Life insurance is imperative as a safeguard against the uncertainties that hover around us all the while. Human life is fragile and subject to risks of death and disability due to natural and accidental causes, unfortunate events that have financial ramifications. Thus, life insurance is crucial to ensure that your immediate family doesn’t have to break financially too, in the event of your demise, to facilitate you in securing a constant source of income after retirement and to provide for other financial contingencies.
Life insurance is often misconceived as a product suitable only for the working population. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. As you can deduct from the purpose that life insurance serves, even retired life can bring with it the need for this protection. Thus, even senior citizens, usually defined as those aged 60 and above, may have financial liabilities and obligations, owing to the changing demographics and lifestyle choices. Additionally, the elderly population in India is also rising due to increased life expectancy rates. For instance, India’s life expectancy rates for males have been on consistent rise, standing at 67.3 years as of 2017, against 41.9 in 1960:
Understanding term life insurance for senior citizens
A term life insurance plan is a purely protection based insurance plan whereby the beneficiary of the insured is provided with financial coverage for a ‘term’ or a ‘specific period of time,’ in either a lump sum amount or in the form of monthly payouts as decided upon by the policyholder.
Life insurance is still in its nascent stage on the senior citizen tangent. Because insurance is often looked upon as a product availed by someone whose death would be untimely, it is taken for granted that people might need it even after a certain age, or say, after retirement. However, insurance providers now have provision for all age brackets as far as 99 years - which means that affordable term plans are available for senior citizens too. Of course, the decision to buy term life insurance at this age should be taken very prudently, since the insurance premium at this age is expensive than what you would pay at a younger age, but there are scenarios where it is in fact, a wise thing to do. Let’s take a peek at such scenarios when senior citizens should opt for term plans:
Case 1: Dependents
If your kids are financially dependent on you when you reach the age of 60, that justifies taking an insurance policy. It isn’t uncommon for people to plan families such that kids are born later than they used to, meaning that they could still be studying when you reach the threshold of 60 years.
Case 2: If you want your spouse to be financially empowered
Term insurance also makes sense when you will be survived by your spouse who won’t have a family pension to fall back on. Buying term life insurance, in this case, ensures that your spouse can stay independent.
Case 3: Engaged in work, post-retirement
If you are still working post-retirement, it would be worth taking a policy because, in case of your death, this money can help uphold your family’s lifestyle.
Case 4: To pay off debts and liabilities
Usually, major loans stretch for a long time period and may still be on as you reach 60 years of age. If you are under any sort of debt, it makes sense to get term insurance so that this amount can be used to pay your outstanding debts.
Case 5: To unburden your heirs from immediate costs
You may want to avail a term life insurance if you think of this amount as an inheritance for your kids, and if you want to take off the burden of funeral expenses, property taxes for your assets, legal fees etc. from their shoulders.
Thus, if you don’t want your dependents and family to suffer more than they emotionally have to, in the event of your death, then the wise thing is to have a term insurance policy in place, even as a senior citizen.
You can choose a term plan that suits your family’s lifestyle and financial needs, and you can buy an online term plan with just a few clicks, sans any lengthy or tedious paperwork.
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