LAUGHTER is good for us. In addition to contributing to happiness and life satisfaction, regular doses can help boost the immune system by lowering blood pressure, helping facilitate digestion, increasing alertness, memory retention and blood circulation, easing muscle tension, relieving stress and helping combat depression.
A sense of humour and having a laugh can take the edge off everyday stressful situations. Enjoying jokes - and telling them - are common human activities.
Humour contributes to healthy aging - oldies (60-plus years) tend to use humour as a coping mechanism.
Studies show oldies enjoy humour even more than younger people. The downside is the amount of laughter declines with age.
Oldies experience increasing difficulties understanding jokes - humour appreciation increases with age but comprehension decreases.
At about 60 years of age, the amount of laughter exhibited is smaller compared to young adults.
Most of the decline in laughter tends to occur in the evening. It could be the lack of social interaction at that time, given most laughter occurs in the presence of others.
Another reason could be oldies tend to go to sleep earlier than younger adults, giving less time to laugh.
If you're telling a joke to an oldie keep in mind most of them don't enjoy aggressive types of humour (sarcasm, making fun of others, insults) and are sensitive to jokes referring to old age.