It may not be the fastest race in sports, but The Great Steamboat Race, held on the mighty Ohio River since 1963, makes up for what it lacks in speed with showmanship. Every year, people gather to watch these mighty vessels churn up water, belch out steam, and chug down the river at speeds of up to 7 miles per hour. While those on the sidelines are treated to a glimpse into the past, it’s the ship’s passengers who have the privilege of enjoying the full steamboat experience. This year, thanks to Trilogy Health Services’ Live a Dream program, those passengers will include 100 residents and caregivers from Trilogy Senior Living Communities throughout Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

On Monday, April 30th at 11:00 a.m., Trilogy Health Services will be teaming up with the Kentucky Derby Festival to host the first ever Steamboat Race Trial, during which The Belle of Louisville will warm up her wheel in preparation for the big event. Residents and staff will be treated to a southern-style brunch and live music on the ship, after which they will debark for a tour of the historic Kentucky Derby Museum. By offering this opportunity specifically to Trilogy communities outside the Louisville area, Trilogy will be giving many seniors their first taste of Derby Season.

“Trilogy Health Services is honored to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival on the inaugural Steamboat Race Trial. Through our Live a Dream Foundation and our hospitality-focused culture, our goal is to allow 100 of our residents and staff to experience the excitement and history of the Kentucky Derby festivities," commented Todd Schmiedeler, Trilogy's Senior Vice President of Foundation and Workforce Development. "At Trilogy, we’re passionate about creating meaningful experiences for the people we serve. This event will be just the first in a long line of truly amazing Live a Dream experiences to come!”

Trilogy’s Live a Dream program was originally created to fulfill the lifelong dreams of residents in Trilogy communities throughout the Midwest. Over the years, the Trilogy Foundation, Trilogy’s non-profit corporation, has helped seniors whiz through the forest canopy on zip-lines, skyrocket into the stratosphere on hot air balloons, pilot planes, take once-in-a-lifetime trips, and reunite with family and friends they feared they may never see again. From ‘first times’ to ‘one last times’, the Live a Dream program has a track record of turning wishful thinking into wonderful reality.

The Steamboat Race Trial will be the Trilogy Foundation’s first Live a Dream Group Dream: a dream designed specifically to be enjoyed with friends. The company looks forward to creating an experience that is sure to be treasured by all those involved, and is excited to fulfill more resident dreams in the future. Those wishing to watch the adventure unfold in real time can follow Trilogy Health Services on Twitter (@TrilogyLiving) and ‘Like’ Trilogy Health Services on Facebook.

Trilogy Health Services offers a full range of personalized senior health and hospitality services, from independent and assisted living, to skilled nursing and rehabilitative services in over 100 senior living communities throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Trilogy’s senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy Health Services is a subsidiary of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services, visit our website at To learn more about the Trilogy Foundation, visit You may also follow the Trilogy Foundation and Trilogy Health Services on Facebook and Twitter.