As we get older, it becomes more important to consider the financial security of our loved ones. If you are a senior looking to buy a life insurance plan, it's essential to learn about the options available.

By understanding the different types of policies and their benefits, you can help ensure that you select a plan that meets your specific needs. Read on to discover your options.

Why should seniors get Life Insurance?

Seniors should consider getting life insurance cover for a number of reasons.

  • Financial Protection: Life insurance can provide financial security for family and/or loved ones, replacing any lost income.
  • Legacy Planning: Seniors can use life insurance to leave a lasting legacy to your loved ones. With this, they can use the proceeds for their own financial needs.
  • Final Expenses: Can be used to help cover final expenses, such as funeral costs or other end-of-life expenses.
  • Peace of Mind: Know that your loved ones will be taken care of financially. Allowing you to enjoy your retirement years with less stress and worry.

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Over 50s Life Insurance

Over 50s life insurance is designed specifically for people in their later years. A lump sum to be paid out to the family of the policyholder when they pass away. 

This type of cover is ideal for providing financial security and peace of mind for those aged 50 and over. It may help to relieve financial burdens, such as unpaid bills, mortgage payments or funeral costs.

Please note that it is sometimes possible to pay more in premiums than a potential payout is worth. For this reason, please be sure to speak to an adviser before purchasing to ensure you have the full information. You can speak to one of our advisers on

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Whole Life Insurance

Whole life insurance is designed for those who want to ensure their family/loved ones always have a financial cushion. It guarantees a payout when the policyholder passes away, no matter their age.

You select the pay-out amount, and are then expected to make regular payments or premiums* until you die. This can lead to it being quite an expensive policy. It’s, however, worth it for many, as it guarantees financial security for their loved ones.

With this policy, premiums are fixed throughout the policy. Meaning you won’t need to pay anything more as you get older or develop health conditions.

*The cost of premiums is typically fixed unless you choose an ‘increasing policy’.

Please note that it is sometimes possible to pay more in premiums than a potential payout is worth. For this reason, please be sure to speak to an adviser before purchasing to ensure you have the full information. 

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Guaranteed Life Insurance

Guaranteed life insurance is a form of whole life policy that enables seniors to bypass health questions and medical examinations.

This policy offers acceptance for seniors regardless of their health or occupation. This means that even if you have pre-existing medical conditions or work in a high-risk occupation, you can still qualify for cover.

While the payout is guaranteed, there are some downsides to this type of policy. For example, some insurers may not pay out the full amount if you pass away within the first 12 months of taking out the policy. In some cases, they may only refund the premiums that have been paid so far.

To be eligible for guaranteed life insurance, you must be a permanent resident of the UK. Excludes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Please note that it is sometimes possible to pay more in premiums than a potential payout is worth. For this reason, please be sure to speak to an adviser before purchasing to ensure you have the full information. You can speak to one of our advisers on

01392 436193 (Mon – Fri 9am – 5.30pm)

Term Life Insurance

Term life insurance offers cover for a specific period of time, or “term”. This can last anywhere from a year to 30 years. The death benefit only if the insured dies within the specified term. As a result, it is often more affordable than whole life policies.

There are 3 types of term life cover :

  • Level term life insurance – this pays a fixed amount of money for the length of the policy. Premiums remain fixed during the policy term.
  • Decreasing term life insurance – used to cover a mortgage or other large debt. Pays out less over time, as the debt decreases. Premiums also stay the same during the term.
  • Increasing term life insurance – this pays out more over time, as inflation increases. Premiums increase as a result.

Get in touch with the insurer if you are facing financial difficulty and can no long afford premiums.

Please note: The insurance products offered by Cavendish Online have no cash-in value at any time. If you stop paying your premiums your cover will stop, your policy will end, and you will receive no benefit. If you have not claimed before the end of your policy, the policy will end, and no benefit will be paid.

If you are facing financial difficulty, please contact your insurer before cancelling your policy or letting it lapse. They may have options available that means you don't have to lose the plan.

How does age affect Life Insurance?

While the cost of life insurance policies is influenced by many factors, age plays an important role. Typically, these policies are available to individuals between the ages of 18 and 80, though select insurers may offer cover to people aged 17 – 88. If you’d like to check for definite, please contact your insurer or adviser.

When underwriters assess the premium for a policy, they consider the policyholder's age to determine the risk of potential payouts before the end of the policy term. It's important to note that as you get older, the premiums for life insurance tend to increase.

If you're considering life insurance for inheritance tax purposes, it's advisable not to delay as the cost may rise. Another option is to write the policy in trust to avoid inheritance tax on the eventual payout.

Key benefits of getting Over 50s Life Insurance

Here are a few reasons why you should consider buying an over 50s life plan:

  • Guaranteed acceptance: Over 50s cover offers guaranteed acceptance, so you won’t be denied cover due to age or illness.
  • No medical questions: There are no health checks or medical questions during the application process, so you don't have to worry about disclosing any medical issues.
  • Fixed premiums: The premiums for your policy remain constant throughout its duration. This means your monthly premiums won't increase as you age and become more vulnerable to health conditions.
  • Income for family/loved ones: The lump sum received by your loved ones can help cover any debts or living costs they may have. It can provide financial support regardless of any financial challenges they may face.
  • Can act as an inheritance: The lump sum from the policy can be used as an inheritance for your children, grandchildren and other dependants.

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Can I get joint Over 50s Life Insurance?

With an over 50s plan, you only have the option to purchase a single-life plan. . In addition to this, the amount of cover for an over 50s plan is typically less compared to a standard policy.

Joint policies are ideal for couples who want to cover both individuals under one policy. The premiums may also work out lower than two separate single policies. Joint policies are usually available as both term insurance and whole life insurance.

If you require more cover, it may be worth considering taking out a regular life insurance policy. The amount of money paid out by the policy will depend on the level of cover that you decide to purchase.

How can I buy Over 50s Life Insurance?

At Cavendish Online, we offer a range of options to help you find the right insurance for you and your family.

Our specialists can assist you through the process, helping you select the best policy to meet your individual needs. Speak to an adviser today to get started.

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You may already have a life insurance policy in place but haven’t looked at it for some time. It’s certainly worth regularly reviewing it to see if it still fits your needs, and speaking with us about low-cost life insurance.

At Cavendish Online, we are committed to helping you find the best life insurance policy for your needs.

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