We are CAPA members because Canadians with arthritis require better access to medications and to health care professionals and services. We believe in the need to increase the level of public and political awareness of arthritis. We know there is a need to increase patient involvement in helping to establish arthritis research and planning agendas. Everyone must understand that arthritis is not 'just arthritis', it is not 'just aches and pains' and it is not 'just an old peoples disease'. It is a collection of debilitating diseases any one of which can occur from early childhood to very old age.