Jimmy Carter's Grandson Shares Update on Former President's Health

Former President Jimmy Carter, 99, remains in hospice care, still committed to democracy and faith, according to his grandson Jason Carter. Despite his health issues, Carter voted in Georgia's May primary and continues to inspire with his resilience.

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Jimmy Carter's Grandson Shares Update on Former President's Health

Jimmy Carter's Grandson Shares Update on Former President's Health

Former President Jimmy Carter, 99, is still "hanging in there" in hospice care, according to his grandson Jason Carter. In a recent interview with Monica Pearson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason provided an update on his grandfather's health, saying, "He may be immortal!" despite his body being "really, truly at the end."

Why this matters: The health and legacy of former President Jimmy Carter continue to hold significance for Americans, as hiscommitment to democracy and faith serve as an inspiration to many. As the oldest living former president, his story also provides a window into the country's history and the importance of preserving its democratic values.

Jimmy Carter's determination and commitment to democracy were evident when he voted in Georgia's May primary by absentee ballot. Jason noted, "I mean, he's not going to miss an election! It's important, it's important to him."

Jason attributed his grandfather's resilience to his strong faith, saying, "He feels like God has a plan for him and has for his whole life, and he's not going to stop working." He also referenced an old song they sing at church, "I'm going to stay on the battlefield," which reflects Jimmy Carter's unwavering spirit.

Jimmy Carter lost his wife of 77 years, Rosalynn Carter, in November 2023. Jason shared that his grandfather was at peace after saying goodbye to his wife, who had been diagnosed with dementia. "A huge part of his life has been his faith journey,"Jason said. "And some of that faith journey, you can only do at the very end."

Jimmy Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and will turn 100 in October 2024. He has been in hospice care for over a year. When asked how his grandfather was doing, Jason replied,"I don't know myself,"but quoted Jimmy Carter as saying,"I think he's OK. You know, he's hanging in there, and he knows he's not in charge, so he's just waiting for what's next."

Despite his health issues, Jimmy Carter remains committed to his faith and continues to inspire his family and the nation with his resilience. His grandson's update provides a glimpse into the former president's unwavering spirit as he faces the end of his remarkable life.