Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 17, 2024

Jimmy Carter Enjoys Ice Cream Despite Hospice Care

Jimmy Carter is at home enjoying peanut butter ice cream, according to the CEO of his non-profit, days after his grandson indicated the former president's life was nearing its end.

Daily Mail reported that despite his declining health, there has been no significant change, and he continues to surprise those around him with his resilience.

Jimmy Carter's Current Condition

Jimmy Carter, who is 99 years old, is spending his days at home enjoying peanut butter ice cream. Carter chose to enter hospice care over a year ago, opting to forego further medical treatments.

Paige Alexander, CEO of the Carter Center, noted that there hasn't been a significant change in his health. Carter is receiving palliative care to manage pain but is not undergoing any other treatments.

Jason Carter, his grandson, acknowledged that while Jimmy Carter’s life might be nearing its end, he remains in good spirits. Jason remarked, "He is doing OK."

A Long Journey of Resilience

Jimmy Carter entered hospice care in February 2023 after multiple hospital visits. Despite his health struggles, Carter has survived metastatic brain and liver cancer, showcasing his remarkable resilience.

In November, he made a public appearance at the memorial service for his wife, Rosalynn Carter. This event marked a poignant moment, as Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were married for 77 years, making them the longest-married couple in U.S. presidential history.

Carter was determined to outlive his wife, ensuring she would not be left alone. His immense faith continues to provide him with strength, believing that God's purpose for him is not yet fulfilled.

A Life of Service and Faith

Despite his frail state, Carter spends his days in the home he built, valued at about $240,000. Caregivers attend to his needs, and family and friends visit regularly, cherishing their time with him.

Jimmy Carter's political career began when he was elected to the Georgia State Senate on November 5, 1962. He went on to become Georgia's governor on November 3, 1970 and won the U.S. presidential election on November 2, 1976.

After serving a single term and being defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980, Carter dedicated his post-presidency to philanthropy and lived a humble life. He faced significant health challenges, including the removal of a cancerous mass from his liver in August 2015.

Six months after being diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in his liver and brain, Carter announced he was cancer-free. He continued his public service, even being hospitalized for dehydration in 2017 while working with Habitat for Humanity.

Carter's Enduring Legacy

President Joe Biden visited Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in April 2021, highlighting the ongoing respect and admiration for Carter's lifetime of service. Jason Carter emphasized the importance of his grandfather's faith journey, particularly in his final days. He noted that Jimmy Carter approached this period with "enormous faith," believing that God's plan for him was not yet complete. Carter's ability to surprise and outlive expectations continues to inspire those around him. As he enjoys simple pleasures like peanut butter ice cream, his legacy as a resilient and devoted public servant remains firmly intact.

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