According to a recent announcement by the Carter Center, Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady of the United States, has been identified as having dementia at the age of 95.
The Carter family is announcing that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has dementia, according to a statement that was released from their residence close to Atlanta, Georgia.
She continues to enjoy her happy home life with her husband, taking advantage of Plains’ springtime and seeing her loved ones.
“Mrs. Carter has spent much of her life serving as the nation’s top mental health advocate,” it said. “She advocated for increased access to care and reduced stigma surrounding mental health issues first in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, then at the White House, and finally at The Carter Center.”
It added: “One in ten older Americans has dementia, a condition that affects general mental health. It presented a more thorough review of dementia diagnoses in the nation and the stigma surrounding them.”
“We understand, as she did more than 50 years ago, that stigma frequently acts as a roadblock to people and their families seeking and receiving critical care. We hope that by sharing our family’s news, more significant talks will occur at dinner tables and in doctors’ waiting rooms nationwide.”
The announcement came to a close with a comment on the former First Lady’s work in the area: “As the founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Mrs. Carter often noted that there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers; those who are caregivers currently; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.”
“Our family is experiencing the joy and trials of this journey, and the universality of caregiving is evident. We ask for understanding on behalf of our family and everyone around the nation providing care since we do not anticipate making any further comments.”
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, have been married for 77 years. Twenty-two grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as their four children, Jack, 75, James, 72, Donnel, 70, and Amy, 55, were born to them.
The Carter Center initially revealed that the 98-year-old former Georgia governor had entered hospice care more than three months before the announcement.
According to a statement issued in February, “After a string of brief 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 further medical intervention.”
“His family and medical staff are fully behind him. The Carter family requests privacy now and is touched by the concern displayed by his devoted following.”