Insights on former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter’s Diagnosis

President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter dance at the annual Congressional Christmas Ball at the White House in 1978 in Washington, D.C. (Ira Schwarz / Associated Press)

Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady and a prominent advocate for mental health care, has been diagnosed with dementia, as announced by the Carter Center and reported by the New York Times. This revelation follows her husband, former President Jimmy Carter’s decision to enter hospice care. Despite the diagnosis, Mrs. Carter, at 95 years old, continues to find joy in the company of her husband, embracing the beauty of spring and cherished moments with loved ones.

Throughout their remarkable 76-year marriage, the Carters have faced challenges together, remaining steadfast in their bond. Rosalynn Carter’s commitment to mental health began during her husband’s political campaigns, leading her to advocate for improved mental health services and reduced stigma. Her journey exemplifies the importance of comprehensive care and support for individuals with dementia and their families.

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joel Salinas is quoted in this reporting by The New York Times, citing that dementia encompasses a range of symptoms indicating cognitive decline, affecting memory, thinking, and clear communication. Daily activities may become challenging, and individuals with dementia may also experience depression and anxiety. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Dr. Salinas and the Isaac Health team of doctors are strong proponents of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment’s crucial role in shaping the long-term trajectory of dementia. The announcement from the Carter family highlights the significance of breaking the stigma surrounding this condition, encouraging open conversations at home and in medical settings.

Isaac Health is dedicated to providing compassionate dementia specialists who understand the unique needs of those affected by this condition. To learn more about our services and consult with our specialists, please don’t hesitate to talk with us by visiting

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