Can jokes about old age be funny without being degrading?
Disclaimer: if you don't have a good sense of humor, aging is going to be a problem. Laughter is the best tonic, along with a little gin.
But we all get a little weary of jokes about memory, body parts, gravity, etc. Ditto with scatological humor which is too easy and too often not funny.
The volume of geezer humor will grow as the Baby Boomers and Generation Jones kids morph from pupae-hood to the adult understanding of Medicare, Part D. We could all use a good laugh.
It's dangerous to dissect humor. Especially about a sensitive subject. However, maybe we can learn by example.
Take this quip which is part of a promo for Life, Part II, a snappy show about old age on Twin Cities Public Television in Minneapolis. The weekly show is hosted by actor (and backgammon champ) Alan Rosenberg.
Here's what 70-year-old Dick Cavett has to say about aging: "I don't feel old," he said. "I feel like a young man with something wrong."
Funny, poignant -- and true for most of us. If we are lucky, the brain (and a sense of humor) could be the last thing to go.