published : 2023-08-21
Former President Jimmy Carter and Wife Face Life's 'Final Chapter'
98-year-old Jimmy Carter chooses hospice care over additional medical intervention, says grandson
The twilight years of former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are eloquently described as the 'final chapter' of lives well-lived by their grandson, Josh Carter.
Entering hospice care at his Georgia home in February, Jimmy Carter has opted for the comfort of familiar surroundings rather than seeking further medical attention.
A series of hospital stays prompted the decision, with comprehensive support from the Carter family and the medical team aiding his transition.
Josh Carter, in a raw and intimate interview, revealed, 'It's clear we're in the final chapter.'
Preparing for the impending loss takes courage, he admits, but finding solace in the fact that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter 'lived their lives to the fullest' supplements strength.
Rosalynn Carter, despite suffering from dementia, holds on to precious family identities, recognizing them as her own.
Josh gave insights into the cherished memories he shared with his grandparents, fondly remembering the annual family gatherings during New Year's where they used to travel to wonderful destinations.
But now, times have changed and their roles have reversed as they are themselves in need of care and attention from the family.
Jimmy Carter turned 98 in October, marking an impressive life journey that includes serving as the 39th President of the United States.
His life took a turn when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, which subsequently spread to other parts of his body.
However, displaying characteristic courage, he triumphantly declared himself cancer-free in a Sunday School class later that year.
Carter's story is one of resilience and perseverance, and as he and his wife venture into this 'final chapter', their legacy continues to inspire.