Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care after a series of short hospital stays.
Carter’s decision to forego additional medical intervention was announced by The Carter Center in a statement released today.
The statement also noted that the former president has the full support of his family and medical team.
The 98-year-old Carter, who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981, has faced a number of health challenges in recent years.
In 2015, he announced that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to his brain. He received treatment and later declared that he was cancer-free.
Carter, a Democrat from Georgia, is the oldest living former U.S. president. He has dedicated his post-presidential career to humanitarian causes, including efforts to eradicate diseases in developing countries through his organization, The Carter Center.
The Carter family has asked for privacy during this time and expressed gratitude for the concern shown by Carter’s many admirers.
Carter is the longest-living U.S. President in history.