maury Hall has been renamed Carter Hall for former President Jimmy Carter.
Carter is a ’47 #lip grad, served as the 39th President of the United States and is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. https://t.co/sBQk5jde4w pic.twitter.com/PJ0y1SQ0hS
— US Naval Academy (@NavalAcademy) February 17, 2023