Life Insurance for Those Who Are a Little Older

Life Insurance for Older People

The golden years can offer some unforeseen obstacles when it comes to satisfying your life insurance needs.

Finding life insurance for older people who are in their sixties and upwards often have a different focus and reasons for buying life insurance than younger folks.

Although many seniors continue to be healthy and active, this is the time of your life when many of you encounter health issues which can make finding life insurance more of a challenge.

The good news is that regardless of your particular financial or health situation there is a life insurance solution available.

In this article, we discuss the health challenges older people may face, and how to find affordable life insurance even with those challenges.

Quick Article Guide:

  1. Facts About Life Insurance for Seniors
  2. Dealing With Health Issues
  3. Life Insurance Options
  4. How to Find Affordable Coverage

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Facts about Life Insurance for Seniors 

It is a simple fact that regardless of the type of life insurance policy you need, whether it is a term life insurance solution or a permanent policy such as whole life or universal, life insurance premiums become more expensive as you age.

This is especially apparent for anyone who is going to renew a term life insurance policy. You might be a bit floored when your current insurer gives you a quote. You might also be stymied, should they no longer even offer the term policy you are seeking.

Why did this happen?

The reason is simply because most life insurers won’t sell longer term policies after a certain age. This varies from company to company, but it is a simple fact. After a certain age you simply can’t buy a 20-year term anymore, which can be frustrating.

Up to the age of 80, there are some companies that will offer a 10-year term, but that’s about it. A 20-year term can be purchased up to age 70, but after that you are restricted to a 10-year term.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all life insurance companies are the same. Your current insurer may not be offering what you need, but another may have different underwriting requirements as it relates to age.

It’s important that you don’t give up just because some companies are more lenient than others when it comes to age and how they issue policies to older people.

There is an alternative solution, which we’ll get to shortly.

Dealing With Health Issues

Another issue that also can affect your ability to find affordable life insurance for older people could be due to a deterioration in your health.

health issuesAgain, the important thing to keep in mind is that each life insurance company has its own underwriting requirements when it comes to health issues. This could be anything from your weight to your blood pressure or cholesterol levels. So it always pays to shop around, because you might be surprised at what is available.

For the most part, if you are in relatively good health and perhaps have a medical condition which is under control, your rating won’t be too bad and you can easily find an affordable premium to cover your needs.

However, there are some people who simply can’t find any company to offer them a traditional policy because of a serious or life threatening health issue. Even then, they can still get themselves insured with a Guaranteed Acceptance life insurance coverage policy.

And the really good news…you can be automatically approved without having to take a medical exam, or even to complete a medical questionnaire.

The downside is that the coverage amounts are much lower and the rates are relatively more expensive, but they might not be as bad as you think.

The other drawback is that there is usually attached what is called a “two-year waiting period,” which means the insurer won’t pay the death benefits if you should die in the first two years. At best, your beneficiary would only receive the premiums which were paid up to the point of your death.

Life Insurance Options for Seniors

If you have an existing term policy, and whether you’re healthy or not, you most likely have the ability to convert the policy to a permanent policy, such as whole life or universal. This could be a good strategy if you need life insurance until you die.

Also, if you happen to be in poor health, then this would also be an ideal solution because you can most likely convert without having to take a medical exam.

Just be aware that most term policies contain an expiration date or age where you might no longer be able to access this conversion feature, so make sure you check your policy.

Another solution that you can use is to buy a universal policy, which provides coverage to a specific age such as age 90 for example. It has some features of a term policy because it is age specific and the premiums would be cheaper than simply buying a universal policy which covers you until you die.

How to Find Affordable Life Insurance

we can helpLife insurance is a pretty important topic, and you want to make sure you get a policy that’s right for you. That’s where we come in.

At JRC Insurance Group, we have helped thousands of families and businesses with their life insurance needs, and we can help you too! Our agency is licensed in all 50 states and we’re independently owned and operated.

As a non-partial, no-fee brokerage, our goal is match our clients with the best life insurance options available by shopping and comparing rates from more than 45 highly-rated insurers. By having access to dozens of companies and their guidelines, we’re able to save our client’s time and money.

Most importantly, our services as completely free, and there is no cost to apply for coverage. Give us a call toll-free today at 855-247-9555, or you can request a free quote online to compare rates and options from dozens of insurance companies in less than a minute.

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Chris is a co-founder of JRC Insurance Group. Prior to founding JRC, he owned his own agency, and he has been a licensed life insurance agent since 2014. Chris is a die-hard San Diego Padres fan, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, ping pong, poker, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.
4 comments… add one
  • Jamarcus Dantley May 21, 2015, 8:34 am

    My grandma has never had any life insurance. Now that she’s over 80 we’re just barely getting into looking for it. We didn’t realize that there was life insurance even for the elderly. Like you point out, the premiums are more expensive, but it’s worth the peace of mind that comes along with it.

  • Rohonie Patayya November 7, 2017, 6:18 am

    I am 59 , female in very excellent condition. No sickness. I am living in Queens NY . I am looking for a $100.00 for a 30 years term level
    Can you please reply me

    • Randy McClintick November 8, 2017, 10:43 am

      Ms. Patayya,

      Thank you for your question and visiting our JRC Life Insurance website.

      Please try running quotes from our website. If no 30 year term options are offered, it’s because you’re beyond the age of purchasing one at age 59. There should be a good number of 20 year term life options.

      Most people your age seeking 30 year term policies choose to purchase “guaranteed universal life insurance”. It works much like a term policy, but rather than having coverage and cost fixed for period of time (the “term”), it’s fixed to a specific age. If available, a “GUL” policy to age 90 would basically cover the same amount of time, and these policies sometimes price lower than term life insurance.

      Call us at (855) 247-9555 and a licensed agent for your state will determine your options and email them to you for your review. There’s no cost for our assistance.

      Best Regards,

      JRC Life Insurance

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