Rosalynn Carter diagnosed with dementia

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

“She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains and visits with loved ones,” the Carter Center said in a statement, referring to the Carters’ home in Georgia.

During and after her time as first lady, Rosalynn Carter, 95, has been a longtime advocate for mental health.

“One in 10 older Americans have dementia, a condition that affects overall mental health,” the Center said. “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 Center announced in February that former President Jimmy Carter had been receiving hospice care following a series of hospitalizations.

After his presidency, Jimmy Carter founded the Carter Center alongside his wife.

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