The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

Can I Buy Life Insurance for My Parents?

December 1, 2020

Daughter Taking Care of Mom

It used to be that your parents worried about your finances as you grew up. But now that you’re an adult and your parents are older and perhaps retired, the roles may be reversed: it’s your turn to fret over their financial wellbeing. Especially if they rely on a fixed income, you’ll want to make sure they protect each other and their family with life insurance.


Here’s the big question: If one parent passes away, will there be enough money for the surviving parent to live on?

If your parents have life insurance policies already, then they can use the benefits to cover final expenses and everyday expenditures. But if they’re not insured, the surviving parent may have trouble covering living expenses and rely on their adult children to make ends meet. That’s not something you or your parents would want to experience. To help your parents settle into retirement and avoid that unfortunate scenario, you can suggest one of three insurance options from Gerber Life for older adults.


Before we go on, let’s answer a frequently asked question: Can you buy life insurance for your parents?

You cannot buy life insurance for just anyone, however, you can buy life insurance for someone else if you have their consent and “insurable interest” – which just means their death would impact you financially. So yes, you can buy life insurance for your parents. And if they cannot afford to pay the premiums, you can pay the premiums for them.

Gerber Life has several options for seniors, depending upon their age.


Life Insurance Policies for Parents

Term Life Insurance:

With Gerber Life Term Life Insurance1, your parents choose the benefit amount and a specific number of years, or “term,” for which they want to have that coverage. Term life policies are available at coverage amounts between $25,000 and $1,000,000. Depending upon age, terms can be 10, 15, 20, or 30 years.

However, term life insurance coverage ends at age 80, so you may want to consider a whole life option as your parents could live well beyond 80.


Whole Life Insurance:

Whole life insurance may make more sense for older people since coverage does not end after a certain amount of time (like term life), with whole life you won’t outlive your coverage. While whole life is generally more expensive than term life insurance. there is an added benefit in that it builds cash value. Your parents can borrow against the cash value if they need some money quickly. They can also choose to turn in the policy for its cash value. The longer your parents hold the whole life insurance policy, the more cash value it accumulates.

Coverage is available at amounts between $25,000 and $1,000,000, and premiums are guaranteed not to increase during the life of the policy. Your parents can apply for the Gerber Life Whole Life Policy2 up to the age of 80. Coverage is dependent on answers to health questions. If they are in good health and are under age 51, a medical exam is not required. If they are 51 or older and want more than $300,000 in coverage, or if a medical exam is required for any other reason, Gerber Life will pay to have a specially trained person meet with them. Either or both parents may apply for a policy.


Guaranteed Life Insurance:

If your parents are 50 to 80 years old, they’re eligible for the Gerber Life Guaranteed Life Insurance Policy3. It provides between $5,000 and $25,000 in life insurance coverage (for South Dakota residents, the maximum coverage is $15,000). There is no medical exam, and no health questions will be asked. They can’t be turned down for medical reasons because acceptance is guaranteed* regardless of health. And like our whole life insurance plan, it builds cash value that your parents can borrow against if there’s a financial need.**

The Guaranteed Life insurance policy can enable your parents to put money aside for funeral or other final expenses and give them comfort in knowing that they’ve made plans to ease the burden for you.

If you have questions, or you’re ready to talk about adult insurance options for your family, call us toll-free at 1‑800-503-4480. Our life insurance specialists are here to help.


1 Policy Form ICC11-LTL

2 Policy Form ICC13-HWLP

3 Policy Form ICC12-GWLP

* Guaranteed coverage requires that applicant is a US citizen residing in the US or permanent legal guardian. Total limit of all combines Gerber Life Guaranteed life policies is $25,000.

** Policy loan interest rate is 8%.  Loans may impact cash value and death benefit.


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