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 13, 2006 (April 17, 2006)

               (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 13, 2006, John A. Morris, Jr., M.D. notified our Board of
Directors that he will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors at
our 2006 annual meeting of shareholders to be held on May 17, 2006, when his
current term expires. Dr. Morris also tendered his resignation from the Board of
Directors effective as of the date of the annual meeting due to other time
commitments. There are no disagreements between Dr. Morris and us that caused or
contributed to his decision not to stand for re-election.

Item 7.01.          Regulation FD Disclosure

     On April 17, 2006, we issued a press release regarding Dr. Morris' decision
to not stand for re-election. A copy of the press release is furnished herewith
as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01.          Financial Statements and Exhibits

     (d)  Exhibits.

                    99.1      Press Release dated April 17, 2006



     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 17, 2006


                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Number              Description
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99.1                Press Release dated April 17, 2006