Some older women are without husbands and want to leave money to children or other heirs when they pass on. Life insurance may (or may not) be a good way to do that, depending on your situation.
Life Insurance: What you should know
Those of us with an insured husband might like to know why we’re spending all that money on premiums.
- eHow Money: Here's a highly readable review of the kinds of life insurance and their advantages and disadvantages, including a special section for older people.
- Acculife Insurance: This article explains the advantages of whole life insurance, as opposed to term insurance. One of many sites that offer a fast, easy way to get a quote.