The 39th U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, enters hospice care

Jimmy Carter to begin receiving home hospice care

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was moved to hospice care on Saturday  at his home in Georgia, according to a statement from The Carter Center on Saturday.

“After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” the Carter Center said in a statement on Saturday.

Jason Carter, a onetime Democratic state senator in Georgia and the former president’s grandson, said he visited Friday with his grandparents and that “they are at peace and – as always – their home is full of love.”

In his post-presidency years, Carter founded The Carter Center along with his wife, Rosalynn, in hopes of advancing world peace and health. The center has worked to advance democracy by monitoring foreign elections and reducing diseases in developing countries over the years.

Carter, who turned 98 in October, served as president from 1977 to 1981.

The longest-lived former president has suffered from a series of health challenges in recent years.

He grew up in rural Georgia and served as governor of his state before beating incumbent Gerald Ford in the 1976 election.

Nobel Prize Winner

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his efforts to push for peace across the globe.

President Joe Biden, a fellow Democrat and longtime admirer of Carter, has been advised of the former president’s declining health and his decision to seek hospice care, an official told CNN. Biden is staying in close contact with the Carter family and the former president’s close circle of advisers.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are also the longest married couple in presidential history. The pair were seen making a rare public appearance in their hometown of Plains, Ga., in August.