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Jimmy Carter’s grandson gives a brief update on the former president’s health

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Over a year ago, Jimmy Carter, a former U.S. President, chose to receive care at his home instead of a hospital. This kind of care is called hospice, and it’s for people who are nearing the end of their lives.

Jimmy Carter has been a brave fighter, having faced many health challenges, including cancers in his brain and liver, and a serious fall in 2019 that required brain surgery.

Jimmy Carter's grandson gives a brief update on the former president's health
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At 99 years old, Jimmy Carter is the oldest living former president. He became so after George H.W. Bush passed away at 94 in 2018. Jimmy Carter’s life has been full of service and challenges, and now, in the quiet of his home in Plains, Georgia, he’s living out his final days.

His grandson, Jason Carter, recently spoke about him at an event focused on mental health. Jason shared how his grandfather is coping and the deep faith that guides him during this time. He explained that there’s a part of a person’s faith journey that only happens at the end of life, and he believes his grandfather is experiencing that now.

Jimmy Carter's grandson gives a brief update on the former president's health
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The Carter family recently faced another sorrow when Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy’s wife of 77 years, passed away. The loss was hard on everyone, including Jimmy. Yet, the support and love from people around the world helped the family celebrate her life rather than just mourn her loss.

Jason also shared a touching moment he had with his grandfather while they watched a baseball game together. When asked how he was doing, Jimmy Carter humorously responded that he didn’t know.

Jimmy Carter's grandson gives a brief update on the former president's health
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This simple exchange shows that even in tough times, there’s room for a little humor and warmth. Jimmy Carter’s journey reminds us of the importance of family, faith, and facing life’s challenges with dignity and courage.