Washington, D. C. 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): August 7, 2003
                                (August 6, 2003)

             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

       Tennessee                   01-13031               62-1674303
(State of Incorporation)    (Commission File No.)       (IRS Employer
                                                      Identification No.)

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

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (615) 221-2250

Item 7.  Financial Statements, Pro Forma Financial Information and Exhibits.

     The following exhibit is furnished pursuant to Item 12:

         99.1     Press Release dated August 6, 2003.

Item 12.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

     On August 6, 2003, American Retirement Corporation issued a press release
announcing its second quarter 2003 earnings results. A copy of the press release
is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.


         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

Date:  August 6, 2003               By:      /s/ Bryan D. Richardson
                                    Name:    Bryan D. Richardson
                                    Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief
                                             Financial Officer

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

                  No.                       Exhibit
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                  99.1                      Press Release dated August 6, 2003