At 98, US President Jimmy Carter Undergoes Hospice Care

President Jimmy Carter at 98President Jimmy Carter at 98

Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, the longest-living US president, has chosen to undergo hospice care at the age of 98. James Earl Carter Jr., born in Plains, Georgia, served as President of the United States from 1976 to 1981 before being defeated in his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan. The then little-known peanut farmer served as Georgia’s 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975 and as a state senator from 1963 to 1967.

Prior to contesting for political office, Jimmy Carter opposed racial segregation, supported the then growing civil rights movement and became an activist within the Democratic Party.

Upon retirement from active politics, Carter established the Carter Center to promote human rights in the United States and around the world, on the account of which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. Carter became widely known for traveling extensively to conduct peace negotiations, monitor elections and fight for the eradication of infectious diseases. He has been a key figure in the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity 

Carter became a published writer, writing on a range of topics from politics to poetry, and has written two books on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, in which he criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as apartheid

According to the Carter Center, the ailing former president who has been in and out of hospital in recent times, wishes to “spend his remaining time at home with his family.”

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