Jimmy Carter 'at home' after grandson says he was 'coming to the end'

By Jen Krausz on
 May 20, 2024

Former President Jimmy Carter is "at home enjoying peanut butter ice cream" just days after his grandson said at a mental health forum that his grandfather was "coming to the end" of his life, the CEO of his foundation said Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail

"He has been in hospice, as you know, for almost a year and a half now, and he really is, I think, coming to the end that, as I've said before, there's a part of this faith journey that is so important to him, and there's a part of that faith journey that you only can live at the very end and I think he has been there in that space," Jason Carter said.

At age 99, the elder Carter has been on hospice with palliative care only for over a year-and-a-half.

Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander said on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Politically Georgia Podcast" Wednesday that "there really hasn't been a significant change" in the ex-president's health.

"Same remarkable man"

"I mean, he will always be one bad cold away from the end," Alexander told the podcast. "He is in hospice care, and there are palliative measures if he's in pain, but nothing else."

"He is just the same remarkable man. He has always been outliving and surprising us all," she added.

The last time he appeared in public was at his wife Rosalyn's funeral in November. He was in a wheelchair and had a blanket over his lap with his wife's face on it.

He survived metastatic brain and liver cancer before going into hospice.

"God's not done with him yet"

His grandson said Carter was happy to have survived his wife.

'He was really honored and glad that he made it to the end with my grandmother, and that was a real treasure for him,' Jason Carter told the New York Times in February.

'I think that for whatever reason, the way he approaches this is from a place of enormous faith. And so he just believes that for whatever reason, God's not done with him yet,' he added.

The Carters were married for 77 years and lived in the same house Jimmy Carter built for the family decades ago in Plains, Georgia--where Carter still lives.

The Biden connection

President Joe Biden, the oldest serving president, visited Carter, the oldest living former president, in April 2021 a few months after he was sworn in, because Carter could not go to the ceremony.

Biden has had similar problems with the economy and inflation to those Carter faced in the late 1970s and has similar poll numbers to Carter, who was a one-term president after Ronald Reagan won in 1980.

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