Former President Jimmy Carter Enters Hospice Care

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Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, has entered hospice care, the Carter Center announced Saturday.

A statement posted to social media announced that Carter is receiving hospice care at his home after a series of short hospital stays.

Statement about Jimmy Carter's health.
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Carter was a naval officer, a farmer, and a Georgia state senator before being elected as Governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. He was elected president in 1976 after defeating republican Gerald Ford. Carter only served one term after being defeated by Ronald Reagan.

After leaving the White House, Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn established the Carter Center. The purpose of the center is to “advance human rights and alleviate human suffering.”

His work with the Carter Center earned the former President a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for finding “peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

Jimmy Carter celebrated his 98th birthday on October 1. He and his wife Rosalynn have been married for 76 years.