WASHINGTON, DC 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):
                         April 25, 2005 (April 19, 2005)

               (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

         Tennessee                   01-13031                  62-1674303
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(State or Other Jurisdiction       (Commission              (I.R.S. Employer
     of Incorporation)             File Number)            Identification No.)

          111 Westwood Place, Suite 200
               Brentwood, Tennessee                              37027
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     (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                  (Zip Code)

                                 (615) 221-2250
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
           Appointment of Principal Officers

     On April 19, 2005, Christopher J. Coates resigned as a member of the Board
of Directors of American Retirement Corporation (including in his capacity as a
member of the Company's Quality Assurance Committee) in order to explore other
business opportunities. Mr. Coates did not resign because of any disagreement
with the Company on any matter relating to the Company's operations, policies or

     The vacancy on the Board of Directors resulting from the resignation of Mr.
Coates will be filled at a later date.



     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

                                      AMERICAN RETIREMENT CORPORATION

                                      By: /s/ Bryan D. Richardson
                                          Bryan D. Richardson
                                          Executive Vice President - Finance and
                                          Chief Financial Officer

Date: April 22, 2005