Life Insurance for People Aged 70 and Over

As the average UK life expectancy continues to rise, life insurance for people in their 70s is becoming increasingly popular.

In this article, you find out how life insurance for those over 70 works. You’ll learn about the different types of life insurance, and how to assess which type of policy might be right for you.

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What you need to know

People are living longer than ever, which means life insurance for 70 year olds is becoming more common.

Life insurance comes in many forms – the kind you may wish to take out will depend entirely on your needs and circumstances.

Below we’ll outline how to decide on whether life insurance is right for you.

Should I get life insurance?

That depends entirely upon your needs and circumstances.

Remember – life insurance becomes increasingly expensive as you age, which means that, if you buy the wrong policy, it could cost more in premiums than your plan pays out upon your death.

Still – with the right product, the premiums could well be worth it.

Here are four questions to ask yourself before considering life insurance.

  • Do you have people who depend on you financially?
    This is a big one. If you have people who depend on your income, you shouldn’t rely on the government to take care of them when you die.
    If you have dependent family members, such as children or a partner who depends on you, life insurance could be a great way to ensure that they’re protected when you pass away.
    Similarly – if you run, or have a stake in a business, there are life insurance policies that can help provide for your business or staff.
  • Do you want to leave money as a legacy but are worried about inheritance tax?
    If you intend to leave money behind, life insurance can help to offset the often hefty bill incurred by inheritance tax (IHT).
    If you’re interested in life insurance due to concerns about IHT costs for your family, you could talk to an expert advisor about using a trust.
  • Do you have any large debts that you want to clear?
    If you pass on and still have large outstanding debts, such as a mortgage or personal loan, the onus to make the payments could fall upon your family. Life insurance could help to lessen the financial strain on your family.
  • Are you only looking to cover the cost of your funeral?
    If you’re only looking to cover the costs of your funeral, you may wish to consider funeral insurance. This, typically, will cost you less in premiums.

What types of life insurance are available?

There are three main types of life insurance available for people over 70.

  • Term life insurancethis is cover that lasts for a specific ‘term’ (eg. 25 years, or until you turn 75). If you die within the period of the term, your family is entitled to a lump sum, but not if you pass away after the term expires.
    Many term life policies have an upper limit – ie. coverage stops at age 85. So, if you took out a policy when you were 70, it would only last 15 years. As such, it’s often more popular amongst people at the lower end of the 70s-and-over age bracket.
  • Whole of life insurancethis cover lasts, without a fixed end date, for as long as you live. In many schemes, you stop needing to pay premiums at a certain point, such as your 90th birthday. But some policies require you to continue paying monthly premiums until you die.
    Whole of life cover tends to cost more than term life insurance because, unlike term insurance, the policy guarantees a payout when you die. For this reason, it’s more popular amongst older people in the 70s+ age bracket.
  • Funeral life insurance – sometimes known as ‘funeral plans’ or ‘funeral cover’.  The best funeral life insurance plans are ones that are regulated by the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA).
    This is a kind of life insurance which pays out purely to cover the costs of a funeral (costs that can run into thousands of pounds). As such, these plans usually incur the smallest premiums, and pay out the least.

Once people reach their 80s, term life cover tends to be less popular than whole of life insurance. This is because few companies tend to offer cover beyond the age of 84, and those that do often charge excessive premiums.

A smaller number of products in both categories can be found all the way up to the age of 89. That said, the market is always changing and the expert brokers we work with keep an eye on all of the products at the top of the age range.


Can I get over 70 life insurance with no medical exam?

Yes – not all insurers will require a medical exam. Medical checks are usually only a necessity if any aspects of your lifestyle, medical history or general health raise concerns for the insurer.

They may request one if there are any complications involved in the deal, such as a history of serious health conditions. You can read more on this in our guide to life insurance with no medical checks.

If you’re looking for life insurance without medical checks, one of the brokers that we work with may be able to find just the policy for you. Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

Call 0808 189 0463 or make a quick online enquiry for a free, no obligation chat with an expert advisor.


Over 80s life insurance

As with other kinds of life insurance in the UK, life insurance for over 80 year olds is increasing in popularity as people live longer.

And, although life insurance for the over 80s is typically more expensive than insurance for someone in their 70s, it’s by no means uncommon.

As a general rule, the best deals on life insurance for over 80 year olds are reserved for non-smokers in relatively good health and without a serious health condition.

With over 80s life insurance, payouts tend to decrease the older you are. Life insurance also tends to get more expensive with every year, and in many instances, the number of products available dries up around the age of 85.

That said, with a little digging, policies going all the way up to age 89 may be available, but these are much less common.

To find an insurance provider when you’re looking for life insurance beyond the age of 80, it’s best to talk to an independent advisor with access to insurance providers across the whole UK, like the kind we work with. Call 0808 189 0463 for a free, no obligation chat.

Funeral life insurance for the over 80s

Funeral plans are a popular kind of life insurance for 80 year olds. This is because, in many instances, acceptance is guaranteed – regardless of the state of your health, or your age.

However, with many providers offering this kind of cover to people you need to be cautious that you’re paying for the cover you need.

To make sure you get the funeral cover you want, talk to an independent advisor before committing to something you’re not 100% sure about.

The advisors we work with will happily answer any questions you have and check the smallprint with you to ensure you get the funeral you want and avoid additional cost falling to your family.

Call 0808 189 0463 for free, no obligation advice.

Can I get life insurance over 80 with no medical exam?

It’s possible, though you may find it harder to get life insurance without a medical once you’re into your 80s. If it’s possible for you, one of the expert advisors we work with will help track it down.

Get in touch if you’d like to find out more.


Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to some common questions around life cover for the over 70s.

Can I get life insurance if I’m over 70 years old with a pre-existing condition?

It’s possible. Poor health isn’t always a barrier. Pre-existing conditions, smoking and previous illnesses can reduce your options, but aren’t usually a total dealbreaker. A specialist may be able to find what you’re looking for.

How much is life insurance?

It’s hard to say. Any exact figures that you read online are, at best, an approximation that won’t take into account your unique medical history or circumstances. What’s more, these figures may also be out of date.

The best way to know for sure is to get in touch, one of the experts that we work with can look over your circumstances and get specific quotes based on your exact requirements.

Thing can change when you reach your mid-80s. This age bracket has some of the most expensive premiums, as the market tends to tail off around 89. However, as we’ve said before, the actual figures are always changing and any quote that you read online can only ever give you a very rough approximation.

Though life insurance at age 85 may be rare, there are still some providers that offer it. Speak to an expert if you’d like to know more.


Talk to an expert

If you have questions about life insurance cover and want to speak to an expert for the right advice, call 0808 189 0463 or make a quick online enquiry.

We’ll match you with an advisor experienced in arranging life insurance cover for people over 70. They’ll happily answer your questions, gather quotes from insurers across the UK and help you make an application if you decide it’s right for you.

The service we offer is free and there’s no obligation. Advisors we work with only get paid if you get a policy you’re happy with and, even then, it won’t cost you a penny.

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