How Much is Life Insurance For My Elderly Parents

elderly parents - mom and dadStop wondering if you can take out life insurance on your parents and how much it will cost, the good news is, yes, you can take out a policy on them and the costs can still be affordable, depending on their age and health.

To get a policy on your mother and/or father you simply have to demonstrate that you'll suffer some kind of financial loss in the event of your aging parents' passing.

This is called "insurable interest", and it's pretty much a given it in the case of your mother or father, or both.

Common Coverage Amounts:

Because your parents are most likely elderly, the insurance premiums will be higher, but if you compare prices from different companies, you can still find some affordable rates.

If your parents (mother and father) are in good health, with no major health issues, it should not be too difficult to obtain coverage for them, and the premiums will be lower.

Keep in mind that in order to get a life insurance policy on a parent, you'll need their consent. So, if an aging parent is showing signs of dementia, make sure to get it before it gets too advanced, so they still can give the consent.

How To Get The Best Rates On Parents Life Insurance

Comparing rates from many different companies is the only way to make sure you are getting the most affordable and best life insurance rates.

Sometimes quotes will vary by hundreds of dollars per year from company to company, so by comparing many quotes, you'll find the cheapest rates possible for your mom and/or dad.

These policies are usually of higher amounts like $200,000; $300,000; $500,000; 1 million, etc.

Why Do Children May Need To Take Out a Life Insurance Policy On Their Parents

There are many reasons a child may want to insure mom and dad. But, the most common reason is to cover final expenses (burial expenses, cremation, and funeral services). This is usually a low amount policy - $10,000 to $20,000. Final expenses insurance policies are typically capped at $50,000 and don't require a medical exam and doctor's visit.

If the parents own real estate and still have a mortgage, the adult children or immediate family members may want to take out a policy to pay off the mortgage in case of their passing. They do not want to be stuck paying another mortgage.

Another reason, is to pay for estate taxes. If the parents are wealthy and own expensive real estate, they'll have to pay taxes on part of a parents estate's value, so a life insurance policy can help pay for them. Life insurance payouts are not taxable, so they are the perfect instrument to pay for estate taxes. A consultation with a financial advisor is always advisable with estate planning matters.

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Average monthly pricing for a 10-year life insurance term policy for a man, non-smoker in fair health:

  $100,000 $200,000 $300,000 $500,000
65 year old male $63.60 $121.32 $142.24 $234.95
66 year old male $71.33 $138.14 $154.82 $256.55
67 year old male $81.48 $156.05 $172.38 $283.45
68 year old male $91.85 $177.71 $191.80 $315.87
69 year old male $104.78 $202.86 $216.23 $354.57
70 year old male $117.69 $229.52 $245.35 $405.13
71 year old male $135.20 $261.55 $277.43 $462.20
72 year old male $151.85 $295.05 $317.00 $524.58
73 year old male $171.18 $337.20 $365.26 $601.35
74 year old male $194.28 $382.50 $422.52 $700.50
75 year old male $220.45 $435.12 $493.90 $818.40
Prices shown were obtained on 11-10-2021 - your rates will most likely be different. This table gives just a rough idea of life insurance costs.


Average monthly policy costs for a 10 year life insurance term policy for a woman, non-smoker in good health:

  $50,000 $100,000 $200,000 $300,000 $500,000
65 year old female $40.25 $53.23 $101.09 $120.75 $197.70
66 year old female $43.80 $57.74 $110.05 $131.26 $215.20
67 year old female $45.85 $62.01 $118.59 $141.42 $232.25
68 year old female $50.10 $67.05 $128.50 $153.83 $252.85
69 year old female $53.84 $73.76 $142.09 $170.62 $280.88
70 year old female $58.72 $83.01 $160.50 $194.20 $320.23
71 year old female $64.90 $99.62 $194.08 $224.70 $371.05
72 year old female $68.25 $114.88 $224.45 $261.50 $432.27
73 year old female $75.83 $131.72 $260.40 $305.23 $505.33
74 year old female $84.25 $150.59 $298.50 $356.74 $591.07
75 year old female $94.18 $172.41 $342.25 $417.38 $692.19
Prices shown were obtained on 11-10-2021 - your policy prices will likely be different.

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Although we only show rates up to age 75 in the tables above, in certain cases, your parents may still get coverage at age 76, 77, 78, 79. Sometimes, even in their eighties: 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 84, 85.

In summary, no matter your parents age - over 60, over 65, over 70, over 75, over 80 - it is still possible to get life insurance on them. Insurance companies will look mostly at their present health status and at any past health issues they may have had. Of course, the older they are, the more money it will cost.

Any serious health issues like cancer, heart problems, diabetes, alcoholism, will make it difficult to get a policy on your parents.

Common Coverage Amounts:

Here's a good video on the subject of getting life insurance on your parents, no matter if they are healthy or sick:

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