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Benefits of Life Insurance for People Over 80

Benefits of Life Insurance for People Over 80

Almost every person needs a sound financial plan to meet their life goals. The life goals include growing older, starting business ventures, or maybe getting some employment opportunities, getting married, having extended families and then giving a sound and safe future, not only to their extended family but also to themselves.

It is difficult to reach life goals without having financial backup. At a young age, people try to grab every possible opportunity to increase their earning potential. But, at retirement age, how much we are earning and how much we can spend matters a lot. Here, the concept of life insurance plays an important role. A little investment in a life insurance policy can be beneficial for the people of old age.

You’ll be motivated to be healthier since a healthy lifestyle yields lower interest rates.

Generally, with an increase in age, the rates of life insurance become more expensive. But it is important to remember that age is not the only factor that is considered by the insurance companies as they determine the insurance rate. There are several other factors  that come into play, such as the current state of health, hobbies, lifestyle, profession, family history, and some other traits of the applicant.

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It is possible to get a better rating and lower premium by changing an unhealthy lifestyle and making it better. Taking good care of your health and being in good shape also helps.

You can use it as replacement income.

Life insurance equals income replacement.

Getting a life insurance at that age has several benefits. One of the advantages is that it can be an income replacement vehicle for senior citizens. There are so many senior citizens who are dependent on income that comes from pensions. When one spouse dies, it is possible that the pension income will also stop.

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This will create a lot of financial problems for the living spouse. They may be left with no income to pay for their living expenses. Having life insurance will allow the living spouse to replace that lost pension income. This way, senior citizens will be able to live comfortably without having to worry about their daily expenses.

It will relieve the financial burden of your death for your family members.

Life insurance is a very good way for people over 80 to save their families from any financial burden. Life insurance will save the family from expenses such as the funeral, death expenses, and medical bills. It is also good to plan for mortgage payments, personal loans, business loans, and credit card bills.

It will help cover estate taxes.

On many occasions, there can be an issue when it comes to estate taxes. It is possible that people who owe estate taxes at death are liable for paying more than half of their estate’s value. In such situations, very little is left for the loved ones. A life insurance policy is useful in such circumstances because it can help in paying these taxes. The family assets will be left completely for the family.

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You can get bonus amounts from it.

Besides this, some of the life insurance policies also offer extra bonus amounts in the form of annual dividends for the policyholders. These annual dividends are a source of extra income rather than an investment for the policyholders. Another benefit is that these policies can be converted into cash when needed.

You may not have to get a medical exam if your health is bad.

For people who are over 80 and not in good health, there is a no-medical exam life insurance policy. This policy can be very helpful in providing the god alternative for getting the coverage that is required. This coverage is guaranteed as soon as the premium is paid by the applicant. This is very beneficial as its coverage is guaranteed without any regard to the person’s present health or the health history.

It can be a challenge to look for a life insurance policy for seniors over 80 because the types of policies available are limited. But if you know where to look, the process can be very easy. A life insurance policy is important and profitable for senior citizens, since it helps in creating a financial cushion.

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Featured photo credit: Grandma by Shawn Allen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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