3 Reasons You May Still Need Life Insurance as You Head Toward Retirement

Let’s be realistic. If you have an adequate investment and pension portfolio; if you have made provisions for your health care costs; if you have no one relying on you for financial support, maybe, just maybe you can afford to retire.

Did you know that a healthy 65-year-old man has a life expectancy of 87 and a woman, 89; and that 38% of the men and 50% of the women will live to age 90, according to recent research on longevity risks and retirement.

So, do you need life insurance? Let’s look at three reasons you might.

A Life Lesson in Life Insurance: Grief, Debt and an Uncertain Future

When I was only 16 years old, my father passed away after a short illness. My parents had never purchased life insurance, so the only help we received was from the Department of Veterans Affairs, since my father was a disabled veteran. I think we received approximately $2,000. My father’s funeral cost at least double that figure.

My mother was now saddled with grief, debt and an uncertain future. I watched her hand-wring over how she would pay for the funeral. She didn’t know if she could provide for my sister and me. She freely admitted that we probably wouldn’t be able to keep our house. My sister was in college and my mom didn’t know if my sister would be able to stay there. My own college career was in deep jeopardy.

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