The Life of Jimmy Carter


Photo by Ed Ritger

Jimmy Carter doing what he does best, smiling. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S. President has made the decision to stop all additional medical treatment and enter hospice care. Carter is one of the oldest presidents still alive at 98 years old.
He served as President of the U.S from 1977 to 1981. He received the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to spread peace across the world. President Carter also committed to helping hostages in Iran and brought freedom for them in 1979.
He is also known for his history with Habitat for Humanity, who helps homeowners build homes. 1984 was the first time Carter first volunteered. Ever since then, he and his wife Rosalynn have volunteered to the organization. More than 4,300 homes are called a “Carter House” because of all the help they have done to build homes.
Carter and his parents had a 360 acre farm. His father and him began growing peanuts. He is known as the peanut farmer with a big smile.
Over the last decade, Jimmy Carter has been dealing with health problems, including brain cancer, a hip replacement, and liver surgery.
Carter decided February 18th that he would spend his remaining time at home with his family who have all supported his decision to enter home hospice.
Hospice care is for patients who have six months or less to live. Hospice is meant to provide comfort and care for a terminal patient. To receive hospice you do need a referral. Carter will receive this care at his home in Plains, GA with support of his family.
Carter made this decision to go on hospice because he wanted his last moments with his family in the comfort of his own home. He started home hospice February 20 after several short hospital stays.