Goals Are Good!

Having goals can help you manage your arthritis and get you back on track.

If you have arthritis, setting meaningful goals—and making an action plan to achieve them—can help you get back to doing the things you love to do. For you. For your family. And for your friends.

A great way to achieve the meaningful goals you set for yourself is to share them with your doctor. Your doctor can review your goals and recommend steps to take toward achieving them, like exercising more or changing your medications. A treatment plan that incorporates meaningful goals can help you feel better emotionally, as well as physically.

Meaningful goals are those that matter to you in a very personal way. Maybe you want to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for your family. Take your grandchildren to the park. Go on a day trip with your friends. Sign up to walk for an important cause. Or take the lead on a new project at work.

Whatever your goals may be, setting them is always the first step towards reaching them.

Setting SMART Goals


SMART goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timebound

A SMART Goal Example:

Not SMART: I want to cook more.
SMART: “I want to cook 3 homemade dinners every week for the next 6 months, so I can cook Thanksgiving dinner for my family this year.”

Why Is This a SMART Goal?

It’s Specific

  • It says exactly what you want to accomplish

It’s Measurable

  • It has concrete steps that allow you to track your  progress; at the end of each milestone, you’ll know how far away you are from reaching your goal

It’s Attainable

  • It’s something you know you can achieve because it’s within reach—you are physically and mentally capable of doing it

It’s Relevant

  • It means a lot to you; achieving it will prove you are the strong, independent person you know you can be

It’s Timebound

  • It has an end date to work toward, with multiple dates as checkpoints along the way
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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000


Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.


Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.


Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.


Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.


Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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