Friends are valuable.
It does not matter your age, social status, religion, or any other “label” current society wants to attach.
A friend will listen. And you will return the favor when they need to talk. Or perhaps you will not talk much–perhaps you sit together and contemplate the world around you.
Perhaps you will do activities together. Lunch out with friends is becoming more valuable as I age. Watching your waistline? Take a walk in the park. Or attend a concert, play, or movie.