Use of third person


Registered User
Mar 24, 2012
Hello Grandpa and welcome to Talking Point I don't have a answer for you but I wanted you to know that I had read your post and am sure someone will be along soon who can help,

Best wishes Jeany xx


Registered User
Apr 6, 2011
North Manchester
Is she chattering on about herself in the past?

My wife could happily live in the past or the present, they were quite often two version of anybody present ie <name> and he/she or him/her depending on the time frame.

You have to just accept it and not attempt to apply logic.


Registered User
Dec 8, 2011
North West
This is apparently not uncommon with various types of dementia.

It is just one of those strange and disturbing things that carers may have to get used to.

Sometimes these things come and go. My wife used to do it but rarely does now. In fact, she tends not to talk about herself, except in the imaginary conversations she is very often involved in when she uses the first person.


Registered User
Dec 30, 2011
Do you have children? I just wondered if she could be reverting to a time in the past when she talked to them; mothers use the third person as in "Mummy is going to do that now, she is going to...." Just an idea that came to me.