Throughout our lives, we want to be able to live comfortably and enjoy life. Our focus for where our finances go may change depending on whether we are new in the labor force, raising children, or approaching retirement. Discrepancies in income occur based on gender, race, ethnicity, and geography, and income inequality is a reality for older adults just as it is for all ages. In retirement, there are multiple agencies and options for financial support from Social Security to Medicare to private sources. Older adults have become a strong political voice, impacting legislation and policies that affect their well-being as well as that of others. This course will discuss the role of income in the lives of older adults as well as income disparity and poverty concerns. In addition, this course will address the role of politics in the lives of older adults.