Telling jokes for the elderly is sure to get you a laugh. Older folks and the issues of aging have often been punchlines, and there are tons of directions for jokes to take. Topics like weight gain, bodily functions, and senior moments are just a few examples. However, keep in mind that while some jokes are funny, others may be offensive to some people. It all depends on the audience, their circumstances and their sense of humor. Also, there are certainly better and worse times to tell a joke. Here are some tips for finding and telling jokes for seniors.
Jokes for the Elderly Are Everywhere
There are good resources and hundreds of jokes you can choose from. Many jokes are also printed on greeting cards and shared among friends, or posted as cartoons. Others are developed in the process of aging and laughing about it. In fact, jokes about seniors are probably the most popular type of jokes out there. With so many humorous anecdotes to choose from, find some of your own.
Good Jokes Are Universal
Good jokes for the elderly are universal, meaning anyone can understand and relate to them. Here is an example of a good, simple, and clean over the hill joke:
Stages of life: 1) You believe in Santa Claus. 2) You don't believe in Santa Claus. 3) You are Santa Claus. 4) You look like Santa Claus. -Anonymous
Here are a few jokes:
- "Do you think my skin is starting to show its age?" "I don't know - there are too many wrinkles!"
- "Is he getting older and wiser?" "No, he's getting older and WIDER!"
- "A grandmother was telling her granddaughter what her own childhood was like: 'We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.' The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, 'I sure wish I'd known you sooner!'"
Jokes for Seniors Online
Here are some senior citizen humor sites:
Tips for Telling Jokes
To get the most out of telling jokes, follow a few good practices:
Memorize and Reherse
Even if you don't tell it exactly the way it is written, know the main points and storyline to follow. One you start telling the joke, follow through to the end. This can be awkward if you forget the punchline, so even if you forget the rest, remember the main points.
Use Good Storytelling Methods
Just like with any good story, it's helpful to keep your audience mesmerized. Build tension in the joke, just as you would a good story, and keep listeners on the edge of their seats.
Use Vocal Variety
Use hand gestures and don't speak in a monotone voice. Instead, emphasize certain words and parts of the joke by speaking louder at certain times and softer at others. It's especially important to remember to speak loud enough if you're telling jokes for the elderly.
Know Your Audience
If the joke is bound to offend an elderly person, keep it to yourself. In the same sense, a senior who has recently lost a loved one would probably not appreciate a joke about funerals. While it might make you chuckle, other people might not be able to see past their struggles to the humor. Try to be sure your audience will have a good response to your joke.
Study Other Comedians
Learn from the best by watching other comedians and going to comedy clubs. Notice the various methods of joke telling and how audiences respond. Then, develop your own style of what works best.
Tell Good Jokes
All joking aside, try to stick with good-natured jokes and ones that will put a smile on anyone's face. It's far better to get a laugh than to offend someone. Stick with those universal, clean jokes that kindly poke fun at aging.