I have done a lot of research on this (reading other answers asked by others), and just want to follow up on some points.
I went to university in my early 20s and the took a different path. I have a disability so back then I felt shy, awkward, and I felt crippled. So, since I was getting disability benefits (and they said they would not stop regardless of the job) I thought I'd take my time to build myself into someone I am comfortable with.
In hindsight and back then, I knew and know, if I went straight to work I wouldn't have had the strength to do what it took to take care of myself. It truly was a full-time job.
That's to say I knew what I was doing and even now I can't imagine spending these ten years in any other way.
Now though I am scared/insecure as to whether it is too late to get into programming at this age. Not the ability to learn and keep up but to actually be given a job. These are the questions that I have based on the answers I have read:
People change careers and start from the bottom all the time ("I was a barman/stacking-shelves and started learning programming"). But aren't all those other jobs/careers valid? How about my case that had no other job before?
Go to university and get a degree (not too late at any time). But how about a 10-year-old CS degree (and skills I have kept up), is that still valid?
"entry-level jobs do not require experience". This is mentioned on every answer which I've found where the person is almost in a similar situation as me. Some even said "employers looking for programmers want a good programmer, hence whether you were a bartender or did nothing both, it can't possibly contribute to your programming skills"
Nothing is easy in life. Lord knows most of us have learned that the hard way. It might take me lots of rejections to get the foot at the door, but are these answers just being kind, is it really as "easy" as writing a skills-based CV and leaving graduation dates out?