BREAKING: President Carter's Family Releases Worrying Health Update

On Friday, the Carter family announced that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will be entering hospice care at the Carter family home in Georgia seven months after former President Jimmy Carter was also put into end of life care at the beginning of this year.

"Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at home. She and President Carter are spending time with each other and their family," grandson Jason Carter said in a statement. "The Carter family continues to ask for privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support."

As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Rosalynn Carter was diagnosed with dementia in May. "The Carter family is sharing that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia. She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones," the Carters said at the time. "Mrs. Carter has been the nation’s leading mental health advocate for much of her life. First in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, then in the White House, and later at The Carter Center, she urged improved access to care and decreased stigma about issues surrounding mental health."

"One in 10 older Americans have dementia, a condition that affects overall mental health. We recognize, as she did more than half a century ago, that stigma is often a barrier that keeps individuals and their families from seeking and getting much-needed support," the statement read. "We hope sharing our family's news will increase important conversations at kitchen tables and in doctor’s offices around the country."

"As the founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Mrs. Carter often noted that there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. The universality of caregiving is clear in our family, and we are experiencing the joy and the challenges of this journey. We do not expect to comment further and ask for understanding for our family and for everyone across the country serving in a caregiver role" the press statement concluded. 
 

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