Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter ends up in hospice

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter He has been admitted to hospice care at the Carters’ home in Georgia, according to The Carter Center.

In May, The Carter Center announced that the former first lady, who is 96, has dementia, although it is unclear when the diagnosis was made.

Her husband, former president Jimmy Carter, has also been staying in a hospice at their home since February. He turned 99 last month.

“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is in hospice care at home,” the Carter Center said Friday in a statement on behalf of Jason Carter, the Carters’ grandson. “She and President Carter are spending time with each other and their families. The Carter family continues to request privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter attend the 2015 MusiCares Person of The Year Honoring Bob Dylan event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. – Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Jimmy Carter told his mother after his first date with the then Rosalynn Smith that she was the girl he wanted to marry. They married on July 7, 1946. The Carters have four children together.

While first lady, Rosalynn Carter was a staunch supporter of mental health research, among other things, and she spread that message abroad.

This story was originally published by CBS News on November 17, 2023 at 3:34 PM ET.

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