Even while divorce rates in Massachusetts are declining overall, the divorce rate is actually on the rise among people over 50 years of age. The phenomenon is so common it has its own name - and the "gray divorce" rate actually doubled between 1990 and 2010.
Let's start off by saying that not all guardianships and conservatorships are bad. Guardianships and Conservatorships play a vital role in Massachusetts by allowing caretakers the means to make financial (Conservator of the Property) and health (Guardian of the Person) related decisions for those who are not able to do so any more and have no one else to speak for them.
There are currently 226 Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts which must be certified every two years and must comply with the regulations. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs Assisted Living Certification program oversees the certification process.