Is this a joke? I found an old news article at ABC Science News
It basically says that you won’t lose your sense of humour as you get older, but you might find it harder to “get” some jokes.
The research is by Dr Prathiba Shammi, a psychologist with Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto, and PhD supervisor Dr Donald Stuss.
In research designed to probe humour comprehension and appreciation, Shammi and Stuss found that while older people were just as capable as younger people of “getting” wordplay jokes, they were not as good at recognising funny cartoons, or identifying funny punch lines to jokes. Nevertheless, when the older people did get a joke, they responded appropriately, showing they were still capable of appreciating jokes they understood.
“The good news is that ageing does not affect emotional responses to humour – we’ll still enjoy a good laugh when we get the joke”.