Exhibit 99.1

Contact:
 
Randi Baldwin
 
Senior Vice President, Marketing
 
American Medical Alert Corp
 
(516) 536-5850 ext 3109
randi.baldwin@amac.com
 

AMERICAN MEDICAL ALERT CORP. REPORTS
YEAR END 2008 RESULTS

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Company-wide operating income increased approximately 60% for the year ended December 31, 2008 as compared to same period last year.

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Company continues to show financial strength in its balance sheet as of December 31, 2008. Liquidity and working capital increase up significantly, while debt to equity ratio falls below .2 to 1.

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Health Safety and Monitoring Services (HSMS) segment closes out year with double digit growth – largest year over year growth achieved in last decade.  The HSMS increased revenues was led by the Walgreens Ready Response® program.

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Company launches MedSmart, its new medication reminder and dispensing system.

OCEANSIDE, New York. –March 24, 2009
– American Medical Alert Corp. (NASDAQ: AMAC) a provider of healthcare communication services and advanced telehealth monitoring technologies, today announced operating results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2008, consisting primarily of monthly recurring revenues (MRR), increased 5% to $9,740,667 as compared to $9,271,953 for the same period in 2007.  Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2008 decreased 79% to $67,684 or $.01 per diluted share as compared to $317,335 or $.03 per diluted share for the same period in 2007.
 
Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased 8% to $38,586,820, as compared to $35,645,265 for the same period in 2007.  Net income decreased 5% to $1,439,601 or $0.15 per diluted share as compared to a net income of $1,514,232 or $0.16 per diluted share for the previous year.
 
The Company had projected that gross revenues, consisting primarily of monthly recurring revenue (MRR), would increase by 10% to $39,200,000.  The Company realized a shortfall of approximately 2% which was primarily the result of the delayed execution of certain contracts within the TBCS segment which were subsequently executed in 2009. The Company had projected net income would increase 25% to $1,900,000 for the year ending December 31, 2008.  The Company experienced a shortfall as a result of the Company writing-off certain assets resulting in an after tax loss of approximately $523,000 relating to a technology, licensing, development, distribution and marketing agreement with a technology entity for its HSMS sector. The technology provider on this initiative experienced a funding shortfall and has filed for bankruptcy protection and will not be able to complete the project.  This HSMS endeavor was related to the engineering and production of certain advanced telehealth products.  Excluding this write-off, the Company would have been slightly above its net income projection for 2008.
 
To measure the Company’s financial performance from operations, a metric which excludes non-operational items is being provided.  The non-operational items include interest, taxes, loss on abandonment, other expenses and other income.  These non-operational items negatively impacted the Company’s net income in 2008 to a greater extent then in 2007.  Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2008 increased 60% to $3,278,089 as compared to operating income of $2,051,149 for the previous year.
 
Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the year ended December 31, 2008 decreased 5% to $7,102,369 as compared to $7,443,516 for the same period in 2007.  Similar to the discussion above with respect to net income, the EBITDA result is reflective of the effect of the write-off referred to above.  Excluding this write-off, EBITDA for 2008 would have been $7,988,873, representing a 7% increase.
 

The following information was filed by American Medical Alert Corp (AMAC) on Monday, March 30, 2009 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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