I'm 45 years old, I have never worked inside IT professionally, but I have IT education from Denmark which is something close to Bachelor (Danish name for education is Datamatiker - translated to English as Datamatician, which takes 2 and half years).
Positive thing about my situation is that my health is much better. Negative and painful thing for me is that I feel that I am wasting my life sitting alone home doing nothing and I wish to work inside IT, but since I've come to Denmark I only worked few factory dead end jobs and took my education at age 32.
Since then my life fell apart and here I am 13 years later. At school we worked mostly with Java doing small programming exercises every day, and my biggest single program was around 1000 line Java GUI code, which is really small. I've enjoyed pair programming, had stamina while searching for bugs in my code, was willing to help others with bugs in their code etc. Unfortunately for me lot of things changed in Java field since I have graduated from my school 2002.
When I read job ads (Like - We are looking for best Java programmer in world ) I'm scared to death by requirements for prospective candidates. Is this really hopeless situation?