May 30, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter diagnosed with dementia

Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter on Feb. 6, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 95, has been diagnosed with dementia, the Carter Center announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: "She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones," the Carter's charity said in a statement.

Of note: Former President Jimmy Carter has been receiving hospice care since February.

Zoom out: Throughout her time in public life, the former first lady has worked to improve access to care and to decrease stigma around mental health issues, the Carter Center noted.

  • "We recognize, as she did more than half a century ago, that stigma is often a barrier that keeps individuals and their families from seeking and getting much-needed support," the charity said. "We hope sharing our family's news will increase important conversations at kitchen tables and in doctor’s offices around the country.""
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