Grandson of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter says ‘we’re in the final chapter’

In an interview with People published on Saturday, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter acknowledged that “it’s evident we’re approaching the final phase.” At 98 years old, Jimmy Carter entered hospice care in February. While he triumphed over brain cancer in 2015, he encountered multiple health challenges in 2019, including brain surgery to alleviate pressure. Josh Carter, the former president’s grandson, revealed that family and caregivers are the primary visitors to the Carters’ Georgia residence. He mentioned that there is a continuous presence at the house to provide companionship to the couple.

Describing his grandfather, Josh Carter stated, “He remains unmistakably Jimmy Carter.” Despite nearing his 99th year, Jimmy Carter fully comprehends the outpouring of well wishes and feels the affection directed towards him.

In contrast, Josh Carter disclosed that his grandmother Rosalynn Carter, who grapples with dementia, acknowledges her condition. She even approved the press release in May that disclosed her diagnosis.

“While she can still identify us, for the most part as family,” Josh Carter explained, “my grandmother can still create new memories.”

Reflecting on the situation, he recognized the emotional challenge for his grandfather witnessing his wife’s memory decline. Nonetheless, he emphasized that their enduring bond through shared experiences is a testament to their remarkable connection.

“They continue to hold hands, which is truly remarkable,” Josh Carter shared.

With a marriage spanning 77 years, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter hold the distinction of being the longest-married presidential couple. Their partnership has redefined the role of former first families. Following his presidency, Jimmy Carter, alongside his wife Rosalynn, established The Carter Center, dedicated to promoting global peace and health. Through this center, they’ve monitored foreign elections, tackled diseases in developing nations, and championed democracy.

An active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his global peace initiatives. Before his political career, he worked as a peanut farmer and served as a US Navy lieutenant. As a Democrat, he held various roles, including being the governor of Georgia and serving as the President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

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