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Tue Jun 11, 2024, 07:37 PM Jun 11

Jimmy Carter, 99, Is No Longer Awake Every Day, Grandson Says: 'He's Experiencing the World as Best He Can' [View all]

Source: People

Updated on June 11, 2024 11:44AM EDT

Jimmy Carter's life isn't how it once was, according to his grandson Jason Carter, but the former president's loved ones haven't stopped spending time with their 99-year-old patriarch. In an exclusive conversation with Southern Living, Jason opened up about the Carter family's experience caring for Jimmy 16 months into hospice care, and why the onetime commander-in-chief chose Plains, Ga., to spend his final days.

According to Jason, there has "really been no change" in Jimmy's health in recent months. But his baseline is much different in comparison to the active ex-president who the public saw building homes and teaching Sunday school well into his 90s. Since his once-inseparable wife, Rosalynn Carter, died in November at the age of 96, a piece of Jimmy has been missing.

“After 77 years of marriage… I just think none of us really understand what it’s like for him right now,” Jason told Southern Living in their early June conversation. “We have to embrace that fact, that there’s things about the spirit that you just can’t understand.”

Jason, 48, told the outlet that Jimmy is no longer awake every day at this point in his hospice journey. And when the 39th president's four children make their frequent visits, they can't predict the state their father will be in. "[He's] experiencing the world as best he can as he continues through this process," Jason said.

Read more: https://people.com/jimmy-carter-no-longer-awake-every-day-hospice-care-8661294

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💙💙💙 sheshe2 Jun 11 #1
... Aristus Jun 11 #2
Please cross gently, you wonderful man. niyad Jun 11 #3
I am glad his children are a reflection of him; they take the time. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 11 #4
Mr President proud patriot Jun 11 #5
This is the story that made me cry today... FirstLight Jun 11 #6
Wishing him peace knowing he did his very best all of his life. TNNurse Jun 11 #7
Thank you. I feel exactly the same way. Rhiannon12866 Jun 11 #11
💖💖💖💖 Hekate Jun 11 #8
A great American, an exceptional oasis Jun 11 #9
via condios amigo. AllaN01Bear Jun 11 #10
Pass gently, good soul. brer cat Jun 11 #12
Even as he is preparing to cross over, Dem2theMax Jun 11 #13
I remember my Mother sleeping like before she passed on. kimbutgar Jun 11 #14
Me too. She had shorter and shorter times that she wasn't sleeping and then she just slept. Maybe death happens Maraya1969 Jun 12 #27
... littlemissmartypants Jun 11 #15
As best he can GAJMac Jun 11 #16
He has no cape, but not all heroes wear one Kennah Jun 11 #17
Resting 3auld6phart Jun 11 #18
He's trying to hang on until July 4th like Jefferson and Adams, isn't he? n/t ArkansasDemocrat1 Jun 11 #19
I'd rather he wait until October when he turns 100. jimfields33 Jun 12 #28
I believe he is at peace -- he's lived a wonderful life Blue Owl Jun 12 #20
I'm just glad he was present for the convictions. 🩵 live love laugh Jun 12 #21
The man's worked his ass off his whole life so I would say that if anyone is entitled to nap it's Jimmy. cstanleytech Jun 12 #22
Nothing but love and respect Roy Rolling Jun 12 #23
My mom is doing slightlv Jun 12 #24
I ❤️ Jimmy Carter. Oopsie Daisy Jun 12 #25
A fine life well lived Botany Jun 12 #26
President Jimmy Carter gademocrat7 Jun 12 #29
He's fading away slowly malaise Jun 12 #30
I wish I hadn't seen this (and no I don't question your right to post it) MissMillie Jun 12 #31
President Carter is a great man LetMyPeopleVote Jun 12 #32
Hoping he is having sweet dreams of being with Rosalynn Attilatheblond Jun 12 #33
There is an old hymn I remember, "Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling..." CTyankee Jun 12 #34
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